ADHD in the News 2024-02-15

QuickStats: Percentage* of Children and Adolescents Aged 5–17 Years Who Had Ever Received a Diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder,† by Urbanization Level§ and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2020–2022¶

During 2020–2022, 11.3% of children and adolescents aged 5–17 years had ever received a diagnosis of ADHD.

ADHD and Substance Abuse

What You'll Learn: How are ADHD and substance abuse in teenagers connected? Why do teenagers with ADHD use drugs? Are ADHD medications connected to substance abuse? How can parents help teenagers with ADHD avoid substance abuse?

Medication Pipeline: Antidepressants and ADHD Rx

In this second part of a 2-part series reviewing novel agents in the psychiatric pipeline, the focus is on treatments for unipolar major depressive disorder (MDD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

What Is Time Blindness?

If you are unable to recognize when time has passed or you frequently lose track of time, you may be experiencing time blindness. People with time blindness also often find it difficult to meet deadlines, arrive at events or appointments on time, or transition to a different task.[1]

New Conference Series Focuses on Improving Mental Health Care for Black Youth

CLINICAL CONVERSATIONS: The inaugural Black Youth Mental Health Clinical Case Conference Series at Yale Child Study Center, a 6-session event in 2024, will provide a space for expert-led conversations that focus on improving mental health care for Black youth and their families. This conference series is created and directed by Amanda J. Calhoun, MD, MPH, chief resident and child psychiatry fellow at Yale Child Study Center/Yale School of Medicine.

Parenting strategies may mitigate ADHD development in exuberant kids

Parents of young children with an excitable or exuberant temperament could adapt their parenting style to help moderate their child's potential development of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a new study co-authored by a University of Waterloo researcher.

Physicians Prefer Extended-Release Monotherapy for Treating Patients with ADHD

In a survey that evaluated prescribing decisions, physicians preferred extended-release (ER) monotherapy for treating patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to results published in the Journal of Attention Disorders. Physicians specifically cited duration of effect and tolerability as the rationale for their ER monotherapy preference.

‘A horrible, perfect storm’: Frustrations rise as shortage of Adderall, other ADHD medication continues

All Jennifer Howell wanted was to find medication for her son. Instead, she was caught in a maze of desperate phone calls to pharmacies and physicians. Her son, Linus, had been diagnosed with ADHD in 2021 during the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of his behavioral traits — restlessness, impulsivity, difficulty focusing — suddenly made sense. When he was first prescribed medication, its effects were instantaneous.

The ADHD Taxman Cometh

“This looks scary,” I said as I handed Kyle a piece of mail from the Missouri Department of Civil Process. “I bet it’s a jury summons.” As someone with a history of accounts going into collections, I was relieved the foreboding envelope wasn’t addressed to me for a change and proceeded to brag to my husband that I’d only been called for jury duty one time, in the early aughts.

Your Neurodiverse Child: A Collaborative Relationship Works

KEY POINTS: Asking your child to describe their ADHD helps you understand your child’s behavior. Brainstorm with your ADHD child to find solutions that work for them, not you. A relationship based on collaboration and trust involves independent decision-making by our ADHD kids. A strength-based approach to helping our ADHD kids can lead them on the path to success.