ADHD in the News 2024-02-22

The Empty Adderall Factory

A drugmaker’s feud with the DEA is exacerbating the ADHD meds crisis — at a rate of 600 million missing doses a year.

ADHD-like traits could offer humans an advantage in foraging, study suggests

Traits associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) such as impulsivity and distractibility are known to make many everyday modern tasks more challenging. But they may also offer humans an advantage by helping them to forage more effectively — a key technique used by hunter gatherers and nomadic tribes to survive, a new study published Wednesday suggests.

More Young People Are on Multiple Psychiatric Drugs, Study Finds

Growing numbers of children and adolescents are being prescribed multiple psychiatric drugs to take simultaneously, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland. The phenomenon is increasing despite warnings that psychotropic drug combinations in young people have not been tested for safety or studied for their impact on the developing brain.

Threatened Miscarriage Associated With Increased ASD, ADHD Risk in Children

Threatened miscarriage during pregnancy is associated with an increased likelihood of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by 14 years of age among offspring, according to results of a study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Childhood Lead Exposure Found to Be Positively Associated With ADHD Diagnosis

Exposure to lead during childhood, but not prenatal exposure, may increase the chances of subsequent attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms and diagnosis, according to results from a systematic review and meta-analysis published in Prevention Science.

Stimulants for ADHD Not Linked to Prescription Drug Misuse

TOPLINE: The use of stimulant therapy by adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was not associated with later prescription drug misuse (PDM), a new study showed. However, misuse of prescription stimulants during adolescence was associated with significantly higher odds of later PDM.

ADHD is somewhat heritable, study finds

A study of a massive number of twins revealed that behaviors indicative of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) exhibit a notable degree of heritability. This suggests that the resemblance in ADHD behaviors between parents and children can be partially attributed to shared genetic factors.

Adults with ADHD exhibit camouflaging behavior

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2024 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) exhibit camouflaging behavior, but to a lesser extent than those with autism, according to a study published online Feb. 7 in Autism Research.

Depressive symptoms are a key link between ADHD and hypersexuality, study suggests

How does our mental health affect our behaviors, particularly those related to our most basic human desires, like sexuality? A recent study sheds light on the complex relationship between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and hypersexual behavior, offering new insights into how these conditions intersect and influence individuals’ lives. The findings were published in the Journal of Affective Disorders Reports.

FTC, HHS Seek Public Comment on Generic Drug Shortages and Competition Amongst Powerful Middlemen

Today the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly issued a Request for Information to understand how the practices of two types of pharmaceutical drug middlemen groups—group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and drug wholesalers—may be contributing to generic drug shortages.

Why People With ADHD Are So Prone To Black-And-White Thinking

Good or bad, wrong or right. Having no in-between sets challenges for social situations. Here are eight ways to shift it.

3 Ways to Support Your Spouse and Their ADHD Coaching

KEY POINTS: ADHD coaching can build confidence and reliability for ADHD partners, but it takes time. As a non-ADHD partner, you can best support the coaching effort by looking for and acknowledging progress. Your concerns about the coaching may reflect your anxiety as much as a partner's lack of progress.