ADHD in the News 2024-03-28

ACC: Small but Significant Risk for Cardiomyopathy Seen With ADHD Meds

THURSDAY, March 28, 2024 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults prescribed stimulant medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have an increased risk for cardiomyopathy, with the risk increasing with duration of treatment, according to a study scheduled for presentation at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, held from April 6 to 8 in Atlanta.

ADHD medication proves most effective in treating symptoms, new study finds

In a recent review article published in Pediatrics, researchers provided a comprehensive overview of treatment options available for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for children and adolescent individuals.

ADHD Medications Linked to Reduction in Psychiatric Hospitalizations

FRIDAY, March 22, 2024 (HealthDay News) -- For adolescents and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the use of ADHD medications is associated with fewer psychiatric and nonpsychiatric hospitalizations, according to a study published online March 20 in JAMA Network Open.

Parental avoidance of toxic exposures could help reduce risk of autism, ADHD in children, observational study suggests

Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be preventable if parents avoid toxic exposures and adopt interventions such as environmental house calls, according to a study, published in Journal of Xenobiotics, led by researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio).

Household chemicals endanger brain’s myelin-forming cells

In a recent study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, researchers in the United States pinpointed and evaluated environmental chemicals that hinder oligodendrocyte development through varied mechanisms, assessing their neurodevelopmental impacts.

6 Books for Adults Living With A.D.H.D.

Psychiatrists, counselors and researchers shared their recommendations.

Insight for Educators from Long-Time Educator and Parent Susan Lafond on Raising a Child with ADHD

Susan Lafond is a long-time educator and parent of a child with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She’s been on both sides of the parent-teacher table and shares her experiences on how teachers, administrators, and support staff can better understand how to support children with learning differences in the classroom.

Turning Challenges from ADHD into Strengths

Sometimes being a kid in school is hard. It can feel like wearing a big scratchy sweater, one you would never have chosen. You are told to sit in your chair, listen, focus — it pushes up against what feels natural but all the other kids seem to know what to do, how to act, how to organize their desks and backpacks, how to make friends.

Methylphenidate Does Not Affect Pubertal Maturation or Body Growth

Study results published in the Journal of Attention Disorders found no evidence that long-term use of methylphenidate for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affected pubertal maturation or growth.

Children with ADHD are more likely to be overweight

New research has found that children aged 4-7 with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to be overweight or obese. Additionally, child with ADHD tend to perform worse on fitness tests and consume more calories than their peers without ADHD. The paper was published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Motor Skills, Sensory Features Differ in Autism With, Without ADHD

FRIDAY, March 22, 2024 (HealthDay News) -- Motor skills and sensory features differ for children with autism with and without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study published online March 5 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Study says it’s time to highlight positive skills associated with neurodevelopmental conditions

New research says the wide variety of skills displayed by people with conditions such as ADHD, dyslexia, and autism should be celebrated to help reduce stigma and change society's expectations. Creativity, resilience, and problem-solving are just some of the strengths exhibited, and a study is now calling for a change in the way we think about people with neurodevelopmental conditions.

Understanding ADHD: Navigating Guilt and Shame

KEY POINTS: Perceived failure and social challenges can lead to feelings of guilt and shame. Cognitive-behavioral techniques such as challenging negative thoughts can be helpful. Self-compassion and effective treatment are essential for well-being.