ADHD in the News 2024-04-18

Drug shortages hit record high, pharmacists warn

There are at least 323 active shortages, according to a pharmacy trade group.

ADHD symptoms persist into adulthood, with some surprising impacts on life success

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is often misconceived as a disorder that fades with age, a misconception debunked by recent findings published in the Journal of Attention Disorders. The study found that ADHD symptoms not only persisted over a 15-year period but also were related to various aspects of life success, including relationships and career satisfaction.

Responsiveness to ADHD treatment may be determined by neuroanatomy

New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London has found that the effectiveness of ADHD medication may be associated with an individual's neuroanatomy. The research, published in Nature Mental Health, suggests that the development of clinical interventions for ADHD could benefit from identifying how the brain anatomy of treatment-resistant individuals may differ from that of individuals that respond to medication.

Students with disabilities match with physician residency programs at lower rates

Medical students who report having a disability are less likely to match into a residency program, according to a new Yale study involving residency programs across the United States. The findings, researchers say, suggest students with disabilities may experience barriers to training and career opportunities, particularly in certain medical specialties.

Around 27% of individuals with ADHD develop cannabis use disorder at some point in their lives, study finds

A meta-analysis exploring the relationship between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and cannabis consumption found that 27% of individuals with ADHD develop cannabis use disorder at some point in their lives, with 19% suffering from it at the time of data collection. Compared to those without this disorder, individuals with ADHD face almost three times the risk of developing cannabis use disorder. This study was published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.

How OCD and ADHD Similarities Can Cause Misdiagnosis

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are distinct conditions, but they do share some similar symptoms and may even occur together at the same time. This can create complications when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.

ADHD: An 18th-Century Condition in the 21st-Century World

KEY POINTS: The origin of what is currently known as ADHD has been moved back to 1753. This early text on attention deficit influenced later physicians who had been credited with discovering ADHD. The interest in attention as a central feature of human nature to be researched appeared in the 17th century. That ADHD appears even before the birth of the U.S. validates the difficulties faced by people with ADHD.

How to Achieve Success in School When Spring Fever Sets In

KEY POINTS: Neurodivergent students may find it especially difficult to maintain focus at the end of the school year. Helping your child prioritize and implement strategies can help with the end-of-year slump. To help your child finish the school year with confidence, focus on their strengths and praise their effort.

Lecture will highlight integrated school-home intervention for students with ADHD

[Excerpt] In this Q&A, Pfiffner shares more about her research and upcoming presentation, which is titled “ADHD: Extending Evidence-Based Treatments From Clinics to Schools.”

Time Blindness ADHD Productivity Tools

If you struggle with focus and time management, explore effective ADHD productivity tools to conquer time blindness.

ADHD is often overlooked in girls and women. They need help, too (Opinion)

Boys aren’t the only people who develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It also affects girls and young women and adults of both genders. Yet girls and women with ADHD are chronically underdiagnosed and undertreated.

Diagnosing yourself with a mental health issue may bring comfort, but it can be dangerous (Opinion)

What seems like a shortcut to understanding can lead you down a path of confusion and despair. There’s no substitute for professional help