The online newsletter MedicalNewsToday.com posted “Adult-Onset ADHD May Not Exist, Study Suggests,” on 10-23-17. This article reviews a study recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry which found that more than 80% of people who have been diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood are actually unlikely to truly have the disorder.
Mental health clinicians who are not ADHD specialists may find it challenging to assess and make treatment recommendations for adult patients with potential ADHD symptoms. “6 Challenges in Assessing ADHD in Adult Patients” provides a concise summary of the issues and a link to a more detailed resource.
“When Children Can Benefit From Playing Video Games” reports on the work by a group of researchers in Boston who have developed video games to help kids with anxiety, anger management problems and ADHD develop more effective self regulation. Their games are similar to regular video games, but the child is hooked to a heart monitor, which increases the effectiveness of the training.
The New York Times published “Keith Connors, Psychologist Who Set Standard For Diagnosing ADHD,” Dies at 84 on 7-18-17. The article reviews Dr. Connors’ distinguished career, including the development of the Connors Rating Scales and a major, government-funded 20 year research project which compared medication and behavioral therapy outcomes for ADHD.
Meta-Analysis of Cognitive-Behavioral Treatments for Adult ADHD reviews the incidence of adult ADHD, impairments of the disorder, and the standard treatment protocol, which uses medication initially (“as the first-line treatment”). Not all adults with ADHD continue, however, respond to medication, and many who do respond still experience continued significant, even impairing symptoms.