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Symptoms related to ADHD have increased during the pandemic, but they don’t necessary point to ADHD. Cabin fever has many similar symptoms, and social isolation also has negative effects on brain functioning. (Shutterstock)

Is it adult ADHD? COVID-19 has people feeling restless, lacking focus and seeking diagnosis

After a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, lack of focus, irritability and restlessness don't necessarily point to an ADHD diagnosis. Consider some of these common causes of these symptoms, and ways to cope.
Mike Keller, a 13-year old boy with autism, uses a keyboard and iPad to communicate with his mother, Lori Mitchell-Keller. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images

COVID-19 means a lot more work for families of children with disabilities, but schools can help

Some parents of kids with disabilities are doubling as specialized teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists and psychologists during the pandemic.
Caesarean delivery alone does not contribute to the odds of a child developing autism or ADHD. Aditya Romansa

There’s no evidence caesarean sections cause autism or ADHD

A new study has found a link between being born by caesarean section and having a greater chance of being diagnosed with autism or ADHD. But there's no evidence caesarean sections cause them.
William “Rick” Singer, front, is alleged to have helped some families secure fake learning disability diagnoses. Here he exits U.S. federal court in Boston after he pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

U.S. college admissions scandal means more skepticism of genuine invisible disabilities

Abuses of disability diagnoses cheat students with disabilities who are now more likely to face skepticism about their diagnoses.
You can’t test for autism with a simple blood test or scan, which can make the diagnostic process difficult and dependent on the skill and experience of the clinician. altanaka/Shutterstock

New autism guidelines aim to improve diagnostics and access to services

Current rules about who meets the eligibility criteria for autism support services are patchy and inconsistent, meaning those with the greatest need don't necessarily have the greatest access.
Hyperactivity and inattentiveness doesn’t mean you have ADHD. Ant Rozetsky

Research Check: are phone-obsessed teens at greater risk of ADHD?

While the study found a link between high rates of digital media use and inattention and hyperactivity, it didn't find that one caused the other. Nor did it look specifically at clinically diagnosed ADHD.
Classroom distraction. Tatyana Dzemileva/Shutterstock

Why is ADHD more common in boys than girls?

For every girl diagnosed with ADHD, up to seven boys are diagnosed. Researchers looked at risk factors, the role of genetics, and mental health for clues.

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