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ADHD Medications in Pregnancy and Neonatal Outcomes

Analyzing data from the Swedish Medical Birth Register, the Prescribed Drug Register, and the Swedish Neonatal Quality Register, researchers compared infants exposed to ADHD medication during pregnancy with infants whose mothers never used these drugs and infants whose mothers used ADHD medication before or after (but not during) pregnancy.  Out of 964,734 infants included in […]

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Use of ADHD Medications Increasing in Women of Reproductive Age

  According to a report published by the CDC in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the use of stimulant medications for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)  by reproductive-age women is on the rise.   Researchers analyzed data from the Truven Health MarketScan Commercial Database (2003–2015) to estimate the percentage of women aged 15–44 […]

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Good News: More Data on the Use of ADHD Medications During Pregnancy

For women with mild to moderate attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, we often recommend discontinuing stimulant medications and switching to a non-pharmacologic intervention.  Many women experience some decrease in their level of functioning; however, they are able to forgo or minimize pharmacologic treatment during pregnancy.  There are, however, women who experience more severe symptoms which interfere […]

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New Study at the CWMH: Course of ADHD During Pregnancy and the Postpartum

  About 1.4 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD, and about 60-80% of children diagnosed with ADHD will need to take their medication into adulthood. When girls diagnosed in childhood become reproductive-aged women, they face challenging decisions regarding how to proceed with their treatment when they are also family planning. There […]

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Smoking During Pregnancy Not Associated with Severe Mental Illness in Offspring, But Other Risks Exist

Over the years, we have seen a number of research studies which suggested a link between maternal smoking during pregnancy and adverse psychiatric outcomes in offspring, including increased risk for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  In a recent article published in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers reported on the results of a population-based cohort study […]

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Preliminary Study: Vitamin D Deficiency in Pregnancy and Behavioral Problems in Offspring

The active form of vitamin D is produced by the human body as a byproduct of natural sun exposure; it is also found in certain foods, including some kinds of fish, egg yolks, and fortified dairy and grain products.  Certain people – those with decreased sun exposure or diets with low vitamin D – may […]

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