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ADHD studies | internet usage found higher in patients

Mental Health Studies | ‘Problematic internet use’ higher in people with ADHD

Problematic internet usage (PIU) was found to be higher in patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to findings presented in a poster at the 2023 American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in San Francisco, California. 

“In this outpatient clinical sample, problematic internet use was higher in those with ADHD than those without,” authors noted in the abstract. “Predictors of PIU included younger age, greater symptom severity of depression, OCD, and impulsivity.”

Patients of an outpatient psychiatric clinic aged 18 and older were interviewed using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) to assess for current psychiatric disorders. Participants then completed an online survey detailing their internet use, impulsivity and executive function, and symptoms of ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, and depression.

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Higher genetic risk for Depression, Social support especially important

Mental Health | Individuals with a high genomic risk for depression, especially during stressful life periods, significantly benefit from supportive social connections...

...according to study findings published in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

A University of Michigan Medical School research team examined the importance of social support during stressful times through 2 groups of people: first-year medical residents in the Intern Health Study (IHS), and older adults who had been recently widowed and part of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS).

“Our data show wide variability in the level of social support individuals received during these stressful times, and how it changed over time,” said first author Jennifer L. Cleary, MS, a University of Michigan psychology doctoral student studying under senior author Srijan Sen, MD, PhD, University of Michigan Medical School.

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