APA Blog

Racial Disparities in ADHD

Two recent reports highlight racial disparities in the prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnoses. A meta-analysis published online in JAMA Psychiatry in September found that Black individuals are at higher risk of ADHD diagnosis than the general population, a finding that “challenges generally accepted statements that Black individuals have a lower prevalence of ADHD compared with others,” the authors note.

Americans Embrace the Shift to Telehealth

About one in three U.S. adults (31%) have used telehealth services, according to a new poll* from the American Psychiatric Association. Almost three-quarters (72%) of those who have used telehealth services have done so for the first time in the past six months.

Poll:  American Workers are Increasingly Comfortable Talking about Mental Health in the Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic and required isolation and economic consequences have negatively impacted the mental health of many Americans. The pandemic has also changed the way we work, with many people at home or adopting physical distancing requirements and masks. In addition, many Americans are also juggling work and helping their children who are distance learning.

The Psychological Hurdle of Sports Retirement

For that athlete who viewed the 2020 Olympics as the pinnacle of their career, or for that senior in college who was excited to share their last championship with their teammates, the pandemic has brought about an anti-climactic and disappointing end to their season and a forced break from training, and, for some, forced premature retirement. Sports retirement is often a major life transition for an athlete and can therefore be a major psychological challenge.

Youth Mental Health: Prevention, Support and Intervention

Adolescence can be a vulnerable time for mental health concerns. About half of all mental health conditions start by age 14 years and often go undetected and untreated, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences have had an impact on the mental health of people of all ages, including teens, with continued distance learning, isolation and limited sports and activities. However, proactive preventive interventions can make a difference. A new report from the WHO focuses on “multiple opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention in adolescence, which could benefit young lives in the short and long term.”