David W. Goodman, MD: Adult ADHD Challenges During COVID-19

January 15, 2021
Kenny Walter

Kenny Walter is an editor with HCPLive. Prior to joining MJH Life Sciences in 2019, he worked as a digital reporter covering nanotechnology, life sciences, material science and more with R&D Magazine. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Temple University in 2008 and began his career as a local reporter for a chain of weekly newspapers based on the Jersey shore. When not working, he enjoys going to the beach and enjoying the shore in the summer and watching North Carolina Tar Heel basketball in the winter.

Adults with ADHD may face a number of challenges during the ongoing pandemic.

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has made things challenging for patients with psychiatric disorders like attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

While stress, social isolation, and shelter-in-place orders can exacerbate symptoms of depression and anxiety, the situation can also wreak havoc on the symptoms of impulsivity association with ADHD. And that impulsivity could lead the individual to be in situations where they are more susceptible to contracting the virus.

How COVID-19 impacts ADHD treatment and care was a major topic during the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) 2021 Annual Conference with several abstracts and plenaries planned to discuss the topic.

In an interview with HCPLive®, David W. Goodman, MD, FAPA, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, explained how ADHD patients may have struggled greatly in the last 10 months and how that struggle could have both short- and long-term issues.

Not only are ADHD patients more likely to contract the virus because of the symptoms that come along with the disorder, they may struggle with the at home situation that could harm interpersonal relationships.

Goodman said one of the concerns is adult ADHD patients with children may have to juggle too many things between work, maintaining a home, and the virtual schooling of their children.