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Impact of COVID-19 for people living and working with ADHD: A brief review of the literature

  • Received: 29 May 2021 Accepted: 18 August 2021 Published: 23 August 2021
  • Objective

    COVID-19 lockdowns have changed the social and environmental context. Those with ADHD are more vulnerable to experiencing difficulties than their non-ADHD peers. This paper attempts to provide a brief summary of the literature that has emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Method

    A literature search was completed using the following databases; Embase, Ovid Medline, APA PsycInfo. A total of 36 papers were identified as relevant to the topic.

    Results

    The pandemic has exacerbated the core symptoms of ADHD and co-occurring difficulties. Services have adapted their assessment and intervention protocols for tele-health working and findings suggest that tele-interventions present a viable alternative. However, much of this research utilises small sample sizes and a restricted number of population groups.

    Conclusions

    More research is required to determine the effectiveness of ADHD care during the pandemic and whether adaptations will be retained post-pandemic.

    Citation: Jack Hollingdale, Nicoletta Adamo, Kevin Tierney. Impact of COVID-19 for people living and working with ADHD: A brief review of the literature[J]. AIMS Public Health, 2021, 8(4): 581-597. doi: 10.3934/publichealth.2021047

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  • Objective

    COVID-19 lockdowns have changed the social and environmental context. Those with ADHD are more vulnerable to experiencing difficulties than their non-ADHD peers. This paper attempts to provide a brief summary of the literature that has emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Method

    A literature search was completed using the following databases; Embase, Ovid Medline, APA PsycInfo. A total of 36 papers were identified as relevant to the topic.

    Results

    The pandemic has exacerbated the core symptoms of ADHD and co-occurring difficulties. Services have adapted their assessment and intervention protocols for tele-health working and findings suggest that tele-interventions present a viable alternative. However, much of this research utilises small sample sizes and a restricted number of population groups.

    Conclusions

    More research is required to determine the effectiveness of ADHD care during the pandemic and whether adaptations will be retained post-pandemic.



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