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- Psychiatry Research 2016 236:136-141. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.12.017 “Supplementary guanfacine hydrochloride as a treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults: A double blind, placebo-controlled study.” Butterfield ME, Saal J, Young B, Young JI. Guanfacine hydrochloride is a selective alpha-2A partial agonist that is FDA approved for the treatment of ADHD in children and adolescents (see recent reviews by Faraone et al, 2013; Hirota et al, 2014 and Ruggiero et al Read moreAdult Onset ADHD: Does it Exist? Is it Distinct from Youth Onset ADHD? There is a growing interest (and controversy) about ‘adult’ onset ADHD. No current diagnostic system allows for the diagnosis of ADHD in adulthood, yet clinicians sometimes face adults who meet all criteria for ADHD, except for age at onset. Although many of these clinically referred adult onset cases may reflect poor recall, several recent longitudinal population studies have claimed to detect cases of adult onset ADHD Read more
by Joseph Biederman, MD -Is ADHD Always a Childhood Onset Disorder? by Joseph Biederman, MD - August 4, 2016 Recent population based studies raise the intriguing question as to whether adult ADHD is always preceded by childhood onset of symptoms or can develop anew in adult life. From Brazil, one group argues that child and adult ADHD are “distinct syndromes”; from the United Kingdom (UK), another group states that adult ADHD is “more complex than a straightforward continuation of the childhood disorder” and from Read moreAdult Onset ADHD: Does it Exist? Is it Distinct from Youth Onset ADHD? by Stephen V. Faraone, PhD - August 4, 2016 There is a growing interest (and controversy) about ‘adult’ onset ADHD. No current diagnostic system allows for the diagnosis of ADHD in adulthood, yet clinicians sometimes face adults who meet all criteria for ADHD, except for age at onset. Although many of these clinically referred adult onset cases may reflect poor recall, several recent longitudinal population studies Read moreJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 2014. DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2014.963858 “The Role of Parental ADHD in Sustaining the Effects of a Family-School Intervention for ADHD” Dawson, A.E., Wymbs, B.T., Marshall, S.A., Mautone, J.A., Power, T.J. This paper reports on the extent to which parental ADHD impacts child and parent functional outcomes of a multimodal family-school intervention designed to boost academic performance of 139 school-aged children with Read more
by David Giwerc -ADHD Coaching is a significant and important adjunct to ADHD treatment as part of a multi-modal approach. ADHD coaches are very adept at motivating their clients who have ADHD, while partnering with them to develop and practice newly learned personal, socCultural history and bias between psychiatry and the African American community lead to less recognition of the symptoms of ADHD, less use of ADHD medication, and reduced access to care.Suicide is one of the most feared outcomes of any psychiatric condition. Although its association with depression is well known, a small but growing research literature shows that ADHD is also a risk factor for suicidality. Suicide is difficult to study. Because it is relatively rare, large samples of patients are needed to make definitive statements. Studies of suicide and ADHD must also consider the possibility that medications might elevate that risk. For example, the FDA placed a Read more
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