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  • ADHD in Parents and Families

    It has been known for many years that ADHD runs in families. Twin, family, and adoption studies indicate that ADHD is common in first-degree relatives of children with ADHD, including many parents. In contrast to children with ADHD whose difficulties in school or at home lead to an ADHD evaluation, parental ADHD is much less likely to be detected if it has been missed previously. ADHD in adults can be easily misdiagnosed as another problem, sometimes the result of longstanding, untreated
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  • Sleep and ADHD Medications

    ADHD itself is associated with sleep difficulties, independent of ADHD medications. Thus, it is very important that sleep quality is assessed prior to treatment so that the changes due to treatment can be correctly inferred. In clinical trials of stimulant medications for ADHD, insomnia is typically noted a side effect of the medications. But most of these studies have used subjective patient or parent reports of sleep quality. A new meta analysis, reviews 9 studies of a total of 246
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  • ADHD and Insomnia

    ADHD by itself is associated with insomnia and sleep problems, which can have adverse effects on cognition and behavior. Stimulant ADHD medications can effect sleep as well, and a baseline of sleep should be taken before medications are started.
  • Psychotherapy for ADHD

    Professor Larry Seidman is world renowned for his neuropsychology and neuroimaging research. In addition to all of his creative science, he has found the time to create what he calls “Neuropsychologically Informed Strategic Psychotherapy (NISP) in Teenagers and Adults with ADHD.” Let’s start with what NISP is not. NISP is not cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). CBT emphasizes teaching patients to identify thinking patterns that lead to problem behaviors. NISP describes how the interpersonal
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  • University Healthcare Provider Survey on ADHD

    This study provides the 2015 results of a survey of college and university health care providers (physicians, psychologists and nurses) about their knowledge about and treatment preferences concerning ADHD. The survey consisted of 37 forced choice questions, which took less than 15 minutes to complete; the overall response rate was somewhat low (8%), creating the possibility of sampling error, but never the less this is a sufficiently large sample from which interesting conclusions can be
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  • Medication Resistant Deficits in ADHD

    J Atten Disord. 2014 Jun 26, p.1-11. doi: 1087054714538659. “Possible Medication-Resistant Deficits in Adult ADHD” Maruta, J., Spielman, L.A., Tseretopoulos, I.D., Hezghia, A., Ghajar, J. This article reports on neurocognitive and visual tracking performance of adult subjects with ADHD on and off stimulant medication in an effort to clarify the precise attention impairments seen in this population.  Twenty-three adults with ADHD and forty-six two-for-one matched normal controls were
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  • ADHD: Facts or Fiction

    Facts about ADHD have been distorted over the years by myths, bias, and unsubstantiated claims. 75 international ADHD scientists developed an evidence-based Consensus Statement about ADHD containing many important points. Details here.
  • Parental ADHD and FSS (Family School Success)

    Journal 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 ADHD.   The
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  • Symptom Manifestations and Impairments in College Students with ADHD

    Gray SA, Fettes P, Woltering S, Mawjee K, Tannock R (2015). “Symptom manifestation and impairments in college students with ADHD.” Journal of Learning Disabilities.  2015 Mar 16. pii: 0022219415576523. [Epub ahead of print]   This article reviews what is currently known about the cognitive and academic impairments faced by post-secondary students with ADHD and then reports on a prospective study of symptoms and functional impairments in 135 ADHD university students.   The authors point
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