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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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  • Love, Sex and ADHD

    As a researcher who has devoted most of the past three decades to studying ADHD, I am surprised (and somewhat embarrassed) to see how little research has focused on how ADHD affects the romantic side of life. There are over 25,000 articles about ADHD listed on www.pubmed.gov, but only a few have provided data about love, sex and ADHD. Bruner and colleagues studied ADHD symptoms and romantic relationship quality in 189 college students. Those students who had high levels of both
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  • mTBI and ADHD

    A systematic review of the literature and a meta-analysis investigating the relationship between mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and ADHD has been completed. The study indicates that mTBI is cerebral concussion and that there has been increasing interest from the coverage in the lay press re: the effects of mTBI in professional sports. The authors hypothesize that individuals with ADHD commonly have a history of being risk-takers and have higher accident rates, which may predispose
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  • Atomoxetine, ADHD and Executive Function Deficits

    Atomoxetine and the Treatment of Executive Dysfunction ADHD Patients with Executive Dysfunction: Atomoxetine vs Placebo Studies Although they are not included in the formal DSM-5 criteria for adult ADHD, studies have shown that clinically significant executive dysfunction can occur in one-third to one-half of all adults with ADHD. Executive functions are a set of neuropsychological parameters including: 1) working memory, 2) awareness of one’s self in the environment, 3) higher level
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  • PTSD and ADHD

    J Atten Disord. 2014 Feb 24. [Epub ahead of print] The Neuropsychological Profile of Comorbid Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Adult ADHD. Antshel KM, Biederman J, Spencer TJ, Faraone SV. This study is important as it is the first investigation to examine neuropsychological deficits in individuals with ADHD and PTSD; it also adds to our increasing understanding of the increased burden of having ADHD and PTSD. Prior studies have shown that PTSD may be a vulnerability factor for
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  • ADHD and Epilepsy

    ADHD in individuals with epilepsy is three times higher than in the normal population, with substantial functional outcomes. Epilepsy patients should be screened for comorbid ADHD.
  • ADHD and Risky Behavior in Adults

    Risky behavior can be common in certain ADHD adults based on a less than effective reward system in the brain. Research shows that ADHD symptoms are less important than executive functioning in mediating risky behavior.
  • College Students and Risky Behavior

    Graziano PA, Reid A, Slavec J, Paneto A, McNamara JP, Geffken GR. “ADHD Symptomatology and Risky Health, Driving, and Financial Behaviors in College: The Mediating Role of Sensation Seeking and Effortful Control” Journal of Attention Disorders (2014) Epub ahead of print April. DOI: 10.1177/1087054714527792. This study explores the relative contributions of “top-down” (i.e. effortful control) and “bottom up” (i.e. sensation seeking) mental processes to maladaptive risky behaviors in college
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  • Training the ADHD Brain

    It sounds like science fiction, but scientists have been testing computerized methods to train the brains of ADHD people with the goal of reducing both ADHD symptoms and cognitive deficits such as difficulties with memory or attention. Two main approaches have been used: cognitive training and neurofeedback. Cognitive training methods ask patients to practice tasks aimed at teaching specific skills such as retaining information in memory or inhibiting impulsive responses. Currently,
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  • ADHD, Biofeedback, and Cognitive Training

    ADHD brains process information differently. Both cognitive training and neurofeedback can be very helpful in assisting individuals with more normative social interaction and recall.

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