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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.
  • Depression and ADHD Life Events

    This article** examines the co-occurrence of adverse life events and depression in a cohort of older adults with ADHD. The study is important as ADHD and depression are highly co-morbid in both younger and older adults. The authors examined the co-occurrence of life events as a possible link with ADHD and depression. Patients (n=230) in the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA) were examined for the presence of ADHD with the DIVA (Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in Adults). The authors
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  • Natural Remedies for ADHD – Fish Oil

    Fish oil and its Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce ADHD symptoms, but only slightly. ADHD medications have much stronger effects, and can be supplemented with fish oil. Substitution is not recommended.
  • Dialetical Behavior Therapy, College Students, and ADHD

    J Atten Disord. 2015 Mar;19(3):260-7. DOI: 10.1177/1087054714535951 “Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group Skills Training for ADHD Among College Students” Fleming, A.P., McMahon, R.J., Moran, L.R., Peterson, A.P., Dreessen, A. This article reports on the results of the first randomized controlled clinical trial of treatment program for college students with ADHD. Thirty-three college students with ADHD between the ages of 18 and 24 years were
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