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  • 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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  • Oros Methylphenidate, ADHD and Executive Function Deficits

    Proven ADHD Medications for Adults – OROS-methylphenidate Many studies have documented that ADHD patients have difficulties with the type of complex brain processes neurologists call “Executive Functions” (EF). A 2011 study of ADHD in Adults for example found roughly 40% have executive function deficits (EFDs) (Biederman, et al. 2011). EFs help us organize our lives, manage time, remember complex material and complete complex sequences of behavior. A deficit in executive function is
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  • ADHD and PTSD

    ADHD and PTSD can go together, and clinicians should screen for the other when one is present. Having an ADHD diagnosis along with PTSD increases the neuropsychological burden on the individual.
  • Myths About the Treatment of ADHD

    Myth: ADHD medications “anesthetize” ADHD children. The idea here is that the drug treatment of ADHD is no more than a chemical straightjacket intended to control a child’s behavior to be less bothersome to parents and teachers. After all, everyone knows that if you shoot up a person with tranquillizers they will calm down. Fact: ADHD medications are neither anesthetics nor tranquillizers. The truth of the matter is that most ADHD medications are stimulants. They don’t anesthetize the
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  • ADHD and Diet

    If we are to believe what we read on the Internet, dieting can cure many of the ills faced by humans. Much of what is written is true. Changes in dieting can be good for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney stones to name just a few examples. But what about ADHD? Food elimination diets have been extensively studied for their ability to treat ADHD. They are based on the very reasonable idea that allergies or toxic reactions to foods can have effects on the brain and could
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  • Natural Remedies for ADHD: Are they Effective?

    ADHD patients and parents search for natural medicines for ADHD to relieve ADHD symptoms. Research has shown that ADHD medications have the largest and most reliable response. Behavioral, dietary, and neurocognitive interventions play less of a role and
  • One Year on ADHD Medications

    Fredriksen M, Dahl AA, Martinsen EW, Klungsoyr O, Haavik J, Peleikis DE “Effectiveness of one-year pharmacological treatment of adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): An open-label prospective study of time in treatment, dose, side-effects and comorbidity.” European Neuropsychopharm 2014 24: 1873-1884. This new study from Norway provides useful information about the long-term drug treatment of adult ADHD. Prior studies are small, of short duration (e.g. 4-10 weeks) or
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  • Myths About the Diagnosis of ADHD

    Myth: The ADHD diagnosis is very much "in the eye of the beholder." This is one of many ways in which the ADHD diagnosis has been ridiculed in the popular media. The idea here is that because we cannot diagnose ADHD with an objective brain scan or a blood test, the diagnosis is “subjective” and subject to the whim and fancy of the doctor making the diagnosis. Fact: The ADHD diagnosis is reliable and valid. The usefulness of a diagnosis does not depend on whether it came from a blood
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