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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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  • Driving and ADHD

    Zheng Chang, PhD; Paul Lichtenstein, PhD; Brian M. D’Onofrio, PhD; Arvid Sjölander, PhD; Henrik Larsson, PhD. “Serious Transport Accidents in Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and the Effect of Medication: A Population-Based Study” JAMA Psychiatry. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.4174. Published online January 29, 2014. This study examines the association of adult ADHD with transport accidents and potential effects of ADHD treatment. The authors note that transport
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  • Non Pharma Overview

    There are several very effective drugs for ADHD and that treatment guidelines from professional organization view this drugs as the first line of treatment for people with ADHD. The only exception is for preschool children where medication is only the first line treatment for severe ADHD; the guidelines recommend that other preschoolers with ADHD be treated with non-pharmacologic treatments, when available. Despite these guidelines, some parents and patients have been persuaded by the
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  • “Does Pharmacological Treatment of ADHD in Adults Enhance Parenting Performance?”

    Waxmonsky JG, et al.  “Does Pharmacological Treatment of ADHD in Adults Enhance Parenting Performance? Results of a Double-Blind Randomized Trial.” CNS Drugs (2014) 28:665-677. This study examines the impact of pharmacologic treatment of parents with ADHD on their parenting performance.  It has long been observed that parental ADHD reduces the efficacy of parenting behaviors and is often associated with higher rates of comorbid problems in their ADHD children (Hinshaw et al, 2000) and
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  • Myths About the Causes of ADHD

    Myth: ADHD is caused by poor parenting or teaching. Parents and teachers are popular targets for those who misunderstand ADHD. This myth posits that ADHD would not exist if parents and teachers were more effective at disciplining and teaching children. From this perspective, ADHD is a failure of society, not a brain disease. Fact: ADHD occurs when genes and toxic environments harm the brain. Blaming parents and teachers for ADHD is wrong. We know from research studies that many parents
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