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by Mark Stein, PhD -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 Read moreADHD 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 Read moreProfessor 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 Read more
by Lenard A. Adler, MD -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 Read moreJ 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 Read moreJournal 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 Read more
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