The ADHD Weekly Blog from ADHD Experts

  • Atomoxetine: Real World Dosing

    Kabul,S; Alatorre,C; Montejano,LB; Farr,AM; Clemow, DB. CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics 21 (2015) 936–942. This study describes a large prescription database survey of dosing patterns of atmoxetine, between January 2006 and December 2001, in adults with ADHD. 12,412 adults >= 18 y.o. met inclusion criteria of: 1) having at least one claim coded for ADHD, 2) having continuous medical and prescription benefits for the 6 months prior and 12 after the index (initial atomoxetine
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  • Epilepsy and ADHD Treatments

    Ettinger AB1, Ottman R, Lipton RB, Cramer JA, Fanning KM, Reed ML. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in adults with self-reported epilepsy: Results from a national epidemiologic survey of epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2015 Jan 15. doi: 10.1111/epi.12897. [Epub ahead of print] The purpose of this study was to examine symptoms of ADHD and resulting functional consequences in a large community cohort of individuals with epilepsy. There is a somewhat higher rate of ADHD observed in
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  • Locomotor Activity and Diagnosing ADHD

    This article reviews existing evidence for the use of locomotor activity measures in diagnosing ADHD. The authors conducted a meta-analysis of published studies using motion measures to compare patients with ADHD with controls and then conducted a case control study using the McLean motion activity test (MMAT) on a sample of child, adolescent and adult ADHD patients (N=81) and matched controls (N=91). The meta-analysis procedure involved searching several electronic medical databases and
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  • ADHD and Hyperactivity – Children, Teens, Adults

    ADHD and hyperactivity are measureable objectively at all ages, from children through teen through adult. Reaction time is also slower in ADHD adults than normal adults.
  • ADHD in Parents and Families

    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
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  • Sleep and ADHD Medications

    ADHD 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
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  • ADHD and Insomnia

    ADHD by itself is associated with insomnia and sleep problems, which can have adverse effects on cognition and behavior. Stimulant ADHD medications can effect sleep as well, and a baseline of sleep should be taken before medications are started.
  • Psychotherapy for ADHD

    Professor 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
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  • University Healthcare Provider Survey on ADHD

    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
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