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New Developments in CBT for Adult ADHD

Russell Ramsay, PhD University of Pennsylvannia Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is considered an evidence-supported, psychosocial treatment that has been found to be effective through several outcome studies, including randomized trials comparing CBT with active control treatments. Two recent outcome studies have extended research on CBT for adult ADHD in terms of the benefits of this treatment […]

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Are You a Night Owl? About ADHD and Late Sleep

By Sandra Kooij, MD PhD PsyQ, psycho-medical programs, Expertise center adult ADHD, the Hague, The Netherlands ADHD is related to several sleep problems, but the most frequent seems the delayed sleep phase syndrome, a disturbance of the circadian rhythm. Research of children and adults with ADHD (when compared to controls) shows that the majority of […]

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Comparison of Two Measures of Working Memory Impairments in 220 Adolescents and Adults with ADHD

Ryan J. Kennedy, Donald M. Quinlan, and Thomas E. Brown Comparison of Two Measures of Working Memory Impairments in 220 Adolescents and Adults with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders. Online First, August 1, 2016. DOI: 10.1177/1087054716661232 This study compares two normed measures used in ADHD evaluations to assess impairments in working memory. Although individuals with […]

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Why Do Adults With ADHD Choose Strength-Based Coaching Over Public Mental Health Care? A Qualitative Case Study From the Netherlands.

Schrevel, S. J. C., Dedding, C., & Broerse, J. E. W. (2016). Why do adults with ADHD choose strength-based coaching over public mental health care? A qualitative case study from the Netherlands. Sage Open, July-September, 1-8. doi: 10.1177/2158244016662498  Overview and Recommendations by David Giwerc, MCAC, MCC  The coaching profession has had a relative scarcity of research […]

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Affective Lability or Emotional Dysregulation: Diagnostic Overlaps

Affective lability is a term used in mood disorders where as emotional dysregulation is described in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. At first glance these two terms might appear to make categorical distinctions yet the clinical presentation is often much more confusing. Richard-Lepouriel and colleagues (2016) wrote in their paper on the similarities of affective lability […]

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Impulsivity Linked to Completed Suicides in Elementary School Aged Children

Sheftall AH, Asti L, Horowitz LM, et al. Suicide in Elementary School-Aged Children and Early Adolescents. Pediatrics. 2016;138(4):e20160436 Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among school age children. Despite this startling fact, most research examining risk factors for suicide in those under 18 has focused on adolescents. The lack of research on completed […]

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How Do We Manage a Patient Who Presents ADHD and Comorbid Depression? How Well Do Antidepressants Work In This Patient Population?

This is an everyday issue in real world clinical practice. The old adage of “Treat mood and anxiety first” before treating ADHD has long been considered the recommended standard of care when confronted with patients with ADHD comorbid with significant mood or anxiety symptoms. Recent findings by Chen et al from a nationwide longitudinal study […]

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Are There Character Strengths Associated With Adult ADHD?: Comparison of ADHD Adults and Controls on the VIA Inventory of Strengths

Are There Character Strengths Associated With Adult ADHD?: Comparison of ADHD Adults and Controls on the VIA Inventory of Strengths. Ramsay, J. R., Giwerc, D., McGrath, R. E., & Niemiec, R. (2016, January 15). Background: On the one hand, it is well documented that a lifetime diagnosis of ADHD is associated with many life impairments. On […]

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Is ADHD a Serious Condition?

The short answer is “yes”.  The US Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) review of ADHD starts with the statement: “Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a serious public health problem affecting a large number of children and adults” (http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/research.html).  My colleagues and I recently reviewed the ADHD literature.  That let us to describe ADHD as “…a seriously […]

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Working Memory Training in Post-Secondary Students with ADHD: A Randomized Controlled Study

Commentary by Dr. Margaret Weiss*: The gold standard for evaluation of outcome of working memory has to target real life improvement in those areas that are impaired. Working Memory Training in Post-Secondary Students with ADHD: A Randomized Controlled Study Mawjee K, Woltering S, Tannock R. PLoS One. 2015 Sep 23;10(9):e0137173 Abstract Objectives: To determine whether […]

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