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Love, Sex and ADHD

As a researcher who has devoted most of the past three decades to studying ADHD, I am surprised (and somewhat embarrassed) to see how little research has focused on how ADHD affects the romantic side of life.   There are over 25,000 articles about ADHD listed on www.pubmed.gov, but only a few have provided data about […]

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How to Avoid False Positives and False Negatives when Diagnosing Adult ADHD?

A recent paper by Margaret Sibley and colleagues addresses a key issue in the diagnosis of adult ADHD.  Is it sufficient to only collect data from the patient being diagnosed or are informants useful or, perhaps, essential, for diagnosing ADHD in adults.    Dr. Sibley presented as systematic review of twelve studies that prospectively followed ADHD […]

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How do Stimulants Modulate the Brain to Improve ADHD Symptoms?

The stimulants methylphenidate and amphetamine are well known for their efficacy in treating symptoms of ADHD in both youth and adults.   Although these medications have been used for several decade, relatively little is known about the mechanisms of action that lead to their therapeutic effect.    New data about mechanism comes from a meta-analysis by Katya […]

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Can ADHD be a Deadly Disorder?

Can ADHD be a Deadly Disorder? By: Stephen V. Faraone, Ph.D. In the world of research, it is unusual for a single study to be definitive.    A possible exception is a recent report in the highly esteemed Lancet, which concluded that people diagnosed with ADHD were about two times more likely to die early than […]

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ADHD and the Risk for Suicide

Suicide is one of the most feared outcomes of any psychiatric condition.  Although its association with depression is well known, a small but growing research literature shows that ADHD is also a risk factor for suicidality.   Suicide is difficult to study. Because it is relatively rare, large samples of patients are needed to make definitive […]

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ADHD and Emotional Dysregulation

ADHD and Emotional Dysregulation By Stephen V. Faraone, PhD One of the many great contributions of Dr. Russell Barkley was his conceptualization of ADHD as a disorder of self-regulation.   ADHD people have difficulties regulating their behavior, which lead to the classic diagnostic criteria of hyperactivity and impulsivity and they have problem regulating cognitive processes which […]

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ADHD and Eating Disorders

ADHD and Eating Disorders By Stephen V. Faraone, PhD A relatively new area of ADHD research has been examining the association between ADHD and eating disorders (i.e., anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder).   Nazar and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of extant studies.   They found only twelve studies that assessed the […]

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