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What is Evidenced Based Medicine?

What is Evidenced Based Medicine? With the growth of the Internet, we are flooded with information about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder from many sources, most of which aim to provide useful and compelling “facts” about the disorder.   But, for the cautious reader, separating fact from opinion can be difficult when writers have not spelled out […]

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Can Computers Train the Brain to Cure ADHD?

Can Computers Train the Brain to Cure ADHD? It sound like science fiction, but scientists have been testing computerized methods to train the brains of ADHD people with the goal of reducing both ADHD symptoms and cognitive deficits such as difficulties with memory or attention.   Two main approaches have been used: cognitive training and neurofeedback. […]

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More Data About Gifted People with ADHD

More Data About Gifted People with ADHD I recently came across a paper from Tom Brown that adds to the growing scientific literature about smart people with ADHD, which I blogged about last year (http://tinyurl.com/qckgatx).  Dr. Brown’s study measured executive functions in 157 ADHD adults with an intelligence quotient (IQ) in the top 9 percent of the […]

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ADHD Increases Risky Decision Making: Evidence from a Meta-Analysis

ADHD Increases Risky Decision Making: Evidence from a Meta-Analysis Adults with ADHD are more likely to have accidents, to drive unsafely, to have unsafe sex and to abuse substances.    These ‘real world’ impairments suggest that people with ADHD may be predisposed to making risky decisions.  Many studies have attempted to address this but is only […]

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Does ADHD Medication Improve the Parenting Skills of Adults with ADHD?

Does ADHD Medication Improve the Parenting Skills of Adults with ADHD? Raising children is not easy.  I should know.  As a clinical psychologist, I’ve helped parents learn the skills they need to be better parents.  And my experience raising three children confirmed my clinical experience.  Parenting is a tough job under the best of circumstances […]

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Cerebellum & stims Ivanov

A recent structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study of pre-adolescent and adolescent youth reports findings relevant to clinicians who treat ADHD patients of any age.  It suggests that stimulant medications normalize cerebellar volumes.  See more at   A recent structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study of pre-adolescent and adolescent youth reports findings relevant to clinicians […]

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Can Physical Exercise Help People with ADHD?

Can Physical Exercise Help People with ADHD? By Stephen V. Faraone Animal studies clearly show that physical exercise helps with brain development and improves behaviors known to be impaired in ADHD people.  Some studies in humans are consistent with this, but the data are weaker.  Studies using exercise to treat ADHD suggest that moderate to […]

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Adult ADHD and Comorbid Somatic Disease

Adult ADHD and Comorbid Somatic Disease By Stephen V. Faraone, PhD Although there has been much research documenting that ADHD adults are at risk for other psychiatric and substance use disorders, relatively little is known about whether ADHD puts adults at risk for somatic medical disorders.   Given that ADHD people are disorganized and inattentive and […]

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