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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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Research & Reality: The Diagnosis of ADHD

By Roberta Waite and Meghan S. Leahy Despite the availability of helpful and competent protocols for assessing and diagnosing ADHD in children, adolescents, and adults, there are many prevailing factors that make this job a difficult one. An accurate diagnosis of ADHD (or identifying a different condition causing “attention deficits”) matters because it is an […]

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Smart People Can Have ADHD Too

We know from many studies that ADHD is associated with a slightly lower intelligence quotient (IQ) and with problems in thinking known as executive function deficits.  If that’s that case, you might think that people with a high IQ cannot have ADHD.   You would be wrong.  Data on groups sometimes mislead us about individuals. Although, […]

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