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Study finds large gaps between research and practice in ADHD diagnosis and treatment

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Most chil­dren with ADHD receive their care from com­mu­ni­ty-based pedi­a­tri­cians. Giv­en the large num­ber of school-age chil­dren who require eval­u­a­tion and treat­ment ser­vices for ADHD, and the adverse impact that poor qual­i­ty care can have on children’s devel­op­ment, it is impor­tant for chil­dren to rou­tine­ly receive care in the com­mu­ni­ty that is con­sis­tent with best-prac­tice guide­lines.

The Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Pedi­atrics has clear­ly rec­og­nized this and pub­lished guide­lines for Read the rest of this entry »

Debate: Is there a link between ADHD and Creativity?

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The Cre­ative Gifts of ADHD (Sci­Am Beau­ti­ful Minds blog):

In his 2004 book “Cre­ativ­i­ty is For­ev­er“, Gary Davis reviewed the cre­ativ­i­ty lit­er­a­ture from 1961 to 2003 and iden­ti­fied 22 reoc­cur­ring per­son­al­i­ty traits of cre­ative people…In her own review of the cre­ativ­i­ty lit­er­a­ture, Bon­nie Cra­mond found that many of these same traits over­lap to a sub­stan­tial degree with behav­ioral descrip­tions of Atten­tion Deficit Hyper­ac­tive Dis­or­der (ADHD)– includ­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Biofeedback is a “Level 1 — Best Support” Intervention for Attention and Hyperactivity Behaviors

Evidence-based Child and Ado­les­cent Psycho-social Inter­ven­tionsAs we announced last Octo­ber, Prac­tice­Wise, the com­pany that main­tains the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pedi­atrics “Evi­dence-based Child and Ado­les­cent Psy­cho-social Inter­ven­tions,” has ele­vated biofeed­back to “Lev­el 1 — Best Sup­port” as an inter­ven­tion for Atten­tion & Hyper­ac­tiv­ity Behav­iors. Work­ing Mem­ory Train­ing stays at Lev­el 2. It is impor­tant to note that those lev­els do not con­trast effect sizes or clin­i­cal effi­ca­cy per se, but qual­i­ty and over­all direc­tion of under­ly­ing research.

To check out the cur­rent edi­tion of the report: click HERERead the rest of this entry »

Biofeedback now a “Level 1 — Best Support” Intervention for Attention & Hyperactivity Behaviors

biofeedback and hyperactivityPrac­tice­Wise, the com­pa­ny that main­tains the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Pedi­atrics “Evi­dence-based Child and Ado­les­cent Psy­cho-social Inter­ven­tions” (see cur­rent edi­tion here) has just announced it will ele­vate biofeed­back to “Lev­el 1 — Best Sup­port” as an inter­ven­tion for Atten­tion & Hyper­ac­tiv­i­ty Behav­iors in the next edi­tion. Work­ing Mem­o­ry Train­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Research: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Helps Adults with ADHD

Many adults with ADHD do not obtain their diag­no­sis until adult­hood and have strug­gled with dif­fi­cul­ties relat­ed to undi­ag­nosed ADHD for their entire lives. As doc­u­ment­ed in recent stud­ies, this includes ele­vat­ed rates of depres­sion, anx­i­ety dis­or­ders, sub­stance use, work dif­fi­cul­ties and inter­per­son­al prob­lems.

As with chil­dren and ado­les­cents, med­ica­tion treat­ment for adults with ADHD can be quite help­ful, espe­cial­ly for reduc­ing core ADHD symp­toms of inat­ten­tion and hyperactivity/impulsivity.  How­ev­er, Read the rest of this entry »

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