For many individuals with ADHD the symptoms and problems associated with the disorder persist into young adulthood and beyond. In cases where an ongoing positive response to medication occurs, and where there are no significant adverse side effects, treatment that persists across many years of development could thus be helpful. [Read more…] about Survey: 40% who discontinue ADHD medication treatment concerned about loss of self
Predicting How Patients Respond to Therapy (press release):
“A new study led by MIT neuroscientists has found that brain scans of patients with social anxiety disorder can help predict whether they will benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy…Social anxiety is usually treated with either cognitive behavioral therapy or medications. However, [Read more…] about Cognitive therapy or medication? Brain scans may help personalize treatments
In a recent issue of Attention Research Update I reviewed a study of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for adults with ADHD that yielded encouraging findings. Promising findings of this approach for adults raises the question of whether CBT could also be helpful for teens with ADHD.
Developing effective nonmedical interventions for teens with ADHD is important for several reasons. [Read more…] about New Study shows Teens with ADHD helped by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Although medication treatment and behavior therapy provide short-term symptomatic relief for children with ADHD, such gains rarely persist after treatment ends. Because these treatments are infrequently sustained over extended periods (most children on medication do not even remain on it for a year), few individuals with ADHD receive effective treatment over the long-term. This may explain why [Read more…] about Study: Promising New Neurocognitive Intervention for Preschoolers with ADHD (TEAMS)
Although ADHD used to be considered a disorder of childhood, follow-up studies indicate that between 30% and 60% of children with ADHD continue to experience symptoms and impairment in adulthood. And, even when ADHD symptoms decline over time, many individuals continue to experience significant impairment in important areas of functioning.
For example, children with ADHD have [Read more…] about Does ADHD medication treatment in childhood increase adult employment?
Like all psychiatric disorders, ADHD is diagnosed based on the presence of particular behavioral symptoms that are judged to cause significant impairment in an individual’s functioning, and not on the results of a specific test. In fact, recently published ADHD evaluation guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) explicitly state that no particular diagnostic test should be routinely used when evaluating a child for ADHD.
While most ADHD experts would agree that no single test could or should be used in isolation to diagnose ADHD, there are several important reasons why the availability of an accurate objective test would be useful.
First, many children do not receive a careful and comprehensive assessment for ADHD but are instead diagnosed with based on evaluation procedures that are far from optimal.
Second, although AAP guidelines indicate that specific diagnostic tests should not be routinely used, many parents are concerned about the lack of objective procedures in their child’s evaluation. In fact, many families do not pursue treatment for ADHD because the the absence of objective evaluation procedures leads them to question the diagnosis. You can read a review of an interesting study on this issue at www.helpforadd.com/2006/january.htm
For these reasons an accurate and objective diagnostic test for ADHD could be of value in many clinical situations. Two important conditions would have to be met for such a test to be useful.
First, it would have to be highly sensitive to [Read more…] about Neurofeedback/ Quantitative EEG for ADHD diagnosis