The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Julie Schweitzer, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and an ADHD expert, shares common symptoms and the latest research being done at the MIND Institute: It’s important to consider both the person’s age and the setting. Symptoms must be present across settings and cause severe disruption: both at school and […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Neil Peterson Today brings us a nice example of that kind of study. Researchers in Sweden interviewed ten people with ADHD over the age of 50, asking them about life with ADHD and looking for patterns in their responses. Specifically, participants were asked: “Could you please share openly what it is like to live with ADHD […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Adults with ADHD are more prone to anxiety, depression, and other psychological challenges. There are many theories why this is the case, including overlapping biological causes as well as the psychological challenges of ADHD throughout the lifespan. Fortunately, there is significant research from a field of science pioneered by Dr. Martin Seligman called Positive Psychology, the study of strategies that enable […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Neil Petersen Theoretically, having ADHD is something that can increase your empathy for other people. You know what it’s like not to fit in, to struggle with things other people take for granted, to act in ways that don’t make sense to yourself or other people. All of that potentially makes you more understanding […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Patricia Quinn, MD We adults with ADHD are good at beating ourselves up and being way too hard on ourselves. We are more forgiving and understanding of our friends’ belly flops than we are of our own. Gabor Maté, a physician and author of Scattered Minds, writes about the harsh judgments some people with attention […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
New findings challenge the belief that half of children with ADHD outgrow the condition by adulthood. Although patients may show intermittent periods of symptom remission, 90% of children with ADHD followed into young adulthood continued to experience residual symptoms, according to the results of a prospective longitudinal study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry Read […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Approximately 8 percent of adults in the United States have ADHD, which therefore means that 92 percent do not. Basic math. We live in a neurotypical world governed by neurotypical rules. This does not mean that they are more normal (whatever that is) or better than we are; however, it does mean that their ways of thinking are not only […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Dana Rayburn If you want to have a successful day with ADHD, you must add structure to your life. Otherwise you’ll go flitting through life forgetting this, neglecting that, and procrastinating on everything else. Structure allows things to flow smoothly and keeps things under control when life hits a bumpy patch. Last week, during a coaching […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I heard my 7-year-old son’s cries of frustration loud and clear despite the closed door between us. Seconds earlier, I’d left him stationed at a desk in my bedroom, hoping he’d complete at least a portion of his virtual school assignments without me at his side while I left to wash the dishes. “This is […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Sometimes a partner or friend of someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will wonder if he really has narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) instead. Another option is that a person can meet the diagnostic criteria for both ADHD and NPD. So how can you tell the difference between the disorders? A person with ADHD may look like they are self-focused […]Continue Reading... No Comments.