Author Archives: Joshua Israel

Treating Adult ADHD

There is no single treatment strategy that works best for all patients with ADHD. Pharmacotherapy (medication treatment) remains the best-established and most effective treatment for most patients, but it is often just the first step in treatment.  Interventions such as … Continue reading

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Diagnosing Adult ADHD

No physical findings are diagnostic of ADHD, and there are no laboratory studies or electroencephalography (EEG) results that aid in the diagnosis. Neuropsychological testing, including computerized or manual performance tests of attention and impulsivity, may be helpful in assessing a … Continue reading

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Is ADHD real?

I have found this to be a difficult question to answer, primarily because I am asked it most often by people who are unconvinced by anything a psychiatrist has to say on the topic. What does “real” mean as it … Continue reading

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What is Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), once thought to occur only in children, is now recognized to be a continuing challenge into adulthood for many people; it is best understood as a chronic condition with symptoms experienced over a lifetime. It is estimated … Continue reading

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Selected Bibliography

There are many good books on adult ADHD, this list includes some of those I consider most helpful. Scattered Minds: Hope and Help for Adults with ADHD by Lenard Adler Taking Charge of Adult ADHD by Russell Barkley ADHD in Adults: What … Continue reading

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Substance Abuse and ADHD

For patients with no history of substance abuse, ADHD medications, when taken at medically-recommended dosages, are usually no more addictive than caffeine. For patients who do have substance abuse issues, ADHD treatment can be more problematic, and these patients are … Continue reading

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