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ADHD and Dr. Amen Contributions

I am a big fan of Dr. Amen. I find his neuroimaging work to be highly fascinating. Not everyone agrees and some question his science. You may have seen some of his programs on the brain on PBS over the last few years.   I have been using Dr. Amen’s mental health questionnaires on my patients for years. I especially love his ADHD assessments. He identifies at least 6 different types of ADHD that have to be treated differently from each other to get the best results. I have been using them with my patients for the last number of years and have seen some highly effective results from the treatments advocated. Some types of ADHD may necessitate an antidepressant. Other types may be helped best by stimulants. Others may need a mood stabilizer. Some types need a combination of a few types of medications. There are also some supplements that can be effective in its treatment. Of course, as shown last month, there are other psychosocial types of treatment that can help including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
 
It is exciting to see all the advancements that are being made with understanding ADHD and its treatment. One day there may even be gene therapy to prevent the problem in the first place. Until then, we can use all the best of what science has to offer us.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy improves ADHD Scores

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy improves ADHD Scores
This month a very interesting research study was recorded in the journal of JAMA. It addresses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an ADHD treatment
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, also known as CBT, is most successfully used in conjuction with medication in my opinion, but often the medication does not offer complete relief of all bothersome symptoms. This study compared CBT with relaxation and educational support.  Please note that all the subjects were already on medication but all had symptoms that remained.
Results of this study showed CBT to be superior to relaxation and educational support in the lessening of ADHD symptoms.
I love and highly recommend CBT and find it very effective for many types of mental health conditions from depression, anxiety, bipolar, and psychotic types of illnesses. I am glad to hear that it shows promise with ADHD as wel