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.