Management of ADHD

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In this video Russell Barkley, Ph.D., discusses the recent advancements in understanding the nature and subtyping of ADHD. as well as recent discoveries in what might cause the disorder, and medications that might help treat ADHD. This video is from the series: M.I.N.D. Institute Lecture Series on Neurodevelopmental Disorders [11/2008] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 14660]

Dr. Barkley talks about a very important issue with ADH, how the problem is one of future orientation, of planning, or thinking ahead, and how the fact that it is so closely connected with the motor area of the brain (a place we do a lot of planning).

Dr. Barkley also looks carefully at many of the advances in the treatment of ADHD. This includes an interesting discussion of the nature of attention. He reviews the six types of inattention, and how ADHD is about sustained attention or persistence. This type of attention is on the motor side of the brain, while the other types are on the perceptual side of the brain. He discusses how they react to stimuli differently. It is a different kind of distraction of attention from that found in depression or anxiety.

Resistance to distraction is also a key component to the issues of ADHD. But again the problem isn't on the perceptual side of the brain, while with the child with ADHD it is a deficit on the motor abnormality, rather than perceptual side.

Finally he addresses the problem of holding information in mind  helps us stay focused on the task, to return to the task.

Many clients who have watched this video have found it to answer so many questions they have had about themselves and their behaviour. Understanding these deficits helps you develop a plan for action, and not be overwhelmed by feelings of guilt about what you do.

Great video! Enjoy.