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Thursday, January 26, 2012




            Thu, 26 Jan 2012 14:27:53
"After an hours wait I was asked to take my place at a certain table and receive a special report for the Boston _Herald_, the conspirators having arranged to have one of the fastest operators in New York send the despatch and salt the new man.Without suspecting what was up I sat down, and the New York man started in very slowly." (c) Cameo whippings

Tuesday, October 04, 2011


Hey, I finally found this opportunity

Hey there!
i'll never be going back to living off the basics ever again
see you soon

Sunday, December 09, 2007


AD/HD and Marriage

Dr. Ned Hallowell and Melissa Orlov blog about marriage when one or both spouses has ADHD. They are writing a book on the topic.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Do ADHD Kids Really Grow Out of It?


I thought this was an important article and just wanted to share. Draw your own conclusions.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


ADHD Appears to Be Associated With Depressed Dopamine Activity in the Brain

CHICAGO, IL -- August 6, 2007 -- Adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) show a blunted response to the drug methylphenidate (Ritalin), which increases brain dopamine levels, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. This suggests that dopamine dysfunction may be involved with ADHD symptoms and may contribute to substance abuse that often occurs simultaneously.

ADHD is the most prevalent psychiatric disorder among children, according to background information in the article. "Despite decades of research, the specific neurobiological mechanisms underlying this disorder still remain unclear," the authors write. "Genetic, clinical and imaging studies point to a disruption of the brain dopamine system, which is corroborated by the clinical effectiveness of stimulant drugs (methylphenidate hydrochloride and amphetamine), which increase extracellular dopamine in the brain."

Nora D. Volkow, MD, of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda, Md., and colleagues studied 19 adults with ADHD (average age 32) who had never received medication and 24 healthy controls (average age 30).

Brain scans were performed using positron emission tomography (PET) and a drug known as raclopride labeled with carbon 11 ([11C]raclopride), which binds with dopamine receptors. Scans were performed twice, after injections of placebo and of methylphenidate; the participants did not know which drug they had received. Participants also were asked to report the severity of their ADHD symptoms, whether they could detect the drug, if they liked or disliked it, and if it made them feel "high," tired, alert, anxious or restless.

In individuals with ADHD, methylphenidate caused less of a decrease in the amount of [11C]raclopride that bound to dopamine receptors in areas of the brain associated with attention than it did in those without ADHD. Since levels of methylphenidate in the blood were the same in both groups, this suggests that those with ADHD released less dopamine in response to the drug than controls. This blunted response was associated with symptoms of inattention.

Exploratory analyses also found evidence of reduced [11C]raclopride binding in the hippocampus and amygdala in those with ADHD. These areas of the brain are part of the limbic system, involved in emotional responses as well as consolidating and retrieving memories.

"The findings of reduced dopamine release in subjects with ADHD are consistent with the notion that the ability of stimulant medications to enhance extracellular dopamine underlies their therapeutic effects in ADHD," the authors write.

Individuals with ADHD also reported liking methylphenidate more than individuals without ADHD, the authors note. "The reinforcing responses to methylphenidate were negatively correlated with the dopamine increases, suggesting that decreased dopaminergic activity may also be involved in modulating the magnitude of the reinforcing effects of methylphenidate," they continue. "This suggests that dopamine dysfunction is involved with symptoms of inattention but may also contribute to substance abuse comorbidity in ADHD."

This research was supported in part by the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, a contract from the Department of Energy, and by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2007;64(8):932-940.

SOURCE: American Medical Association

Monday, February 19, 2007


$4 RX at Wal-Mart


Now you can get certain medications for $4 at Wal-Mart, whether you have insurance or not.

If the link doesn't work, just go to walmart.com and click on Pharmacy on the left. Look for Generic Drug Program on the Pharmacy page. The program isn't perfect but it's bound to help a lot of people afford their meds.

Friday, December 01, 2006


Video Game Violence Goes Straight to Kids' Heads

Video Game Violence Goes Straight to Kids' Heads
11.28.06, 12:00 AM ET

TUESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- A study of adolescents finds that violent video games stir up the brain's emotional-response center while reducing activity in regions linked to self-control.

"This is the first time that it has been demonstrated that violent video games can affect brain physiology and the way the brain functions," said lead researcher Dr. Vincent Mathews, professor of radiology at Indiana University School of Medicine.

"After playing a violent video game, these adolescents had an increased activity in the amygdala, which is involved in emotional arousal," Mathews said "At the same time, they had decreases in activity in parts of the brain which are involved in self-control," he added.

The findings were to be presented Tuesday in Chicago at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

Video games accounted for $10 billion in sales in the United States last year, but there is growing concern about the effects the games may have on those who play them.

In the study, Mathews's team randomly assigned 44 adolescents to play either a violent video game or a nonviolent video game for 30 minutes. They then had the adolescents undergo functional MRI (fMRI) brain scans while performing tasks that measured concentration and inhibition. fMRI measures real-time changes that occur when the brain is active.

The Indiana group found that, compared to children who weren't playing a violent video game, kids who played these games had more activation in the amygdala, a brain area closely linked to emotional arousal.

At the same time, their brains showed a reduced activation in prefrontal brain areas involved in inhibition, concentration and self-control.

"These findings raise concern that these types of video games are having some sort of effect on the brain and likely an effect on behavior as well," Mathews said.

"This is early evidence for a biological change supporting other research on violent video games," added David S. Bickham, a research scientist at the Center on Media and Child Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. "This is a first step in this kind of research, but it isn't conclusive," he said.

The research is opening up new areas in understanding the process of how violent media results in negative and aggressive social behaviors, Bickham said

Bickham said parents need to be vigilant regarding the media they are letting into their homes, since children learn from all media they encounter. "This is more evidence that violent media can lead to aggressive and negative behaviors," he said.

Ginger Mitchell A.C.T. 12
ADD Coach
Co-Creator of ADD website:
Implementation Coordinator
at OFI and www.ADDCoach.com

Sunday, October 01, 2006


Question the wisdom of a medication break...

Highlights from article:

United Press International - Consumer Health - ADHD raises teens' accident risk: "ADHD raises teens' accident risk"
UPI Correspondent

"WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Teenage drivers afflicted with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder face an even greater risk of car accidents, already the leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States, according to a new study at the University of Virginia Health System...

"Historically there's been this thinking that it's good to take a break (from the medications) on weekends or in the summer, kind of a 'drug holiday.' But those 'drug holidays' are the times when people end up in the emergency room," Cox said. "If you ask when teenagers are least likely to be medicated, and then you ask when they're most likely to be in accidents, it's the same answer." ...

Maintaining a regular dosing schedule can save a life, confirms Alison O'Brien, a 20-year-old Reston, Va., student. O'Brien was 16 when she was lucky to survive a head-on collision one Sunday morning when she forgot to take her daily ADHD treatment..."


Thursday, September 07, 2006


Type 3 Diabetes

Scientists say they may have discovered a previously unknown form of diabetes, after finding the brain produces insulin as well as the pancreas.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006



Shire is seeking FDA approval for SPD465, which contains the same active ingredient as Adderall XR. SPD465 will control AD/HD symptoms for up to 16 hours. Click on the link above for more details.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006


More on Provigil as an AD/HD Drug



Gov't Advisers Reject Strong ADHD Warnings

Gov't Advisers Reject Strong ADHD Warnings
March 23, 2006 10:17:14 PM PST
Federal health advisers said Wednesday that Ritalin and other drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder should not carry strong "black-box" warnings about potential cardiovascular and psychiatric risks.

Read the rest of the story here.

Saturday, March 25, 2006


The Gift of ADHD

Newsweek has a new article called "The Gift of ADHD?", featuring two new books, "Delivered From Distraction" by Dr. Edward Hallowell and Dr. John Ratey and "The Gift of ADHD" by Lara Honos-Webb.

You can read the article here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7102727/site/newsweek/

Is ADHD a gift? What do you think? Feel free to leave your comments by replying to this blog entry below.

Thursday, February 02, 2006


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February 2006
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Since most adults grew up and created relationships without knowledge of their AD/HD, they must now strive to understand what role it plays in their established connections. How can they be better to themselves so they can live more fulfilled with others? How do their actions or reactions affect the relationship with their loved ones?

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Thursday, December 08, 2005


New Drug for Treatment of ADHD

ProVigil (modafinil) will soon have a "twin" called SPARLON a new option in ADHD medication. This is another instance of drug companies repackaging a drug for a different market, which is fine if you don't mind being confused once in awhile.

SPARLON should be available in early 2006, subject to final FDA approval. Click this link for more info: Cephalon, Inc

Thursday, December 01, 2005


A Visit From St. What's-his-Name

By Janine Baker, OFI Associate
The Optimal Functioning Institute™





December already -- how did I miss the part of November that comes after Thanksgiving?

If it takes me a week to wrap the gifts, how many shopping days does that leave before until Christmas (and how many payments to my Christmas account did I actually make?)

What am I going to do about the outdoor decorations, and the dinner, and the office parties, and the cookies, and scheduling family visits, and  -- heaven help me  -- all those CARDS I always mean to send????  [Stamps. . this year I have to make sure I buy stamps before the Post Office lines become unmanageable.]

How in the WORLD will I find the time to dig out a place to put up the tree, much less everything ELSE that goes with that task?  Where did I pack away the ornaments and the lights and the tree-skirt last year anyway?  Is there any chance I was smart enough to pack the stockings, the candle holders and the advent calendar in the same place?


If the Rumination Rag is the Christmas carol playing in your head too, check out the latest from Addvance by clicking the link below.  Hey  - maybe you could order several extra and simplify your gift list!!  [If you are one of those ADDers who can't see the problem, click the link ANYWAY and leave a few more tips for the rest of us.]

OH - and consider THIS your Christmas card (I've already started simplifying!)

All of us at OFI and ADDCoach.com hope you have a VERY Merry Christmas.

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, A.C.T., MCC
 The Optimal Functioning Institute
    and ADDCoach.com

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Ritalin Patch Awaiting Approval

This broken link has been fixed! : )

The Staff

This article link was submitted by:

LouAnne Babcook
A.C.T. 12


Dear all,

Hi all -

News of a new delivery system for methylphenidate - a transdermal patch - from the recent joint meeting of the American and Canadian Academies of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry here in Toronto.

Ritalin Patch Awaiting Approval
CBS News Online

Your friend,
LouAnne Babcook


Ritalin and Driving Study (pdf)

Effects of two doses of methylphenidate on simulator driving performance in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Barkley, R. A., Murphy, K. R., O’Connell, T., & Connor, D. F. (2005).


Study of healthy brain function

Interested in Learning More About Your Brain?

The Amen Clinic Newport Beach is conducting a study of brain function among healthy normal individuals aged 18 to 100.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Has anyone seen my basal ganglia??

"Locating the Timekeeping Centers of the Brain"
"Researchers Stephen M. Rao, PhD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Deborah Harrington, MD, of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, and Andrew R. Mayer, also of the Medical College, have now identified the areas in the brain that are responsible for perceiving the passage of time in order to carry out critical everyday functions."


MSNBC - A remote control that controls humans

Article from MSNBC: "A remote control that controls humans Headset sends electricity through head, forcing wearer to move"

Sunday, November 06, 2005


ADHD Medication and children's emotional expression

New studies quantify effects of ADHD medication on children's
emotional expression


Common reasons behind a reluctance to employ drug therapy for
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are that children will
be subjected to a 'chemical cosh' and 'turned into zombies' on one
hand, or made more excitable on the other. There are also concerns
that therapy might depress mood and provoke suicidal ideation. Now a
new 29-item assessment tool has been validated that allows parents and
care staff to study and quantify scientifically any effect, positive
or negative, that medication has on a child's emotional expression and
to monitor change over time.

The Expression and Emotion Scale for Children (EESC) can be used to
measure a child's usual level of emotional expression before
treatment. Any effects of medication on the child's emotional state
such as flattening or blunting of affect, emotional lability or
positive expression effects, can then be determined by comparison of
pre and post-treatment scores. Similarly, the scale can be used in
children stabilised on one medication to assess the effects of
switching to a new drug or adding in a further medication. And the
scale can be used to compare groups of children on different

Results of two studies involving the EESC were presented this month in
Toronto, Canada, during the annual meeting of the American Academy of
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). One compared how different
medications (atomoxetine (Stattera) or stimulants ) affected emotional
expression in children with a diagnosis of ADHD. The other was a
double-blind randomised placebo-controlled clinical trial comparing
the effects of atomoxetine and placebo on emotional expression in
children with ADHD aged between 6 and 12 years.

In the first study involving 179 children with a diagnosis of ADHD
(105 receiving stimulants and 74 receiving atomoxetine), parents
completed the EESC for the child's current and most recent prior
medications. In the second study parents of 208 children
participating, completed the EESC at baseline and at the end of a
six-week course of treatment.


In Study 1 there were no statistically significant differences in EESC
scores between treatment groups regarding their current medication.
For children who had switched from a stimulant medication to either a
different stimulant or to atomoxetine, there was a statistically
significant improvement in emotional expression. Patients switched to
atomoxetine showed a greater mean change in emotional expression than
those switched to another stimulant (p=0.008) with treatment
differences most apparent in assessment of 'blunting' or 'flattening'
of affect (p=0.001). Children who switched medications because of
adverse events had significantly higher EESC scores than those
switching because of a lack of efficacy.

In the double-blind trial both placebo-treated and atomoxetine-treated
patients showed statistically significant improvements in emotional
expression. Treatment differences were not significant for either
total scores or any subscale scores.

The studies' authors suggest that where there are problems regarding
emotional expression, this may be improved by selecting an alternative
medication. They added: "Patients who switched from stimulant
treatments improved more by switching to atomoxetine than to another
stimulant." The double-blind trial suggests that atomoxetine did not
significantly influence emotional expression in either a positive or
negative direction, they concluded.

Ref: AACAP 2005. Kratchovil CJ, Faries DE, Vaughan BS, et al.
Emotional expression during ADHD treatment: initial assessment of
treatment effects.

Friday, November 04, 2005


Cylert, Generics Withdrawn From the Market

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005


Smoking lowers IQ, thinking ability. 25/10/2005. ABC News Online

Smoking lowers IQ, thinking ability. 25/10/2005. ABC News Online: "Smoking lowers IQ, thinking ability"

Friday, October 07, 2005


Adult Female Volunteers Needed for Studies of Attention Deficit Disorder in Women

As seen on the National Center for Gender Issues and ADHD website:

Study #1: The National Center for Gender Issues and ADHD is recruiting women age 23 to 60 with, and without, ADHD to participate in the research study focusing on the Women's AD/HD Self-Assessment Symptom Inventory (SASI). The SASI is a self-assessment tool, which aids in the diagnostic process by obtaining information on both childhood and adult AD/HD patterns. The purpose, of the study, is to determine the reliability and validity of the instrument. Participation in the study requires the completion of the SASI instrument. All information provided by participants will be held in confidence and identities will remain anonymous. For participants' convenience, the SASI tool can be completed via the web. Click on the provided link to begin taking the survey. http://data.ed.uidaho.edu/sasi/
If you have questions regarding the study, please contact Joy Jansen at SASIstudy@uidaho.edu.

Study #2: This study will investigate how a history of ADHD affects self-concepts of women. Study participants must be between 25 and 45 years of age, have a diagnosis of ADHD or think they have ADHD, and are not currently abusing drugs or alcohol. Volunteers must complete 5 pencil and paper questionnaires, and return them in a prepaid mailing envelope to the researcher. The questionnaires will ask participant about their feelings, about themselves, and others.

All information will be kept confidential. Each person who completes the study will receive three opportunities to win $50.00. Participation in the study requires approximately 60-90 minutes.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


Coaching Research Project

Carl Dowden, Ph.D., of Carleton University in Ottowa, Canada, is conducting this study. He says it is an “in-depth examination of the lives of coaches in terms of their personality, experiences and well-being. In particular, I am interested in learning about who you are, how you coach and your thoughts and ideas on the field of coaching." Click here to find out more.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


CHADD Applauds National Medical Association for Acknowledging AD/HD’s Impact on African Americans

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Fw: Yahoo! News Story - Study: Adult Use of ADHD Medicines Doubles - Yahoo! News

Here's a short article about the increased adult use of ADHD meds.

It's interesting to see that the press is picking up on the fact that ADHD
continues until adulthood.


Study: Adult Use of ADHD Medicines Doubles - Yahoo! News

I'm posting this link in behalf of Laura Stiener an ACT Associate.

Thanks Laura!

Originally she posted this link to GooseChat, it is sponsored by the Optimal Functioning Institute for participants in the ADD Coach Training Program (A.C.T.).

BTW Laura, If you would like your contact information posted along with this link please let us know!


The Upside of ADHD

New article on msn.com, commenting on the trend of concentrating on the positive traits of ADDers.

Monday, September 05, 2005


Who's Who in Coaching Survey

Who's Who in Coaching: Cast your vote
To all ADD Coaches:

The call is going out to coaches everywhere for help in identifying and acknowledging the people who shaped and are shaping the coaching field internationally.

ADD Coaches are encouraged to take the survey - longtime coach Vikki Brock, MCC, a personal friend, is responsible for this survey. You can help her out AND get some ADD Coaches in this survey!

Then, pass it on to anyone in your network who qualifies (non-ADDers too!)
NOTE requested response deadline:
Please complete the survey by Friday September 30, 2005.

It's Vikki Brock here and I am doing my PhD dissertation on the evolution of professional coaching.
My intent is to identify and acknowledge the people who shaped and are shaping the coaching field internationally. As such, the purpose of this survey is to:
* Recognize key people and organizations who have contributed most to professional coaching.
* Create an International Who's Who of key influencers on the coaching field.
* Identify individuals and organizations for follow-on interviews to gather further details on the evolution of coaching.

You are eligible to complete this survey if you are a(n):
* Established coaching organization
* Coach training school or program
* Academic or education institution who offers or is considering offering coaching education
* Significant purchaser or provider of coaching
* Professional in a related profession such as psychology, organization development, human resources, etc
* Professional coach

I appreciate your participation in this survey. The survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete - your input will make a difference in creating an accurate representation of the history of the coaching field.
You have the opportunity to leave your name and contact information at the end of the survey if you would like to receive the aggregate results of this survey. All your answers are anonymous and confidential, used for research purposes only. Your contact information will not be associated with your questionnaire responses. Upon survey completion, you will also have an opportunity to nominate yourself for the "Who's Who in Coaching".

Please complete the survey by Friday September 30, 2005. Surveys are welcome thru the end of 2005 and the first round of analysis will begin October 1, 2005.

I ask you to enlist your members, colleagues, clients, graduates and/or students to complete this survey and contribute their legacy to the evolution of coaching.
Click here to take the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=503201288237. Note: If you use AOL you will need to log in using a non-AOL browser such as Internet Explorer.

I thank you in advance for your participation in the survey.

Best Regards, Vikki

Vikki G. Brock, MBA
Master Certified Coach, Certified Executive Coach
Executive and Leadership Coaching and Consulting
PH 206-297-9300 FX 206-297-9301 CL 206-910-4328
www.call-me-coach.com Vikki@call-me-coach.com

"A living legacy has no age" Vikki G. Brock

(posted on behalf of MGH)

Thursday, September 01, 2005


National ADHD Awareness Day is September 14

I thought I would try to find some stuff that is happening around the country for National ADHD Awareness Day...

is hosting some free audio recordings at their website from the 14th-20th.

I will try to add more later..


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