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If ADHD is caused by brain structure, why isn't analysis of brain structure used to diagnose it?

ADHD is not 'caused' by a brain structure. However, there are observable differences in the brains of ADHD sufferers compared to non-ADHD sufferers. For example, ADHD sufferers have a ...
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What is the relationship between rejection sensitive dysphoria and ADHD?

Upon closer examination, it appears that Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria is a term that was coined by Dr. William Dodson to describe the phenomenon of rejection sensitivity in ADHD sufferers. It does ...
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Can the effectiveness of antidepressants be explained by a placebo effect?

Short answer Don't believe everything you read. Background The article cited (Kirsch, 2014) appears in a German journal with a mediocre impact factor. Not the most convincing platform. I'll cite ...
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How do we know bipolar is one illness rather than two comorbid illnesses?

Short answer: Bipolar disorder is probably not composed of two comorbid illnesses, but it may be on a continuum that includes some depressive disorders. This is a good question, though it does convey ...
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Does high IQ give cause to doubt an ADHD diagnosis?

Sounds to me like someone is making a logical fallacy here, though the origin of this fallacy isn't clear to me. We cannot go from 'poor academic performance', to 'not amounting to anything', to '...
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Are there any movies or series involving someone with ADHD?

The problem with ADHD is that it doesn't really have its own trademark indicator, the way that schizophrenia or Asperger's might. There are several different subtypes of ADHD, and they tend to look ...
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What is the relationship between rejection sensitive dysphoria and ADHD?

You might want to look at Bondü, R. & Esser, G. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry (2015) 24: 185. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-014-0560-9 The authors found fairly compelling evidence of a latent ...
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Is there a difference between ADD and ADHD?

They are interchangeable. ADD was a term used throughout most of the 80s and ADHD aftewards. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 1980 (DSM-III) published by the American ...
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How does one distinguish BPD anger from ADHD anger?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a complicated diagnosis to understand and treat. A painful mix of emotional trouble, unstable relationships and self-destructive behavior, including suicide ...
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Are ADHD and OCD under some type of mental illness?

Different diagnostic systems may assign these syndromes to different categories based on theory or clinical opinion. In the DSM-IV era, OCD was listed under the "Anxiety disorders" category; however, ...
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Are ADHD and OCD under some type of mental illness?

ADHD is considered a neurodevelopmental disorder. Neurodevelopmental disorders are impairments of the growth and development of the brain or central nervous system. A narrower use of the term ...
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How well defined is ADD/ADHD?

Why the symptoms were picked out and given a name Professionals used to believe ADHD was something children grew out of, but not anymore. ADHD has always been strongly related to school performance. ...
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Treatment and strategies for procrastination for ADHD

This is an interesting question, and after mostly failing to find recent literature I've become fascinated at why this topic is not more heavily studied. It looks like a field ripe for disruption by ...
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Could ketosis be therapeutic for ADHD based on the neuro-energetic theory of attention?

Whether or not there is truth to this theory, a ketogenic diet cannot 'eliminate ADHD symptoms'. ADHD is an impairment of executive functioning. Executive dysfunction is thought to be linked to a ...
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Can adhd and ocd coexist? Is it in the same way mania and depression can coexist (in bipolar disorder)?

Yes, they can coexist. No, they aren't opposites. How could they be? Both ADHD and OCD affect a variety of different brain regions, and its effects are not consistent in every person. Maybe if OCD and ...
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What's the difference between perseveration and hyperfocus?

I myself have never found evidence to suggest a difference between perseveration and hyperfocus when referring to ADHD. However, while 'hyperfocus' can be a psychiatric or non-psychiatric condition, ...
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What is the relationship between rejection sensitive dysphoria and ADHD?

Dodson distinguishes "RSD" from social anxiety in that the latter begins as an anticipatory fear and is generally lessened upon social interaction whereas the RSD flare-ups begin as in-the-moment ...
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Do stimulants increase the IQ tests score for everyone?

IQ in ADHD sufferers indeed increases with the treatment of stimulants, such as methylphenidate (Meyes et al., 1994). This is thought to rely on the attention-narrowing effect of stimulants, i.e., ...
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Dutch RCT of mindfulness therapy vs methylphenidate in ADHD

This is the protocol study referred to: https://bmcpsychiatry.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/s12888-016-0978-3 The trial only remained in a planned state: http://www.trialregister.nl/trialreg/...
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System 1 thinking and ADHD

I think there's very likely a connection between the two, but not a direct one. The first difficulty will be visible when you dig into the literature on Dual Process Theory — that's the overarching ...
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What is the relationship between anger management difficulties and ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a type of Neuro-developmental condition whose signs can be seen during early childhood. ADHD is related to hyperactive behavior, attention ...
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What is the underlying genetic basis for ADHD?

I hope the few sources below answer your question. I strongly recommend you read actual sources as opposed to the parts I have quoted. I don't know much about this topic so I did not attempt to ...
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How does one distinguish BPD anger from ADHD anger?

The difference is in consistency. Bipolar disorder there is usually episodic; quick, drastic changes between normality, mania, depression and anger. ADHD on the other hand is chronic and affects ...
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Are there any movies or series involving someone with ADHD?

Mommy is about the problems of a mother with his child which is said to have ADHD. Anyway, I think you will get better answers on https://movies.stackexchange.com/.
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If I have ADHD, how can I focus on programming task for hours?

If you don't focus, then your efficiency easily drops to 50% of other people. But if the task is truly engaging you, you work 200% compared to other people and you forget everything else. This has a ...
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How are the logical and mathematical skills of people with ADHD?

How do the rationality and logical thought processes those with and without ADHD compare? Please explain the source of this difference. Is the difference thought to be caused by dopamine, serotonin or ...
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Best way to modeling ADHD?

The approach you would take will depend upon your level of analysis. For instance, one could choose to model an entire individual's behaviour (i.e. with heuristic models), the activity of neural ...
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How well defined is ADD/ADHD?

I understand ADHD is a standard term, but I'm still a bit suspicious that it's not a useful one; Psychiatry doesn't seem like the most reliable field Okay, I know this is going to sound weird, but I ...
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Why ADHD instead of ADD? / Why predominantly hyperactive-impulsive instead of predominantly-impulsive?

ADHD used to be called just ADD in DSM-III (released in 1980), with the subtypes ADD/H (ADD with hyperactivity) and ADD/WO (ADD without hyperactivity). However, by 1987 when DSM-III-R was published, ...
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