ADHD studies provide tantalizing findings.

Some people dismiss ADHD as a cultural phenomenon. Others interpret the fact that stimulant medications consistently produce the largest reductions in ADHD symptoms to mean that the condition is primarily a neurochemical problem — a deficit of dopamine.

Yet fundamentally, ADHD brains differ from standard-issue human brains in wiring and…

Looking over, rather than overlooking, our bodies improves mental health.

Blasting billionaires into space reminds us that humans survive only in a narrow range of temperature, atmospheric pressure, radiation exposure, and oxygen content.

In order to stay alive, animals need to track the external world and what’s going on in their own bodies, and then adjust their metabolism and behavior…

Can personality testing provide useful information about ADHD or other conditions?

Online you can find dozens of personality tests. After you’ve filled out one such survey, notices about other personality inventories will inundate your screen, many of them for Myers Briggs personality typing. If you have ADHD, depression, social anxiety or another mental health diagnosis, you’re likely to see links promoting…

We need to utilize tools that help people redirect their attention

Depression, schizophrenia, and even ADHD probably garner more attention, but in the US and worldwide, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health conditions. Doctors diagnose Social Anxiety Disorder more frequently than any other anxiety disorder with the exception of specific phobias.

Many individuals with Social Anxiety Disorder also fulfill…

A psychiatrist’s perspective

Modafinil, the “nonstimulant stimulant” has been around for over thirty years, with demonstrated efficacy for promoting wakefulness in a broad range of situations. It can effectively treat ADHD and shows benefits for depression and other conditions.

Yet in the US, doctors prescribe stimulant medications, which cause substantially more serious side…

Some reassuring information, with a lot of unknowns

Whether planned, spontaneous, or undesired, pregnancy profoundly disrupts the lives of prospective parents. Although researchers have investigated connections between pregnancy and both mood and anxiety disorders, we possess much less information about the impact of pregnancy on ADHD symptoms.

Our knowledge about the safety of common ADHD medications during pregnancy…

John Kruse

John Kruse MD, PhD, San Francisco psychiatrist, father of twins, marathon runner. Author of Recognizing Adult ADHD: What Donald Trump Can Teach Us About ADHD

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