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Women and ADHD at HealthWomen.org


Although the gender distribution of ADHD in children is 3 boys to 1 girl, in adults the distribution is 1 woman to 1 man.  Women are being diagnosed more often in adulthood because they usually don’t have the disruptive behavior in childhood like the boys. Women and men get diagnosed because the persistent inattention, distractiblity and disorganization impairing their ability to complete tasks in a timely fashion.

HealthWomen.org  invited me to be the medical editor on their article on this subject so as to insure the accuracy of the information. I was pleased to review, edit and update the information for their readers.

I invite you to take a look. This is a long and comprehensive review with up-to-date information to help women, men and their family with ADHD.

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Adult ADHD on Sirius XM Doctors Radio October 16 Tues 8:00 am


Doctors Radio on Sirius XM satellite radio will feature me in a one hour live interview with Dr. Carol Burnstein, past president for the American Psychiatric Association. The topic, “Updating physicians on diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, especially in adults”. I apologize for the late notice but the time was only confirmed today.

With a full hour, I hope to cover a broad range of physicians concerns about identifying, diagnosing and effectively treating ADHD. In adults the complexity increases because of co-existing psychiatric and medical conditions. As physicians, we can consider the implication of neurodevelopment in assisting diagnostic evaluation. Also, medical illnesses need to be considered as some medical conditions may mimic attention problems (ie sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, medication effects). Since medications are often prescribed, a medical assessment of safety risk (cardiac, drug interactions, over-the-counter medications, daily caffeine intake, substance abuse history) is an important component of the initial evaluation. The complement of individualized psychotherapies expands the new skills needed by people with ADHD and their families.

I am pleased and honored that the producer has invited me, now the second time, to review the state of new research and its clinical applicability.

David W. Goodman, M.D.