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May 7, 2013 


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For many years, the general public has not fully recognized that ADHD is real or that stimulant medications can be effective, but this view perpetuates the social stigma associated with ADHD. In our Guest Writer section below, Robert Tudisco of the Edge Foundation discusses the improper use of medications and how it can impact stigma in his article, entitled "ADHD Medication Diversion and Its Impact on Stigma: The Invisible Consequence."


Do ADDers know things intuitively? And what does this have to do with things career choices... or even our feet? In our "Facebook Corner" in this edition, we share a Facebook post by Veronique St. Martin about our interview with Dr. Ari Tuckman, entitled "ADHD: What is Intuition? How Can Intuition Help ADDers?


Also featured in this issue of Attention Talk News, you will find our video interview, entitled "ADHD Information: Is It ADD, Age, or Hormonal Changes?" ADDiva Linda Roggli answers questions on attention deficit disorder and hormonal changes in later life. 


In our interview on May 1, 2013, entitled "ADHD: The Psychology of Medication and Treatment," Dr. Ari Tuckman answers the question: If you take ADHD medications and become successful, who gets the credit? The medications or the physician who prescribed them?


On April 24, 2013, we interviewed Dr. Roberto Olivardia in the show entitled "ADHD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder--Part 2," who discusses whether the symptoms of ADHD and OCD can be used to move a person forward if the individual has a diagnosis of both.


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ADHD: The Psychology of Medication and Treatment 

Is there a difference between application of a remedy to a patient and advising of best practices to an individual by a consultant? How do stereotyping, stigma, and emotions impact the psychology of medication and treatment of ADHD? Get the answers to these questions in our interview with Dr. Ari Tuckman on May 1, 2013.  


Can the symptoms of ADHD and OCD be used on each other to move a person forward who has a diagnosis of both? Can OCD rituals mask or compensate for ADHD? You bet. Get the details in our interview with Dr. Roberto Olivardia, found in our archives dated April 24, 2013.         


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Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 8:00 pm

What is the role of a pharmacist in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD? Is the job just to count pills? Not! Your pharmacist can be an amazing resource, not only for advice on medications but as a place to discuss ADHD assessments. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, ADHD and attention coach Jeff Copper interviews Frank J. Granett, R.Ph., a board-certified pharmacist, who discusses everything from the pharmacist's role to the physiological, environmental, and behavioral assessments and the roles they play in getting a proper diagnosis. He also shares how they are used in determining who can benefit from ADHD medication and who might be overusing meds. This is an insightful show for anyone in the ADHD community.                                    


ADHD: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 8:00 pm 

"There are three types of lies -- lies, damn lies, and statistics." ~ Benjamin Disraeli. It has been said the phrase points to the persuasive power that statistics have in supporting weak arguments. Conversely, mastering statistics is a fundamental requirement of many sciences. In this episode, host, attention and ADHD coach, Jeff Copper interviews Dr. Russell Ramsay of the University of Pennsylvania around ADHD statistics. The diagnosis of ADHD is on the rise. What does this mean? Are we over-diagnosing? Was ADHD under-diagnosed to begin with and we are just catching up? Could it be that ADHD symptoms lie on a continuum and those on the fringe who could get by without a diagnosis and medication in the past now need them in our changing social culture? Or is the rise attributed to gaming the system in the black market to divert stimulant medication to the street? What impact will the new DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Ed.) have on rates of diagnosis? Get the answers and more in this interview. If you are confused by ADHD statistics, join us as we pay attention to what the numbers pay attention to.



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ADHD Information:  Is It ADD, Age, or Hormonal Changes   

If you are a high-functioning person with ADHD, what happens as you age? Get ADDiva Linda Roggli's thoughts on the topic in our interview with her, titled "ADHD Information: Is it ADD, Age, or Hormonal Changes?" released May 6, 2013, on Attention Talk Video.  


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The Invisible Consequence

by Robert Tudisco of Edge Foundation



When writing about ADHD Medication Diversion, it is important to educate students and their parents about the legal and administrative consequences that could lead to prosecution and/or expulsion. What many don't realize however, is there is another consequence to diversion that is not as readily apparent but damaging to the ADHD community and undermines the medical nature of the disorder.


The biggest obstacles that face those of us who are diagnosed with ADHD are social stigmas that unfortunately still persist. When students divert their stimulant medication, they unwittingly perpetuate these stigmas and make it much more difficult for other students and for the disability community as a whole.


For years we have been faced with a public that either doesn't understand, or refuses to believe that ADHD is real and that stimulant medication is both necessary and very effective in managing its symptoms. For many, the notion of giving something that is a "controlled substance" to children is a bad or dangerous thing. Even though these medications are prescribed and taken under the supervision of a doctor, many fear that children are somehow being drugged, or given something to intoxicate them. This is not only incorrect, but unfair to students and adults with ADHD who need to improve their focus and manage their ADHD symptoms.


When students share their medication with others who have not been diagnosed with ADHD, or take their medication recreationally and not according to the prescription and supervision of a qualified doctor, they perpetuate the myth that ADHD medication somehow does get students high and/or has an intoxicating effect. This completely undermines the message that the ADHD community has been trying to educate the public about. Additionally, when students share their medication with someone who has not been diagnosed with ADHD, as a study aide, it also fuels the myth that there is no necessity to take medication even for those with a prescription because it is only a performance enhancement for those who are too lazy, or unintelligent to work on their own. By extension, this actually undermines the diagnosis itself and the fact that ADHD is a neuro-biological disorder.


The message here to students with ADHD is that they must be careful about safeguarding their medication and not sharing it, not only because of the trouble they could get into legally or administratively. They have to think of the medication as a way of trying to level the playing field and give them the opportunity to focus in ways that their brain is not wired to. But that opportunity comes with a responsibility and an understanding that their actions could undermine the small amount of credibility that the ADHD community has fought so hard and so long for. Use your medication wisely and according to the instructions of your prescribing doctor.


Robert M. Tudisco
Executive Director
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Véronique St. Martin is an Attention Talk Radio listener in Canada who has been blogging her thoughts on our Facebook page about our video and radio shows. We want to share some of her comments. (The content has been edited, as much of it is written on the fly.)   



On "Attention and Intuition" (Dr. Ari Tuckman Interview on Attention Talk Radio)

Very interesting show! I particularly loved the part where Dr. Tuckman was giving the example of the feet to illustrate what was intuition: We can feel our feet on the floor before someone tells us to pay attention to it. It's just that we are distracted by something else, so we can't pay attention to the sensations of our feet!  


But I think that we, ADDers, are more intuitive than everybody else, because we are not rational beings... we are sensitive beings. We are like sponges. We absorb all around us. So, we have an intuitive knowing of the things. We know and learn intuitively. But sometimes, we are distracted by the comments of the others, by what the medias says, so, we are distracted by the external world, while we already know what we need to know.  


I especially think about a career choice. Often, we do a career choice because we are influenced by external factors, like the career perspectives, the salary, the trends, the fashion, the openings... Yes, these are important things, but in the case of ADDers, I think these are bad factors because most of the ADDers intuitively know what they want to do for a living and are attracted by the things that make them vibrate and that it's not rational.


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