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Driving with untreated ADHD

Accumulative studies show a strong causal link between increased motor accidents and untreated Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). According to Psychiatrist Dr Rykie Liebenberg, it’s vital for young adults with ADHD to seek proper treatment or they could be at risk on the road. (more…)

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Shifting ADHD perceptions

A new portal, dedicated to understanding and treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as well as dispelling myths around the condition, has been launched in SA. MyADHD is now available for use by patients and healthcare professionals and aims to shift perceptions in the minds of individuals with ADHD – as well as their friends […]

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ADHD: One or many conditions?

Researchers have been puzzling over how one diagnosis, namely ADHD, can have such different manifestations. How do we understand its marked heterogeneity in symptom presentation and impairments? How does this question relate to the changes seen in the diagnosis of ADHD in DSM-5? (more…)

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The Ethical Tightrope of Cognitive Enhancement: Part 2

Dr Dora Wynchank, Psychiatrist in private practice, Parkview Cognitive enhancement, or the use of prescription medication to improve memory and attention, raises many ethical problems. Objections to cognitive enhancement fall into two broad categories: problems for the individual user and problems for society. The ethical principles A first principle regards patient autonomy. Perhaps autonomy grants patients the […]

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The Ethical Tightrope of Cognitive Enhancement: Part 1

Dr Dora Wynchank, Psychiatrist in private practice, Parkview One pressing ethical dilemma facing doctors is the request for stimulant medication by many patients who do not meet the criteria for ADHD. Who might be using stimulants without a valid prescription? University students may have acquired the drug illegally, by buying or trading it. Some researchers have established […]

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ADHD Not ‘Outgrown’ in Adulthood: Diagnosis and Treatment

Dr Ian Westmore Much has been said and written in recent times about the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents. The diagnosis and treatment of this disorder is debated heavily (and sometimes emotionally). The first point of call is normally the general practitioner or paediatrician, and treatment is often initiated in […]

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