Executive functioning (2014)

ADHD, Self Regulation and Executive Functioning: Implications for Management
Dr Russell Barkley
Transitions 2014

400 psychological traits that have been catalogued in the human psyche

more than 33 psychological abilities have been atributed to the term “executive function”. THEREFORE: ambiguous definition

Your feelings inform your thoughts; it's a reciprocal system.

This network is the final determiner of what you choose to do.

As Damasio said: you can not make decisions unless the cognitive content (what you're thinking about) has some affective or emotional valence built into it.
Otherwise it's purely rational information that has no personal meaning to you. It's the personal meaning, the emotional tone of your thougts that helps to decide among your various options.

psychometric test batteries:

all four levels of driving
necessary but insufficient faculties

It doesn't matter what you know. You can't use it.
What matters is do you apply it?

This is not a skill disorder. Stop skill training.

Impairments are always setting-specific

The longer you stay on your medication, the more normal your brain becomes.


The Second Attention Disorder: Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (2018)

Dr. Russell Barkley: The Second Attention Disorder. Sluggish Cognitive Tempo vs ADHD
The University of Gothenburg, Nov 2018

The Second Attention Disorder: Sluggish Cognitive Tempo
Dr. Russell Barkley

you may have a sparkling personality

no distractability

comorbidity for other disorders
Tourett syndrome predisposes to ADHD (but no viceversa)
Bipolar disorder predisposes to ADHD (but no viceversa)

comorbidity is very common in ADHD

double dissociation

1:10:00 deviancy training
special education

Emotion in ADHD (2014)

The Importance of Emotion in ADHD
Dr. Russell Barkley
Transitions 2014
ADHD Science

goal reengagement: working memory

reward discounting

9:35 emotion (definition)

benefits of very early intervention:
no medication is going to reverse your learning history

ADHD: Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Pediatrics. November 2011, 128(5)
1.The primary care clinician should initiate an evaluation for ADHD for any child 4 through 18 years of age who

Dr Russell Barkley: ADHD (2012 Burnett Lecture)

This is how you treat ADHD based off science, Dr Russell Barkley part of 2012 Burnett Lecture

ADHD is a Disorder of Executive Functioning
Dr Russell Barkley

Guanfacine extended release for children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: efficacy following prior methylphenidate treatment
Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Volume 12, 2016
–  atomoxetine produced improvement only in stimulant-naïve participants

Richard Branson

Virgin’s Richard Branson Bares His Business ‘Secrets’
October 10, 2012

Richard Branson is not your average entrepreneur. He dropped out of school at 15 and, despite suffering from dyslexia and attention deficit disorder, went on to found Virgin Group, a business empire that includes airlines, cellphone companies, banks, hotels, health clubs and even a space travel business.

In his new book, Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School, Branson reflects on his dyslexia as well as some frequently asked questions about his success.



Hidden Potential – Irish Short Film


Methylphenidate’s long-term effects

Animal model of methylphenidate’s long-term memory-enhancing effects
Learn. Mem. January 16, 2014 21: 82-89

Cognitive and emotional behavioural changes associated with methylphenidate treatment: a review of preclinical studies
Int J Neuropsychopharmacol February 1, 2012 15: 41-53

Executive Impairment Determines ADHD Medication Response: Implications for Academic Achievement
J Learn Disabil March 1, 2011 44: 196-212


Train of thought

Living with ADHD in the age of information and social media
Theo Siggelakis

train of thought
5:14 AADD: Acquired Attention Deficit Disorder


ADHD As A Difference In Cognition, Not A Disorder
Stephen Tonti

ADHD sucks, but not really
Salif Mahamane | TEDxUSU
December 2015

another instance:

Pleiotropic effects on psychopathology (Lancet 2013)

Identification of risk loci with shared effects on five major psychiatric disorders: a genome-wide analysis.
Lancet. 2013 Apr 20;381(9875):1371-9.
Cross-Disorder Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium.
Erratum in: Lancet. 2013 Apr 20;381(9875):1360.

Findings from family and twin studies suggest that genetic contributions to psychiatric disorders do not in all cases map to present diagnostic categories.
We aimed to identify specific variants underlying genetic effects shared between the five disorders in the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium: autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia.

We analyzed genome-wide single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data for the five disorders

SNPs at four loci surpassed the cutoff for genome-wide significance (p<5×10(-8)) in the primary analysis: regions on chromosomes 3p21 and 10q24, and SNPs within two L-type voltage-gated calcium channel subunits, CACNA1C and CACNB2.
Model selection analysis supported effects of these loci for several disorders.
Loci previously associated with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia had variable diagnostic specificity.
Pathway analysis supported a role for calcium channel signalling genes for all five disorders.

Our findings show that specific SNPs are associated with a range of psychiatric disorders of childhood onset or adult onset. In particular, variation in calcium-channel activity genes seems to have pleiotropic effects on psychopathology.
These results provide evidence relevant to the goal of moving beyond descriptive syndromes in psychiatry, and towards a nosology informed by disease cause.

cited by:
Genes and the Human Condition (From Behavior to Biotechnology)
Coursera 2014

ADHD: Some Foods May Complement Treatment

For Kids With ADHD, Some Foods May Complement Treatment
by Allison Aubrey
January 09, 2012

“Elimination diets may help in a very small percentage of patients,” whereas stimulant medications are generally very effective, writes J. Gordon Millichap, a neurologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago who authored the paper.