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ADHD

This is a guide to resources pertaining to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as well as similar or related conditions.

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There are a number of videos available on this subject, both on the internet and through our available databases. This page features some useful examples. For more, we recommend accessing the Films on Demand database.

Videos

What is ADHD, anyway? Well, you're about to find out just about everything you need to know about ADD/ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In this 28-minute video, Understood expert Tom Brown discusses everything about ADHD in children -- from ADHD symptoms to various treatment options, including ADHD medication. Grab a cup of coffee and get ready to hear what a leading expert in the field shares with all his new patients!

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder has long been seen as just another name for bad behavior. But we now know that ADHD is as real as autism and dyslexia. It’s the most common—and fastest growing—childhood disorder. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Many adults are now being diagnosed too, having struggled with chaotic lives for years without knowing why. This timely investigation looks at the causes and effects of ADHD. Do behavior therapies control the condition as well as medication? Are drugs now handed out as performance enhancers? And should people with ADHD even want to change? A BBC Production.

When used under a doctor’s guidance, Adderall, Ritalin, and similar medications can be effective in controlling ADHD. But “pressure over grades and competition for college admissions are encouraging students to abuse prescription stimulants,” says The New York Times. Employees—white collar and blue collar alike—abuse them too, for the energy and focus they can provide. And yet the cost of such abuse is high, leading to ever-increasing addiction that produces serious physical and psychological problems. This video follows Randy, a young man with no history of ADHD who began abusing Adderall in high school to improve his performance and, having later dropped out of college, relies on it to enable him to work for days at a time as a handyman for his grandmother. Commentary is provided by Jeffrey Strawn, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and faculty member at the University of Cincinnati, and Richard L. Baum, a psychologist with A.S.A.P., the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program. A Cambridge Educational/Endeavor Pictures Coproduction.