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Critically Speaking

Jun 17, 2020

Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) real? Dr. Stephen V. Faraone, distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at SUNY Upstate Medical University and author of over 700 scientific articles and five books, speaks critically about this controversial condition, what it is, why it needs to be recognized early and the best treatment initiated as early as possible.


In this episode, Therese Markow and Stephen Faraone discuss:  

  • Separating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) myth from fact.  
  • Patient symptoms evaluated by medical professionals for a diagnosis of ADHD.
  • Understanding the severe consequences for patients if the disorder remains untreated.  


Key Takeaways:  

  • ADHD is not only a childhood disorder, but it also affects adults.  2/3 of patients with ADHD as an adolescent have ADHD as an adult.
  • Medications prescribed to adolescents to effectively treat the disorder are also used with adults.
  • 5% of the population has ADHD. While the disorder affects both sexes, it is more prevalent in boys.  The ratio of an ADHD diagnosis in boys to girls is 6 to 1.
  • The three main features of ADHD are 1) hyperactivity, 2) inattention and 3) impulsivity to the degree that it causes severe problems with relationships, workforce challenges, and education.


"ADHD is a disorder that can have serious consequences.  It is also one of the disorders that are easiest to treat with available medications." —  Stephen Faraone  


Connect with Stephen Faraone:    

Twitter:  @stephenfaraone  

Book: Straight Talk about Your Child's Mental Health

LinkedIn: Stephen Faraone, Ph.D.


Connect with Therese:  


Twitter: @CritiSpeak

  • Tsuang MT, Faraone SV. The Genetics of Mood Disorders, Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins; 1990
  • Faraone SV, Tsuang, D, Tsuang MT.  Genetics of Mental Disorders: A Guide for Students, Clinicians, and Researchers, New York, NY: Guilford;1999.
  • Faraone, S.V.  Straight Talk About Your Child’s Mental Health: What To Do When Something Seems Wrong, New York, NY: Guilford, 2003.
  • Tsuang MT, Faraone SV & Glatt SG Schizophrenia: The Facts, Oxford University Press; 2011.

Faraone, S.V. & Antshel, K. ADHD: Non-Pharmacologic Interventions Elsevier, 2014


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