Frank's Story (04:23)
"Melrose Place" writer Frank South relied on his assistant to stay organized. He became increasingly stressed with work and suffered a nervous breakdown. He drank to cope and experienced sleep disruptions.
Genetic Component (02:42)
Frank's son was being disruptive at school; his symptoms were similar to Frank's own. Dr. Anthony Rostain defines ADHD as a developmental disorder affecting patient focus and executive function. Dr. Lisa Harris says children and parents often share the condition.
ADHD Diagnosis (04:33)
Frank was diagnosed at 49; most adults are undiagnosed and present with other primary health issues. Frank's childhood behavior indicates he developed the condition early in life.
Myth or Medicine (01:29)
ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental childhood disorder. Dr. Brett Robbins says the condition is not being over-diagnosed and explains diagnostic criteria.
ADHD in Adults versus Children (01:52)
The condition can be easier to identify in hyperactive children. Adults have problems with executive function and restlessness. Co-occurring conditions include substance use, anxiety disorders, sleep disruption, and depression.
Treating ADHD (03:53)
Rostain educates patients and has them simplify their lives before considering medication. Learn about stimulant and non-stimulant classes. Frank started on Ritalin but switched to Adderall, which has a more dramatic effect.
Second Opinion (03:08)
Rostain recommends that Frank continues to simplify his life and focus on least enjoyable tasks while his medication is peaking. Frank reflects on learning to manage ADHD, including putting his family first.
Second Opinion 5 (02:13)
Dr. Roger M. Oskvig shares five things to know about adult ADHD.
Credits: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults—Second Opinion (01:12)
Credits: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults—Second Opinion
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