Global Medical Education Founder Prakash Masand, MD, Says ADHD Is Not Just Bad Behavior as Many Americans Still Believe

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Prakash Masand, MD, who is a former consulting professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University, a New York City psychiatrist, and the founder and CEO of Global Medical Education (GME), says that ADHD is not just bad behavior, but a serious psychiatric illness which can have devastating consequences to individuals, families, and society as a whole. As part of Mental Illness Week, he offers the facts below about ADHD in an effort to help shed light on this debilitating illness.

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"ADHD is more than just bad behavior; it is a psychiatric illness with a well described constellation of symptoms and proven treatments." - Prakash Masand, MD

Prakash Masand, MD, Founder and CEO of Global Medical Education, offers the real facts about ADHD that most people don’t know:

  • ADHD is more than just bad behavior; it is a psychiatric illness with a well described constellation of symptoms and proven treatments. (1)
  • Pre-schoolchildren with ADHD are more likely to present with hyperactivity, while adults with ADHD are more likely to have inattention rather than hyperactivity. (1)
  • Some children can outgrow ADHD, but 60% will continue to have symptoms as adults. (2)
  • ADHD is not caused by watching too much TV or eating junk food. The exact cause is not fully known, but brain injuries, genetics, and environmental factors like alcohol and tobacco use in pregnant mothers could cause ADHD. Preschoolers exposed to lead also have a higher risk of developing it. (1)
  • ADHD medication will not cause your child to become a drug addict, does not increase his risk of sudden death and will not turn him into a zombie. (3)
  • There is treatment outside medication. Proven non-medical treatments for children with ADHD include behavioral parent training and summer treatment programs. Proven non-medical treatments for adults with ADHD include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy and time management training. (4)
  • If managed properly, children can go on to be extremely successful in school and adult life. Some famous people who have had ADHD: Ty Pennington, Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Justin Timberlake and Michael Phelps.

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References:
1. NIMH website: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/index.shtml
2. WebMD website: http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adhd-adults
3. WebMD website: http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/childhood-adhd/features/reduce-side-effects-adhd-medications
4. myADHD website: http://www.myadhd.com/treatmentsforadhd.html#import

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