Scientific sources and popular media alike frequently report on the occurrence of university students feigning attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and misusing stimulant medication for non-medical use. How is it with the BSS students at our faculty?
In a clinical assessment, all people report their symptoms honestly and try to perform to the best of their ability, right? Well… unfortunately, quite a lot of people don’t! We examined the case of feigned attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adulthood, and explored ways to distinguish between true and feigned ADHD.
Can you imagine it is possible to improve cognitive functioning only by sitting regularly for a few minutes on a vibrating chair? In our studies, we demonstrated that Whole Body Vibration (WBV) can be of potential value in the treatment of patients with ADHD!
Adults with ADHD are at high risk to be confronted with negative attitudes and beliefs which can be described as stigmatization. In our research group at the Department of Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology, we developed a disease specific assessment tool, measuring various facets of stigmatization towards adults with ADHD.
Adults with ADHD have long been known to have problems with so-called executive functions, such as planning, organizing and structuring. Recent studies also suggested memory impairments. In thorough analysis, we showed that adults with ADHD do not have an increased forgetfulness, however that memory is adversely affected by executive dysfunctions.