ADHD & How Anyone Can Improve Their Focus | Huberman Lab Podcast #37

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In this episode, I discuss ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder): what it is, the common myths, and the biology and psychology of ADHD.

I will discuss ADHD treatment options, including pharmacologic and behavioral treatments. I also talk about behavioral training protocols that can help improve focus for ADHD patients and people without ADHD. I also discuss the role that dopamine plays in the coordination of ‘default-mode” and ‘task related’ neural networks. Attentional “blinks”, or lapses of attention, are discussed as well as how to overcome them. And finally, the importance of actual blinks in time perception, attention, and attention. Finally, I discuss some of the prescription and non-prescription drugs for increasing focus, such as Ritalin and Modafinil, Armodafinil, Modafinil, Armodafinil, and Armodafinil.

We also discuss the role of technology and cell phones in ADHD and ADHD-like difficulties with focus. Both clinical and basic science scenarios are discussed as well as the applicable tools and resources.

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Timestamps:
00: 00: 00 Introduction & Note About Diagnosis
00: 03: 27 Sponsors
00: 07: 56 ADHD vs. ADD: Genetics, IQ, Rates in Kids & Adults
00: 13: 00 Attention & Focus, Impulse Control
00: 14: 57 Hyper-focus
00: 16: 45 Time Perception
00: 18: 25 The Pile System
00: 20: 00 Working Memory
00: 24: 10 Hyper-Focus & Dopamine
00: 26: 40 Neural Circuits In ADHD: Default Mode Network & Task-Related Networks
00: 32: 57 Low Dopamine in ADHD & Stimulant Use & Abuse
00: 37: 10 Sugar, Ritalin, Adderall, Modafinil & Armodafinil
00: 47: 00 Non-Prescribed Adderall, Caffeine, Nicotine
00: 49: 18 How Stimulants “Teach” the Brains of ADHD Children to Focus
00: 52: 00 When To Medicate: A Highly Informed (Anecdotal) Case Study
00: 56: 35 Elimination Diets & Allergies In ADHD
01: 04: 46 Omega-3 Fatty Acids: EPAs & DHAs
01: 07: 00 Modulation vs Mediation of Biological Processes
01: 10: 50 Attentional Blinks
01: 16: 56 Open Monitoring & 17 minute Focus Enhancement
01: 22: 50 Blinking, Dopamine & Time Perception; & Focus Training
01: 30: 10 Reverberatory Neural & Physical Activity
01: 33: 40 Adderall, Ritalin & Blink Frequency
01: 35: 00 Cannabis
01: 37: 30 Interoceptive Awareness
01: 41: 15 Ritalin, Adderall, Modafinil, Armodafinil; Smart Drugs & Caffeine: Dangers
01: 48: 05 DHA Fatty Acids, Phosphatidylserine
01: 50: 54 Ginko Biloba
01: 51: 45 Modafinil & Armodafanil: Dopamine Action & Orexin
01: 56: 19 Acetylcholine: Circuits Underlying Focus; Alpha-GPC
01: 59: 04 L-Tyrosine, (PEA) Phenylethylamine
02: 01: 23 Racetams, Noopept
02: 05: 15 Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation; Combining Technology & Pharmacology
02: 09: 14 Smart Phones & ADHD & Sub-Clinical Focus Issues In Adults & Kids
02: 14: 30 Synthesis/Summary
02: 16: 10 Support for Podcast & Research, Supplement Resources

The Huberman Lab Podcast does not include Dr. Huberman’s research and teaching roles at Stanford University School of Medicine. This podcast is not intended to replace medical advice. The Huberman Lab Podcast, its guests, and affiliates, assume no responsibility for the use of the information.

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