Russell Barkley Ph.D., Science, Research, and advice for those who love adults with ADHD

Joining me for this week’s episode is Russell Barkley, Ph.D. Dr. Barkley is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is a clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner who has published 23 books, rating scales, and clinical manuals. He has also published over 270 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature of assessment and treatment of ADHD and related disorders.

This conversation will feature Dr. Barkley discussing his new book, “When an Adult You Love Has ADHD”.

This opens up a discussion about attachment and relationships with ADHD patients. Russell discusses the second part of the conversation and shares some of the latest findings regarding gender in ADHD, adult-onset, neuroimaging genetics, environmental factors and psychosocial treatment.

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[07:13] – Dr. Barkley explains the reasons he wrote When an Adult You Love has ADHD.

[09:42] Dr. Barkley discusses how family members can create a safety net that doesn’t enable.

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[12:19] Russell Barkley discusses being an expert on ADHD and the difficulties of having family members with this diagnosis.

[15:03] Russell Barkley discusses James Prochaska’s research and the willingness of patients to participate in the process of change. Russell outlines the stages.

[20:00] Russell Barkley answers a question about a person who is in a relationship that has ADHD symptoms. He will not test or suggest different strategies. He discusses how to deal with these situations.

[28:45] Tiffany asks Dr. Barkley a question. She addresses the question of how ADHD affects attachment and relationships. Russell also discusses some of the danger areas in which women with ADHD are found.

[34:23] Dr. Barkley discusses recent findings regarding ADHD in women and shares his views on gender and ADHD.

[39:44] Russell Barkley discusses adult-onset ADHD. He says that self-reports can be unreliable and inaccurate.

[51:36] Russell Barkley offers some thoughts about the importance of accountability for people with ADHD.

[57:45] Russell Barkley discusses some recent research he has done.

[1:02:23] Dr. Barkley believes that we are only 2-5 years away from diagnosing ADHD cases with neuroimaging.

[1:04:40] Dr. Barkley discusses advances in ADHD genetics.

[1:08:55] Dr. Barkley discusses the role of environment factors in ADHD’s ideology.

[1:10:42] Dr. Barkley discusses some recent developments in psychosocial treatment.

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