Sarah Goodwin

Kathi Ovnic
Holly Korschun
August 20, 1998


Yes, Junior, your dad or mom may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), too, say psychiatric researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine.

The Emory team's 1997 discovery of aberrant cerebral blood flow in adults with ADHD -- verified with positron emission tomography (PET) imaging -- has enhanced knowledge about ADHD in general, particularly our understanding of how this disability affects adults. The researchers are currently using PET scans to study how the stimulant Ritalin affects the brains of adult patients.

The group has also recently expanded a clinic to diagnose and treat ADHD in adults through medication and/or behavioral therapy. The adult clinic augments the Department of Psychiatry's well-established research and treatment program for children and adolescents, which includes a highly structured summer day treatment program for kids.

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