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Health

Inattentive? Impulsive? Adult ADHD Might Be the Cause

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Although some children do seem to “grow out of” their ADHD, about half the kids whose cases have been diagnosed continue to have symptoms into adulthood, with about 4 percent of adults affected. It’s not uncommon for girls to go undiagnosed in childhood as they more often present as inattentive rather than hyperactive.

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Health

Five Gifts to Give Yourself This Holiday Season

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

‘Tis the season for frantic holiday shopping, with newspapers filled with sale flyers, the holiday storefronts packed with the latest seasonal “must haves” and the email inboxes flooded with last-minute sales. It’s enough to make your head spin and drain your pocketbook. Instead, this holiday season, I would like to offer five gifts I hope you consider giving yourself. They don’t cost anything but may leave you feeling merrier this holiday season.

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General Medical

The Myth of Holiday Weight Gain

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Right now, you are being bombarded by messages about holiday weight gain. “Avoid those 5 holiday pounds!” “Drop the Egg Nog and drop that extra weight!” The media reminds us again and again that American gluttony will have us bursting at the seams. So, here’s the secret all those news articles leave out: No one knows where that five pound number came from.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Ten Solutions for Poor Sleep

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

If you optimize your sleep habits and are still struggling, consider seeing a provider who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi). CBTi takes a closer look at the behaviors and thought processes surrounding sleep, and has been shown to be effective for those with sleep issues.

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Alternative Treatments for Depression (Dr. Pat Consults)

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

A series of well-controlled studies showed SAMe to be as effective as, and better tolerated than, the older tricyclic antidepressants, and the majority of studies show it to be more effective than placebo. It can be used on its own for the treatment of depression.

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Dr. Pat Consults: “Is Marijuana as Harmless as My Son Says?”

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

"My son, a college sophomore, tells me that marijuana is far safer than cigarettes or alcohol, with basically no health side effects. Is it really as harmless as he says? Although I admit that I tried it briefly when I was about his age, I worry about what sort of long-term effects it might have, and I want him to be informed."

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Dr. Pat Consults: Eating Disorders in Midlife

By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Megan Riddle, Ph.D., M.S
By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Megan Riddle, Ph.D., M.S

This month—National Nutrition Month—Dr. Pat asks Megan Riddle, Ph.D., a new member of our Medical Advisory Board, how someone could open a conversation with a middle-aged colleague who is suffering from anorexia nervosa, the deadliest of all mental health disorders.

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