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ADHD Insights: Working Memory

Posted Sep 25 2012 12:00am
  •  ADHD Insights: Working Memory Medications Should Target

    Current ADHD diagnostic labels miss the point: Appearances don’t address underlying Function. Function addresses an activity – more to the point. Labels remain static, based upon observation, and most often fail to engage the patient in discussion regarding their own working memory objectives.

    Leaving the patient’s insights, regarding their own working memory capacity, out of the clinical discussion renders inadequate definition of treatment objectives – inadequate ADHD treatment. 

    But metacognition does matter.

    The result of not thinking: no activity, no , no improvement in working memory in the treatment process itself. Self observation remains neglected, or simply not encouraged, and overlooked. Passivity in treatment with for self remains the standard of care, in fact encouraged through default by mindless label chasing.

    Too many aren’t paying attention to working memory opportunities in treatment – at every new evaluation, every medication check.

    Working Memory

    What separates us humans from cows, horses, elephants, and even good hunting dogs is working memory. We have it, they don’t – or they only have it in a limited context of the real world. These three attributes briefly summarize how our [prefrontal cortical] working memory functions:

    Working Memory Timing: Synchronization

    After recognizing that thinking, acting and memory all work together, in sequence, it easy to see how they can become ineffective through desynchronization. In New ADHD Medication Rules I describe in detail the easy, clinically-recognizable symptoms of desynchronization that more specifically identify ADHD challenges with working memory in the prefrontal cortex.

    Reality continues to change, context matters, and with compromised working memory those with ADHD remain out of touch with effective change, effective timing.

    Easily recognizable, right? Stay tuned for more details here at ADHD Insights.




    Dr Charles Parker: Author, Neuroscience Consultant, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. His book “New ADHD Medication Rules” – Preorder Discount at These Bookstores is the *only resource available to the public* that describes more precise medical diagnosis and measurable treatment strategies for ADHD. His CoreBrain Training platform provides a coaching system from high school students to medical professionals for transitions to these new realities of mind and practice. Join Parker on the radio weekly at ADHD Meds | Straight Talk for ADHD Med details that work. Follow @drcharlesparker on Twitter for more fresh details.

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