Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Video Training Tool Improves ADHD Symptoms in Teenagers

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Video Training Tool Improves ADHD Symptoms in Teenagers

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BOSTON -- Working memory training can significantly improve symptoms in adolescents receiving medical treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Dr. Bradley S. Gibson said in a poster presentation at a meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development.

In the first U.S. investigation of the Cogmed Working Memory Training system--a computer-based training program developed at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm--Dr. Gibson and his colleagues administered the program to 12 adolescents aged 12-14 years who had been previously diagnosed with ADHD. The investigators observed significant decreases in inattention and significant improvements in both the working memory and other executive functions.

The findings validate those reported in 2005 by Cogmed developer Dr. Torkel Klingberg and colleagues (J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry 2005;44:177-86) showing that the intensive training on a battery of verbal and visual-spatial working memory tasks significantly improved symptoms in a sample of Swedish children (aged 7-12 years) diagnosed with ADHD, compared with a placebo group, said Dr. Gibson of the University of Notre Dame (Ind.).

In the current study, the Cogmed program was administered to the students in the computer laboratory of their Midwestern middle school. All of the students received stimulant medication before and during the study. Each student completed 25 1-hour training sessions comprising 11 verbal and visual-spatial working memory exercises over the course of 6 weeks, Dr. …

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