Those who have or suspect they have ADHD may be candidates for Princeton Medical Institute studies — at no charge to them.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common psychiatric disorders. It starts at a young age and often goes undiagnosed and untreated for years. The average age of onset is seven years old, and boys have four times the risk of developing ADHD than girls. When undiagnosed and untreated, it can continue through adolescence and adulthood.

“We’re currently studying some long-acting preparations taken just once a day,” said Dr. Jeffrey Apter, a nationally renowned ADHD expert. “We are looking for those 12 years old and older who have symptoms of ADHD. In fact, we’ll do a free evaluation for anyone who thinks they may have it, as a public service.”

Symptoms include children who lose interest faster than other children, lack focus, and are frequently out of control. It is typically diagnosed when depression, bipolar, seizures, infections, and other ailments are ruled out. These can include middle ear infections that may cause hearing problems; undetected hearing or vision problems; and learning disabilities.

“Most people associate ADHD with hyperactive and impulsive behavior, but this is just one category,” Dr. Apter added. “There’s also the inattentive category, where the main issue is paying attention. And there are patients who present with a combination.”

While it’s not known what causes the disorder, Dr. Apter notes is does tend to run in families and the role of genetics is being studied. He also emphasizes it can have a real impact on adults.

“Many adults grow up not really successful in jobs, marriages, or relationships,” he explained. “They have difficulty completing tasks and are forgetful. They may be impatient, blurt out comments, or interrupt conversations.” Current treatments focus on reducing symptoms and involve medication, psychotherapy, education, or a combination, depending on the patient’s needs.

With treatment, most people can function better and be successful in school, the workplace, and life in general. Dr. Apter says it is very treatable through medication and therapy.

Princeton Medical Institute is a leader in the treatment of ADHD, Alzheimer’s Disease and Age-Associated Memory Impairment (AAMI), and depression. Dr. Apter states that clinical trials are a real service to the public good. Not only do they test drugs to prepare them to come to market, but there also is a high level of medical attention given each participant, including a variety medical tests and office visits. Call 609-921-6050 to see if you qualify or check online at www.princetonmedicalinstitute.com for more information.

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