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Clinical, neuropsychological and morphological brain features in elderly with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)- comparison with elderly without ADHD

Grant number: 12/03311-4
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: December 01, 2012 - May 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine - Psychiatry
Principal researcher:Mario Rodrigues Louzã Neto
Grantee:Mario Rodrigues Louzã Neto
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FM). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Geraldo Busatto Filho ; Tânia Corrêa de Toledo Ferraz Alves

Abstract

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) manifests itself in childhood and can persist into adulthood, showing all the symptoms or in partial remission. The executive dysfunction as impaired in planning, self-regulation, inhibitory control, problem solving and attentional deficits affecting both the population of children and adults with ADHD. In adults with ADHD inattention and problems with memory are the main complaints . These disorders bring significant damage in several areas of activities involving professional, academic and personal relationships. It is assumed that this disorder remains unchanged throughout life, however, the literature on ADHD in older adults is very scarce, not knowing the clinical profile of this population. General hypothesis: The aging process in elderly with ADHD may accentuate the characteristics of this disorder and the cognitive functions and brain structures can to differ of the normal elderly. General Purpose: To investigate clinical, neuropsychological profile and comparing standard brain neuroimaging (macro and microstructure) of elderly patients with ADHD and without ADHD elderly. (AU)

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