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Driving behavior in ADHD adults

ADHD adults and a control group were evaluated with a virtual driving simulator. The simulator gave subjects a high-stimulus driving situation and a low-stimulus driving situation, with two periods of monotony. The study found that adults with ADHD were more likely than controls to have a collision with an obstacle during a driving simulation. They were specifically more likely to have a collision in a monotonous low-stimulus environment.

This means that if you have ADHD and your drive is boring, your inattention kicks in, and you are more likely to have a collision if something runs out into the road.

One part of the driving simulation involved having to avoid a collision with a virtual dog. I think I would need therapy after that one.

Biederman, J. et al. (2007). A laboratory driving simulation for assessment of driving behavior in adults with ADHD: a controlled study. Annals of General Psychiatry, 6(4).

The full article can be found here:
http://www.annals-general-psychiatry.com/content/6/1/4

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Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling based in Tampa Bay, Florida, where she specializes in the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Dr. Sarkis conducts evaluations, testing, diagnosis, and counseling services. She also is a public speaker, consultant, coach, and is a facilitator in collaborative law.