The Manhattan Adult ADD Support Group
                                                                       Were Not Lazy, Crazy Or Stupid:)
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The Manhattan Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Support Group has offered  support, information, networking, and a sense of community to adults with ADD/ADHD since 1992.  We're not Lazy, Crazy, or Stupid:)
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                  The Manhattan Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Support Group 
                                                               
                                           Our February 2016 Meeting 

                   
Date:               Thursday  February 4,  2016 

Time:               6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
                             
Topic:              "Attention, Arousal and Sleep"

Speaker:          Dr. Michael Halassa,   clinical psychiatrist 
 
Location:         West End Collegiate Church (School Annex) 
                         245 West 77th Street (near West End Avenue) NYC 10024
                         (North side of the street- between Broadway & West End Ave).


Donation:         $5.00 To help the group defray its expenses

About The Meeting:

If you’ve ever had to cook, prepare an assignment, and talk on the phone, then you have a sense of what it is to switch back and forth between this and that. But what in our brains allows us to focus on one task and tune out another?
 
That's been a mystery, at least until recently, when researchers found a small region of the brain that controls our ability to "multitask." Working as a "switchboard," the TRN -- the thalamic reticular nucleus -- allows us to cut through the sensory bombardment and zero in on what's vital at any given moment.
 
The TRN does this as long as certain cells quiet themselves when they're supposed to. If not, then well-focused mice become distractible mice, and their thinking is disrupted.
 
Oddly enough, this same brain region turns up in another line of research: wakefulness vs. drowsiness. By stimulating the TRN one way, researchers made sleep-deprived mice act as if they were fully rested. By stimulating it another way, they made rested mice act as if they were about to nod off.
 
Are these two conditions -- distractibility and sleep deprivation -- somehow related? And what can all this tell us about situations where sensory overload -- and maybe underarousal -- is a fact of life? Such as certain cases of ADHD?
 
For more, hear scientist -- and clinical psychiatrist -- Michael Halassa.
 
Dr. Halassa runs the Halassa Lab at NYU, where he's a member of three faculties: the Neuroscience Institute, the Department of Neuroscience, and the Department of Psychiatry. A serial award-winner, Dr. Halassa was recently named a Next Generation Leader by the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

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About Our Support Group:

The Manhattan Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Support Group offers walk-in, peer-run support sessions for adults with ADD and ADHD (and has done this since 1992). In addition, it sponsors workshops led by experts in ADD/ADHD and other aspects of mental health.

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