Leading ADHD experts give real-life answers to questions submitted by ADD adults and parents raising children with attention deficit disorder across a range of topics covering symptoms, school, work, and family life. Download the accompanying slide presentations here: additudemag.com/adhd-expert-webinars-index (look for the episode number). Note on audio quality: This podcast is a recording of a webinar series, and the audio has been captured from conversations recorded via a computer or telephone, not in a studio. Register to participate in the live webinars at: additudemag.com/tag/webinar.
ADHD is likely influenced by both genetics and the environment, starting before birth. Charlotte Cecil, Ph.D., shares insights from early research involving ADHD and epigenetics, and what the future may hold in terms of potential clinical applications.
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Given the prevalence of ADHD, every educator should assume they’ll be teaching at least one student with the condition. Evelyn Polk Green, M.S.Ed., highlights myths about ADHD, and the facts and accommodations teachers need to know.
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Lawrence Amsel, M.D., explains the unique challenges primary care providers and mental health clinicians face when engaging and treating patients with depression, and how to build trust and improve communication and outcomes.
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Studies suggest that ADHD increases the risk for postpartum depression. PPD may also exacerbate ADHD and can impact the wellbeing of the entire family. Jayne Singer, Ph.D., provides an overview of symptoms and treatment options.
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Laura Barr, M.Ed., counsels caregivers and neurodivergent college-bound students on factors to consider during a college search and how to make the process much less stressful for applicants with executive functioning challenges.
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Peter Jensen, M.D., reviews the current research involving genetic and environmental factors associated with ADHD and discusses the scientific advances we may see in the next decade or more, including the diagnosis of more subtypes and novel treatments.
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Twice exceptional students may perform above average in some areas and below average in others. Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., discusses how to identify students who are 2e and understand their unique hurdles to help them cope with stress and avoid burnout.
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Merriam Sarcia Saunders, LMFT, highlights the unique developmental and emotional needs parents of neurodivergent children must consider during and after divorce, including talking to the child, custody scheduling, and keeping treatment consistent.
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Temple Grandin, Ph.D., a prominent author, scientist, and esteemed professor at Colorado State University, talks about her journey growing up with autism in an era when children were routinely institutionalized following a diagnosis — and what helped her to follow her passions to world renown.
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Students who have ADHD and other executive functioning deficits are often misunderstood by educators. Brandon Slade shares research involving EF skills development and actionable supports that can help neurodivergent students succeed academically.
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"Functional organization" involves embracing your stage of life in the way you organize. Lisa Woodruff explains why and how to do this, sharing practical, easy-to-implement ideas for your kitchen, bedrooms, workspaces, and more.
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Learn why ADHD is routinely under-diagnosed in African-American children due to stigma, mistrust of the medical community, and other factors from Cheryl Hamilton, Ed.D. — and how untreated ADHD increases risk for poor academic and social outcomes.
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Gregory A. Fabiano, Ph.D., teaches teachers how the core features of ADHD are magnified by classroom expectations, the limitations of traditional approaches, and strategies and supports educators can use to help students with ADHD flourish.
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Sex therapist Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., MBA, and Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., discuss how ADHD can take a toll on your sex life and relationship, common flashpoints, how ADHD treatment helps, and other strategies couples can use to improve intimacy and trust.
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Alan P. Brown discusses the unique presentation of ADHD in men, from being quick to anger and prone to outbursts to feeling shame and embarrassment about lack of career advancement, plus ways men with ADHD can navigate these challenges.
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Teens with ADHD are more likely to be bullied due to missing social cues, academic struggles, difficulty making friends, and more—and the effects can be devastating. Rosanna Breaux, Ph.D., helps parents identify bullying and shares strategies to prevent it.
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The answer to this question is not always clear. Clinical Army psychologist Brandi Walker, Ph.D., explains current recruitment requirements for people with ADHD, military policies regarding ADHD medications, and how a military environment can affect ADHD brains.
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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is highly comorbid with ADHD. Learn about symptoms of mood disorders, how they co-exist with ADHD, and about new and alternative treatments for depression from Nelson M. Handal, M.D., DFAPA.
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