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Vatsal Thakkar, MD, ADHD in Adults Samuele Cortese, MD, PhD shares the new evidence on the connection between ADHD and obesity.  Having ADHD increases the risk of obesity in adults by 70% vs. non ADHD adults, with a similar 40% increased risk in children. When ADHD individuals take ADHD medications, the risk for obesity is shown to reduce significantly. When we look at it the other way, in seeing how many obese individuals have ADHD, studies show that up to 40% have ADHD. The implications for clinical care are that a) obese patients should be screened for ADHD by healthcare professionals, and b) ADHD medications and cognitive training have a protective effect against obesity because individuals are more in control of their awareness and impulses.

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Andreas Reif, MD, ADHD in Adults Professor Dr. Andreas Reif, MD outlines the common and distinguishing factors between ADHD and Bipolar Disorder. These can co-exist, or be separate, and be in combination with other conditions. It is very important for patients to be diagnosed properly, which can be done in the primary care office, so that optimal treatments are prescribed. ADHD occurs early in life and is consistent in presence. Bipolar Disorder (BPD) occurs in teens and adults and is episodic. Psychotherapy and psycho-education are important components of treatment, along with medications. Dr. Reif explains this in detail.

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Philip Asherson, PhD, ADHD in Adults Dr. Philip Asherson reviews a salient feature of ADHD which is not yet considered among the 18 core symptoms of the disorder: emotional dysregulation, the rapid and exaggerated changing of emotion, including heightened irritability, poor temper control, avoidance behavior, and low self-esteem. When not properly recognized, emotional dysregulation can be mistakenly diagnosed as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and personality disorder. In this session, Dr. Asherson reviews the symptoms, and recommends treatment algorithms for optimized care.

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Philip Asherson, PhD, ADHD in Adults Dr. Philip Asherson unwraps a key study of young adult inmates in Aberdeen prison which provides useful guidance as to how ADHD should be screened, diagnosed, and treated, both in prisons and in the larger adult population.  25% of prisoners were found to fit criteria of ADHD, meaning that prisons have served as societal treatment of ADHD individuals.  In a separate study, criminality was greatly reduced by almost one third when ADHD medications are administered, both inside of and outside of prison.  Dr. Asherson discusses the clinical and societal benefits of ADHD treatments, resulting in fewer violent incidents, lower ADHD symptoms, lower emotional volatility, and reduced criminality and societal cost.  Learn more in this fascinating presentation.

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Vatsal Thakkar, MD, ADHD in Adults Vatsal Thakkar, MD is a psychiatrist who works with adults and teens at NYU School of Medicine and specializes in sleep and ADHD. In this session, he describes what good sleep looks like, how sleep disorders are defined and treated, and how ADHD layers on extra challenges that need to be monitored and resolved. If you have ADHD, know someone who has ADHD, or have patients who are ADHD, this new science of sleep medicine is an important dimension to learn about. Dr. Thakkar brings us the latest information we have.

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Kevin Antshel, PhD, ADHD in Adults Kevin Antshel, PhD has years of working with college students on campus in Upstate New York. In this session, he describes the unique time in young adult lives as they go off to college. When the student has ADHD, there are extra considerations, preparations, and seeking of on-campus support that are most advisable. Dr. Antshel shares his experience and answers questions.

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Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, ADHD in Adults Foremost expert and researcher Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, presents the most common misconceptions and myths about ADHD and supplies the REAL FACTS that decades of science and research have revealed. We need to know these facts to best screen for, diagnose and treat ADHD. Dr. Faraone is the Principal Investigator and Professional Lead of this website, ADHD in Adults.

 

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Joseph Biederman MD ADHD in Adults Renowned psychiatrist Joseph Biederman, MD, of Mass General and Harvard Medical School offers a complete survey of current medications for ADHD and comorbidities, discusses the evidence behind their efficacy, and the urgency for health professionals to treat ADHD in primary care.

 

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Oren Mason, ADHD in Adults This warm-hearted session describes how to identify people who should be screened for ADHD and how to interpret the screening. Tips are offered for organizing triggers in primary care practices. The satisfaction of patients and providers in treatment is discussed.  This session is presented by a well-known family doctor specializing in ADHD, Oren Mason, MD
 
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