ADDitude ADHD Experts Podcast

Listen to “Cultural Considerations in Diagnosing and Treating ADHD in African-American Children” with Sarah Vinson, M.D.

Tune in to learn about the structural barriers to ADHD diagnosis and treatment that disproportionately impact African-American families and the importance of considering individual experience, inequalities, and trauma when diagnosing and treating this population.

Adoption and family housing concept. Cutout paper house in hands of african american family over white bed sheet background. Closeup, panorama
Adoption and family housing concept. Cutout paper house in hands of african american family over white bed sheet background. Closeup, panorama

Listen to “Cultural Considerations in Diagnosing and Treating ADHD in African-American Children” with Sarah Vinson, M.D.

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There is no single African-American experience. Consider three different eight-year-old African-American boys, one each from the Mississippi delta, Chicago’s inner city, and the affluent suburbs of Prince George’s County. Their cultures will have significant differences, and a cookbook cultural competency model would not serve them well. While consideration of cultural differences regarding ADHD in African Americans is helpful, cultural humility is a must within each individual patient encounter. Cultural competency implies an endpoint; however, cultural humility embraces a lifelong process that includes self-reflection, introspection, advocacy, and co-learning.

ADHD is a common and treatable disorder that can have significant implications for social, educational, and occupational trajectories. Diagnosis rates have increased over time. This webinar will explore some of the cultural considerations that do and/or should impact diagnosis and treatment of this disorder in African-American children and families.

Listener testimonials:

  • “Excellent! All teachers, social workers, and mental health clinicians should listen to this webinar.”
  • “Great webinar. I appreciated the balance between history and context, and concrete examples of treatment options.”
  • “Dr. Vinson’s presentation was exceptional. I regularly follow ADDitudemag.com and share this resource with EVERYBODY. I really valued seeing representation of the black community, and hope to see more black physicians and clinicians in the future.”
  • “One of the best speakers I have heard through ADDitude webinars. Clear, concise, helpful information.”

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This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on July 20, 2020. 

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Updated on July 30, 2020

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