Mental Health & ADHD Comorbidities

How can I best consider trauma and personality disorders through the lens of ADHD?

Diagnosing a patient with ADHD is a complex and nuanced process. This 7-part guide highlights key considerations and decisions clinicians face along the way.

ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES: How do adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma influence the development of ADHD in children?

A: Trauma and adversity can alter the brain’s architecture, especially in children, which may partly explain their link to the development of ADHD… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

ADHD AND TRAUMA: What are the symptoms shared by ADHD and PTSD?

A: Poor working memory is associated with ADHD, but also may be the hallmark of a mind avoiding thoughts of a traumatic experience. Practitioners must understand ADHD and trauma to treat a patient effectively…. | Keep reading on ADDitude »

ADHD AND PTSD: Is ADHD caused by PTSD? Is PTSD caused by ADHD?

A: Research increasingly reveals a strong relationship — and reciprocal risk factors — between ADHD and PTSD. What explains this mutual comorbidity? PTSD is associated with dysfunction in areas of the brain implicated in fear extinction learning… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

ADHD AND PERSONALITY DISORDERS: What is the link between ADHD and personality disorders?

A: Personality disorders are mental health conditions like borderline, histrionic, narcissistic, or antisocial personality disorder that cause unhealthy patterns of thought and behavior that persist over time and across situations, causing significant distress or impairment… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

ADHD AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER: What is the link between ADHD and substance use disorder?

A: An estimated 15 and 25 percent of adults with a lifetime history of SUD also have ADHD. So how is SUD linked to ADHD? The short answer is we aren’t sure… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

ADHD AND OCPD: Why are individuals with ADHD at higher risk of developing OCPD?

A: Individuals with OCPD may be rigid and stubborn, insisting that others do things according to their strict standards. They may exhibit these behaviors at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

ADHD AND RISKS FOR EATING DISORDERS AND OBESITY: What is the symptom interplay between ADHD, eating disorders, and obesity?

A: Several factors – biological, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional – may explain why ADHD predisposes individuals to eating disorders and challenges… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

Free Webinar: How Stress and Trauma Affect Children with ADHD

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Free Webinar: Borderline Personality Disorder and ADHD

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Free Webinar: How Stress and Trauma Impact Brain Development

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7-Week Guide to Differential Diagnosis of ADHD, from Medscape x ADDitude:

DECISION 1: How can I better understand ADHD, its causes, and its manifestations?
DECISION 2: What do I need to understand about ADHD that is not represented in the DSM?
DECISION 3: How can I avoid the barriers and biases that impair ADHD diagnosis for underserved populations?
DECISION 4: How can I best consider psychiatric comorbidities when evaluating for ADHD?
DECISION 5: How can I differentiate ADHD from the comorbidities most likely to present at school and/or work?
> DECISION 6: How can I best consider trauma and personality disorders through the lens of ADHD?
DECISION 7: What diagnostic criteria and tests should I perform as part of a differential diagnosis for ADHD?