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Webinar on May 4: Is It Really ADHD? How to Get the Diagnosis Right

On Thursday, May 4th, at 1 pm ET, join us for a free expert webinar with Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.


Not available May 4th? Don’t worry. Register now and we’ll send you the replay link to watch at your convenience. (Please note that access to this webinar replay will remain free until November 4, 2017. After that, you will find it in the ADDitude Store in our library of expert on-demand webinars!)

There’s no definitive test for ADHD — no blood analysis, no brain scan, no genetic screening — so evaluating and diagnosing ADHD is not a quick or simple task. Doctors who do not specialize in ADHD and its comorbid conditions may go down many blind alleys before getting the right prognosis, leading to years of inappropriate and ineffective treatment. The good news: You can avoid common pitfalls of diagnosis by following a step-by-step plan similar to this one laid out by ADHD expert Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.

This webinar will explain:

  • The tools that professionals should always use when evaluating for ADHD — from a physical exam to interviews to rating scales
  • The key elements of a clinical patient interview
  • How much time is needed for a thorough evaluation, including follow-up visits
  • Which rating scales are useful for diagnosing ADHD — and when they are most needed
  • Key questions that patients should ask their providers, and red-flag answers
  • Why clinicians should evaluate for co-occurring conditions, such as anxiety or ODD
  • The validity of using brain imaging, computer tests, or blood tests when diagnosing ADHD
  • The importance of the DSM-5 in an ADHD evaluation
  • Which professionals are equipped to diagnose ADHD correctly

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Meet the Expert Speaker

Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., is a Yale-trained clinical psychologist who specializes in assessment and treatment of ADHD and related problems in children, adolescents, and adults. After serving on the clinical faculty of Yale Medical School for 25 years he has relocated to Manhattan Beach, California, to open his new Brown Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders. He is also an adjunct clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr. Brown has published 30 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and five books on ADHD. His Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD was published in 2014. His newest book, Outside the Box: Rethinking ADD/ADHD in Children and Adults: A Practical Guide, was released this month. You can reach him at: BrownADHDclinic.com.

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  1. My question for Dr Brown is, what are your thoughts on the new studies that suggest that there is actually such a thing as adult onset ADHD? I’ve read so many times that unless you showed signs of it as a child, it’s not ADHD, so hearing this was really interesting.

  2. My son has been diagnosed with ADHD, inattentive type with mild impulsivity, whereas with his symptoms at home, he seems more like one who would be the hyperactive impulsive type. He isn’t hyperactive like climbing over the walls etc. but he will talk non-stop and be the clown in the family at the cost of his own self-respect. No amount of seriousness can make him see through his appalling behaviour. Is the diagnosis actually correct. Also he has severe ODD which the doctor did not comment about. What is the solution to that. If all this isn’t enough, he’s got nocturnal enuresis. Though ADHD and enuresis have been seen to have some allegiance but the fact that he’s a very sound sleeper and it is the biggest challenge to wake him up for school in the morning, what if he has a sleep disorder which mimics ADHD very much. Any insight and help is hugely appreciated, specially before we start medicating him. To sum it up-does he really have ADHD or sleep disorder; if yes, inattentive type with ODD is the right diagnosis? Many many thanks!

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