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Free Webinar Replay: ADHD Plus: Diagnosing and Treating Comorbid Conditions in Children

In this hour-long webinar-on-demand, learn how comorbid conditions can mimic and interact with ADHD with Mark Bertin, M.D.

A mom and her son walk out of the doctor’s office, relieved that the child has received an ADHD diagnosis. Finally, there is an explanation for his attention and emotional struggles at school and at home. Six months later, after taking ADHD medication and seeing mild improvement in some symptoms, they notice that other symptoms have worsened. Another visit with a developmental pediatrician finds, after further testing, that the child also has generalized anxiety disorder. Mom and son throw up their arms.

As it turns out, children (and adults) living with ADHD typically have more going on than ADHD alone. Research suggests that nearly two-thirds have a comorbid condition. From developmental delays to learning disabilities to mental health concerns like mood disorders, these other conditions may be as impactful as ADHD itself. How can we best evaluate and address this all-too-common aspect of ADHD care?

In this webinar you will learn:

  • how an initial evaluation of ADHD should address the possibility of comorbid conditions
  • how learning disabilities, anxiety, or autistic spectrums disorders mimic ADHD – and how they interact with ADHD
  • the best approach and framework for diagnosing a comorbid condition
  • which condition should be treated first: ADHD or a comorbid condition
  • when to re-evaluate an ADHD diagnosis for comorbid conditions

Webinar replays include:

  • Slides accompanying the webinar
  • Related resources from ADDitude
  • Free newsletter updates about ADHD

This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on June 1, 2018.

Meet the Expert Speaker:

Dr. Mark Bertin is a developmental pediatrician in Pleasantville, New York, and author of The Family ADHD Solution, which integrates mindfulness into evidence-based ADHD care. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College, on the faculty of the Windward Teacher Training Institute, and on the editorial advisory board of Common Sense Media. His blog is available through Huffington Post and Psychology Today. For more information, visit his website, www.developmentaldoctor.com

8 Comments & Reviews

  1. We have a 16 year old daughter with ADHD and trichotilomania. I’m curious as to if you have experience with this comorbid disorder and if you have any recommendations for us. She is convinced that “nothing will help” and will not use fidgets or other devices to keep her hands busy and doesn’t think therapy works either (she met with a wonderful CBT psychologist for 1/2 years). If you ask her she will say she wants to stop but is not willing to try new strategies. Do we just let her be until one day she’s ready to make the effort? We want to help but are struggling with how.
    Thank you

  2. Our six-year old son was diagnosed with ADHD a year ago. This spring he was also diagnosed with ASD, Level 1. The therapist that diagnosed the autism believes that his impulsivity and hyperactivity can be attributed to ASD. Meanwhile, we have started meds for ADHD. Would hyperactivity and impulsivity due to ASD be treated with the same medication as ADHD?

  3. Please help me distinguish between what looks like ADHD and Executive function disorder in a teen diagnosed with severe OCD. ADHD , depression and anxiety and possibly OCD run in the family. So does MTHFR C677T genetics, where apparently we make less neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin than normal. Exposure therapy and a high dose or Prozac have been tried and have not resolved the OCD, just softened it a bit.


  4. I am a essentially a self-identified ADHD patient, and am currently the only male member of my immediate family not receiving treatment for this condition. My father is convinced that I do not show enough of the symptoms to be “fully ADHD.” Further confounding this diagnosis is the fact that I recently had a brain tumor that was causing short-term memory impairment.

    The tumor has been removed for roughly 5 years, but I still have had issues, specifically with working memory and getting my college coursework finished. I am wondering if you can recommend any specific compensatory strategies to work around my impaired working memory. I have searched the internet, but found relatively little success.

    I have improved my diet and exercise patterns significantly, but still struggle to use my working memory at even an average capacity. I am currently considering getting a formal diagnosis from my primary care physician, but ducked out of my last appointment due to not having insurance and having lost my job just prior to the appointment. I was recently taken off my parents’ insurance due to my age, but am not yet purchasing my own due to not yet having a steady job. I lost my last one due largely to my inability to focus in a distracting environment, and am thinking medication or compensatory strategies could help.

    I have been to a speech therapist, and while her recommendations have been quite beneficial, I am wondering if pursuing medication is worth my effort. I expect it would be mild dose, as I have been told I do not demonstrate very many traits of ADHD. But my working memory is basically useless without a concerted effort on my part, which causes me to wonder if a low-dose of some stimulant (besides caffeine) would prove beneficial. I turn to you, an expert on the matter. I am an adult, admittedly, so if you feel you are not qualified, I would also appreciate a referral to someone more qualified.

    Thank you for your help,
    -William R. Corriveau

  5. I am trying Chiropractic care (The Perfect Storm)for my grandson’s ADHD. Are you aware of studies on this? It seems overall to be making a possitive impact. He has stopped one of his medications. He is soon turning six. Would love some feedback.

  6. My 9 y/o daughter is epileptic & has other numerous neurological issues. She has been diagnosed with ADHD, apraxia, learning & speech disabilities. I believe she also has ODD. She is often combative, uncooperative & puts herself & others at risk of physical harm. She is falling farther & farther behind in school, unable to grasp & retain even simple concepts. Our family’s attention primarily falls upon her as a result, despite having 3 other children. While we know things will never be “perfect”, our family is falling apart due to her issues. Any assistance you can provide in the way of strategies, recommended reading, etc. is GREATLY appreciated.

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