“ADHD Then and Now: How Our Understanding Has Evolved” [Video Replay & Podcast #447]

Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#447), download the slide presentation, and learn how to get a certificate of attendance for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on March 21, 2023.

Episode Description

Over its lifetime, ADHD has been a lightning rod for controversy and for heated debates over its increasing diagnostic rates, its pharmacological treatment, and its links to factors like screen use and social media. At the same time, important advances have been made. We now understand ADHD better than ever at a neurological level, have made research-informed modifications to the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and comorbid mental health disorders, and are better understanding sex differences in ADHD symptom presentation.

Today’s ADHD treatment options generally rely on tried-and-true combinations of behavioral parent training, medication, school-based consultation, and social and organizational skills training. Some new treatment options — diet, exercise, neurofeedback, and digital training programs — have inspired hope for breakthrough interventions but have been largely unable to deliver on their promise. However, as the stigma surrounding ADHD decreases, and as we increase our understanding across the lifespan, we should feel great optimism for what the next 25 years could hold for children, teens, and adults with ADHD.

In this webinar, Dave Anderson, Ph.D., will highlight the setbacks and successes in advancing the understanding of ADHD over the past 25 years, and will discuss the ways in which ADHD advocates can work toward accelerating positive trends in this field for the next quarter century.

In this webinar, parent, caregivers, and professionals will learn:

  • Advances in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD over the past 25 years
  • How media and societal narratives have helped and hindered the understanding of ADHD
  • Where the science of ADHD and our understanding of ADHD across the lifespan stands now
  • Practical steps to promote a brighter future for children, teens, and adults with ADHD

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Meet the Expert Speaker:

Dave Anderson, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the Vice President of School and Community Programs at the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Anderson was formerly the Senior Director of the Child Mind Institute’s ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center, and he specializes in evaluating and treating children and adolescents with ADHD, behavior, anxiety, and mood disorders. Child Mind Institute school-based programs directed by Dr. Anderson have provided clinical interventions, mental health skill-building, professional training, and workshops for more than 142,000 students, educators, and parents in over 9,000 schools across the United States. Dr. Anderson frequently lectures and leads workshops on a variety of topics for parents, educators, and policymakers. Dr. Anderson received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University.

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