Expert Webinar Replay: Is It Really ADHD? How to Get the Diagnosis Right [Podcast #180]
In this webinar, Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., explains what it takes to make an accurate ADHD diagnosis.
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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
This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on May 4, 2017.
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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