“What Is ADHD? Everything You Need to Know Before and After an ADHD Diagnosis” [Video Replay & Podcast #260]

Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#260), and download the slide presentation for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on September 30, 2019.

Episode Description

Part 1 of ADDitude’s 3-part ADHD Awareness Month Webinar Series

Every day 3,000 people of all ages and from all over the world are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD), and they take yet another step in the lifelong process of coming to know and manage their special type of nervous system. This process rarely follows a straight line. For every patient, it begins at different times and moves at different speeds along different paths — its efficiency and helpfulness largely determined by how well the patient understands the answer to this question: What is ADHD?

Knowing the facts about ADHD — how symptoms present in children, how symptoms present in adults, and the best treatment approaches for each — is key to managing the condition. Knowledge is considered the bedrock of a good treatment plan.

Educating yourself and your family about ADHD is tougher than you may think. Most physicians receive little training in ADHD during medical school. Often, they do an inadequate job of explaining what ADHD is, how to treat it, and how to live successfully with it. This webinar will fill in those holes — and get you off to a great start in understanding ADHD and how best to manage the condition in children and adults.

In this webinar you will learn from Dr. William W. Dodson about:

  • The positives and negatives of having an ADHD nervous system
  • The key elements of a good, thorough ADHD evaluation
  • The formal diagnostic criteria for ADHD — and what ADHD looks like at different stages of the life cycle
  • Signs that indicate a person may have ADHD
  • How to find a competent and willing clinician to help make the diagnosis and start a treatment plan
  • How co-existing conditions complicate the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD

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Meet the Expert Speaker

Dr. William W. Dodson is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has specialized in adults with ADHD for the last 25 years. He was named a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in recognition of his clinical contributions to the field of ADHD (2012).  He was recipient of the Maxwell Schleifer Award for Distinguished Service to Persons with Disabilities (2006). Dr. Dodson has a consultative practice in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and is a member of ADDitude’s ADHD Medical Review Panel. | See expert’s full bio »

Listener Testimonials

  • “The breakdown of the school age characteristics helps a lot to inform teachers who are quick to refer to kids for SPED testing.”
  • “One of the most informative seminars as I’ve ever heard. It was as if he was talking directly to me and I got all of it. This doctor really, really cares.”
  • “Great insight, very educational research supported with clinical lens.”
  • “Fantastic! I always doubt my diagnosis but then when I listen to a professional giving their descriptions of the symptoms it’s very reassuring of my diagnosis. Thank you.”

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