ADHD is among the most common childhood and adolescent behavioral disorders, affecting up to 5-7 percent of the school-age population and 4-5 percent of adults. Research has shown that ADHD is a disorder of the brain’s executive functions that provide for human self-regulation across time to anticipate future events. The longer ADHD persists over development, the more likely it is to overlap with other disorders and the more likely it is to adversely impact major domains of life activities.
The disorder impairs all major life activities studied to date, including family, peer, community, educational, occupational, sexual, social, driving, and financial domains. It is therefore imperative that mental health, medical, and educational professionals understand the executive functions, how they develop, how ADHD interferes with that development, and how best to address those executive and self-regulatory deficits produced by ADHD.
This seminar recroding will provide a summary of the major advances over the past decade in the nature, diagnosis, life course, etiologies, and management of ADHD in children and teens. It also discusses the role of executive functioning and self-regulation in the disorder and what this means for management of ADHD. New research exists on the life course of children with ADHD and their adult outcomes that illustrate how impaired EF can negatively impact major life activities.
The results of that research have numerous implications for the management of ADHD. Dr. Barkley will discuss the advances in our scientific knowledge of ADHD and their exciting implications for optimizing the effective treatment of children and teens having ADHD. He will also discuss the science-based treatments for the management of ADHD, its executive functioning deficits, and the impairments likely to arise from the disorder.