Ralph May, Psy.D.

ADHD: Current Best Practice
by Ralph M. May, Psy.D.

This workshop will review the current neurobiology of ADHD, changes in the diagnostic nomenclature from DSM-IV to DSM-5, and will discuss the best evidenced based practices for the management of ADHD across the lifespan.

Goals and Objectives

By the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. learn about the current neurobiology of ADHD;
  2. understand the key diagnostic changes in DSM-5 for ADHD;
  3. review effective and non-effective interventions for ADHD.

Presentation Outline

  1. Introduction
    1. Review of History of ADHD
    2. Current Status of the Diagnosis
  2. Neurobiology
    1. ADHD as a "Neurodevelopmental Disorder"
    2. Genetics vs. Environment
    3. Neuroanatomy and neurobiology of ADHD
  3. Diagnosis
    1. DSM-IV vs. DSM-5 - The changes
    2. Criteria for ADHD in childhood vs. adulthood
    3. Co-morbidity
  4. Treatment
    1. Medications
    2. Behavioral Interventions
    3. The Family and ADHD
    4. The School and ADHD
  5. Summary and Discussion