Various medications are the treatment of choice for ADHD at all points in the life cycle. And yet they have been called “The powerful tools that everyone loves to fear.” There is no area of medicine in which there has been less clinician training and more intentional disinformation over the years than about ADHD. This first part of the presentation examines why we take medications in the first place and why in many cases there are no substitutes. It critically examines the need for the combination of medication with non-pharmacologic treatments in order to get optimal outcomes. The conclusion of Part 1 will examine the available medications, how they work and what we can rationally expect them to do.
- The participant will learn how to work with their clinician to get optimal benefits from their ADHD medication without side effects.
- The participant will learn the basic chemistry of ADHD medications and how that can be used to remove side effects.
- The participant will learn why taking the medications consistently is so vital to getting the very best results and fewest side effects.
Who: Bill Dodson, M.D.
Dr. Bill Dodson is a Board-Certified adult psychiatrist who was one of the first clinicians who specialized in adults with ADHD 25 years ago. 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 national Maxwell Schleifer Award for Distinguished Service to Persons with Disabilities (2006). He has written more than 120 articles and book chapters designed to help a lay audience better understand ADHD and its treatment. His book on the treatment of ADHD is expected in early 2024.