Apr 202017
 

ADHD Family Day will be on Sunday, April 23rd 2017, 8.30 am -4.30 pm at the Vancouver Convention Centre East thanks to the 6th World Congress on ADHD and Caddac. Only $50. Please help get the word out.

 Topics

> How the Understanding of ADHD has changed
> ADHD in the Classroom
> Oppositional Defiant Disorder, a new perspective
> ADHD and Coexisting Disorders
> A Punishment- Free Alternative to Dealing with Challenging Kids
> ADHD in Adults, early and late onset, sleep and health
> Understanding Medication Treatment

Featured Speakers

Dr. Thomas Brown Director Brown Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders, Hamden, CT, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Dr. Sandra Kooij Psychiatrist at PsyQ, psycho-medical programs, Expertise Center Adult ADHD, The Hague, The Netherlands

Dr. Penny Corkum
is a Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Psychiatry & Pediatrics, Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. Don Duncan
is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Kelowna, BC where he serves as Clinical Director of the BC Interior ADHD Clinic.

Dr. Anthony Rostain
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Psychiatry Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

For Workshop Abstracts click HERE
For Speaker Bios click HERE

Download and print the flyer for ADHD family day ADHD World Congress and share it with those who might be interested in it.

Apr 102017
 

Würzburg, Vienna, Berlin, Milan, Glasgow, and now  # 6 in Vancouver.

The 6th World Congress on ADHD will take place for the first time outside of Europe, they chose Canada, here in my home city of Vancouver.

It will be on April 20–23 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

It is a massive conference with presenters from all over the world. There will be very many sessions on an extremely wide variety of topics on ADHD in adults, children, and teens.

For example just scrolling through one of the four days, Friday, on my 20”  monitor took scrolling down 29, count them, 29 screens scrolls.

I hope some speakers will address the problem of our BC government massively neglecting ADHD in adults and children when they conveniently during our provincial election.

The BC Liberals shut down the only adult ADHD clinic in 2007 after a year-long wait list.

BCNDP MLA’s have consistently refused to call for it to be reopened. Unlike them, the past leader and other candidates of the BC Conservative Party called for it to be reopened.  The past leader of the BC Greens and others called on it to be opened, including their current leader Andrew Weaver.

In 2016 a private donor funded a small Adult ADHD clinic at Lion’s Gate with only 1 part time staff member vs the 5 full time they had.

I’ve called for establishing Public adult and children’s ADHD clinics in each of the 7 health regions of BC, what do you think?

Justin Trudeau promised me Sept 10th 2015 he’d screen prisoners in Federal jails for ADHD. Now Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan promised to.

In the previous election, many other Liberals promised too. Zero action taken. Maybe some speaker might mention this?

World Congress On ADHD Major Topics/Issues

New advances in ADHD neurobiology

Cochrane systematic reviews on the efficacy and safety of amphetamine, atomoxetine and methylphenidate in the treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD

Meta-analysis on the efficacy, safety and variability in the pharmacotherapy for adults with ADHD

Recent longitudinal studies of childhood ADHD

Health-related quality of life of patients with ADHD

Debate on whether adult ADHD is a childhood-onset neurodevelopmental disorder

ADHD and suicidality in patients with ADHD

New advances in the treatment of ADHD

World Congress on ADHD Programme by Format

Plenary Sessions
Late Breaking News
Guided Poster Tours
Research Consortia Sessions
Industry Supported Symposia
Hot Topic Symposium
Opening Lecture Meet the Experts
Educational Seminars
Free communication
Young Scientist Sessions

Tell other people who might be interested. Tell your doctor/psychiatrist/psychologist, teacher or local blogger, reporter and politicians too.

There is also the  2017 World Congress ADHD Family Day

ADHD Family Day will be on Sunday, April 23rd 2017, 8.30-4.30 Vancouver Convention Centre East thanks to Caddac and the conference. Only $50.

 Topics

7> How the Understanding of ADHD has changed
> ADHD in the Classroom
> Oppositional Defiant Disorder, a new perspective
> ADHD and Coexisting Disorders
> A Punishment- Free Alternative to Dealing with Challenging Kids
> ADHD in Adults, early and late onset, sleep and health
> Understanding Medication Treatment

For Workshop Abstracts click HERE
For Speaker Bios click HERE

Featured Speakers

Dr. Thomas Brown Director Brown Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders, Hamden, CT, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Dr. Sandra Kooij Psychiatrist at PsyQ, psycho-medical programs, Expertise Center Adult ADHD, The Hague, The Netherlands

Dr. Penny Corkum
is a Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Psychiatry & Pediatrics, Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. Don Duncan
is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Kelowna, BC where he serves as Clinical Director of the BC Interior ADHD Clinic.

Dr. Anthony Rostain
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Psychiatry Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Download and print the flyer for ADHD family day ADHD World Congress

Please share this with anyone you think might be interested in these two events.

Dec 082016
 

Cross posted to Adult ADD Strengths.

Dr Ed Hallowell and ADHD books

Dr. Ed Hallowell, Web,  Twitter,  Facebook,  Youtube has ADHD has written many books on ADHD, taught at Harvard Medical school and is also a great speaker who talks about the challenges AND the positives of ADHD.

Given the name of my first blog, Adult ADD Strengths, I appreciate his role as the pioneer of those who talk about the positives of ADHD, when many just see 99% pathology in us ADDers and not much else.

I recommend his books on ADHD to all my adult ADHD coaching clients and the members of my Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group.

Dr. Hallowell is speaking in Vancouver on Sunday, December 11, 2016, from 4:00pm – 5:30pm at Vancouver College. It is free but you have to preregister here and it is highly likely that tickets will sell out. So don’t do the usual ADHD procrastination.

Most authors are not good speakers but Dr. Hallowell is an exception. He’s a great speaker and he also talks about the positives of ADHD vs it’s 99% pathology, you’re doomed.

I can’t remember when I first read his books on ADHD, but I first heard him speak live at a Seattle ADD Resources Conference in 2004 go see the notes of that talk on my ADHD website.

I also saw him speak in 2007 in Vancouver and had lunch with him. Very cool guy.

I was going to blog the talk. I took 18 pages of notes. Tried to condense it but only got it down to 16, too much to blog so I didn’t post it:)

Tell your child’s teacher, doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist and your spouse and kids about Dr. Hallowell’s presentation, they will learn a lot about ADHD and they won’t be bored:)

Register Here.

Nov 132016
 

Here’s a draft proposal for your consideration. I’m an adult ADHD coach who has ADHD and runs the non-profit Vancouver Adult ADHD Support group and is on the board of CHADD Vancouver. Tell me what you think of these ideas in the comments at the end of this post.

We need to stop the discrimination and neglect of adults and children with ADHD in BC. While we have some excellent medical professional who learned about ADHD on their own time and dime, sadly there are too few medical professionals that are properly trained in diagnosing and treating ADHD in adults and children in BC.

So far too many Adults with ADHD and children and teens with ADHD cannot get a proper diagnosis and treatment for ADHD throughout BC.

The Canada Health Act’s 5 principles on Medicare include:

Universality – a guarantee that all residents in Canada must have access to public healthcare and insured services on uniform terms and conditions

Accessibility – insured persons must have reasonable and uniform access to insured health services, free of financial or other barriers.

BC is violating the Canada Health Act. Adults and children with ADHD in BC do not have universality or accessibility to properly trained medical professionals that can diagnose and treat ADHD.

BC adults and children in all areas of BC deserve to get access to properly trained medical professionals to give them a proper ADHD assessment of ADHD and treatment if diagnosed with it.

We need to demand that the BCLiberals or BCNDP (IF elected) create adult and children’s ADHD clinics at adult hospitals in every health authority in BC:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Fraser Health
  • Interior Health
  • Northern Health
  • Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • First Nations Health Authority

What do you think? Share your ideas in the comments.

There are enormous social and economic costs to neglecting ADHD.

20-30%+ of alcoholics and drug addicts have ADHD.

21-45% of prisoners in jail have ADHD 15 studies show. 5% of adults have ADHD.

Higher rates of dysthymia, depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar.

Higher rates of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Higher rates of suicidal thinking, and suicide attempts, smoking, divorce, un and under-employment and being fired from jobs, of being on welfare, traffic tickets, car crashes, emergency room visits, high school drop outs, lower college entrance rates, higher rates of college dropout, teen pregnancies, fetal alcohol syndrome, narcotic syndrome, being in foster care, and decreased life expectancy.

BC liberal health minister George Abbott shut down the only public adult ADHD clinic in all of BC in 2007, after it grew so popular it had a 14-month wait list.

The BC Adult ADHD clinic, located at Children’s Hospital had been accepting adult patients for only two years, during which time its adult caseload had grown to 50% of its patient total. They soon got a 14-month wait list. They asked the BC govt for more money to reduce the wait list, the government refused and they shut down the clinic.

Too few cases of ADHD are recognized … too few ADHD patients can be treated appropriately… Data from 2004- 2005, for example, indicated that of all ambulatory clinics, (BC Adult ADHD clinic) received the highest number of referrals (643), had the highest number of patients on the waitlist (78).

Doctors of BC ADHD policy paper from 2009. The recommended that funding for ADHD services should be increased to guarantee waitlists of less than three months for all ADHD patients.

See their 8 policy recommendations on ADHD here.

There are more adults with ADHD than children with it and ADHD is 80% genetic. If a child has ADHD the parents should be screened for ADHD.

What BC provincial political parties have said about reopening the BC Adult ADHD Clinic.

 

BC Premier Christy Clark promised me in may 2011 at her only town hall meeting “I’m Absolutely Committed To Working With You On It” Re: Opening BC Adult ADHD Clinic.

And she did? Nothing at all.

Go listen to CKNW’s audio of it her lying to me during her campaign race here.

BC NDP MLA’s have repeatedly refused to call to reopen it over the years despite multiple requests in town hall meetings, online and on talk radio.

But the past leader of BC Conservative John Cummins and other BCCP candidates last election committed to reopening the BC Adult ADHD clinic.

And the past leader of the BC conservative party, psychologist Jane Sterk called for adult ADHD clinics to be open in all areas of BC. She said

It’s completely congruent with our health care policy. Services should be available when people need them. The Green Party would support similar adult ADHD clinics in different parts of BC.

The current leader of the BC greens, MLA Andrew Weaver during the election also committed to reopening the clinic and other BC Greens candidates did too.

The editor of the Georgia Straight, Charlie Smith, wrote on article on this campaign to re open the BC Adult ADHD Clinic.

In BC many doctors, psychiatrists, and psychologists have little to no training on ADHD in adults and children.

UBC medical students get only one hour of training on ADHD in the entire program, grossly inadequate.

I have received thousands of emails over the years from people in the lower mainland asking where they could get an adult or a child diagnosed with ADHD by someone who actually knows it, since many have little to no training on it.

I have emailed out a list of people known to diagnose and treat ADHD in adults and children in the 3rd biggest city in Canada, Vancouver (and surrounding area) for more than a decade.

Some of those people have very long waiting lists and sometimes their lists are closed.

What needs to be done?

The closure of the BC Adult ADHD Clinic at Children’s Hospital and no other departments defended them and demand that it not be closed shows there is NO political support for ADHD adults at a children’s hospital in other departments.

So it’s important that Adult and children’s ADHD clinics in every health authority in BC be located in Adult Hospitals, where they are less likely to be shut with budget cuts and have no other department defend them because they don’t care about adults with ADHD. The BC Children’s ADHD clinic at Children’s Hospital is obvious an exception for the children’s clinic only, not an adult one.

There should be several psychiatrists and as well as psychologists, nurses, ADHD coaches etc at public Adult and children’s ADHD clinics. There should be multimodal treatment for patients with ADHD, medication, behavioural treatments, and adult ADHD support groups.

It is important that part of the mandate of the BC public adult and children’s ADHD clinics be to educate other medical and mental health professionals, employers, unions and the public on ADHD.

It is also important that part of the mandate of the BC public Adult and children’s ADHD clinics to do research on ADHD specifically for how ADHD affects different groups of adults and children with ADHD throughout BC and what legislation and support BC government departments, municipal governments and other business and unions can provide to help improve the working, academic and personal lives of ADHD adults and children, not just do research for pharmaceutical companies, although that can be useful too.

What are your thoughts on this? Let me know in the comments below this post, or email me at pete AT addcoach4u.com

Sep 232016
 

CADDAC ADHD Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC

Want to learn more about ADHD in adults, children & teens? Come to CADDAC’s 8th annual ADHD conference here in Vancouver. Tell your ADHD friends, doctors and teachers. Cross posted to Adult ADD Strengths.

CADDAC, Centre For ADHD Awareness annual Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder conference used to comes out west to Vancouver BC just once a decade. Now twice! Good sign. Their other annual ADHD conferences are in Toronto and Montreal. Check it out here.

Date: Saturday, November 12th & Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Location: BC Children’s Hospital, Chan Centre for Family Health Education 950 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, British  Columbia

Who should attend: The ADHD Conference includes two full days of presentations on ADHD and related topics geared towards parents, educators, adults with ADHD and their families, and medical  professionals.”

I attended CADDAC’s 2014 conference.

Also CADDAC’s 2005 conference

I also did a 3 part blog post on their Vancouver ADD Network meeting before the conference. Part one, part two and part three.

I would highly recommend attending CADDAC’s ADHD conference.

Please share this information with your doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, teacher or BC Liberal or BC NDP MLA to get them to open more adult ADHD clinics in all areas of BC for all ages and children’s ones too and stop discriminating against us in K-12, BC got a grade of Fail in CADDAC’s ADHD school report card.

And start screening for ADHD in provincial jails 21-45% of prisoners have ADHD 15 clinical studies show.

Day one of CADDAC’s 2016 conference is just focused on children and teens with ADHD at school and at home.

Day two has some session on ADHD in adults and also on children and teens with ADHD too.

Day one, Saturday presentations.

Understanding ADHD and its impact on learning and school functioning Presented by Dr. Rosemary Tannock

The ABC’s of ADHD in the Classroom Presented by Dr. Penny Corkum

Supporting Executive Functioning in Children and Youth, A Workshop for Parents Presented by Ryan Santin

Emotional and Self-Regulation Difficulties and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) seen in Children with ADHD Presented by Heidi Bernhardt

How to Reach and Teach Children with ADHD in the Classroom Presented by Dr. Penny Corkum

Day two, Sunday presentations.

ADHD and Coexisting Disorders through the Life Span Presented by Dr. Diane McIntosh

ADHD in Education Systems Presented by Heidi Bernhardt

Making a List and Checking it Twice: A Practical Guide to Executive Functioning for Adults with ADHD Presented by Dr. Elisabeth Baerg Hall

The ABC’s of pills and skills: Multimodal Treatment for ADHD Presented by Dr. Geraldine Farrelly

Women and Girls with ADHD….Saints, Sinners, Scholars Presented by Dr. Geraldine Farrelly

The Ups and Downs of Emotion Management for Adults with ADHD Presented by Dr Elisabeth Baerg Hall

Parents as Friendship Coaches for Young Children with ADHD Presented by Amori Mikami

The ADHD Journey: Transitioning from Adolescence to Adulthood Presented by Dr. Elisabeth Baerg Hall

Calmer Parent, Calmer Kids: Mindful Strategies for Reducing Stress at Home Presented by Dr. Candice Murray and Dr. Jake Lock

ADHD Strategies and Accommodations for the Workplace Presented by Heidi Bernhard

You can register for one or both days

Conference schedule

Conference descriptions

Speaker biographies

Please print out and share CADDAC’s Conference flyer

Please also help get the word out about CADDAC’s ADHD conference to anyone who has ADHD, or ADHD family members or works with people with ADHD including teachers.

May 262016
 

Please tell BC Pharmacare and health minister Terry Lake why they should cover long-acting ADHD medications vs just the short acting ones. CADDAC, CADDRA and some BC Psychiatrists and doctors are organizing this.

Deadline is June 1st, 2016.

If you live in BC and have a family member with ADHD or have ADHD yourself and already know why this is important, have your say here now .

Scroll down to “Therapeutic Review of ADHD Drugs” and chose “Patient Questionnaire” or “Caregiver Questionnaire.” Please follow the instructions carefully.

You have ADHD? So being organized enough to remember to take medications 3 times a day will be easy, right?

If you are unsure why this is important, please read on.

I called for BC Pharmacare to cover long-acting (10-13 hour) medications to happen a decade ago.

Sadly, a decade later, in we’re not just behind the American’s on ADHD we’re behind most provinces too in BC, I’m doing it again.

BC PharmaCare helps low-income B.C. residents with the cost of eligible prescription drugs.

Problem: Currently BC Pharmacare only covers short-acting ADHD medications, Ritalin, and Dexedrine which only last for 2-3 hours.  If you are a child and you try and fail on both of them your doctor can apply to be covered for only one Methylphenidate product, Concerta.

If you are one of the ADHD children that Methylphenidate doesn’t work for you and need an amphetamine based stimulant medication like Adderall, Adderall XR, or Vyvanse? The will refuse to help you.

Find that the stimulants don’t work for your child or teen (or adult) and need a non-stimulant SNRI like Strattera? You’re screwed

If you are an adult? BC Pharmacare will refuse to cover ANY long-term ADHD medications. Despite the huge economic costs of ADHD in adults and children for society.

Unlike ADHD backwards BC, see what a more civilized province like Quebec covers:

  • Short acting methylphenidate: Ritalin
  • Short acting dextroamphetamine: Dexedrine
  • Long acting methylphenidate: Concerta Biphentin,
  • Long acting dextroamphetamine: Dexedrine Spansules, Adderall XR, Vyvanse
  • Long acting SNRI selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor Strattera

For more on medications for ADHD see my page with articles on ADHD meds or my page on Common ADHD Medication Companies Websites Chart with links to the company site.

Medications are one way of treating ADHD, useful but not the only method or a complete method. Here are Top 10 Ways to Manage Adult ADHD. Also for some other method, some people ADHD NEED meds to be able to access and actually do the other methods.

Why this a problem.

I think it is cruel to force adults and children with ADHD who have to rely on BC Pharmacare to help pay for needed medication to help manage their ADHD symptoms to remember to take short-acting ADHD prescription medications Ritalin and Dexedrine, 3 times a day.

Because the very symptoms of living with ADHD make it harder to do that.

Imagine if you were an adult or a child with ADHD and because the nature of the condition you were more likely to be:

Impulsive

Easily distracted

Disorganized

Have trouble planning

Time Blind

Forgetful.

And someone told you that you had to be organized enough to be able to plan and remember 3 times a day to take your medications. How would you feel? How likely would you able to do this every day?

The very symptoms of living with ADHD make it harder to do to take short term medications 3 times a day. One of the many reasons why BC Pharmacare should cover long-acting ADHD medications like other provinces do.

And short term ADHD medications are often discontinued by ADHD children and adults because of the rebound effect when they wear off. The symptoms of ADHD will often get worse, and last up to an hour. Another reason why covering long-term term ADHD medications is so crucial.

Research studies show that long-acting ADHD medications are better tolerated, have fewer side effects, greater effectiveness and improved adherence.

Long-acting medications also result in reducing stigmatization, facilitating parental control, eliminating the therapeutic gap inherent in multi-day dosing schedules and very importantly reducing diversion and abuse potential.

Therefore, they are currently the most widely prescribed ADHD medications and are listed as the first-line medication treatment option by the Canadian ADHD Practice Guidelines.

I’ve had people who were ex-drug addicts tell me they didn’t want to use short term ADHD medications because the danger of abusing them, but they couldn’t afford long-term medications like Concerta that can’t be abused because BC Pharmacare does not cover them.

Leaving aside the human suffering component and their families, is it smart for BC Pharmacare to cover long-term ADHD medications so fewer people will abuse drugs like crack, meth, heroin etc to self-medicate? 20-30%+ of addicts have ADHD studies show. Only 5% of adults have ADHD.

A decade ago I wrote a post quoting Dr. James Swanson who mentioned at a CADDRA conference that I attended that most US prescriptions for ADHD medications were long term medications.

I called for the BC government to cover long-term ADHD medications, a decade ago

A decade later still not covered.

Solution:

If you are a caregiver for someone in BC with ADHD (i.e., a family member) or if you have ADHD and live in BC? Please participate in the BC Pharmacare Therapeutic Review Accepting Patient Submissions. Scroll down to “Therapeutic Review of ADHD Drugs” and chose “Patient Questionnaire” or “Caregiver Questionnaire.” Please follow the instructions carefully.

Deadline is June 1st.

CADDAC, CADDRA and some BC doctors and psychiatrists are helping to organize this.

BC PharmaCare is conducting a Therapeutic Review into the coverage of medications used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). BC Patients, caregivers, and patient groups will have the opportunity to provide input as part of the process, between May 4th and June 1st, 2016 AT MIDNIGHT.

At this time in BC, Ritalin and Dexedrine – both short-acting medications – are the only fully covered treatment options. Concerta, a long-acting medication, is available but it is restricted to Special Authority requests.

That is why this Therapeutic Review is so important for patients, their caregivers, and their loved ones.

How to Participate

Interested parties that meet the eligibility requirements, see below, can provide their input by visiting the Ministry of Health website http://www.gov.bc.ca/bcyourvoice and following the directions.

You will be asked to give your perspective on how ADHD affects your life and the impact and benefits of the ADHD medication that you are currently taking, or have taken. Patient, caregiver and patient group eligibility requirements can be found HERE.”

Why not tell Honourable Terry Lake Minister of Health your thoughts on the matter too? His email: HLTH.health@gov.bc.ca

Maybe consider letting your local MLA know why it’s important that they do this. Find your MLA at MLA Finder.

If you know someone in the media, explain to them why this is important, maybe they might help get the word out too.

You should also let BC Pharmacare know they should cover both the methylphenidate AND the dextroamphetamine long-term medications as well as nonstimulant Strattera, since not all ADHD meds work for all  ADDers .

We ADDers are unique, some respond to methylphenidate products like Concerta and Biphentin,  some do not, they respond to the dextroamphetamine ones like Vyvanse and Adderall XR.

There are actually only two classes of stimulant medications – methylphenidate (MPH) and dextroamphetamine (AMP).

Approximately 45% of patients demonstrate preferential response to either methylphendate (MPH) or amphetamine (AMP).

Patients could be started on MPH treatment and show no response but when switched to the other class (AMP) they respond well (or vice versa).

This shows that:

a. the two classes cannot be considered interchangeable for individual patients (ie. lack of efficacy or lack of tolerability on MPH for an individual patient does not predict the same for AMP or vice versa);

and b. it cannot be assumed that we are providing access to adequate treatment for every patient when only one of the two (AMP or MPH) is made available.

Please share this with people who have ADHD and know people who have ADHD. Encourage them to let BC Pharmacare why they should cover long-term ADHD medications.

If you have ADHD and even if you can afford to pay full price for ADHD medications now, what will happen to you if you lose your job or get a job with no ADHD medication coverage?

Nov 092015
 

It’s no secret among parents with ADHD that many children with ADHD have social skills problems and have difficulty making friends. Have a look at some of the research that Dr. Amori Mikami’s Peer Relationships in Childhood Lab has done on ADHD children. They are also not afraid to have some fun:)

Dr. Amori Mikami and the researchers and clinicians at her Peer Relations in Childhood LabIf you’re the parent of an ADHD child age 6-11 in the Vancouver BC area or willing to travel to Vancouver whose child

has ADHD and should have some difficulty getting along with peers, making or keeping friends, or with social skills. Other children in the study are typically developing without these concerns.

And want to help them learn social skills and make and keep friends? Then check out UBC psychology professor Dr. Amori Mikami’s new ADHD parent support group.

Dr. Amori Mikami, director of the Peer Relationships Lab and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at UBC, has a special interest in designing interventions that teach parents strategies to assist children with peer problems. And now, she’s specifically looking at children with ADHD…

It’s no secret that childhood friendships can have a significant influence on the rest of our lives. Most adults, for example, can still remember who their best friends were when they were growing up. In addition to their sentimental value, psychology research tells us that these early peer relationships are crucial for feeling comfort and companionship as well as learning valuable social skills, such as sharing and compromising.

However, building friendships may not come naturally for children with ADHD. Their parents need to know how to talk to their child about peer problems – and how to help them with social issues. Dr. Amori Mikami, director of the Peer Relationships Lab and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at UBC, has a special interest in designing interventions that teach parents strategies to assist children with peer problems. And now, she’s specifically looking at children with ADHD.

Here are the details of what they’re offering you.

For families of children with ADHD, we offer 10 weeks of parenting support groups.

The purpose of the groups is to help parents learn more about their child’s ADHD and social problems, to receive social support from other families going through the same thing, and to help parents better handle these issues in their children.

Groups take place on a weekday evening at a time that is convenient for parents. Groups are held at the Vancouver Coastal Health Sunrise site (2750 Hastings Street East, Vancouver) and child care is provided if needed.

In addition we ask for families to make up to four visits to UBC (over a 1 year period) to complete research measures about their child’s functioning, and we will want to ask teachers to report on how the child is doing in school. Payment is provided for completing these measures.

Children with ADHD do not have to already be diagnosed to take part in the study. It is okay if children are taking medication for ADHD as long as they are on a stable dose. And, it does not matter where families live in order to take part in the program, as long as families are willing to travel to Vancouver.

To find out more information or to sign up, please contact 604-822-8756 or peerlab@psych.ubc.ca

Oct 132015
 

In conjunction with the BC Psychological Association and BC ADHD Awareness Week, The Vancouver Psychology Centre is proud to present therapist Dr. Noah Susswein Tuesday October 27th, 7-8pm. Community Room – Adler University (1090 West Georgia Street, Vancouver).

Dr. Noah Susswein photo

ADHD is best understood as a mismatch between a person and certain aspects of his or her environment. And there are many effective options for changing both individuals and environments to achieve a better fit between the two.

Dr. Noah Susswein treats children, youth, and adults at the Vancouver Psychology Centre. He has been involved with mental health research, assessment, and treatment for over 15 years in a variety of settings including medical schools, community mental health centres, and inpatient psychiatric facilities. Whether working with children or adults, Dr. Susswein uses a strength-based approach that emphasizes self-awareness and courage.

Dr. Susswein is a therapist at Vancouver Psychology Centre’s West Vancouver office and provides dynamic 1:1 sessions for kids, teens and adults. He has a keen interest in digging in to the research and psychological and philosophical underpinnings of social issues that affect individuals in the complex world in which we live.

More details here.

Have a look at Dr Sussewein’s site for parents where he talks about differences between having empathy and showing empathy and how to do it effectively as a parent http://imaginempathy.com

Oct 072015
 

The 4th annual BC ADHD Awareness Week posters are ready for you to download, print and use in your library or bookstore display or share elsewhere. We have the 8.5 x 11 and the 11 x 17 posters up now.

2015 BC-ADHD Awareness PosterPoster-8.5-x-11-For-Web

We also have on the same page:

Badge. For your website home page to let your patrons know when the week is on, link it to your events page listing the week.

The 5 minute Harvard Adult ADHD Screener test. Why? 90% of adults with ADHD are undiagnosed & untreated. Dr. Russell Barkley, Monitor on Psychology March 2012, page 70.

Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group Brochure.

CHADD Vancouver ADHD Support Group Brochure. 

We’ve also posted some other optional ADHD PDF’s for you to consider downloading and printing:

  • CADDAC’s What is ADHD Infographic
  • ADHD In Adults
  • Women And ADHD
  • Recognizing Possible Signs Of ADHD In Children And Teens. Red Flags To Look For At Home And At School
  • Girls And ADHD. It’s Not Just In Boys
  • What is Involved In A Thorough Assessment And Diagnosis Of ADHD?
  • Parenting A Child With ADHD

 

 

Aug 152015
 

Final BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014 Badge with URL
The fourth annual BC ADHD Awareness Week will be will be October 12-18th 2015.

The purpose of the week is to:

  • Raise awareness of ADHD in BC
  • Reduce stigma and misinformation on ADHD in adults and children
  • Show the economic and social costs of ignoring and stigmatizing ADHD
  • Provide factual information on ADHD
  • Encourage proper diagnosis and multimodal treatment of ADHD by trained professionals
  • Get more resources for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults

Please help spread the word and we can always use volunteers to do tasks big and small in person, on the phone and online, since we have zero paid staff.

Just the volunteers of the only adult ADHD support group in BC, my Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group and I.

The 11 annual CADDRA convention will be here in Vancouver during the last part of it October 16-18th

What we achieved in past years:

In 2012 we had 29 libraries and bookstores having BC ADHD Awareness Week book displays in 8 cities in Metro Vancouver and an information booth and media coverage.

In 2013 we expanded to 78 libraries and bookstores having BC ADHD Awareness Week book displays in 23 cities in Metro Vancouver and an information booth and media coverage.

In 2014 we expanded out of the Metro Vancouver to all corners of BC and we had 122 BC Libraries and bookstores having BC ADHD Awareness Week book displays in 68 BC communities and an information booth and media coverage.

Here is the map of our 2014 activities.

Here are some photos of our ADHD book displays and information booth

Read and listen to some our media coverage.

There are 100+ pages on this site with many resources and links to other websites and blogs, please have a look and if you see something you like, please share it with a friend.

Would you like to make a difference for the adults and children with ADHD and their families in BC by helping us raise awareness of ADHD in BC, reduce the stigma, show the costs, share facts and encourage treatment and resources? Please check out our volunteer page