Pete Quily

Jul 272015
 

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The 11th Annual CADDRA (Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance) ADHD Conference will be held here in Vancouver BC Oct 16-18th 2015. Crossposted to BCADHD. Early bird pricing ends July 31st. Register here. Cross posted to Adult ADD Strengths

They will be doing this during the 2015 BC ADHD Awareness Week.

Tell Your Doctor Psychiatrist, Psychologist, teacher and social worker. Especially if they don’t know ADHD. They can lean and get CE’s and CME’s Continuing Medical Education Credits for it.

Other professionals and trainees should also attend.

CADDRA has annual conferences but only comes to Vancouver every half a decade so if you miss it, it will be a while before you see them here again.

I’ve attended the last two CADDRA conferences in Vancouver in 2005 and 2010. Here are my posts on them.

Vancouver ADHD conference. ADHD: Across the Lifespan

CADDRA ADHD conference in Vancouver Monday Part 1

CADDRA ADHD Conference Sunday

ADHD Psychiatrist Gone Hollywood

CADDRA ADHD Convention in Vancouver Nov 20-21st

It’s at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel again like last time, 1128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

ADHD Research Day will be on Friday October 16th before the two day conference. This meeting will highlight current research on ADHD research and provide a forum for Canadian ADHD researchers to meet and develop a collaborative network. It’s accredited for up to 6.75 Mainpro-1 credits. and up to 6.75 Section 1 credits.

2 Day Conference Learning Objectives

As a result of attending the program, the participants will be better able to:

  • Summarize the relationship between ADHD and substance use disorders and apply treatment strategies for individuals with both disorders.
  • Define pharmacological strategies for treating complex ADHD and describe existing agents used.
  • Identify the potential benefits and risks associated with video game playing and assist patients and families in determining whether their gaming is a “problem”.
  • Discuss what is known about the risk for problematic use of cannabis in individuals with ADHD and identify the neurocognitive effects of acute and chronic cannabis use.

Here’s the full schedule

Topics Covered

Plenaries

ADHD and Addictions. Tim Wilens

Pharmacological Approaches for Complex ADHD. Tim Wilens

Translating Findings from Cognitive Neuroscience to Novel Interventions for Adolescent Externalising. Problems: A Focus on Impulsive and Sensation Seeking Traits. Patricia Conrod

Dazed & Confused. What we know about cannabis use among individuals with ADHD. Scott H. Kollins

Answering the Call of Duty: A Debate on the Harms of Video Gaming. Don Duncan, Sam Chang


Seminars

An Overview of ADHD and Cigarette Smoking Comorbidity. Scott H. Kollins

ADHD and Computer Addictions. Umesh Jain

Update on Psychosocial Interventions for ADHD. Charlotte Johnston

Group Treatment for Adults with ADHD: Psychotherapeutic Approaches and Innovative Service Delivery Models. Candice Murray, Elisabeth Baerg Hall

Malingering and ADHD: The Clinician’s Struggle. Derryck H Smith, Joseph Sadek

Introduction to Pharmacological Treatments for Treating ADHD: Benefits and Limitations. Lily Hechtman

ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Comorbidity and Treatment. Doron Almagor

Integrating Multimodal Treatment for ADHD across the Generations: a Family Affair. Geraldine Farrelly, Michael Zwiers PhD

Online Assessment Tools for ADHD. Margaret Weiss, Declan Quinn

How to Get the Most Out of Your Patient’s School Team. Andrew Hall, Lauri Alto

Identification, Diagnosis and Management of Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Laura Gerber, Jill Zwicker

The Screen for Cognitive Impairment in Psychiatry: Use in an ADHD Sample. Valérie Tourjman

DBT Adaptations for Treating People with ADHD. Lorne Korman

Workshops

Myths and Realities in Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacolgical ADHD Treatments. Annick Vincent

Pay Attention: Training Executive Function Skills in ADHD. Margaret Weiss

Management of Severe Dysruptive Behaviour in Clinical Practice. Martin Gignac

ADHD and Sleep: Issues and Treatment. Umesh Jain

ADHD, Impulsivity and Sensation Seeking. Patricia Conrod

Psychoeducational Assessments: Addressing the learning needs of students with ADHD. Karen Ghelani

Treating Healthcare Professionals with ADHD. Sara K. Binder, MD, FRCPC

The Adult ADHD Toolkit: Coping Inside and Out. Dr Anthony Rostain

Please share this with anyone you know that might find it useful. If your doctor/psychiatrist/psychologist says they don’t know ADHD well enough to diagnose it, share it with them.

Register here.

Dec 042014
 

FYI: BC ADHD Awareness Week 2015 will be from October 12th to 18th. Want to help make it happen? 

Cross posted to Adult ADD Strengths

Final BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014 Badge with URL

Thanks to our volunteers for making this week happen.  Andrew, Barb, Chris, Christopher, Hazel, Jade, Jennifer, Kat, Maggie, Marc, and Paul. And thanks to Mike for his $500 donation which allowed us to print the posters and support group brochures and the adult ADHD screener test to metro Vancouver libraries and bookstores.

Also thanks to the members of the Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group who helped out with donations.

In 2003 we had ADHD books displays at 78 Libraries and bookstores throughout 23 cities in the Lower Mainland.

In 2014, we went outside the lower mainland and nearly tripled the communities. We had 122 BC Libraries and bookstores in 68 BC communities in every region of BC with BC ADHD Awareness week book displays with ADHD books, books by ADHD authors who have written non add books, and our posters, brochures on both ADHD support groups and the Adult ADHD Screener test.

We had ADHD book displays in every single library region or federation in BC.

North Vancouver declared BC ADHD Awareness Week, the first city to do so and the 3rd city in Canada to declare an ADHD awareness week.

 The BC government declared ADHD Awareness Month, the first Province in Canada to do so. It has been national in the US for more than a decade.

I added more pages and more content to BCADHD now 100 pdfs and links. Added a map of all locations, and got a cool badge for libraries to use and to use on our social media sites by our designer  Maggie J.H. Wang (CGD).

Media Coverage:

Vancouver Sun: Majority of BC’s Workforce Are Afraid To Come Out Of The ADHD Closet to Co-workers Insights West Survey Of BCers Shows.

News 1130:  Interviewed Me On ADHD for BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014

Georgia Straight: B.C. ADHD Awareness Week draws attention to attention deficiencies

Georgia Straight: We Need To Think About ADHD For More Than One Week Of The Year Sarah Blyth

We had an information table at the Richmond Brighouse Library Lobby at 100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, Friday October 17th 3pm to 9pm with brochures on ADHD the 2 support groups and answering questions on ADHD

The Children’s ADHD Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital had a Meet & Greet Oct 15 from 12-2pm at The Kelty Mental Health Resource Center where people could ask clinicians from their program questions on your ADHD child or teen.

Next year consider Ask your doctor/psychiatrist/psychologist who knows ADHD well to consider having an info table to answer questions on ADHD in a local community center and maybe do the adult add screener test (not a full diagnosis, just a screener).

Or ask them to print out our poster and put them up in their office to tell others.

See what you can do to help out for 2015’s BC ADHD Awareness Week

Oct 312014
 

Cross posted to Adult ADD Strengths.

I was very happy to watch the BC NDP’s Health Critic Judy Darcy’s   @DarcyJudy   her Facebook great speech on ADHD in the BC Legislature on the BC Leg live stream Tuesday October 23rd 2014. And tweet excerpts from it throughout the day. It was even more powerful when she mentioned her son had ADHD. Here’s some background on her from her BC Legislature bio.

darcy-Judy photo bcleg 1

In 2003, Judy was honoured with the Council of Canadians Activist of the Year award, “in recognition of outstanding leadership in forging coalitions for the public good on important social issues.”

Judy previously served as National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canada’s largest union, and was for many years the only woman to lead a national union in Canada. She was also Secretary Business Manager of the Hospital Employees Union in B.C. for 6 years. In this role, she led negotiations to reach a historic settlement for health care workers after the Supreme Court found that Bill 29 violated Charter-protected rights to collective bargaining.

I’ve been trying to get BC NDP MLA’s to talk about the BC Adult ADHD Clinic since that BC Liberals health minister George Abbott killed after a year long wait list in 2007. As you can see I have mentioned the need to reopen the clinic a few times on my blog over the years.

Many medical professionals in BC tell me they got no training on ADHD. UBC medical school students only get one hour of training on ADHD. Totally inadequate.

For 7 years, I’ve been asking various BC NDP MLA’s online, on radio talk show call ins, and in person at debates many times to call for the BC Adult ADHD clinic to be opened. None have been willing to call to reopen it.

Including the then BC NDP health critic when it was killed, Adrian Dix. I tried for weeks to get his office to talk about it got promises & run arounds & eventually gave up.  None have commented AFAIK on Adult ADHD.

The past leader of the BC Conservatives party John Cummins and some of his candidates have said they’d reopen the BC Adult ADHD Clinic. So has the leader of The BC Greens Jane Sterk who also called for there to be Adult ADHD clinic in all BC regions.

So while Judy Darcy & the BC NDP has not yet promised the would reopen the BC Adult ADHD Clinic or clinics throughout BC, this video is a great first step for the BC NDP because up until now no BC NDP MLA has talked about it or Adult ADHD in general AFAIK.

I briefed Judy on ADHD at her New Westminister office October 20th the first day of the third annual BC ADHD Awareness week. I was very pleasantly surprised she already knew a lot about ADHD including ADHD in adults.

I hope she can educate her BC NDP colleagues on ADHD and persuade them to call for reopening the BC Adult ADHD clinic and to call for the BC government to stop discriminating against students with ADHD in BC schools

See page 2 of CADDAC ADHD school report card on  BC’s failing grade on ADHD in schools.

Watch the video first, some things don’t come across as much on text as video.

Here is the Hansard transcript of her speech.

This month is ADHD Awareness Month, a time for all of us to pay attention to and support people living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. When most people hear “ADHD,” they think of a child acting out in a restaurant or disrupting a classroom. They believe that ADHD is about misbehaving, when, in fact, it’s a complex neurological condition. We think it affects mainly children, but 60 percent of kids with ADHD carry it with them into adulthood. That’s one in every 25 British Columbians.

ADHD affects our children’s educational achievements, yet it can take 18 months to get a diagnosis, and only half of ADHD kids ever get treatment. There are virtually no supports for adults with ADHD, and B.C.’s adult ADHD clinic closed seven years ago.

ADHD costs our criminal justice system tens of millions of dollars, and it has a huge impact on our health budget, especially when it goes untreated. As my son, who has ADHD, said, when I told him I was going to talk about ADHD in the House today: “Go for it, Mom, and tell them having ADHD isn’t much fun.” Now, there’s an understatement and an uncharacteristic one, I have to say, for my son.

Many people living with ADHD also live with severe anxiety disorder. Learning in a large classroom is very challenging for them. Many fall into substance abuse and self-medicate for their condition, and the stigma of having ADHD means they often don’t come out in the workplace to their employers or to their co-workers.

But people with ADHD are also smart, intense, hard-working, creative and funny, and they have an enormous amount to contribute to our community and our economy if they can find jobs they can excel in and get the supports that they need.

Today let’s all tell someone who has ADHD that we love and appreciate what they have to contribute, and let’s also tell them we’ll work with them to get the supports and the services that they need

I hope more BC MLA are willing to follow Judy Darcy’s leadership and talk about ADHD in a non stigmatizing way in the BC Legislature and outside, we really could use it. It’s very economically costly to ignore adults and children with ADHD even if you don’t care about us as human beings.

Oct 262014
 

Vancouver Parks commissioner Sarah Blyth was and AFAIK still is the only politician to go public with ADHD in North America while in office.

Sarah also helped to get Vancouver city council to be the first city in Canada to declare ADHD Awareness week with me & others in 2011.

Sarah Blyth

She recently did an op ed in the Georgia Straight Oct 21st on why we need to think of ADHD for the other 51 weeks of the year in BC.

Unfortunately, students with ADHD in B.C., unlike in provinces like Newfoundland and Alberta, do not qualify for help in classrooms unless they have learning disabilities or severe behaviour problems—and most do not. With class sizes as large as they are these days, teachers are left to struggle with little help and schools end up piecing together the best they can with little funding.

The large group of kids in this grey area that have a hard time in school, slip through the cracks and end up having difficulty in life which end up costing more long term.

BC’s  failing grade in CADDAC’s ADHD school report card page 2 shows this.

If the student with ADHD does not have a coexisting Learning Disability or does not display significant disruptive behaviour, they will not be identified.

Students with ADHD and no diagnosed LD may be excluded from receiving accommodations for their academic disabilities.

This lack of recognition encourages educators to believe that ADHD is not a legitimate disability.
Recognition under behaviour can lead to academic weaknesses not being addressed and the students being stigmatized.

Sarah goes on.

Later in life, some of these folks end up in our shelters, hospitals, and jails, unwanted in our society.

I have met many people who suffer with ADHD like me but have ended up in the DTES. They identify with my story and have come to me with their stories. Unfortunately, when people suffer anxiety and difficulties in life, drugs can be a way to escape.

20%+ of Addicts have ADHD.

21-45% of prisoners have ADHD 15 clinical studies show.

One study of 127 homeless participants showed that 1 in 3 participants met the established criteria for further evaluation for ADHD.

Only 5% of adults have ADHD.

I hope more politicians and others in BC go public and tell their stories about ADHD. Its a very powerful way to raise awareness of ADHD and counter the stigma we so often get.

 

Oct 212014
 

We had a information table at the Brighouse Library in Richmond Friday October 17th for the third annual BC ADHD Awareness Week. Was the second time were were there, we were also there last year and had such a great response we did it again.

We answered Richmond Library patrons questions on ADHD and pointed them to resources, shared our handouts, showed our posters and showcased The Brighouse Libraries ADHD book display.

Thanks to Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group volunteers Andrew, Christopher and Jade in helping to staff the table with me and answer questions on ADHD.

I got diagnosed with ADHD because many years ago I was in that same Brighouse Library in Richmond. Outside the Mac computer lab, I saw a CHADD Richmond (sadly now closed) ADHD book display with a poster of ADHD symptoms, a few books and some brochures. Read the poster and thought, boom, boom, boom, boom, wow that’s me.  Than I found someone who could do a diagnosis, got diagnosed with ADHD.

Here are the photos.

Pete & Christopher

Jade & Christopher

90% don’t know sign by Christopher that gets a lot of attention by Richmond Brighouse Library patrons

Richmond Brighouse ADHD Book Display Friday

90% sign again plus Pete & Christopher

Oct 202014
 

Charlie Smith, the editor of the The Georgia Straight did an article on the third annual BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014. B.C. ADHD Awareness Week draws attention to attention deficiencies

Its also in the print edition page 18 October 16-23rd 2014.

Here are some excerpts

Another occupation that’s notorious for its deadlines is journalism, which is why Quily suspects that this industry has a higher percentage of people with ADHD than the general population. He also said there are likely plenty of politicians with ADHD, although only one local elected official, Vancouver park commissioner Sarah Blyth, has revealed this publicly.

I explain why we’re using BC libraries and bookstore to raise awareness and reduce the heavy burden of stigma against adults and children with ADHD. They’re a natural fit.

“One of the worst problems with ADHD is the heavy stigma against it and the massive ignorance from all levels of society,” Quily said. “So if you want to reverse the stigma, a great way to do that is to provide facts, provide research, and provide stories by people who have ADHD or work with it.”

That’s the impetus behind B.C. ADHD Awareness Week, which runs from October 14 to 20. Quily and other volunteers with the Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group have partnered with 120 libraries and bookstores across the province to put up displays and posters to educate the public.

“You’re going to find books on ADHD for kids, teens, and adults, and books by ADHD adults who’ve written other books,” Quily said

I also mention as some long term readers may known me talk about the hide the politically embarrassing wait list by destroying the clinic technique.

For years, Quily has been pushing the B.C. Liberal government to reverse its 2007 decision to close the only provincially funded clinic for adults with ADHD at B.C. Children’s Hospital. One of his chief concerns is that people with the condition are being misdiagnosed.

“Sometimes bipolar can look like ADHD, and sometimes ADHD can look like bipolar, and sometimes you can have both,” Quily said. “A big problem is people say it’s not ADD, it’s anxiety disorders. Or it’s not ADD, it’s substance abuse. Actually, comorbidity [having more than one condition] is the norm with ADHD, and that’s why it’s crucial to have medical professionals properly trained.”

It’s always great to have an article on ADHD or mental health in The Georgia Straight, unlike some unmentioned media outlets, you don’t have to worry about them stigmatizing ADHD or mental health.

Oct 202014
 

I am very pleasantly surprised and very happy to announce that BC is the first province in Canada to proclaim October 2014 as ADHD Awareness Month.

The BC Lieutenant Governor’s office has emailed me the jpeg, a 10 mb jpeg for printing & mailed me a printed colour version. I’m embeding the first two. Please share widely, especially with your media friends.

Jpeg version for the web

Proclamation BC lieutenant governor declares October ADHD Awareness month 2014 first province in Canada to do so

For Printing 10 meg file

Proclamation BC lieutenant governor declares October ADHD Awareness month first province in Canada to do so

In the USA, ADHD Awareness has been declared at the national level for a decade since Senate resolution 370 Recognizing ADHD as a major public health concern and declaring September 7, 2004 National Attention Deficit Disorder Day.

A decade later, still no national declaration in  backwards about ADHD Canada.

Vancouver was the first city council in Canada to declare ADHD Awareness week in 2011. Airdrie Alberta declared ADHD Awareness week in 2013. North Vancouver City Council was the 3rd city in Canada to get involved and declared October 14-20th BC ADHD Awareness week. When will our eastern cousins join in:)

Thanks to the Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon for declaring ADHD Awareness Month in BC. Thanks to BC Liberals Health Minister Terry Lake https://twitter.com/TerryLakeMLA for proposing it. Thanks also to Heidi Bernhardt, President & Executive Director of CADDAC, Center for ADHD Awareness, Canada for asking them to do it.

I did not believe it until I phoned the BC Lieutenant Governor office. I would asked them to do so many years ago but I never thought they would. I’m very happy to be proven wrong:)

Unfortunately the proclamation is not online anywhere.  They finally posted it online here. I asked Health Minister Terry Lake’s office last week twice to announce it because in BC, we’re only doing BC ADHD Awareness Week, not a month and it ends today. So nothing online & month 3/4’s over.

Not sure why. Hopefully they will announce it. I phoned the BC Lieutenant Governor’s office and they send me the jpeg & PDF of the proclamation which I’m posting here. They also mailed me a colour print.

I also hope that the BC Liberals government will continue their leadership on ADHD and please reopen the BC Adult ADHD clinic that was closed in 2007 after a one year wait list in the Vancouver area and have adult and children’s ADHD clinics in each health authority since adults and children outside the Vancouver area deserve to get a proper diagnosis of ADHD and proper treatment too. They currently can no expect that because not enough medical professionals are trained on diagnosing and medically treating ADHD in adults and children.

I also hope the BCLiberals government will please end the discrimination against the biggest number of special needs students and the biggest number of mental health students in BC schools, students with ADHD see page 2. Since 8-10% of students have ADHD.

This declaration by the BCLiberals Government is very timely. We just had the recently announced public opinion survey results of 801 BCers on ADHD in BC by Mario Canseco of public opinion polling company Insights West, who was kind enough to do a pro bono poll for us for the third annual BC ADHD Awareness Week October 14-20th. I’ve helped to co write the questions.

We have 122 BC Libraries and bookstores in 68 BC communities doing ADHD book displays. See our map, and photos of the ADHD book displays.

Have a look at Mario’s column on it in the business section of The Vancouver Sun. “Stigma of ADHD still an issue for many. “Survey suggests many, especially men and older people, would not discuss an ADHD diagnosis with their employer” See Mario’s blog post on the Insights West blog.

Here’s the full survey results

Download (PDF, 50KB)

As far as I know this is the only comprehensive public opinion poll by a professional polling company on the general publics’s opinion on ADHD in BC and all of Canada. It’s a gold mine of information on what the general public think about ADHD, I’ve blogged it a bit here.

Here are some more interesting facts we’ve found out by the BC ADHD survey.

53% of BCers falsely thought ADHD was a behavioural disorder 20% not sure. ADHD is not a behavioural disorder, it’s a neurobiological condition. No wonder so many of us get stigmatized, most BCers don’t even know the most basic fact of what ADHD is.

40% of BCers don’t know inattentive ADHD exists. Many girls & women have inattentive ADHD and some boy and men. They are less likely to get diagnosed and treated if that many people don’t even know inattentive ADHD exists. It’s part of the 3 subtypes of ADHD it is NOT something new.

28% of BCers’d consider stimulant meds to manage it. 54% would consider ADHD coaching

A majority of BC’s workforce are afraid to come out of the ADHD closet to co-workers.

My chart on how likely the general public IF they were diagnosed with ADHD, would come out of the ADHD closet to different groups

Insights West BC ADHD Survey question. How comfortable would you feel telling each of the following people that you were diagnosed with ADHD? Family to Boss

Can you see the patterns?

And that’s just the general public’s answers. People who have ADHD and have been judged, shamed, blamed, stigmatized for years for it will certainly have much lower numbers than that.

If you doubt that read some of the answers of my survey question on the ADHD catch 22. What Would It Take To Go Public With ADHD?

41% of 18-34 year olds are not comfortable going out of the ADHD closet to co-workers.

50% of 35-54 year olds are not comfortable going out of the ADHD closet to co-workers.

52% of 55+ year olds are not comfortable going out of the ADHD closet to co-workers.

An even higher percentages of BCers are not comfortable coming out of the ADHD closet to their boss and this is a survey of the general BC public, not specifically ADHD adults whose numbers would be much higher.

50% of 18-34 year olds are not comfortable going out of the ADHD closet to their boss

57% of 35-54 are not comfortable going out of the ADHD closet to their boss

59% of 55+ year olds are not comfortable going out of the ADHD closet to their boss

How will you access services for ADHD at work via employee assistance programs if you feel it’s not safe to tell you co-workers or you boss?

Huge drop between people who would feel comfortable coming out of the ADHD closet to friends vs co-workers 26%.

This ignorance of ADHD is a big problem. We need a provincial government education and awareness campaign to raise awareness of ADHD facts in adults and children and to reduce the ignorance and stigma around ADHD, working in partnership with The Doctors of BC.

Please tell your friends and colleagues about this and thank BC Liberals Health Minister Terry Lake and Heidi Bernhardt of CADDAC for this.

Oct 192014
 

We were very fortunate to have public opinion polling expert and ex journalist Mario Caneco, who used to work for Angus Reid, and now works as Vice President for Public Affairs at Insights West do a pro bono poll for us for BC ADHD Awareness Week Oct 14-20th 2014. Thanks Mario!

They surveyed 801 BCers on very wide range of questions that I helped co write on British Columbian’s views towards ADHD in adults and children. We got some fascinating results. See the full BC ADHD survey answers.

As far as I know it is the only comprehensive survey of the general public’s opinions on ADHD ever done in BC or Canada by a professional polling company.

The question below asked was “How comfortable would you feel telling each of the following people that you were diagnosed with ADHD?” Here’s a chart I did based on Insights Wests survey of BCers listing the very comfortable and moderately comfortable answers from each category.

Insights West BC ADHD Survey question. How comfortable would you feel telling each of the following people that you were diagnosed with ADHD? Family to Boss

Can you see the patterns?

And that’s just the general public’s answers. People who have ADHD and have been judged, shamed, blamed, stigmatized for years for it will certainly have much lower numbers than that.

If you doubt that read some of the answers of my survey question on the ADHD catch 22. What Would It Take To Go Public With ADHD?

Have a look at Mario’s column in the business section of The Vancouver Sun. “Stigma of ADHD still an issue for many. Survey suggests many, especially men and older people, would not discuss an ADHD diagnosis with their employer”

The Insights West Survey clearly show a majority of bc’s workforce are afraid to come out of the ADHD closet to co-workers  or their boss. They are more comfortable in coming out to their family and friends.

Here are some excerpts from Mario’s column on Insights West’s BC ADHD survey results and implications for business, the health systems and employees in The Vancouver Sun.

This month includes ADHD Awareness Week, so Insights West did a survey of how British Columbians perceive the disorder. The results show that most residents are remarkably open to different options for treatment, but are deeply worried about the effect the revelation of an ADHD diagnosis could have on their careers.”

As expected, large majorities of respondents see little difficulty discussing this issue with their family (83 per cent) and their friends (77 per cent).

When it comes to the workplace, the results are decidedly different. Just half (51 per cent) say they would be “comfortable” disclosing an ADHD diagnosis to their co-workers, and an even smaller proportion (44 per cent) would be “comfortable” talking about the disorder with their boss.

What you’re afraid to talk about you will not likely ask for help for at work. ADHD stigma and shame keeps too many BCers hidden in the ADHD closet instead of getting the help they need and deserve. It will effect their work performance and productivity. It will impact their co-workers and the boss and the business or non profit or government workplace.

And ADHD is a very treatable condition see the Top ten ways to manage Adult ADHD. 

The groups that are most likely to be worried about disclosing an ADHD diagnosis to their co-workers and bosses are men and people aged 35-to-54 — a large component of our province’s workforce.

The views of those aged 18-to-34 provide a silver lining, as these younger workers were less likely to feel uncomfortable talking about ADHD. This generation has grown up with many open references to the disorder. Their older counterparts are clearly more preoccupied with the stigma that would accompany any public acknowledgment of an ADHD diagnosis.

The biggest discovery from the survey is the realization that many British Columbians would opt for silence at the workplace, thereby foregoing the support they would need to deal with ADHD. There may be plenty of resources available from employee assistance plans, but if employees are uncomfortable addressing the disorder at work, they will have no access to that help.

There generally aren’t much resources for adults with ADHD anywhere in BC but some employee assistance plans do cover ADHD medications, therapy (important to get one who knows ADHD otherwise it can be counterproductive, you just need to try harder, you just need to focus etc) and occasionally ADHD coaching.

Not often because we ADHD coaches are not medical professionals but I have occasionally been hired by unions EAP’s and employee assistance plans ie VPD, RCMP, corporations, etc to coach their ADHD employees to manage their ADHD more effectively at work.

The economic and social costs of ignoring ADHD are huge. Very expensive for employers, government and society to ignore us and if it’s not safe to come out of the ADHD closet at work, many BCers who have or might have ADHD may not get diagnosed or treated.

While there are many problem with having ADHD it’s not all negative. There are many positive to having ADHD  See the Top Ten Advantages of Having ADHD in a High Tech Career, especially the comments.

But if the majority of BC citizens who mainly don’t have ADHD are to afraid to come out of the ADHD closet at work as the survey shows, adults with ADHD will be even less reluctant too and therefore will be more likely to stay hidden in the ADHD closet instead of seeking help.

Owners, managers and human relations professionals in BC, what are you doing to reduce the stigma of ADHD at work to people with ADHD will be more likely to disclose and get help at work? Stigma against ADHD doesn’t just harm your employees and their families it harm’s your business or organizations profitability and productivity.

Oct 122014
 

Cross posted to Adult ADD Strengths.

CADDAC, The Center for ADHD Awareness, Canada will have it’s 6th annual conference in Vancouver, BC November 1st & 2nd.

caddac-logo

Early bird deadline is in 2 days October 14th, don’t wait.

It’s pretty rare to get ADHD conferences in Vancouver, CADDAC is a Toronto based Canadian ADHD organization so it’s meetings are usually down east in Toronto or Montreal, so you might want to check it out because you may not see another one again in BC for a long time. Maybe another decade.

CADDRA came to Vancouver for a conference almost a decade ago, 2005. See my blog posts on it part one and part two.

At the conference CADDAC had an day before the conference afternoon Advocating for ADHD Vancouver networking event. See my posts on it, part one, part two, part three

Here’s the CADDAC Vancouver BC conference detail

Date: Saturday November 1st – Sunday November 2nd, 2014

Location:  BC Children’s Hospital, Chan Centre for Family Health Education

950 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 4H4

Two full days of presentations on ADHD and related topics geared towards parents, educators, adults with ADHD and their families, and medical professionals. For more information about conference topics, please view our presentation descriptions.

Here are the fees

Vancouver local Dr Adele Diamond who’s lab focuses on studying the PFC Prefrontal Cortex and executive functions in children will be talking about Strategies and Activities for Aiding the Development of Executive Functions.

I’ve been to her cool interdisciplinary Brain Development and learning conferences and I always learn a lot and they are very well run see my post on the 2008 one on ADHD and stress and my post on her great 2013 one. Check out her links to resources here.

We also have 3 other BCers speaking  Dr. Jake Locke, Dr. Shimi Kang, and Dr. Don Duncan.

Anyone who knows ADHD even at a moderate level has likely heard of the ADHD researcher’s researcher, Dr. Russell Barkley. Here’s a list of some of his ADHD books.  Want to show people the science of adhd in adults? He wrote the book on it. I quote from it widely.

He’s also mentioned my list on Canadian ADHD support groups in one of his books, thanks for the mention eh? See his 40 hours of free videos on ADHD.

Gina Pera I’ve know for a long time online, will be nice to meet her in real life. She wrote a book called the ADHD Roller Coaster which has 4, count em, 4 chapters on denial.

I think she should sell those chapters as a separate ebook. The need is huge. I’ve lost track of how many people have told me they want me to coach their ADHD spouse but “they’re in denial” about ADHD.

Here’s the Featured speakers:

Dr. Russell Barkley Ph.D., is a world renowned expert in the field of ADHD, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina and a Diplomate (board certified) in three specialties: Clinical Psychology (ABPP), Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN, ABPP).  Dr. Barkley is a clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner who has published 21 books, rating scales, and clinical manuals numbering 28 editions. He has also published more than 250 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of ADHD and related disorders.

Dr. Adele Diamond Ph.D., is the Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Her work integrates developmental, cognitive, neuroscience, and molecular genetic approaches to examine fundamental questions about the development of the cognitive control abilities that rely on a region of the brain known as ‘prefrontal cortex’ and has changed medical practice worldwide for the treatment of PKU (phenylketonuria) and for the type of ADHD without hyperactivity. Her recent work, including a paper in the journal, Science, is affecting early education practices around the world.

Dr. Don Duncan MD, FRCPC, is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Kelowna, BC. He serves as Clinical Director of the BC Interior ADHD Clinic and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UBC. Dr. Duncan’s interest in ADHD comes from both personal and professional experience with the disorder. He has been diagnosed with ADHD himself and has children and siblings who have been diagnosed.

Dr. Shimi Kang MD, FRCPC, is the Medical Director for Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver Community, a Clinical Associate Professor at UBC, and the founder of the Provincial Youth Concurrent Disorders Program at BC Children’s Hospital. She is the author of The Dolphin Way: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids Without Turning Into aTiger.

Dr. Jake Locke MD, FRCPC, is a UBC Clinical Associate Professor on Active Staff at BC Children’s Hospital for the past 20 years. After graduation form UBC Medical School he worked as a Family Physician for 8 years in Kelowna before returning to specialize in Child Psychiatry. He has a personal Mindfulness practice and is currently involved in 2 Mindfulness research projects.

Gina Pera intimately knows the impact of ADHD on adult life, especially relationships. Married 16 years to a scientist diagnosed at age 37, she has also supported thousands of adults with ADHD and their partners in their post-diagnosis journey. Her ground breaking book, Is It You, Me or Adult A.D.D.?, won four national book awards and was showcased on PBS TV stations nationwide.

Heidi Bernhardt RN, is a psychiatric nurse by training, mother of three young men with ADHD and the founder, President and Executive Director of CADDAC. Over the past 22 years, Heidi has helped raise awareness and understanding of ADHD among parents, educators, healthcare professionals, industry, and government through presentations, conferences, media interviews, and advocacy work.