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 

Jul 272015

Caddra Logo

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


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


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


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.