Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in children and adolescents with prevalence rates ranging from 2%-18% in the United States. Often misidentified as “severe ADHD,” Bipolar Disorder has become an increasingly common diagnosis in childhood. In fact, prevalence rates suggest that the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder in children increased from 25 per 100,000 in 1994-1995 to 1003 per 100,000 in 2002-2003. Although there are hallmark characteristics that differentiate these diagnoses, ADHD and Bipolar Disorder share multiple behavioral symptoms that make a differential diagnosis very challenging for clinicians. Nonetheless, making an appropriate diagnosis is critical to appropriate treatment planning.
The purpose of this workshop is to provide up-to-date, practical information for professionals working with children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Bipolar Disorder (BPD). The presenter will discuss important topics, including coordinating drug and non-drug interventions, managing behaviors at home and in school, creating positive and supportive environments, and issues related to the consultation with schools regarding special education services.
What You Will Learn
• How to identify the clinical presentation of children with ADHD in the home and at school.
• How to apply research supported and empirically validated techniques in your treatment of ADHD.
• How to identify the clinical presentation of Bipolar Disorder in children.
• How to assess the symptoms that differentiate Bipolar Disorder from other behavior disorders of childhood.
• How to apply research supported and empirically validated techniques in your treatment of Bipolar Disorder.
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