ADHD, Addiction, and Mental Health



Video by Dr. Dawn Elise Snipes on integrative behavioral health approaches including counseling techniques and skills for improving mental health and reducing mental illness.

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Objectives
~ Explore the connections and symptom overlaps between ADHD, addiction and mental illnesses
~ Explore the impact of these symptoms on the individual.

Intro
~ ADHD is one of the most common psychiatric disorders, with a worldwide prevalence of 5.2 % among children and adolescents, persisting into adulthood in 60–70 % of cases either as a residual or as a full clinical disorder
~ Medications used to treat ADHD such as methylphenidate, amphetamine, and atomoxetine indicate a dopamine/norepinephrine dysfunction as the neurochemical basis of ADHD and a potential target for anxiety and depression
~ The presence of probable ADHD and the severity of ADHD symptoms are related with the severity of insomnia, even after controlling the depression, anxiety

Summary
~ ADHD and many disorders have similar symptoms and common neurological and neurochemical causes including dysfunction in the frontal cortex and the dopamine and norepinephrine symptoms.
~ Treatment strategies should
~ Address behavioral manifestations to improve self esteem, work/school functioning and interpersonal skills
~ Explore the root causes of the symptoms to ensure adequate differential diagnosis / comorbid diagnosis of mental health issues including trauma, depression and bipolar disorder.
~ Part 2 of this presentation will cover cognitive, behavioral and environmental interventions

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