Nursing: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults

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About the Course

Healthcare practitioners rarely see cases of “pure” ADHD and it is imperative that they understand the common coexisting conditions associated with ADHD and their effect on treatment and outcomes for patients. This course addresses the assessment and diagnosis of ADHD in adults and will improve the knowledge base, clinical understanding, and perspective of care, providing a framework within which healthcare professionals can understand and treat adults with ADHD in the twenty-first century.  In addition, they will need to use this information to conduct a careful differential diagnosis. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the assessment and diagnosis of adult ADHD and the challenges adults with ADHD encounter related to work, relationships, parenting, and stress.
  • Describe the broad effects ADHD can have on career choices and ways in which healthcare professionals may be able to assist the individual with ADHD in choosing suitable career paths and workplace contexts.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken with the course ADHD Throughout the Lifespan, 3rd Edition.

Author the Authors:

Roberta Waite, EdD, PMHCNS, FAAN, ANEF, is a tenured Professor, Doctoral Nursing Department and has a secondary appointment as a Professor in the Health Systems and Science Research  Department at Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions and Assistant Dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Eleventh Street Family Health Services of Drexel University. She graduated from Widener University with her BSN and the University of Pennsylvania with her MSN. She also earned a doctorate in higher education administration-leadership from Widener University and completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship (T32) at the Center for Health Disparities Research at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation awarded Dr. Waite with the title of Macy’s Faculty Scholar. Her clinical scholarly work focuses on help-seeking behaviors and treatment engagement, with particular interest in depression, adult ADHD, and trauma and adversity among diverse populations.

Meghan S. Leahy, MS, NCC, BCC, is a certified counselor, a board-certified life, career, and leadership coach, and an accomplished educational innovator.  As the founder and principal of Leahy Learning in Wynnewood, PA, her clinical work and research spans education, counseling, learning disabilities, coaching, mentoring, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Ms. Leahy specializes in problem-solving and success strategies, focusing on the impact of learning processes on people throughout the life span - from childhood through professional career development. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University (BA) and Villanova University (MS). Ms. Leahy has worked as a clinical associate in the Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, she was recognized by the The Wall Street Journal as a “Woman of Note” and provides consultation and training to schools, universities, and corporations on a variety of topics. Ms. Leahy has presented to international audiences and enjoys writing about issues pertaining to the mind and learning.

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