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ADHD: Not Just For Kids

Format: 1 x 45
Broadcaster(s):  CBC
Available in HD

It used to be just for kids, but not anymore. ADHD: Not Just For Kids dispels the myths about this neurobiological syndrome that children and adults often live with unrecognized for years. Women especially tend to be ignored or misdiagnosed with depression.

Successful adults share stories of attempting to cope for years with a condition they never even knew they had. Specialists and researchers provide insight on current science and treatment. These include psychiatrist Dr. Mayer Hoffer, pediatrician Dr. Laura Gerber, who has ADHD herself (along with her three children), ADHD coach Robert Pal, specialist Dr. Ainslie Gray, and Dr. Jennifer Crosbie and Dr. Russell Schachar of SickKids Hospital.

At UC Irvine, Dr. Jean Gehricke demonstrates how some adults have been masking ADHD symptoms by self-medicating with tobacco. The world’s first ADHD lab mice run tests at FSU for Deirdre McCarthy and Prof. Pradeep Bhide. Fifty kids field test a new non-pharmaceutical therapy – MegaTeam, the videogame designed by SickKids and medical software developers Ehave.  

One out of every 20 children have ADHD, and most of them will carry it into adulthood. ADHD: Not Just For Kids shows how it can be a recipe for failure and disaster, or a source of strength and creativity. It just has to be recognized in the first place.

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