Key Challenges and Practical Solutions - a Clinician focused conference on Adult ADHD (Fri 22nd and Sat 23rd April 2016)

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The UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN) will host its 5th Congress on Fri 22nd and Sat 23rd April 2016. This 2 day conference entitle 'Key Challenges and Practical Solutions - a Clinician focused conference on Adult ADHD' will take place at the IET Savoy place, which is a beautiful conferencing venue overlooking the River Thames in Central London.

The conference will bring together internationally recognised experts in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD across the lifespan and highlight research that contributes to our understanding of how best to diagnose and treat ADHD in adults. Clinical services for ADHD during the transition years from adolescence to adulthood and for those newly diagnosed as adults are developing rapidly throughout the world. There is growing recognition of the role of ADHD in adult mental health and the availability of effective clinical and psychosocial interventions. The conference will build on this growing expertise by providing a European perspective that highlights the full range of functional, cognitive and mental health impairments, the impact that ADHD has on adolescent and adult mental health and the contribution to adolescent and adult psychopathology. This meeting will address important clinical questions relating to the management of ADHD in adults and will be relevant to anyone interested in the mental health of people from the adolescent years through to early, middle and later adult life.   

Our Vision

ADHD is a common mental health disorder that starts during child development but frequently persists throughout adolescence and into the adult years. Common symptoms include inattention, distractibility, disorganisation, over activity, restlessness, impulsiveness and mood lability; and these may lead to considerable clinical and psychosocial impairments. ADHD is often seen at a high rate in people with other significant clinical problems including substance abuse, unstable mood states, anxiety, depression, forensic cases and emerging or developed personality disorder. ADHD is often associated with specific learning difficulties and is a common problem in higher education.

Despite the considerable psychiatric morbidity associated with ADHD and the availability of effective pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, the disorder often goes unrecognised and untreated in people as they grow older. This leads to unnecessary distress to individuals, ineffective targeting of treatments, poor control over chronic mental health problems and the development of adult onset disorders later in life.

This meeting aims to raise the level of awareness, knowledge and expertise among health care professionals about people with ADHD as they grow older; and to provide a better understanding of the persistence of the disorder and the development of comorbid mental health problems. The program will be delivered by prominent opinion leaders, clinical experts and internationally recognised investigators and is designed to cover key topics relevant to the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD during the critical period from adolescence to adulthood. The selection of speakers is particular important so that the audience can hear directly from the most experienced professionals working in this rapidly developing area of clinical psychiatry.

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Professor Philip Asherson

President UKAAN