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In this webinar, Dr Alison (Sally) Poulton provides her approach for understanding and explaining behaviour in ADHD, including the overlap between ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

For older children, adolescents, and adults, a diagnostic approach based on in-depth questioning about individuals’ thought processes and their effects on functioning might give more insight and specificity than is currently provided by the symptom-based DSM diagnostic criteria.

The DSM criteria were originally developed to help observers recognize behaviour patterns commonly associated with ADHD in childhood and have now been adapted for use in adults, including adult self-reporting, with only minimal changes made.  Watch the webinar replay below and visit Dr Poulton’s educational website to learn more.

About Dr. Poulton

Dr Poulton is a paediatrician with more than 20 years experience specialising in the treatment of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Sally works at Nepean Hospital, at Penrith Child and Youth Mental Health Service and in private practice in Penrith. She is also an academic and senior lecturer with the University of Sydney.

Her research has included studying the collateral effects of stimulant medication on children’s height, weight, physical maturity and body composition, for which she was awarded an MD by the University of Cambridge in 2011.

Dr Poulton has been studying the effects of stimulant medication in children with ADHD since 1996 and the long-term effects of ADHD and stimulant medication at a population level.

She is currently carrying out a data linkage study of the reproductive outcomes of women with previous stimulant treatment for ADHD and is planning a study of the cardiovascular effects of long-term treatment.

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