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West Coast Event To Focus On Girls And Women With ADHD

Patricia O. Quinn, M.D., FAAP, FSDP, co-founder and Director of the National Center for Gender Issues and AD/HD will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of AD/HD in females, including differing referral patterns and coexisting conditions at various developmental stages.  She will highlight diagnostic issues, such as why girls may not show signs of AD/HD in early childhood, and how their symptoms can increase during puberty. She will also discuss social and psychological differences between males and females with AD/HD that are only recently beginning to be recognized, and the development of appropriate treatment plans and programs in light of these differences.

Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D., the Director of Chesapeake Psychological Services of Maryland, and has practiced clinical psychology for 31 years in Bethesda, Maryland will introduce her neuro-cognitive psychotherapy for women with ADHD, highlighting the specific challenges young women face as they move to independence.  She will outline guidelines that help in building skills to succeed.

Wendy Richardson LMFT, CAS, a Certified Addiction Specialist, with over 20 years experience in treating substance abuse and behavioral addictions, maintaining a private practice for 18 years in Soquel, California. Ms. Richardson will address the unique challenges for women and girls who attempt to alleviate their ADHD symptoms by abusing drugs, alcohol and food.  She will highlight specific treatment needs of girls and women, which differ from their male counterparts.

About The Kitty Petty ADD/LD Institute

 Our mission is to provide education, resources and support to children, youth and adults with ADHD/LD to become self-advocates and reach their true potential. Our goals are to provide the highest quality support services, referrals, and current research data to the ADHD/LD community and those who care for them; to develop or co-sponsor community outreach projects and innovative education programs to help those experiencing the life altering effects of ADHD and LD to maximize their strengths and minimize their challenges.

Created: 7/27/2003  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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