Shirah Vollmer MD

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Adult ADHD-PriMed Returns

Posted by Dr. Vollmer on April 26, 2016

West Annual Conference

Anaheim, CA | April 27-30, 2016

Anaheim Convention Center

Adult ADHD


This session will illustrate how ADHD manifests in adulthood. Assessment and management tools will be explored. The complicated interface between stimulant treatment and addiction will be discussed. Both old and new stimulants will be presented, along with behavioral interventions. Mindfulness as a tool for ADHD will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives

Discuss diagnosing ADHD in adulthood

Review treatment options for ADHD in adulthood

Discuss treating the adult ADHD patient who is also an addict

List non-pharmacological interventions for adult ADHD


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Anaheim, here I come. I am going to talk to an audience of several hundred about adult ADHD. I will be on multiple screens and so this is as close to I get to rock star fame. Granted, I am not giving a plenary, a dream of mine, to be sure, but I will have my fifteen, actually thirty minutes of something. What are my main points? DSM 5 has given credibility to the diagnosis of adult ADHD. I might tell my story of my patient, a lawyer, severely impaired by ADHD, whose primary care physician said, by the patient’s report, “you can’t possibly have ADHD, you graduated law school.” Yes, yes, I like to make fun of anonymous physicians when I speak. Next point. Diagnosis does not mean pharmacological treatment. Understanding the trouble of a brain which has limited ability to inhibit impulses is in large measure therapeutic. Medications are another tool, but sometimes they are not essential. Third point. Productivity apps, the wonders of our new technology, can help ADHD folks considerably. The smart phone as an assistant brain is good for all of us, but for those with ADHD, it could be a significant game changer in their attention to detail and their focus on their schedule. Finally, I want primary care physicians to understand that brains come with different strengths and weaknesses, and helping patients understand that is a huge gift to their quality of life. And so my mission will be complete. Maybe, just maybe, they will ask me back and I will get another chance at this rock star business.

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