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The Impact of a Life of ADHD: Understanding for Clinicians and Clients

Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA

Course Abstract

The Impact of a Life of ADHD: Understanding for Clinicians and Clients is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the ways in which ADHD impacts every aspect of a person’s life, from childhood through adulthood.

This course is divided into two sections. Section 1 explores the direct affects and secondary outcomes of a lifetime of undiagnosed and untreated ADHD, followed by an important discussion on how to share this information with clients to de-stigmatize the difficulties they have encountered. Although we will try to avoid sweeping generalizations about ADHD, there are certain characteristics that are common enough to bear in mind as we highlight the executive, academic, occupational, psychological, and social aspects of adult functioning that are impacted by ADHD.

The course often considers the effects that ADHD has on children’s lives, rather than the effect on adults’ lives. This is because there is much more data available on children with ADHD than on adults, so we are left to extrapolate, and what happens in childhood does indeed carry forward into adulthood.

The second section outlines the concept that education is a therapeutic technique. Education about the effects of undiagnosed and untreated ADHD on an adult’s life is crucial. We will look at how to help clients understand ADHD, frame it as something treatable, and instill hope and optimism for the future, supporting them to become sufficiently motivated to work at and follow through their treatment program. This education can be provided directly in session or through recommended books, articles, or websites.

Course #31-40 | 2022 | 42 pages | 20 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. List 3 areas of executive functioning that are impacted by ADHD
2. Identify the pluses and minuses of the workplace setting for adults with ADHD
3. Name 4 important hazards to self-image and self-efficacy in adults with ADHD
4. List 3 ways in which social interactions are vulnerable to disruption in adults with ADHD
5. Identify the 8 elements of Kolberg & Nadeau’s ADHD-friendly lifestyle
6. Name 3 strategies young adults with ADHD can use to boost success in college and beyond

The Impact of a Life of ADHD: Understanding for Clinicians and Clients awards 3 CPEUs in accordance with the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s CPEU Prior Approval Program. Professional Development Resources is also a provider with the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion).

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This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Chester, PA. He is the author of Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD: A Practical, Easy-to-Use Guide for Clinicians and is a regular columnist for myADHD.com's e-newsletter. He is a frequent presenter for professionals and members of the public.

Financial - Dr. Tuckman holds a position on the advisory committee of and receives a consulting fee from Shire.
Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.


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