The Bridge – ADHD issue

Juliette Kennedy
I am a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist working clinically in a North Yorkshire CAMHS team. I am Associate Director of Medical Education in the trust I work in, also Training Program director for CAMHS higher training in Yorkshire.

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Welcome to this ADHD themed issue of The Bridge.

Our science journalist Ben Upton has pulled together a summary of recent research from the JCCP/CAMH in this area for you. There is good evidence that there are language deficits in children with ADHD and the authors suggest that language assessment be included in the diagnostic process. This is important as language deficits need to be identified, but screening can have major resource implications.

We also have an interview with Professor Eric Taylor. Eric has been a friend to ACAMH for many years and has seen many, many children with ADHD over his long career and engaged in much research in this area. It is an honour to hear his insights.

We also hear from parents who have children with ADHD and one parent who also has a diagnosis. It is a highly heritable condition, so meeting family members who share the diagnosis of ADHD or who have traits, is common in clinical practice. As a clinician, I have always found that the best way to really understand a condition, is to listen in detail to the concerns of those who experience it.

I do hope you find this edition a helpful update. Email publications@acamh.org with details of what you’d like to see in future issues. A pdf of The Bridge ADHD issue is available to download. Please feel free to share this with colleagues, together with the direct links to the articles below.

Articles in this issue

My Career in CAMHS: Laura Baker

An Interview with ‘Mr ACAMH’ – Professor Eric Taylor

ADHD traits linked to tantrums in preschool children

Mental health workers have more empathy

Fighting for attention

Telephone support for parents in ADHD

Social context of ADHD

Unpicking assessment for Adult ADHD

Brain firing, but not wiring, is different in children with ADHD

Implementing iThrive? Pick priorities and prepare, says commissioner

The SAAND Study: Attention and arousal regulation in neurodevelopmental disorders

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Thank you for the article. Still a lack of support and denial from professionals and parents too. Local authorities ignore reasonable adjustments and make matters when strategies and interventions are not implemented.

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