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A Conversation on ADHD

With Dr. William Lawson and
Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI Medical Director

Ken Duckworth, M.D., NAMI Medical Director, and William Lawson, Ph.D., M.D., professor and chair, department of psychiatry, Howard University, had a candid discussion about the typical issues impacting adults living with ADHD, particularly in the African American community.

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  1. What does ADHD look like in adults? How common is it?
  2. What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?

  3. Is ADHD genetic?

  4. When should a person consider getting an evaluation for ADHD?

  5. Watch part 1 with Dr. Michael Houston

    What are the elements of a good evaluation?

  6. How do people react to receiving a diagnosis of ADHD?

  7. Are there any specific issues with ADHD in the African American community?

  8. What services and supports exist for adults living with ADHD?

  9. How can we make services and supports more culturally competent?

  10. Should employees disclose that they have ADHD to their employers?

  11. Is self-medication common in adults living with ADHD?

  12. What are the experiences of African Americans living with ADHD?

  13. What are people’s attitudes toward the diagnosis of ADHD?

  14. What are people’s attitudes toward ADHD in the African American community?