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ADHD: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies Across the Life Course

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Jack Naftel_photoAttention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder is a commonly diagnosed childhood disorder with symptoms commonly persisting through adolescence and adulthood. While there may be both under and over diagnosis in children, many adults who suffer from this disorder have never been diagnosed or treated. Dr. Naftel describes the presentation and evaluation of ADHD at different ages, and the treatment approaches that may be most effective for children, adolescents, and adults.
Jack Naftel, MD is the Vice Chair for Child and Adolescent Programs in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine, where he coordinates outpatient and inpatient programs and oversees the residency training program. He is also the Co-Director of the Dorothea Dix Child Outpatient Clinic and the Wake Pediatric Behavior Clinic. His areas of interest include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and he has been involved in a large epidemiological study of ADHD in Johnston County, NC. Dr. Naftel has won awards both for his medical research (Eugene A. Hargrove Mental Health Research Award) and practice (“Best Doctors in America,” 2003-2008).