NCTalks for ADHD Awareness Month: an interview with Edward Hallowell

In this edition of NCTalks for ADHD Awareness Month, we speak to Edward Hallowell, a child and adult psychiatrist, leading ADHD authority, New York Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and the founder of The Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health, located across the USA. Dr Hallowell is a graduate of Harvard College (MA, USA) and Tulane University School of Medicine (LA, USA), and was a Harvard Medical School faculty member for 20 years. In this podcast we discuss the current outlook on ADHD and its diagnosis and treatment, as well as debates in the field and how the condition continues to shift in perception and treatment.

00.09 – Introduction

00.43 – Please could you tell us a little about your background and your current work?

04.16 – What treatments and methods of management are currently offered following ADHD diagnosis?

11.09 – In your opinion, what, if any, are the current deficits in the diagnostic and treatment protocols for ADHD? How could these be overcome?

13.40 – The cause, symptoms and treatments for ADHD are widely discussed in the media, with the concept of ADHD itself widely branded a controversial topic. Debates often center around whether ADHD is a mental disorder, or rather a neurological description of a normal condition, and as such, should it be medically treated – what is your view on this debate?

16.09 – You mentioned that you have been in the field for a long time now – how have perception, diagnosis and treatment of ADHD since you first started to practise?

19.34 – Looking ahead, where do you hope the field will be in 5–10 years’ time?

19.56 – Final remarks

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