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Jun 30, 2019

ADHD and Addiction: Things Every Addiction Specialist Should Know About ADHD


Dr. Alberto Pertusa
Dr Alberto Pertusa is a Medical Doctor and Consultant Psychiatrist with a clinical interest in the treatment of people who suffer from both Addiction an Attention Deficit...


Dr Alberto Pertusa presenting at iCAAD London 2019.

Dr Pertusa’s presentation will explore ADHD, a condition which frequently co-exists in patients with addiction. The presentation will highlight current research which suggests that that ADHD is often under-diagnosed, and that treating ADHD can improve outcomes relating to addiction relapse as well as anxiety, mood, and general wellbeing. The presentation will specifically address:

What ADHD is and how to identify the main symptoms

How an ADHD diagnosis is made

The challenges and complexities of treating ADHD as a co-morbid condition with addiction

The safety issues and addiction considerations when treating ADHD with stimulant medications (e.g. Ritalin)

Whether ADHD can be treated with therapy

In this highly insightful, practical and clinically-orientated presentation, consultant psychiatrist Dr Alberto Pertusa will explore ADHD as a prevalent condition that often coexists with patients diagnosed with addiction.

Dr Pertusa’s presentation will call upon current and leading research which suggests that the disorder is often under-diagnosed, and that treating ADHD can improve outcomes regarding anxiety, mood, addiction relapse as well as general wellbeing.

Using practical themes, Dr Pertusa will explore the following ideas in full detail:

• What is ADHD? How to identify the

main symptoms.

• How frequent is ADHD in people with addictions?

• How do we make a diagnosis of ADHD?

• Is it safe to treat people with addictions

and ADHD with stimulant medication?

(e.g. Ritalin)

• Can ADHD be also treated with therapy?