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ADHD in the Mainstream

The UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN) is holding its 7th Congress next month from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd September 2017 at the Mermaid Conference and Events Centre in London.

The Conference is titled “ADHD in the Mainstream” because it is UKAAN’s vision that all mental health professionals, both mainstream & specialist, will have the knowledge and understanding to diagnose and treat ADHD.

Despite the considerable psychiatric morbidity associated with ADHD and the availability of effective pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, the disorder often goes unrecognised and untreated in people as they grow older. This leads to unnecessary distress to individuals, ineffective targeting of treatments, poor control over chronic mental health problems and the development of adult onset disorders later in life.

In many regions of the UK, and across the world, there has been a stepped increase in the recognition of ADHD by adult mental health services reflected in a rapid rise in the availability of clinical services but availability is still not yet universal.

Licensed drug treatments for adult ADHD are now available for the first time, including both stimulant and non-stimulant medication.

The importance of concurrent psychological treatments is also now recognised and indeed is being sought by people with ADHD.  Psychological treatment services, therefore, need to develop the understanding and skills required to manage mental health problems related to ADHD.

As a result, this Conference, is designed to raise the level of awareness, knowledge and expertise among both mainstream and specialist health care professionals about people with ADHD and to provide a better understanding of the persistence of the disorder, the development of comorbid mental health problems as well as the delivery of effective treatments.

The programme will be delivered by prominent leaders, clinical experts and internationally recognised investigators and is designed to cover relevant key from adolescence to early and late adulthood. The Conference will help mainstream and specialist mental health professionals provide the services that are required and are sought by people with ADHD.

On Thursday, 21st September, Rory Bremner will be making a guest appearance and Art with Heart will perform an excerpt from the play ‘Declaration’ . The play was developed in consultation with ADHD and mental health support groups as well as medical professionals. It examines when we want, need or are forced to declare our differences, as well as the faces we wear to help us fit in.

This is a Conference that mental health professionals will not want to miss!

Details about the speakers, the programme, and registration are available from UKAAN at ADHD in the Mainstream.


Declaration: a play that explores ADHD

Declaration Spring/Summer Tour 2017

Art with Heart (with the backing of several organisations including the ADHD Foundation, The Granada Foundation, Essex County Council, Arts Council England–the full list is available via the link at the end of this post) presents Declaration, a curious, colourful and candid exploration of ADHD, mental health and diagnosis.

Declaration is a play that examines the faces we wear to fit in and what happens when we are forced to declare our differences. Developed in consultation with medical professionals, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) and mental health support groups, Declaration challenges stereotypes with a curious, comic and candid look at ADHD, mental health and diagnosis in the 21st century.

Instinctive, curious, bold and bouncy, Sarah is a mighty proud square peg which wouldn’t be such a problem if the hole wasn’t so damn round. Her childhood Doctor thought it was sugar. Her current Doctor thinks its ADHD. Sarah still feels different, so what will a label do? Will it change the way you see her and the way she sees herself?

With autobiographical storytelling, comedy, and conversations with audiences, Declaration takes you on a vibrant and daring adventure that asks you to roll around in your weirdness, make a hat out of it and dance.

Declaration is currently on a Spring/Summer Tour and a list of the tour dates and venues with booking information as well as a trailer for Declaration is available from the Art with Heart e-flyer.


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