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The NRC's monthly chats provide the opportunity to ask questions of leading experts on ADHD.

Our July Ask the Expert:

Dr. Mary Solanto Who: Mary V. Solanto, PhD
What: DSM-5 and ADHD: New Diagnostic Guidelines
When: Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 3:00 - 4:00 PM (Eastern).

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The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is here! ‘So what?’- you say. Well, as the saying goes, “the devil is in the details.”

The DSM-5 is the latest edition of the manual used by doctors and mental health professionals to diagnose mental health conditions like ADHD, depression, anxiety, autism and others. That means the guidelines for determining if you or someone you love has ADHD have changed! That’s big news!

These are just a few examples of questions that the new DSM-5 changes may prompt:

  • “I’m an adult with ADHD and have been struggling with it for years. What do the new guidelines mean for an adult like me?
  • “My child has Autism, and for years I was told he can’t be diagnosed with ADHD, too.  Now his therapist says he can have both. I’m confused. Which one is it?
  • “My child is 12 years old. If she had ADHD, she would have been diagnosed by now, right?”

Mary Solanto, PhD, will join us on July 10, 2013 to explain what the new ADHD guidelines mean for you and your family. 

About Mary V. Solanto, PhD 

Mary Solanto, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and director of the ADHD Center in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.  Dr. Solanto’s research on the cognitive and behavioral functioning of children with ADHD, the effects of psychostimulants, and characteristics of the subtypes of ADHD has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  

Recordings: Available to the public 2-3 days following the chat.
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