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The ADHD Tsunami? - Global Perspectives

ADHD Tsunami? Global Perspectives

The First UCD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference was held on 14th October 2016 and was entitled “The ADHD Tsunami? - Global Perspectives”.

As one of the most prevalent disorders of childhood, ADHD is the single most frequent reason for attendance at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Ireland. ADHD frequently continues throughout teenage years into adulthood and commonly causes significant impairment in the lives of those with the condition; Typically ADHD causes challenges in school settings, family life and in friendships.

This international conference brought together experts in the field from all over the world, including Prof. Rosemary Tannock of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, Prof. Guilherme Polanczyk of the University of Sao Paulo, and Prof.s Edmund Sonuga-Barke and Samuele Cortese of the University of Southampton, to talk about a variety of key topics in the area of ADHD diagnosis and treatment.  These topics included the validity of diagnosis, prevalence, and treatment rates worldwide, the service user perspective of diagnosis and treatment, attitudes to ADHD in schools, social services and child psychiatric services in Ireland, school-based interventions, psychotherapeutic interventions and psychopharmacological interventions for ADHD.

The Conference was attended by over 150 interdisciplinary professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs, nurses, teachers & education professionals, probation services and addiction specialists, as well as parents and carers of children with ADHD. Special guests from the National Educational Psychology Service, National Behaviour Support Service, the HSE National Clinical Programme for Mental Health and HADD (the support service for people with ADHD) also attended. Feedback received was particularly positive on the seminars on school-based interventions, psychotherapeutic interventions and psychopharmacological interventions for ADHD.


Forthcoming Events

Date EventInfo
10th March 2017

Mind Reading - Conference on Mental Health & Literature.

DLR Lexicon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. 

Details to follow



Previous Events

21st April 2016

Information evening for Parents with Dr Blánaid Gavin about What helps in School with ADHD

Hosted by HADD Ireland

14th October 2016

The ADHD Tsunami? - Global Perspectives


Resources | ADHD Conference 2016

Presentations from the International ADHD Conference held on 14th October 2016: 

Presentation TitlePresenterFile

Nobody Understands My ADHD: Exploring the Irish
Experience of Diagnosis and Treatment

Dr. Kate Carr-Fanning 

Presentation 1 - Dr. Kate Carr-Fanning           

Perceptions of ADHD services in Ireland:First findings from the Newman Fellowships

Dr. Mimi Tatlow-Golden

Presentation 2 - Dr. Mimi Tatlow-Golden

ADHD views and practices: child psychiatrists and paediatricians
in Ireland and Brazil

Fabiola Honorio Neto                   

Presentation 3 - Fabiola Honorio Neto

Treating the Child with ADHD -Do Psychological Interventions Work? 

Prof Edmund Sonuga-Barke 

Presentation 4 - Prof Edmund Sonuga-Barke

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder:
Diagnosis validity, prevalence and access to services

Prof Guillherme Polanczyk Presentation 5 - Prof Guillherme Polanczyk

School interventions and resources for
ADHD: are they effective?

Prof Rosemary Tannock  Presentation 6 - Prof Rosemary Tannock

Are the effects of methylphenidate really uncertain?

Prof Samuele Cortese  

Presentation 7 - Prof Samuele Cortese

ADHD: The major challenges at home & school.                   What can you do?

Prof Rosemary Tannock 

Presentation 8 - Parent's Evening - Prof Rosemary Tannock



Mind-Reading 2017: Mental Health and the Written Word

Fri, 10 March Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire Add to calendar

DLR LexIcon in collaboration with UCD Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Oxford University, this one-day programme of talks and workshops seeks to locate and to explore productive interactions between literature and mental health both historically and in the present day.  The event takes place on Fri 10 Mar 17 from 9:30 in DLR Lexicon in Dún Laoghaire.