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Joseph Biederman, MD

Speaker Affiliation
Joseph Biederman, MD
Director, Pediatric
Psychopharmacology Unit
Mass. General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

: Pharmacological Treatment of Comorbid ADHD
Activity/Course #:

: Free
Release/Start Date:
: Aug 01 2016
Expiration Date:
: Jul 31 2019
: Psychiatry
Target Audience:
: Primary Care Providers
: ADHD Dissemination Webcast
Estimated Time To Complete CME Activity:
: 1.0 Hours
: 0
Hardware/Software Requirements:

ADHD is often comorbid with one or a cluster of other psychological disorders. In this one hour CME session, primary care professionals will learn the list of psychological disorders that frequently occur with ADHD, the order of treatment of co-occurring conditions, and the available medications for multiple conditions, and side effects which need to be balanced in dosing and polypharmacy.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the reader should be better able to:

  1. Begin screening for ADHD in adult patients, prompted by the more obvious diagnosis of comorbid disorders such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and more.
  2. Treat ADHD effectively with medications, when present with comorbid disorders, and in a preferred order of treatment.
  3. Cite the important benefits of treating ADHD as early as possible in a patient’s life, to prevent complications of untreated ADHD down the road.
  4. Refer patients for adjunct treatments who suffer from identifiable dysfunctions that are not improved with ADHD medications.

This webcast was recorded live and is being used with the permission of the presenter.

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  3. Complete and submit the post-test and evaluation.
  4. A minimum passing score of 60% must be earned on the post-test in order to complete the CME activity.
  5. Print your CME certificate.
Sponsored and Certified By
National Association for Continuing Education
Accreditation Designation Statement
The National Association for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The National Association for Continuing Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Faculty Disclosure Policy
Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure: It is the policy of the National Association for Continuing Education to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all activities. All faculty participating in CME activities sponsored by the National Association for Continuing Education are required to present evidence-based data, identify and reference off-label product use and disclose all relevant financial relationships with those supporting the activity or others whose products or services are discussed. Faculty disclosure is provided below.

Joseph Biederman, MD, Speaker and Activity Planning Committee, has the following relationships to disclose: Researcher for DOD, FDA, AACAP, Alcobra, Forest Reseacher Institute, Ironshore, Lundbeck, Magceutics, Inc., Merck, PamLab, Pfizer, Shire Pharmaceuticals Inc., SPRITES, Sunovion, Vaya Pharma/Enzymotec, and NIH; Royalties from Department of Psychiatry at MGH, for a copyrighted ADHD rating scale used for ADHD diagnoses: Ingenix, Prophase, Shire, Bracket Global, Sunovion, and Theravance, US Patent Application (Provisional Number #61/233,686) through MGH corporate licensing, on a method to prevent stimulant abuse.

Harvey C. Parker, Ph.D., Activity Planning Committee, has the following relationships to disclose: co-owner of Specialty Press, Inc. and Health Link Systems, Inc.

Jonathan Marx, Activity Planning Committee, has no relationships to disclose.

Michelle Frisch, MPH, CCMEP, Activity Planning Committee, has no relationships to disclose.

Alan Goodstat, LCSW, Activity Planning Committee, has no relationships to disclose.

Cheryl C. Kay, Activity Planning Committee, has no relationships to disclose.
Commercial Support
ADHD in Adults was originally supported by a generous grant from the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Continued support was provided by independent medical educational grant from Shire; and an educational grant from Arbor Pharmaceuticals.