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Chat with Kathleen Nadeau on Raising a Girl with AD/HD

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December 12, 2008

Ask the Expert!
Raising a Girl with AD/HD

Come join us for our monthly Ask the Expert chat.

This month’s topic: Raising a Girl with AD/HD.

When: Tues., Dec. 16, 2008 – 12 Noon (Eastern Time)
What: Raising a Girl with AD/HD
Who: Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., Author of AD/HD related books including Understanding Girls with AD/HD

AD/HD is a challenging condition for children and parents. But when the symptoms are obvious, it can be dealt with through proper treatment methods. What happens when the symptoms are largley hidden, however?

This is the case for many girls growing up with AD/HD. According to TheCenter: A Resource for Women and Girls with AD/HD (formerly the National Center for Gender Issues and AD/HD), “AD/HD is often a hidden disorder, ignored or misdiagnosed by the educational and medical communities causing these girls and women to suffer in silence.”

Dr. Nadeau will answer questions relating to this topic and offer helpful advice and strategies for making sure that your girl with AD/HD is not lost in the shuffle and that she receives the treatment needed to succeed.

To submit a question in advance go to Ask the Expert .

Kathleen Nadeau is Director of the Chesapeake ADHD Center of Maryland (formerly known as Chesapeake Psychological Services of Maryland). Dr. Nadeau has practiced in the Washington, DC area for over thirty years, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD, ADD) for the majority of that time.

Dr. Nadeau is an internationally recognized authority on AD/HD and has served on CHADD’s Professional Advisory Board. She is the co-founder of TheCenter: A Resource for Women and Girls with AD/HD, a non-profit organization dedicated to public education and professional training about the needs of girls and women with AD/HD.

Dr. Nadeau has appeared on Today, the Morning Show, as well as on numerous radio programs and is featured in the video ADD from the Inside Out which was broadcast on PBS. She is a frequent lecturer both in the US and abroad and provides professional training seminars on topics related to AD/HD.

As Director of the Chesapeake ADHD Center of Maryland, Dr. Nadeau works closely in supervision and collaboration with Chesapeake Associates. In addition, she continues her own clinical practice at the Center, with special interest in working with gifted adolescents and adults with AD/HD, on career issues related to AD/HD, with college and graduate students with AD/HD, with women and girls with AD/HD, and working with writers, entrepreneurs, and artists who struggle with issues related to AD/HD.

Dr. Nadeau is committed to writing, public education, and the training of graduate students and mental health professionals on issues related to AD/HD. Her published works include:
- ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life
- ADD in the Workplace
- Adventures in Fast Forward
- A Comprehensive Guide to ADD in Adults
- Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids about ADD (3rd edition)
- Understanding Girls with AD/HD
- Understanding Women with AD/HD
- Gender Issues and ADHD: Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment
- When Moms and Kids Have ADD: Expanded Verson
- School Strategies for ADD Teens
- Help4ADD@HighSchool (mailto:Help4ADD@HighSchool)
- Survival Guide for College Students with ADD & LD

Additude “Raising a Star”

In the email edition of Additude of 8/19/08, is this article:

“Need some ADHD parenting advice? Learn how the mothers of three ADHD super-achievers — an Olympic record-breaker, a TV heavyweight, and a world-class adventurer — helped their kids beat the odds.”

It’s a short discussion with the mothers of Ty Pennington, Michael Phelps, and the girl (or young woman) who was the first woman to climb all 7 of the world’s tallest mountains. This article comes from the April/May 2007 issue of ADDitude.

Please click here for the article – Additude “Raising a Star”

Women with AD/HD

Patty Quinn was recently interviewed on MSN about women and AD/HD.  Her comments provide good information on how AD/HD impacts women.  Patty Quinn is a renown authority on women and AD/HD.

“Brenda Daverin had a problem. Unable to focus on her job, she’d start spacing out, losing track of time, work tasks, and even conversations she was a part of. By 2006, when Daverin was 38, both she and her boss had had enough. “I received a formal verbal warning about my performance that led me to consult a psychiatrist,” she says. Her diagnosis: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Daverin may not seem like a typical ADHD patient. But the truth is, ADHD can look a lot different than what you might expect. Instead of focusing on young, wildly uncontrollable boys, doctors and researchers are beginning to recognize that both genders and all ages can be affected by this disorder—and that women face special challenges that can make it difficult for them to be diagnosed and treated.”

Please click here to go to interview