ADHD and Suicide Risk Factors: Clinical Considerations for Treatment



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This audio recording from CHADD’s International Conference includes video and illustrations to complement the information provided. Dr. Olivardia presents this information in an uncomplicated way so parents of children with ADHD, adults with ADHD and educators also learn and benefit from the information that is presented.

Empirical research studies have demonstrated that children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD are at elevated risk for suicide. There are various reasons for this higher risk, including increased depression and anxiety due to ADHD symptoms and executive functioning problems, neurological predispositions to emotional dysregulation, other common comorbid disorders seen with ADHD (particularly substance abuse) and higher degrees of impulsivity. In addition, using Dr. Thomas Joiner’s Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicidal Behavior, the presenter discusses how people with ADHD are at increased risk using Joiner’s three factor model. This video provides a comprehensive view of ADHD, a thorough understanding of the facts and myths about suicide, risk factors for suicide, and important treatment considerations. The speaker provides rich clinical examples, empirical data, and case studies to illustrate the information presented.