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617 | Are ADHD and Dementia Connected? The Research and Therapeutic Implications

Mental Health, the Brain, and Neuroscience, Saturday 9/16 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Richard Fowler, Ed.D.; Carlie Black, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Very few studies have explored the similarities between ADHD and Neurocognitive Disorders (Dementia). If current research findings show a comorbid connection, the ramifications could alter how participants view these two diagnoses in a therapeutic setting. This presentation will explore the connection between the two diagnoses, data collected from the editors of the DSM-5-TR, pharmaceutical companies that produce medications for ADHD, and scholarly research on the topic. This workshop aims to acquaint psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders with a subject not widely discussed in counseling literature or seminar presentations. The workshop will focus on five parts: 1) ADHD causation, 2) Neurocognitive causation, 3) Comorbid parallels, 4) Conclusions derived from the study, and 5) A discussion of how the findings can impact the therapeutic counseling process.

Learning Objectives

1. Compare and contrast the similarities and dissimilarities between the two diagnoses of ADHD and Neurocognitive Disorder (Dementia)
2. Summarize the potential correlation between the two diagnoses
3. Describe practical tips on how to better utilize the findings discovered in a client evaluation
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