ADHD has drawn the public’s attention over the past 3 decades. Research around this condition with respect to elements such as etiology, prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment, intensified in the last decade and several breakthroughs have been made. The role of the primary care physician in ADHD was defined during the same period as well as the realization that the condition is not confined to childhood.
ADHD (Attention Hyperactivity Disorder) has wide ranging symptoms at the core of which you find hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. The diagnosis still meets with opposition in some quarters that regard it as nothing short of controversial. In some quarters, the condition is still regarded as nothing more than a common neurobehavioral disorder. The condition also faces a high level of stigmatization which unfortunately sometimes spills over into the medical fraternity. This is why CME for pediatricians, primary care givers, and other medical professionals has de-stigmatization as one of its main objectives.
The Role of Primary Care
Despite the naysayers, a lot of work has gone into understanding the condition and various inroads have been made enabling primary care physicians to diagnose and manage these conditions in kids and adults. Primary care givers can now diagnose and prescribe medication for this condition and some have gained a wealth of experience in that regard. Some of the aspects that are kept under watch in kids and teenagers by primary care physicians include social skills, academic performance, fine motor, and adaptive skills.
The attention that this disorder is receiving is well deserved considering the fact that it is the 3 most prevalent conditions in any primary care setting. The role of the primary health care giver is even more onerous in that they have to compile and present an evidence based report to the families of patients with this condition. They also have to come up with a treatment program that brings positive results and monitor such cases over extended periods.
In the battle to prevail over this debilitating condition, a combination of behavioral modification therapy and psychotropic medication is employed to redirect the developmental trajectory in children and mitigate the effects in adults.
Medical professionals can access a variety of courses and materials online to help them enhance their understanding as well as diagnostic and primary care treatment of ADHD.