Course Summary

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder that is typically diagnosed during childhood and adolescence; however, it can be diagnosed in individuals at any age. Children with ADHD will often have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, being overly active, and will often act without thinking about the consequences. When ADHD is seen in adulthood, it is usually characterized more by a lack of focus rather than impulsivity and hyperactivity, which is more prominent in children. Adult ADHD may be more recognizable and observable as adult responsibilities increase. The adult with ADHD may be unable to organize, concentrate, and function, which impedes the person’s cognitive skills. New ADHD treatments continue to be raised in the literature, including the methylphenidate extended-release capsule that is taken at bedtime. This ADHD treatment may be used to treat children aged six and older, adolescents, and adults.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. ADHD Overview and Prevalence
    • ADHD Types
    • Causes of ADHD
  3. Diagnosis of ADHD
    • Cultural and Ethnic Factors
    • Primary or Secondary ADHD and DSM-5 Criteria
    • Differential Diagnosis
  4. Treatment
    • Dosing, Administration, and Mechanism of Action
    • Delivery Platform
    • Drug Interactions and Contraindications
    • Adverse Reactions
    • Monitoring Parameters
    • Pregnancy and Lactation
  5. Case Studies: Comorbid Adult ADHD and Substance Use
    • ADHD Across the Age-spectrum
  6. Summary


Allison Russo, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Allison Russo has been working in the field of psychiatry since 2009. She has enjoyed experience working in outpatient, forensics, residential and acute care settings. She has had the honor of treating Sailors across the United States and the world, serving in the Navy Reserve, since 2013. She enjoys working with clients across the lifespan. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2009 and Master of Nursing in 2013 at Montana State University. She obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of North Dakota in 2016. She is passionate about collaborating with families to provide support and solve complex problems. She is excited about the use of technology, and happy to use it, to improve access to mental health care.  In her off time, she can generally be found working on a remodeling project, traveling, or at the local Crossfit gym. She loves spending time with her husband, her 5 year dog, and her son.

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