Examining the Relationship Between Childhood Trauma and Symptoms of ADHD

August 06, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Thursday, August 6, 2020

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Examining the Relationship Between Childhood Trauma and Symptoms of ADHD

Chad Sedam, Psy.D., Director of Programs and Services, Sunshine Health

Symptoms of ADHD and symptoms of being exposed to significant trauma are often very similar. Insight into these symptoms is processed with relation to how toxic stress alters brain structure, how repetitive trauma is often seen as impulsivity and/or hyperactivity in children (and easily can be misdiagnosed), and how frequent placement disruptions in foster care can exacerbate these symptoms. Open discussion of various modalities of treatment and caregiving modalities are discussed from a therapeutic and parenting standpoint to assist professionals and caregivers in understanding ways to help these children cope with and process underlying trauma. This is done in hopes of minimizing placement disruptions, and potentially decreasing additional trauma symptoms.