Helping Youth from Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups Access Effective ADHD Treatment

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By Lauren Haack, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of California, San Francisco

Photo of Dr. Lauren HaackAttention-Deficit, Hyperactivity/Impulsivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental health disorders impacting approximately 5% of children across cultures.1 Brain differences related to ADHD influence those affected in several ways.1,2 To begin, new or challenging tasks seem overwhelming, making it hard to map out a plan for completion and self-motivate initiation.3 In addition, individuals with ADHD have a tendency to over-perceive negative feedback and under-perceive positive feedback,2,4 which relates to difficulty regulating emotions.2 Unfortunately, as children with ADHD reach school age, they encounter more difficulties and more opportunities for critical rather than positive feedback from parents, teachers, and peers.2,5 As a result, ineffective patterns of interaction between children with ADHD and others in their lives can become entrenched, contributing to stress, confusion, and even hopelessness.4,5 Continue reading “Helping Youth from Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups Access Effective ADHD Treatment”