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What we learned at CADDRA 2014: Treat the Impairment, not the Symptom

This past weekend, the 10th annual Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA) conference was held in Toronto – a conference intended for health professionals to learn about new developments in ADHD research, assessment, and treatment best practices.

image The Springboard Clinic team had the opportunity to not only attend, but to present our own research (stay tuned for more information on that in the coming weeks!), and, as usual, we learned a great deal.

It was  also nice to confirm that Springboard Clinic’s model of care continues to be on the right track.

We’ve spoken about this before from past CADDRA conferences, how for example we know that multi-modal care is incredibly important. This year, a common theme was the importance of moving beyond just treating symptoms. Instead, clinicians need to focus on managing the impacts and impairments that arise from ADHD. Research has been finding that treatment that focuses on just ‘normalizing’ symptoms will often only lead to short-term changes. What leads to long-term, sustainable changes, are things like helping individuals build the tools to manage impairments, and building self-awareness.

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