CDA Essentials 2016 • Volume 3 • Issue 7 - page 27

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Howwould you define ADHD?
Oneof thebest definitions I’veheardcame fromaneurologist. He referred to it as the
“diabetesof thepsychologyworld.” I think it’s a really interestinganalogybecause like
diabetes, it’s acondition that requires long-termmanagement.
ADHD is rooted inneurological differences that hinder one’s ability tounderstandand
foresee theconsequencesof behavioursor actionsbefore theyareperformed. Inother
words, theyhaveahard time looking toward the futurebefore the impulseof theact.
Why do you think ADHD has seemingly become
increasingly diagnosed?
It’sprobablybecausewe’rebetter now at identifying it. Diagnosesof ADHDhave increased
dramatically since the1980s. In the1990s and theearly2000s,we sawa lot of changeswith
regard todiagnosis and recommendations for diagnosis. Treatmentmodalitieshavealso
changed; pharmacologicalmedicationshavebecomemore specificandbetter atmanaging
thedisorder. Alongsideof that, thoseworkingwithADHDpatients,mainlypsychiatrists
andpsychologists, havebeen recommendingamulti-modal approach that incorporates
behavioural therapyandoften family therapyaswell.
What are some of the challenges faced by people with
ADHD?
We’re trying tomakepeoplewithADHDfit intoaworld that isn’t designed for them. It is
particularlynoticeable in the school environment.When it comes todental offices, certain
accommodations canhappen tomake their appointmentsmoreenjoyable frombotha
patient andahealthcareprovider perspective. This applies tomanagingbothyour adult
andpediatricpatients in thedental office. Thewebinar offersquickandeasy tips that are
going tohelpyoumanageandworkwith thesepatientsbetter so that theentire
experience ismoreenjoyable.
What is your webinar’s take-home message?
Toappreciate that patients coming toyour practicearepeoplewho just sohappen tohave
ADHD. Their disorder isnotwhat defines them; it’sonlyoneaspect of their personality. Be
understanding, patient andempathetic, and follow thedos anddon’ts forworkingwith
Manyoral careprofessionalsmaybe caught offguardwhen treatingpatientswithattentiondeficithyperactivity
disorder (ADHD), not knowinghow toappropriately care for thesepatients, orhow to support them in establishing
andmaintaininganoptimal at-home oral health care routine.
LisaMayo, directorof thedental hygieneprogramatConcordeCareerCollege inSanAntonio,Texas, discusses
managingdental patientswithADHD inawebinaravailable on theColgateOralHealthNetworkwebsite.
The course, titled
WhyWon’tHeSitStill?…BecauseHeCan’t!
offersdifferent strategies and tools tobetter
accommodate thesepatients indental settings andmakeappointments enjoyable topatients anddental teammembers
alike.WeaskedLisa to share some insightswithus.
LisaMayo
This interviewhasbeeneditedand
condensed.
Theviewsexpressedarethoseofthe
authoranddonotnecessarilyreflect
theopinionsorofficialpoliciesofthe
CanadianDentalAssociation.
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