Annual General Meeting - Dubrovnik, Croatia 5-7 April 2019
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Annual General Meeting - Malta, 23-25 February 2018
News from the AGM: We had a very fruitful and interesting weekend in Malta. Attendance was good with over 45 members attending and a further 100 delegates who joined us from the Malta community for the afternoon conference. Our thanks go to ADHD Malta for all the preparation put in to make this a successful weekend. The event managed to get media coverage on the TV news and our speakers were interviewed for this piece. News from the AGM in Malta
Speaker Presentations during the AGM
Professor Sandra Kooij, M.D., Ph.D., PsyQ – Hormonal Moodchanges in women with ADHD: She shared some of her research but it is clear that there is not enough research on this topic. ADHD Europe will partner with Dr Kooij on this project and help to raise funds for the research that needs to be done. The board and the members agreed to support this and it is up to you our members to reach out to members of your organisations to encourage them to donate what they can for this project. Please share this link https://www.adhdfund.com
To view the presentation: Malta 2018 – Hormonal Moodchanges in women with ADHD and our letter of support.
Professor Susan Young, a Forensic Clinical Psychologist and CEO of Psychology Services Limited, gave a presentation on “The Consequences of untreated ADHD.” She talked about how if ADHD is left untreated, it can have devastating effects on individuals’ lives. Untreated ADHD can unnecessarily lead to the “classroom to courtroom problem”, whereby individuals with ADHD perform poorly at school, and if behavioural problems are not tackled appropriately throughout development, they are more likely to get involved in crime. This problem continues into adulthood. Professor Young also demonstrated the difference in outcomes between treated versus untreated ADHD. Driving abilities and academic achievement were significantly higher for people who were treating their ADHD compared to people who were not treating their ADHD. However, research suggests that there is not much difference in respect to occupational outcomes between those who treat or do not treat their ADHD. This implies that more interventions are needed to improve occupational outcomes for individuals with ADHD.
Professor Philip Asherson of King’s College, London talked to us about “The Wandering Mind.” Mind wandering is a concept that researchers define as the period of time when your attention and thoughts drift away from the task that you are completing, to your internal thoughts and feelings. This can be intentional, e.g. you start to think about a party that you are planning, or unintentional e.g. you should be focusing on a lesson being taught, but you find yourself thinking of anything but the lesson. Sometimes these mind wandering thoughts can interfere with how you carry out tasks you are supposed to be completing. Professor Asherson told us that mind wandering, particularly the unintentional type, appears to be a common feature of ADHD. Researchers in Professor Asherson’s group have been developing a scale to measure mind wandering and are continuing to investigate the phenomenon of mind wandering and its relationship with ADHD. Professor Philip Asherson also informed us of a project he has been working on with Dr Kai Syng Tan, an artist with ADHD. Together they have created artwork that celebrates mind-wandering and neurodiversity, with the intention of connecting the public with research in order to explore and reflect on the relationship between art and science, clinician and patient and our definitions of normal and abnormal behaviour.
Jerry Mills, an inspirational speaker and former teacher with personal experience of ADHD, talked and sang about “The Heart of the Matter”. This described the experience of having ADHD, the relationship that the education system and its teachers have with children with ADHD and the powerful impact this can have on a child’s life. Jerry highlighted the need for a positive change in attitude towards children with ADHD in the education system, as this can have positive life outcomes for these children. This was a very emotional session, but a wonderful way to close the ADHD Europe Conference.
Annual General Meeting - Brussels, Belgium 27 February 2017
Prof. Barbara Franke gave a talk about collaboration between researchers and patient representatives. The talk was well-received, and Prof. Franke was invited to become the first professional member of ADHD-Europe. Professional membership will be encouraged by the patient organization for mutual benefit to both researchers and patients – in this way research can be tuned optimally to the needs of patients.
october is ...
adhd awareness month
Every year in October we celebrate
ADHD AWARENESS MONTH
news: Treatment & Care
•A Sustainable Approach To Depression: Moving From Words To Actions In Mental Health •New Horizons For Person-Centred Mental Health Research And Care• EU Health Summit – A Shared Vision For Health • Enhanced Engagement Through Public-Private Partnerships: Sustaining Therapeutic Innovation To Address Patient Needs• Updated European Consensus Statement On Diagnosis & Treatment Of Adult ADHD! •Call To Action: Improving Patient Empowerment & Self-Management Of Care In Mental Health•Read all about it here
news: ADVOCACY WITH
‘Shine a light – understanding ADHD’
“To have a diagnosis of ADHD doesn’t mean that you will have a bad life. It could mean that with the right help you can have the most fantastic life”
Andrea Bilbow, mother of ADHD children
“I feel like a universe, stuffed within a shoebox”
Bryn Travers, person living with ADHD
“Understanding the nature of the problem is going to reduce stigma and reduce blame and it’s going to reduce self-stigma and self-blame”
Professor Eric Taylor – child and adolescent psychiatrist at King’s College London