Location

Harborside Center East

Strand #1

Mental & Physical Health

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Brief Program Description

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder influences disruptive behavior, school suspensions, and at times, even criminal behavior. Despite its maladaptive nature, evolutionary psychology introduces the possibility that ADHD once served a purpose to humanity. This presentation will examine research that presents the symptoms of ADHD as adaptive rather than maladaptive, analyze the implications of viewing inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity as strengths, and discuss how parents, teachers, helping professionals, school administrators, and physicians can use this information to assist children impacted by ADHD.

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Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

FEATURED SPEAKER: Jeremiah Hopes, Founder, The Center of Hope, Licensed Professional Counselor, Georgia Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Charlotte, NC

Jeremiah Hopes holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is experienced in working with college students, young adults, adolescents, children and families. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina and Georgia, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist in North Carolina and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Georgia.

Keyword Descriptors

ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Maladaptive, Adaptive

Presentation Year

2015

Start Date

3-3-2015 10:15 AM

End Date

3-3-2015 11:30 AM

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Mar 3rd, 10:15 AM Mar 3rd, 11:30 AM

ADHD: Maladaptive Disorder or Evolutionary Adaptation

Harborside Center East

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder influences disruptive behavior, school suspensions, and at times, even criminal behavior. Despite its maladaptive nature, evolutionary psychology introduces the possibility that ADHD once served a purpose to humanity. This presentation will examine research that presents the symptoms of ADHD as adaptive rather than maladaptive, analyze the implications of viewing inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity as strengths, and discuss how parents, teachers, helping professionals, school administrators, and physicians can use this information to assist children impacted by ADHD.