ADHD: Putting the Pieces Together

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Hyperactivity, impulsivity, disruptive behavior, lack of focus—the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can negatively impact children and their families. Primary care providers have the opportunity to bring a semblance of order to chaos, and improve quality of life for all involved, by identifying affected patients and providing effective treatment options. Here is everything you need to know.



CE/CME No: CR-1501

Earn credit by reading this article and successfully completing the posttest and evaluation. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct.

• Explain the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnostic criteria of inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR), and the DSM-5 update.
• Discuss the American Academy of Pediatrics clinical practice guideline for evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of children and adolescents with ADHD.
• Describe the classes of medications available to treat ADHD, the indications for each, and the forms available (eg, short- versus long-acting, tablets, capsules, patches, liquids).
• Identify environmental factors at home and in school that can affect a child’s ADHD and know how to address them.
• Understand and provide support for the parent’s role in managing a child’s ADHD.

Amy Chandler is a family nurse practitioner at Peninsula Surgical Group in Salisbury, Maryland. Mary Parsons is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore. The authors have no significant financial relationships to disclose.


This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.25 hours of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. [NPs: Both ANCC and the AANP Certification Program recognize AAPA as an approved provider of Category 1 credit.] Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of January 2015.

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