May We Introduce You To: American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD)
by Lee Gehrls R&D Coordinator (Volunteer)
The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) may be an unfamiliar organization to most of you, however, it should be an organization that all ADHD consumers and clinicians should know. APSARD’s goal is to bring experts from the field of ADHD together to work to improve the research, treatment, and outcomes for those with ADHD and their families.
The About Us section on their website offers a lot of detailed information on the organization’s goal, mission, core values, and vision and I encourage you to spend some time reading this section to get the full picture of the work they are currently doing and what they want to accomplish in the future.
New Guidelines From APSARD
APSARD has been in the news lately because of the current guidelines they are drafting on the diagnosis and treatment of adult ADHD with the completed guidelines to be released in 2023.
This is important news because such guidelines do not currently exist in the United States. For the ADHD consumer, this means there will be a standard for clinicians to follow in the diagnosing and treatment of adult ADHD. Professionals who diagnose and treat adult ADHD will now have guidelines to help them meet the needs of their clients and patients and to work towards better outcomes.
The ADDitude Magazine article Why We Need U.S. Guidelines For Adults with ADHD (December 22, 2022) explains why the guidelines are so important. The article was featured in the Professional section of our February 2023 Positive Steps newsletter.
Besides the guidelines APSARD currently offers their members educational and training opportunities. Under Member Resources you can learn about:
- Special Interest Groups
- ADHD in Adults website
- Journal of Attention Disorders (JAD)
- APSARD Blog
- Webinars which are free to all members
- Research Podcast Series
In the Annual Conference section, there is information on past conferences and materials from 2015 to 2023. APSARD is a membership organization and they do have different levels of membership.
APSARD is an organization that all of us will want to continue to follow. The work of their members is a positive force for those who have ADHD and all of our families. It’s difficult to find trained ADHD professionals for children and adults. Organizations such as APSARD working with other national ADHD groups will help to improve the treatment and management of ADHD so that the impact and challenges are lessened and living successfully with ADHD becomes the norm.
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