Hosted by David Pomeroy, MD
ADHD – What does it mean and how do you deal with it? From diagnosis to treatment, ADHD Focus will explore all aspects of ADHD. The latest research, trends and interpretations will be discussed with prominent experts in the field. We’ll also talk with people who have been diagnosed and, their families to learn their techniques for coping and pursuing a productive, happy life!
Have you ever been told diagnosed with depression, either before or after your ADHD diagnosis? Depression commonly travels along with ADHD and sometimes can be confused with it. They each complicate the other; it is important to make the distinction to treat each one successfully.
Sometimes the depression derives from the impairments of ADHD and treating the ADHD first is the key resolving the depression. If the depression includes thoughts or plans of suicide then certainly it needs to be addressed first.
My guest today is Dr. Bill Dodson, a psychiatrist who began his clinical practice 25 years ago as one of the first practitioners to specialize in adults with ADHD. He recently changed the emphasis of his practice from patient care to being a writer, speaker, and consultant in the field of ADHD. He has written more than 100 articles and done 12 webinars for ADDitude magazine and ADDA (Adult ADD Association). He is an expert in both conditions and has wisdom to share with us about ADHD and depression. Listen and learn!
Dr. Pomeroy has practiced Family Medicine in a variety of settings in the Pacific Northwest since completing his Family Practice Residency training program in Seattle in 1979, after having the good sense to move out west from the East Coast where he was raised. He did full-spectrum Family Practice including care of patients in hospital, delivering babies, assisting at surgery, and maintaining a busy office practice while in private practice in Puyallup and Gig Harbor then with large multi-specialty practices in primary care offices in Redmond and Issaquah.
When primary care office practice degenerated into a blur of “see patients every 15 minutes” and “come back if you have a second problem”, he left it behind in 2005 to start his practice specializing in the field of ADHD. Over the past 10 years he has evaluated over 3000 patients of all ages and managed their care for ADHD and a variety of co-occurring disorders.
He is well versed in all aspects of ADHD. He has presented talks to lay and professional groups and participates actively in the nationalADHD community. He continues to add to his working knowledge of ADHD by listening to his patients, attending national meetings of ADHD specialists as well as keeping up to date with research in the field reported in ADHD professional journals.
In his spare time he enjoys long-distance cycling, Lindy Hop swing dancing, listening to music of all genres (not much country…), skiing and being outdoors in the great Pacific Northwest.