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Adult ADHD: An Evidence-Based Psychopharmacology Treatment Algorithm

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 5/24/2019

Expiration Date: 12/31/2022

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 0.5
  • Participation: 0.5



ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a worldwide rate of approximately 3-10% in school-age children. It often continues to show manifestations in adults, with up to 4% of adults carrying this diagnosis worldwide. These patients suffer from a multitude of functional impairments with overall negative impacts on their quality of life. In response to the growing need for a treatment guide to clinicians when choosing medications for adult ADHD, a medication algorithm has been created for adult ADHD using systematic literature search to identify relevant studies and key findings in adult ADHD pharmacological management. The role of other non-stimulants such as bupropion, modafinil, guanfacine, and clonidine will be discussed.

**This content was captured at the 2018 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM.


  • General Member - $7.50
  • Resident-Fellow Member - Free
  • Medical Student Member - $7.50
  • Non-Member - $15.00

Learning Objectives

  • Understand and identify the signs and symptoms of adult ADHD based on the updated DSM-5 criteria
  • Discuss the psychopharmacologic studies conducted on adult populations with ADHD
  • Apply a stepwise psychopharmacology approach to treating patients with adult ADHD based on the latest scientific evidence
  • Demonstrate ability to modify selected medication choices based on various medical and psychiatric comorbidities

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, Residents/Fellows

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 30 minutes
Begin Date: May 24, 2019
End Date: May 24, 2022

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 100% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Bushra Awidi, M.B.Ch.B, Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Program Planners

  • Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Ally Brown, Senior Program Manager, Online Learning, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

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