The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research will hold a CME-cum-workshop for psychiatrists, “Skill Building for Assessment and Management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”, on August 20 and 21.
Organised by the department of psychiatry, the workshop will focus on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which according to the PGI doctors is one of the most common childhood psychiatric conditions and affects about 5 per cent of schoolchildren.
“It is a neuro-developmental disorder that begins in childhood, but runs a chronic course. The core symptoms are inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. This disorder adversely affects a child’s academic functioning and schooling,” a PGI statement said.
It further said that it leads to significant problems in other spheres of life such as social and peer relations.
“A majority of children continue to have symptoms through their adolescence and even up to adulthood. The disorder negatively affects the quality of life of individuals with ADHD, and the people around them. If left untreated, children are vulnerable to develop conduct symptoms and addictions, indulge in impulsive acts and are at higher risk of developing other psychiatric disorders in adulthood. In other words, the consequences of this disorder are far reaching and involve all spheres of an individual’s life and span across his lifetime,” it added.