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Digital Seminar

Adult ADHD Medications & The Recent Increase in Prevalence

Kelly Pickens, APNP, FNP-BC, ADC-C
2 Hours 01 Minutes
Audio and Video
Apr 21, 2023
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There has been a lot of buzz about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the media lately. The number of adults seeking ADHD diagnosis and treatment has rapidly increased in the past 3 years and as a result, we now have a shortage of Adderall. However, it remains to be estimated that 80% of adults with ADHD are UNDIAGNOSED.

In this session for the Modern Clinician, you’ll understand:

  • Implicit Bias – are you harboring negative feelings about diagnosing and treating Adult ADHD, or whether Adult ADHD is real?
  • Neurobiology of ADHD – a brief and digestible, yet thorough update on our current understanding of pathophysiology of ADHD
  • Safely treating attention deficit symptoms with stimulants and non-stimulants
  • Medication Management: how to choose, start, taper, and monitor effectiveness


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - **

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, and others.

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Program content is reviewed periodically per accrediting board rules for currency and appropriateness for credit. Credit approvals are subject to change. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education, as well as which credit types are acceptable for continuing education hours. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. 
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see the statement above.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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Earn up to 2.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Nurses - Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners

This self-study program offers 120 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 2.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement. 

Nurses - Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists - ANCC

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 contact hours. Expires: 03/17/2026.

Nurses - California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 2.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Nurses - Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 2.0 self-study contact hours.

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Nurses - Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Physicians - Physicians

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity was originally recorded on 4/21/2023. It was last reviewed on 3/24/2023 and is valid until 03/24/2026.


Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

Physicians Assistants - Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 2.0 hours for completing this self-study program. This activity was originally recorded on 4/21/2023. It was last reviewed on 3/24/2023 and is valid until 03/24/2026


PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 2.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Kelly Pickens, APNP, FNP-BC, ADC-C's Profile

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Kelly A. Pickens, APNP, FNP-BC, ADC-C, is a family nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings. She is a certified Attention Deficit Consultant and owns a private practice in Madison, WI where she provides specialized care for women and girls with ADHD. She is deeply passionate about spreading awareness about and encouraging empathy for those who live with neurodivergence. And she has ADHD.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kelly Pickens maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kelly Pickens is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Wisconsin Nurses Association, and the Alliance for Applied Therapeutic Humor.

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  1. Analyze the prevalence, pathophysiology, and manifestations of Adult ADHD.
  2. Anticipate the deficits in, and impacts of, Adult ADHD.
  3. Acknowledge any implicit bias and develop a position of compassion and empathy.
  4. Express confidence that you can diagnose and manage Adult ADHD.


Neuroanatomy and pathophysiology
  • The cortex, limbic system, and brain stem structures and functions
  • Genetics of ADHD and brain structures involved
  • Dopamine pathway
  • Norepinephrine pathway
  • Brain wave patterns – regulating alertness
Executive Function (EF)
  • Disorder of doing what you know
  • Elements of EF
  • Evolution of and innate development of EF
  • Deficits result in Impairments = Executive Dysfunction
  • Executive Dysfunction is situationally dependent
  • heterogeneity of impairments/symptoms
  • DSM-V
  • A clinicians’ duty
  • Diagnosis rates, average ages and impacts of late diagnosis
  • Differential diagnosis and Diagnostic process
    • Rating scales
    • Getting input from collaterals
    • tips for differentiating diagnosis
  • Guiding principles of treatment
  • Stimulants deep dive
    • Amphetamine
    • Methylphenidate
  • Non-stimulants deep dive
    • Alpha agonists
    • Norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors
    • Off-label medications
  • Benefits are addictive, combinations limited by side effects
    • A handy prescribing reference chart to use in practice
  • Micronutrients
  • Lifestyle and therapeutic interventions
    • Guiding principles and evidence-based recommendations
  • Comorbidities
    • MDD and treatment options
    • GAD and treatment options
    • ASD and treatment options


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