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AETN program examines youth Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD affects an estimated nine percent of children ages 3-17

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will address youth Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), including signs, symptoms, treatment and other issues, in “Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.” airing Wednesday, May 30, at 7 p.m.

Problems with inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity characterize ADHD. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavior disorder in young people, and it affects an estimated 9 percent of children aged 3-17.

A panel of experts will discuss ADHD, in addition to the new Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative, following the film “ADHD: A Guide for Families,” produced by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). Among those participating in the panel are: Joyce Soularie, parent, consumer and family support partner coordinator with the Arkansas Department of Human Services; Dr. Molly Gathwright, psychiatrist and medical director, Psychiatric Research Institute's Child Diagnostic Unit, UAMS; Dr. Tony Johnson, pediatrician, Arkansas Pediatric Clinic; Erica Moseby, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and clinical director, Professional Counseling Associates; and Dr. Bill Golden, medical director for Arkansas Medicaid; and Laurence Miller, M.D., medical director, Division of Behavioral Health Services, Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Pamela Smith hosts.

Viewers are encouraged to submit questions and comments via phone, 800-662-2386, or e-mail, paffairs@aetn.org.

“Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.” is sponsored by Arkansas Mental Health Research and Training Institute of the Division of Behavioral Health Services, Arkansas Department of Human Services. The program works to increase awareness about mental health by exploring all areas of mental health, including stigma, illnesses, diagnosis, treatment and medications.

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