Adult ADHD and psychosis

Here, Dr Peter Mason discusses a number of case reports of adults with ADHD and comorbid psychosis, outlining the symptoms that commonly present. He also reviews the current evidence base for the treatment of the disorders, including the risks and benefits of prescribing stimulants to adults with psychosis.

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Date published: 20 August 2012

Presenter: Dr Ali Ajaz

Interviewee: Dr Peter Mason

Audio running time: 15 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • how to diagnose ADHD


  • how to distinguish adult ADHD from other adult disorders


  • some of the underlying mechanisms in the development of psychosis in adults with ADHD


  • how to manage psychosis in adults with ADHD.


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If you like this podcast, you may also be interested in the following:


The nature and history of psychosis by Professor Robin Murray and Professor Tim Crow


Neurobiology of ADHD by Dr Katia Rubia


Treatment of ADHD in prison inmates by Dr Ylva Ginsberg


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