Sampson Regional, Eastpointe hosting ADHD seminar

By Chase Jordan - [email protected]

In collaboration with Sampson Regional Medical Center, Eastpointe is hosting a session to focus on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The free event will be presented by Amy G. Watson, clinician and director of Mobile Crisis Team Easter Seals UCP (United Cerebral Palsy). It’s scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at Sampson Community College’s Warren Student Center/Cafeteria-Board Room. Watson is a seasoned professional with more than 20 year of experience providing direct clinical care and supervision to other mental health professionals. She also has many years of training and has treated children and adults.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 9.5 percent of children in the United States have ADHD. Courtney Boyette, community relations specialist for Eastpointe, said there’s a huge misconception that individuals who have a mental health issue or diagnosis can not be successful.

“That could not be any further from the truth … many individuals we work with who have a mental health diagnosis are highly intelligent, creative and go on to lead productive lives,” Boyette said.

During the event, attendees can expect to receive information on topics such as ADHD diagnosis, symptoms and treatment. Boyette said the event will include an overview of the disorder which is commonly seen in settings such as local schools, pediatricians, primary care doctors , coaches and the juvenile justice system – just to name a few.

“This diagnosis also can create unique challenges during the transition to adulthood — so even Community Colleges and employers may experience difficulties,” Boyette said. “It is often misunderstood and presents unique challenges to those interacting with individuals who have a diagnosis of ADHD.”

Boyette added that mental health treatments used as a way to stabilize symptoms, but also to build on assets to develop positive coping and life skills.

“It is vital to start when an individual is young to learn and manage their symptoms and understand their diagnosis because without appropriate interventions as they get older, they can sometimes turn to negative coping skills (alcohol or drug use) as a means to self-medicate or treat their own symptoms which then leads to further complications.”

A new topic is presented each month as part of a monthly education series. Boyette said anyone can attend the free event for professional development or personal interest. She also added that the ADHD workshop was well attended in other counties and received good feedback.

One of the previous sessions included a session on domestic violence and sexual assault, which included a presentation on services provided such as U Care, Inc. The local organization provides treatment programs, emergency shelter and a sexual assault team to prevent occurrences in Sampson County.

For more information or to register, contact Boyette at 1-800-913-6109 or by email at [email protected]

“This is a great way to learn more about behavioral health related subjects in a short period of time…,” Boyette said about the event scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25. “This is a non-threatening environment to ask questions and get resources. We always welcome discussion and ideas for future monthly workshops in Sampson County.”

Reach Chase Jordan at 910-249-4617. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

By Chase Jordan

[email protected]

Reach Chase Jordan at 910-249-4617. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.