Understanding Coexisting Conditions for Children and Adolescents with ADHD – 2020

with Gene Carroccia, Psy.D.


This presentation will discuss the importance of identifying and addressing the numerous potential conditions that can coexist with ADHD. ADHD is a foundational disorder that frequently occurs with a number of medical, sleep, neurodevelopmental, sensory processing, fetal substance exposure, psychological, and trauma conditions. These can worsen ADHD, or cause ADHD-like symptoms when true ADHD does not exist. Between 67-80% of clinic-referred children with ADHD have at least one additional disorder, and up to 50% have two or more other conditions. When coexisting conditions are not identified, effective treatment typically doesn’t occur and families and clinicians may experience confusion with only partial progress while challenges persist.


About Gene Carroccia, Psy.D.

Gene Carroccia, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and author who has extensive experience working with individuals with ADHD, as well as other conditions, including psychological trauma and maltreatment. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Delaware and obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois in 1998. For over twenty years, he has evaluated and treated hundreds of children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD. Dr. Carroccia works at a large not-for-profit health care system as a vice president of behavioral health care services. Previously, for many years, he supervised doctoral psychology interns and was the director of training of an accredited doctoral clinical psychology internship program. Dr. Carroccia is the author of two ADHDology books, Treating ADHD/ADD in Children and Adolescents: Solutions for Parents and Clinicians and Evaluating ADHD in Children and Adolescents: A Comprehensive Diagnostic Screening System. He was also the editor of the clinical workbook Treating Sexual Abuse and Trauma with Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities, published by Charles C. Thomas. He resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two sons. ADHDology: Assess. Address. Success. Visit


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