Module 4: ADHD & Comorbidities – Interaction & Prioritization of Treatment (1.75 hours)

Welcome to the fourth Module of the CADDRA Introduction to ADHD for Healthcare Professionals Learning Program.

This section is available for free to all CADDRA members.

Module 4 has been approved by the College of Family Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Canadian Psychological Association for 1.75 credit hours. A CME certificate can be requested upon completion of this Module.

Non-members will be charged a fee for this Module. This fee is $35CAD per module or $120CAD for all four modules. 


Doron Almagor

Sara Binder

1. Differentiate ADHD from other comorbid conditions

2. Initate treatment for ADHD with comorbidities

3. Prioritize treatment for ADHD with comorbidities.

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  2. CADDRA – Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance: Canadian ADHD Practice Guidelines, 4.1 Edition, Toronto ON; CADDRA, 2020.
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  14. Van Der Meer, Jolanda MJ, et al. “Are autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder different manifestations of one overarching disorder? Cognitive and symptom evidence from a clinical and population-based sample.” Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 51.11 (2012): 1160-1172.

Feel free to post in the ‘Ask an Expert’ forum (look in the left-hand menu) with any questions regarding applying the content of this module to your own practice. You will receive a response from one of our Experts.

This program is fully funded by CADDRA – Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance, and has not received any external financial or in-kind support.

The development and planning of this learning activity was completed by an independent scientific planning committee. Content of this learning program is based on quality scientific evidence.

Dr. Doron Almogor
Director, The Possibilities Clinic, Toronto, Ontario
Advisory Council member, CADDRA – Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance
​Contributor and editor (4th and 4.1 edition), Canadian ADHD Practice Guidelines
– Relationships with financial sponsors
Advisory Board: Janssen Inc., Purdue Pharma, Shire
Speakers Bureau: Janssen Inc., Purdue, Shire
CADDRA Board Member (travel costs)

Dr. Sara Binder
Consulting psychiatrist Psychiatric Adult Service (PAS), Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, Alberta
​CADDRA Board member since 2016
– Relationships with financial sponsors
Speaking Honorarium: Shire, Janssen, Purdue, Lundbeck, Pfizer
Advisory Board: Shire, Janssen, Purdue, Lundbeck
​International Sponsorship: Purdue, Shire

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Course Includes

  • 8 Lessons
  • 10 Topics
  • 5 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate