Health conference set for Suffolk

HEALTH professionals from across the country are expected to descend upon Suffolk in a bid to highlight the plight of those with a hyperactive disorder.


HEALTH professionals from across the country are expected to descend upon Suffolk in a bid to highlight the plight of those with a hyperactive disorder.

Charity, ADHD in Suffolk will be holding a conference in the county next May which will feature talks from internationally-renowned experts on the disorder.

It is estimated that around five per cent of children in the UK suffer from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and the condition hit the headlines again yesterday when a new survey revealed the pressures it can place on parents.

It found that tens of thousands of parents in the UK could be struggling by on minimal sleep as they try to cope with a hyperactive child, and that many would miss work or social activities due to their excessive tiredness.

ADHD in Suffolk has been campaigning to raise awareness of the condition for many years and the conference will bring together a number of top names in ADHD research.

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Linda Sheppard set up the support group after battling to get appropriate schooling for her son Zaque who has the disorder.

She said: “The title of the conference is ADHD - Facts Not Fiction, and that's exactly what we want it to be.

“These are speakers who really will speak their mind and tell it like it is.

“We've already had a lot of interest from health workers in Suffolk.”

The keynote speaker will be Professor Russell Barkley, a world-renowned ADHD expert and researcher, and professor of psychiatry at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University.

Other speakers will include Dr Angel Adams, a chartered clinical psychologist who has featured on the BBC's Horizon programme 'Living with ADHD', Gordon Brown, a clinical nurse practitioner from Falkirk in Scotland, and Dr Amanda Kirby, medical director of The Dyscovery Centre in Wales,

The conference is open to anyone who works in any capacity with young people and adults affected by ADHD.

It will take place on Thursday June 29 2006 from 10am to 5pm at the Suffolk Constabulary Headquarters in Martlesham.

Tickets costs £99 and include lunch, refreshments and a conference handbook.

The charity is also looking for a sponsor for the event.

If you have any enquiries or require a booking form call 0870 881 0464 or email:


n. Are you living with someone with ADHD or do you suffer with it yourself? Do you think more understanding is needed? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email

ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

It is thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that affects the parts controlling attention, concentration and impulsivity - meaning a sufferer's behaviour can be anything from being 'very dreamy' (or unable to pay attention) through to being 'always on the go' (or hyperactive).

A person with ADHD has difficulty filtering out all the information coming into their brain, so they are easily distracted, tend to respond before they have considered things properly and don't know when to stop.

A child with ADHD will take longer to settle and concentrate than a child without, and may have problems following instructions.

Children with ADHD often have above-average intelligence but find it hard to learn. They often also have problems socialising.

The condition is long term and can continue through adult life.


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