CADDRA guidelines: The Canadian reference for ADHD

Attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADHD) is often misunderstood and can be difficult to treat. Fortunately, a Canadian not-for-profit organization exists called the “Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance” (CADDRA). Made up of clinical experts in ADHD, CADDRA regularly issues guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Although its objective is to support health care professionals, the resource is also available to parents and patients who want to learn more.


What’s in the guide?

Tools to expand your knowledge

You will find tools to improve your understanding of ADHD and the different comorbidities that may accompany this disorder, such as oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety and autism. Because the symptoms of one disorder often mimic those of another, it is essential to have the right diagnosis in order to choose the appropriate treatment.


Treatment options

For parents who are reluctant to use a medication to treat a child with ADHD, CADDRA effectively explains the risks of leaving this disorder untreated. The organization also describes the different treatment approaches depending on the situation and what to expect if a medication is used.


Despite the wealth of information provided by CADDRA, the process of finding the right medication and dose can nevertheless be a long and arduous one. There is still no perfect formula for finding an effective and safe treatment every time. In addition, if a change in medication is justified, CADDRA recommends that it be done either in the summer or winter. If the change is made in the spring or fall, it will be more difficult for a new teacher to assess the impact of the new drug.


Fourth edition


The fourth edition of the CADDRA guidelines was published in 2018, demonstrating the organization’s commitment to keeping their recommendations up to date. The publication of this new edition is the result of a multidisciplinary effort by ADHD specialists such as pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, general practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, teachers and other professional stakeholders. To learn more, visit the CADDRA website, where you can view and download the document containing all ADHD guidelines.