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How Childhood Trauma Could be Mistaken for ADHD

Dr. Nicole Brown’s quest to understand her misbehaving pediatric patients began with a hunch.

Brown was completing her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, when she realized that many of her low-income patients had been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

These children lived in households and neighborhoods where violence and relentless stress prevailed. Their parents found them hard to manage and teachers described them as disruptive or inattentive. Brown knew these behaviors as classic symptoms of ADHD, a brain disorder characterized by impulsivity, hyperactivity, and an inability to focus.

When Brown looked closely, though, she saw something else: trauma. Hyper-vigilance and dissociation, for example, could be mistaken for inattention. Impulsivity might be brought on by a stress response in overdrive.


Through the Lens

Join us for an evening filled with live music, drinks, food, silent auctions, and a fine jewelry drawing.


Through the Lens is an event held annually to bring awareness to the plight of abused and neglected children in the state of Alabama. Local photographers are given a short story of a child and asked to interpret the story into photo format. These pictures, along with the story, are then showcased at the event


Thursday, October 2nd, 2014  

6:00 in the evening

The Rooftop of the Kress Building

301 19th Street North

Downtown Birmingham, Alabama


Click here to purchase tickets online.

(When purchasing tickets online, they may be picked up at the door.)

A Huge Thanks to Our Mission Partners!


The Alabama CASA Network would like to thank the following individuals for their support:

  • Jessica Burrous
  • Myron Flemming
  • Jane Malloch
  • Michael Quillen
  • Ann Gilbert
  • Joe Roth
  • Dan Gels
  • Bryan Olson
  • David Peat
  • Barbara Lawrence
  • Laura Peck
  • Nancy Bush
  • Andrea Mixson
  • Sandra Rumph
  • Traci Slaton
  • Laura Hudson
  • Lauren Phelps
  • James Earl Finley
  • Lana Olson
  • Susan Griffin
  • Bethany Richardson
  • Linda Stone
  • Judy Young
  • Liz McCormick
  • Karyn Uptain
  • David Doble