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"ADHD haunts children into adulthood," claimed a headline in USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper. The inability to focus, sit still, or complete tasks makes it very difficult for people with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to succeed in school and work. Their behavior can also be disruptive to those around them. Some of the symptoms of ADHD may disappear over time. But many people must cope with the effects of the disorder their entire lives. According to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, ADHD affects 6 to 10 percent ...
"ADHD haunts children into adulthood," claimed a headline in USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper. The inability to focus, sit still, or complete tasks makes it very difficult for people with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to succeed in school and work. Their behavior can also be disruptive to those around them. Some of the symptoms of ADHD may disappear over time. But many people must cope with the effects of the disorder their entire lives. According to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, ADHD affects 6 to 10 percent of children and 3 to 6 percent of adults in the United States. The good news is that people with ADHD who receive treatment and support are able to live normal, productive lives. In this book, you'll find valuable information about ADHD to help you or someone close to you. Case studies offer you a glimpse into the lives of people with ADHD and their families. You'll also learn about the causes and effects of ADHD, treatment options and alternatives, support groups and other organizations that can help, and more.
Introduction: What is ADHD? 4
Chapter 1 ADHD Then and Now 10
Chapter 2 Symptoms And Causes of ADHD 20
Chapter 3 Diagnosing ADHD 36
Chapter 4 Treatment For ADHD 46
Chapter 5 Coping With ADHD 64
Chapter 6 Laws And ADHD 78
Chapter 7 ADHD Research and The Future 94
Selected Bibliography 105
Further Reading and Websites 106
Posted September 15, 2010
Perhaps you have heard of someone who has the disorder, ADHD, and would like to know more about it. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD as it is commonly known, is "a neurobehavioral disorder, a disorder of the nervous system that can be seen in a person's behavior." Essentially it is not a behavioral problem in and of itself, but rather one that exhibits itself in the behavior of a child because of a chemical imbalance in the brain. There are three different types of ADHD in this inherited disorder, each of which are described in this book. Sometimes there are obvious clues that can lead to referral to a qualified individual for diagnosis. Some of the most commonly noticed symptoms or clues that lead to referral are when an individual has trouble paying attention, he or she finds it difficult to "focus on specific tasks," is hyperactive, and/or impulsive. Does this sound like you or someone you know? ADHD is not quite as simple as the name seems to imply. ADHD is a disorder of unknown etiology, but you'll get to read about many discussions and theories that have been put forth as to its origin. Regardless of the cause, children need help to cope with this disorder in order to lead productive lives when they are in school and after they leave. This book discusses diagnosis, treatment options to consider, types of medications and what they do, describes behavioral therapy, stresses the importance of a solid support system, talks about alternative medicine, neurofeedback therapy, it lists coping strategies, and gives the reader a wide reaching, but excellent overview of the disorder. Undoubtedly, as the author states, "ADHD can be frustrating for those who have the disorder and for the people who care about them." This was an exceptionally well done overview and glimpse into the lives of young people who have ADHD. Although this is not a lengthy book, I found that it was packed with important information that not only the young adult can learn about, but also the parents and caregivers of those afflicted with any form of ADHD. The most interesting part of the book are the glimpses we get into the lives of young people and families who actually are dealing with the disorder. We not only see the difficulties they encounter, but also their successes. This book is amazingly thorough, but shies away from being overly technical and boring. There are numerous informative sidebars, including actual reproductions of USA TODAY news clips that give us an historical overview of many aspects of the disorder. In the back of the book is a thorough index, a glossary, a listing of numerous resources, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore.Quill says: If you would like an excellent overview of ADHD, this would be the perfect addition to your classroom or library shelves!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.