Description: This informative new book covers neurodevelopmental disorders in children and adults, focusing specifically on ADHD and related disorders. The book explains the approach to diagnosis and evaluation, differential diagnosis, and management of individuals with these disorders. Written by a leading clinician-researcher in the field, this is a welcome contribution to the psychiatric literature.
Purpose: The aim, according to the author, is "to convert scientific findings into a text that gives insight to specialists in child development, generalists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and indeed to everyone " In addition, the author tries to "provide helpful advice about possible approaches to intervention" and "how best to use the newly acquired information." The author has produced a comprehensive and edifying book.
Audience: The target audience includes "specialists in child development, generalists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists" and anyone involved in the care of individuals with ADHD.
Features: Chapters cover such topics as diagnostic criteria and definitions, ADHD and the concept of early symptomatic syndromes eliciting neurodevelopmental clinical examinations (ESSENCE), the prevalence of these disorders, development of symptoms, cognitive and language difficulties, mental health problems and other associated problems, differential diagnosis, the diagnostic evaluation, causes and risk factors, outcome, interventions. One chapter presents case histories. Each chapter concludes with relevant citations of the scientific literature.
Assessment: This is an excellent book on attentional and impulse control spectrum disorders. It helps readers organize a vast amount of scientific literature in the effort to help patients suffering from these common and life altering problems. I highly recommend it.