Description: This sequel to a 2000 book (Attention-Deficit Disorders and Comorbidities in Children, Adolescents, and Adults) offers a comprehensive update with the most current information about the complexity of ADHD in both children and adults.
Purpose: The editor and the internationally recognized experts he has enlisted have several key objectives: first, to offer updated information about the developmental nature of attention disorders and how they are related to other disorders, thus providing a sound foundation for the etiology and assessment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorders; then, to provide the most current and effective treatment principles for the complex variants of attention deficit disorders and related disorders.
Audience: The intended audience includes child and adolescent psychiatrists, general psychiatrists, family practitioners, psychiatric nurse practitioners, pediatricians, educators, psychologists, and other mental health professionals who work with children and adults.
Features: The first of the book's three sections focuses on the etiology and developmental features of attention disorders. The chapters review aspects of neurobiology and functioning as they relate to attention disorders and current genetic findings. Subsequent chapters provide overviews of ADHD in each age group with corresponding treatment recommendations and recent studies involving that age group. Section two explores specific comorbidities with ADHD. Each chapter provides treatment recommendations, clinical studies, and implications. Chapters conclude with several clinical examples that nicely illustrate the topics, key clinical points, and a reference section that includes recommended readings and useful websites. The final section provides updated reviews of research and guidelines for assessment and treatment of complicated ADHD. This handbook also covers an underrepresented age group, preschool children, and includes thoughtful chapter that addresses ADHD with various disorders in the autistic spectrum.
Assessment: This is a well organized, easy to read, informative, and clinically relevant handbook that addresses various aspects of ADHD from early assessment through future implications. Patient vignettes, treatment guidelines, clinically relevant studies, and a reference section make this book an invaluable resource for all clinicians and educators. It significantly furthers and expands the understanding of ADHD from the 2000 book and is an important addition for all libraries.