ADHD Comorbidities: Handbook for ADHD Complications in Children and Adults

ADHD Comorbidities: Handbook for ADHD Complications in Children and Adults

by Thomas E. Brown
     
 

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Many books address various aspects of ADHD -- but ADHD Comorbidities: Handbook for ADHD Complications in Children and Adults is the only one that covers the multiple ways in which ADHD is complicated by other psychiatric and learning disorders in both children and adults. It features comprehensive, research-based information on the condition and its full range

Overview

Many books address various aspects of ADHD -- but ADHD Comorbidities: Handbook for ADHD Complications in Children and Adults is the only one that covers the multiple ways in which ADHD is complicated by other psychiatric and learning disorders in both children and adults. It features comprehensive, research-based information on the condition and its full range of comorbidities, from mood disorders to developmental coordination disorder, written by researcher-clinicians familiar with the complications that these additional disorders pose. The authors summarize in accessible language what is currently known about ADHD and its comorbidities from preschool age to adulthood, describing how ADHD produces different profiles at different stages of development.

The book offers a new paradigm for understanding ADHD, viewing it not as a simple behavior disorder but as a complex developmental impairment of executive functions in the brain. In describing combinations of disorders in various age groups, this effective guide shows that significant impairments can occur in adolescence and adulthood, when individuals face increased demands for self-management. And because adults with ADHD are likely to have at least one additional psychiatric disorder at some point in their lives, this handbook also describes how to adjust treatment strategies for both ADHD and additional disorders to reduce the impairments resulting from comorbidity. Among the book's features: • It reviews aspects of ADHD not only for elementary-school children, adolescents, and adults but also for preschoolers, giving ADHD developmental context by describing how symptoms in preschool years differ from those in older children• Eleven chapters offer practical clinical help for patients whose ADHD appears in combination with other disorders, including aggression, mood disorders, obsessive/compulsive disorders, substance abuse, Tourette syndrome, and the autistic/Asperger's disorder spectrum.• It presents guidelines for assessing and treating complicated ADHD, including psychopharmacological treatment, psychosocial treatment, cognitive therapy, and tailoring treatment to individuals and their families.• It provides guidance on adapting and adjusting medications and other interventions to optimize treatment effects for the wide diversity of complex cases that embody ADHD.• It contains useful information about how to discern other disorders when the chief complaint suggests ADHD -- and how to detect ADHD when the patient's presentation has been modified by the presence of other disorders.

With its comprehensive summaries of research and wealth of clinical guidance, this handbook clearly shows how attentional disorders are related to other conditions and how patients with these more complex variants of ADD can be more effectively recognized and treated.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Adrienne Adams, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
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.
Attention Magazine
In accessible language, more than 30 researcher-clinician contributors summarize how to recognize ADHD and its comorbidities at various stages of development, from preschool age to adolescence to adulthood. Clinician will find practical help-and acquire valuable guidance on tailoring medications and other interventions to optimize treatment outcomes for patients of all ages with complex cases of ADHD.
Education updated.com

It is a comprehensive and exhaustive volume, with ample references, suggestions for further readings, and even useful web sites. While the information can be overwhelming, the variety of therapeutic responses to the syndrome -- from cognitive and behavioral therapy to appropriate medication -- offer a glimmer of hope for concerned teachers and beleaguered family members.

Journal of Attention Disorders
This handbook makes an important contribution to the field by highlighting the developmental and genetically mediated nature of ADHD, its potential influences on other psychopathology into adulthood, empirical findings regarding the nature of virtually all ADHD comorbidities, and the implications for and best practices in assessment.

(Will H. Canu)

ATTENTION magazine

In accessible language, more than 30 researcher-clinician contributors summarize how to recognize ADHD and its comorbidities at various stages of development, from preschool age to adolescence to adulthood. Clinician will find practical help-and acquire valuable guidance on tailoring medications and other interventions to optimize treatment outcomes for patients of all ages with complex cases of ADHD.

Will H. Canu Journal of Attention Disorders

This handbook makes an important contribution to the field by highlighting the developmental and genetically mediated nature of ADHD, its potential influences on other psychopathology into adulthood, empirical findings regarding the nature of virtually all ADHD comorbidities, and the implications for and best practices in assessment.

3 Stars from Doody
Mani Pavuluri
In this book on attention deficit disorders various co-morbid psychiatric conditions such as mood and anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, learning difficulties, substance use disorders, sleep difficulties, and Tourette's Syndrome are covered. This book is written with the aim of depicting the reality of attention deficit disorders as they truly exist (i.e., as a co-morbidity with other psychiatric disorders). The editor and contributors clearly describe clinical implications and base some of the arguments on research. This book is written for all practitioners in pediatrics and psychiatry and is very readable, clear, and succinct. While the editor is a PhD, he invited several MDs who could comment on psychopharmacology. This book has two sections. In the first section various co-morbid disorders are discussed, including correlates, risk factors, clinical course, and treatment. In the second section the specific assessment and interventions are covered, primarily for attention deficit disorders. "Attention deficit disorder" is used in the caption, and the word "hyperactivity" is excluded, even though the terms are used interchangeably. This reflects the editor's bias of the critical status of inattention rather than excluding hyperactivity. This book is a welcome addition and is a must for the bookshelves of all healthcare professionals who treat children, adolescents, and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585621583
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/10/2008
Pages:
478
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Mina K. Dulcan
Comorbidity is one of the most challenging and interesting aspects of current research on attention-deficit disorders. This up-to-the-minute compendium covers the latest findings on attention deficit disorders in combination with the full spectrum of other psychiatric and learning disorders. All ages of patients are included, from preschoolers through adults. This book is a valuable resource for any scientist or clinician who is interested in ADHD.
—Mina K. Dulcan, M.D. Head, Dept. of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
Larry J. Seidman
This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the complex set of disorders often accompanying attention deficit disorders. It brings together an excellent group of experts who address, in a state-of-the-art way, virtually all the clinically relevant areas of comorbidity...It should be on the bookshelves of all health care professionals who need to become knowledgeable about attention deficit disorders.
—Larry J. Seidman, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology Dept. of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School
Gabrielle A. Carlson
This volume addresses the complexities of attention disorders with great clarity and clinical relevance. There is much more to ADHD than hyperactivity!
—Gabrielle A.Carlson, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York

Meet the Author

Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., is Associate Director at the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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