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Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
"This book is extraordinarily comprehensive....A good resource for all those interested in the complexities of diagnosing and treating ADHD."--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
Providing a new perspective on ADHD in adults, this compelling book analyzes findings from two major studies directed by leading authority Russell A. Barkley. Groundbreaking information is presented on the significant impairments produced by the disorder across major functional domains and life activities, including educational outcomes, work, relationships, health behaviors, and mental health. Thoughtfully considering the treatment implications of these findings, the book also demonstrates that existing ...
Providing a new perspective on ADHD in adults, this compelling book analyzes findings from two major studies directed by leading authority Russell A. Barkley. Groundbreaking information is presented on the significant impairments produced by the disorder across major functional domains and life activities, including educational outcomes, work, relationships, health behaviors, and mental health. Thoughtfully considering the treatment implications of these findings, the book also demonstrates that existing diagnostic criteria do not accurately reflect the way ADHD is experienced by adults, and points the way toward developing better criteria that center on executive function deficits. Accessible tables, figures, and sidebars encapsulate the study results and methods.
"This energetic and informative book tackles head-on the knotty issue of what ADHD in adults really means. It includes helpful answers to such vital problems as what modifications to diagnostic criteria are appropriate, and what are the inferential biases to which clinicians are prone when seeing self-referred cases in their offices. This is the most definitive work to date on the difficult task of generalizing from children with ADHD to adults with ADHD. The authors break new ground in addressing these issues with comprehensive data from their own well-regarded samples. This timely book thus provides a fresh and needed perspective to help resolve longstanding difficulties in understanding ADHD in adults. It will be helpful to DSM-V committee deliberations and to those planning future scientific studies, as well as to clinicians needing a clearer picture of what to expect in adults with ADHD."--Joel T. Nigg, PhD, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University
"A veritable tour de force. This work will be equally useful to researchers seeking innovative hypotheses about ADHD, to clinicians seeking to understand the course of ADHD into adulthood, and to students at all levels of training. Readers have access to a unified and systematic view of the results from two notable, methodologically rigorous research studies. The book addresses a wide range of clinically urgent issues, such as psychiatric comorbidity, drug use, life impairments, educational attainment, and neuropsychological impairment. The discussions of diagnostic criteria not only provide clinically useful information for adult assessment, but also should strongly influence the evolution of the DSM-V."--Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Director, Medical Genetics Research; and Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research, SUNY Upstate Medical University
"The single best source of scientific information on adult ADHD available to date. The results of two major research investigations are thoroughly reviewed to explicate important similarities and differences between children with ADHD followed into adulthood and individuals first referred for ADHD symptoms as adults. This is the first text to make this important and clinically relevant distinction. It is sure to be an indispensable resource for both clinicians and researchers. In addition, graduate students in clinical psychology, counseling, social work, and school psychology will find this text helpful both for the data it provides about adult ADHD and for its insights into how to establish a coherent research agenda."--George J. DuPaul, PhD, Department of Education and Human Services, Lehigh University
"In impressive and straightforward style, reviews a wealth of data on comorbid conditions and treatment considerations. For the first time ever, readers are able to gain an empirically derived, comprehensive contrast of how ADHD is uniquely exhibited, categorized, and treated in adulthood versus childhood....An invaluable synthesis of data and treatment implications. As an added bonus, the authors have graciously decided to provide access to the data to any scientist who purchases the text....The integrative, rigorous focus on research and clinical practice that defines ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says makes it a foundational addition to the literature. The writing style is clear, concise, and compelling, and the layout of the text effectively integrates chapter summaries and continuity of a variety of topic areas. Clinicians in particular may appreciate the focus on treatment strategies and will find some similarities with other empirically derived treatment recommendations....The quality and magnitude of ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says can uniquely inform future nosology and research on ADHD in adulthood. Clinicians, researchers, graduate students, and the educated lay public will feel that they have at once found both an authoritative reference on ADHD in adulthood and a text that actually addresses the common experiences of many adults with ADHD."--PsycCRITIQUES
"Although some topics are quite technical, the narrative is accessible, and statistical analyses are generally relegated to tables so as not to interrupt the flow....This book will be the definitive work on the subject for some time....Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals."--Choice Reviews
2. History and Prevalence of ADHD in Adults
3. Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD in Adults
4. Defining ADHD in Adults: Making the Diagnosis in the UMASS and Milwaukee Studies
5. DSM Symptom Utility and the Issue of Age of Onset
6. Impairment in Major Life Activities
7. Identifying New Symptoms of ADHD in Adulthood
8. Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders and Psychological Maladjustment
9. Educational and Occupational Functioning
10. Drug Use and Antisocial Behavior
11. Health, Lifestyle, Money Management, and Driving
12. Sex, Dating and Marriage, Parenting, and Psychological Adjustment of Offspring
13. Neuropsychological Functioning
14. Summary, Conclusions, and Treatment Implications
Posted April 20, 2011
In their book, "ADHD in Adults," Barkley et al. discounts the importance of clinical observation in understanding ADHD and believe that scientific controlled studies are the only reliable source of information in understanding ADHD. By doing this, the authors fail to recognize the substantial limitation of scientific studies when it comes to ADHD. They fail to recognize that the ADHD brain has two distinct operational modes and acts completely opposite depending on the mode in which it is in. It will act one way when it finds a task or activity uninteresting, boring, or unstimulating to it and it will act completely opposite when it finds a task stimulating, interesting, exciting, or adventuresome.
By failing to recognize this, the authors fail to recognize the limitation this places on the ability of scientific studies to capture all the characteristics of ADHD. In order to capture the operation of the ADHD brain when involved in a task or activity that is interesting or stimulating to it, the study must capture ADHD subjects while they are performing a task or activity that is interesting or stimulating to each individual ADHD subject. But, it is extremely difficult for scientific studies to accomplish this. I have read many scientific studies on ADHD and I have yet to read one that has assessed whether the study was conducted while the ADHD subjects were engaged in a task or activity they found stimulating or not. Without this assessment, scientific studies are doomed to the study of the ADHD brain when it is in the status of performing a task or activity that is uninteresting or unstimulating to it. If these studies cannot capture ADHD subjects when they are involved in a task or activity that is interesting to each ADHD subject, they will completely miss how the ADHD brain operates when it is absorbed by something it finds interesting or stimulating. They will completely miss all the abilities of an ADHD brain to hyperfocus, to be creative, to be innovative, to be imaginative, to be highly analytical, to think outside the box, to multi-task, to remain calm in stressful situations, to exercise sequential thought, to become highly organized, to absorb immense amounts of information in very short time spans, and to perceive and remember even the most minutest of details. They will completely miss the dichotomy of the ADHD brain.
What Barkley et al. fail to recognize is that scientific studies cannot be relied upon to undercover this other side of ADHD and that the only way to truly understand ADHD is by using scientific studies, clinical observations, and the knowledge that exists within the brains of those who have ADHD. The failure of Barkley et al. to recognize this not only undercuts the validity of their book, "ADHD in Adults," but, more importantly, it demonstrates that they really do not understand ADHD. To them, if something cannot be confirmed by scientific studies, it does not exist. But, whether something exists or not is not dependent on the existence of a scientific study confirming it. Scientific studies are dependent on "existence," "existence" is not dependent on scientific studies.
Written by an ADHD brain.
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