ADHD: The Great Misdiagnosis

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Exploring controversial new ground in the field, the first edition of ADHD: The Great Misdiagnosis was praised by practitioners and parents alike as a timely book whose message -- that the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) label had been rampantly overused on children with completely different problems -- was long overdue. This new edition includes a complete revision of the chapter on medication which incorporates new findings and information on when to use certain drugs and what sort of side ...
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Overview

Exploring controversial new ground in the field, the first edition of ADHD: The Great Misdiagnosis was praised by practitioners and parents alike as a timely book whose message -- that the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) label had been rampantly overused on children with completely different problems -- was long overdue. This new edition includes a complete revision of the chapter on medication which incorporates new findings and information on when to use certain drugs and what sort of side effects to expect, as well as a thorough review and updating of older medications. Special problems for teenagers with ADHD are also addressed, including sexual relationships, pregnancy, drugs and alcohol, driving, cursing, and general teenage attitudes. Finally, Dr. Haber has added material to help parents find their way through the legal maze of public education, where children are often wrongly stigmatized with the ADHD label.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Studies find that ADHD affects three to ten percent of the school-age population, making it the most common psychiatric diagnosis in children. Treating it with Ritalin and other stimulants remains both common and controversial. With a stream of books and videos touting unproven "cures," the publication of these three accessible, scientifically based titles is particularly welcome. Each covers much of the same material: ADHD's causes are biological, mainly genetic; affected individuals are impulsive, unable to concentrate and follow instructions, often hyperactive, and oppositional (there is a subgroup who are "dreamy" but not disruptive); and medication doesn't cure ADHD but does ease the child's difficulties, especially when used in conjunction with home- and classroom-based systems of immediate positive and negative behavioral consequences. Each author, however, has a unique emphasis. Wender, one of the first advocates of using stimulant medication for hyperactivity, emphasizes that ADHD is a lifelong problem for many sufferers and that many ADHD adults would benefit from stimulant treatment. While the title of Haber's book might lead one to assume that he is opposed to the use of medication for treatment of ADHD, this is not the case. Haber, a developmental/behavioral pediatrician, believes that there is a group of children who do indeed suffer from ADHD but that this group is much smaller than other experts estimate. Also, he argues that epilepsy, hearing loss, Tourette's syndrome, and psychological distress owing to family instability or trauma are being mislabeled as ADHD. Barkley (psychiatry and neurology, Univ. of Massachussetts Medical Ctr.) theorizes that the cause of the various behaviors associated with ADHD is the inability to plan ahead--that these children have a very short "time line." His suggestions for treatment don't diverge from the mainstream, however. Because ADHD is such a hot topic, most public libraries should purchase all three titles. As a starting point for parents, or for smaller libraries that can only afford one title, Barkley's book is the first choice; it offers details about finding the right kind of specialists, putting together a disciplinary program, coping with adolescents, and building positive relationships with school personnel.--Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Haber advises parents to be cautious and patient and clearly explains other problems that have similiar symptoms. He also explores drug companies' marketing campaigns that he believes led to so many misdiagnoses. Most importantly, Haber explains the different treatments available and suggests ways to find a good clinician.
— Pam Lilley
Infodad.com
This book is a comprehensive, avuncular, discussion of the incresing frequency with which children are diagnosed or misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The information is solid and potentially very helpful.
Booklist
Haber explodes myths, relays much scientific information, and makes many practical suggestions.
Margaret Carr
Every parent and every teacher will need personal copies they can dog-ear and highlight.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - Pam Lilley
Haber advises parents to be cautious and patient and clearly explains other problems that have similiar symptoms. He also explores drug companies' marketing campaigns that he believes led to so many misdiagnoses. Most importantly, Haber explains the different treatments available and suggests ways to find a good clinician.
Infodad.Com
This book is a comprehensive, avuncular, discussion of the incresing frequency with which children are diagnosed or misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The information is solid and potentially very helpful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878331819
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Julian Stuart Haber, M.D. is a practicing pediatrician with Cook Children's Physician Network in Texas. He has served on numerous task forces in the state of Texas and testified before the Senate Working Committee on Education on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He resides in Ft. Worth, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xiii
Introduction 1
1 What's a Parent to Do? 7
2 The Name Game 27
3 The Real Thing 37
4 The Imitators 47
5 Marketing the Great Epidemic 81
6 Why Medical Treatments for ADHD? 89
7 Traditional Medical Treatments 99
8 Alternative Therapies 135
9 Treating Coexisting Disorders 153
10 How to Find a Clinician 163
11 Parents and Teachers 167
12 The Schoolhouse Legal Matrix 181
Afterword 193
Appendix 1 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition, Diagnostic Criteria For Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 205
Appendix 2 The American Academy of Pediatrics Definition of ADHD 209
Appendix 3 Colleges and Universities That Offer Programs for Young Adults with Learning Disabilities and ADHD 215
Appendix 4 Helpful Contacts and Organizations 217
Appendix 5 Sample Letter Requesting Special Education Services 219
Notes 221
Bibliography 241
Index 255
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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    Must Read

    A lot of important information for parents to consider before agreeing to medicate their children.

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  • Posted November 28, 2008

    A Great Book To Help You Understand ADHD

    Many of my friends have children with ADHD, and I never felt like I fully understood it. After reading this book, I feel like I have a grasp on how to handle the ADHD that many people around me deal with. Definitely a worthy read.<BR/><BR/>No time to read the whole book? Check out the 8 page summary at parentsdigest.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2000

    A teacher's best friend . . .

    THIS BOOK IS A CONCISE, INFORMATION RICH RESOURCE DEPTHED IN SCIENCE AND FACTS WITHOUT SPECULATION. IT ELIMINATES THE GUESSING GAME ASSOCIATED WITH DIAGNOSING ADHD. IN THE PROCESS, IT EXPLAINS WHY THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH CONFUSION. THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ANY PARENTS OR TEACHERS WITH CONCERNS ABOUT ADHD.

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