ADHD: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adults

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Paul Wender is a pioneer researcher and clinician who was one of the first to identify and treat children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and later to notice the same pattern of symptoms in the parents of these children. He has now thoroughly revised and updated his classic handbook on the subject, adding more case histories, expanding the section on adults, and outlining the new drug treatments that have appeared since the last edition.

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Paul Wender is a pioneer researcher and clinician who was one of the first to identify and treat children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and later to notice the same pattern of symptoms in the parents of these children. He has now thoroughly revised and updated his classic handbook on the subject, adding more case histories, expanding the section on adults, and outlining the new drug treatments that have appeared since the last edition.

Reviewing what is known about ADHD, its symptoms, its life course, its etiology, the usefulness of various treatments, and the value to the patient of education about the disorder, Wender brings together a wealth of information not available in any other volume. A clinician who has treated patients with ADHD for many years, he offers compelling firsthand accounts from men and women who offer dramatic insight into what it feels like to have ADHD and how it responds to medical treatment. Combining the insights of his clinical practice with his innovative research on pharmacological treatments of psychiatric disorders, Wender offers a wealth of practical information on where to seek help, the kinds and reliability of diagnostic tests, and the different approaches to treatment. He also identifies the drug treatments that can dramatically reduce symptoms and, when necessary, render patients more amenable to treatment for any residual psychological symptoms.

The classic work on this ailment, ADHD is an indispensable source of help, hope, and understanding for parents and adults who suspect that they or someone they care about may suffer from this much misunderstood disorder.

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"An essential reference for adults with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD that supports current standards of care with sound scientific data, provides practical parenting techniques, and may well become the "Dr. Spock" reference for parents of children with ADHD."--J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry

"This is the ultimate volume on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder from one of America's most prominent researchers. This book provides evidence-based, scientifically sound, and user-friendly information for the millions of patients who are suffering from this disorder. Paul Wender has provided a lifesaver for individuals who have ADHD and need to know what it is, how it should be evaluated, and what are the effective treatments."-- Harold S. Koplowicz, M.D. Arnold and Debbie Simon Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Director of the Child Study Center at New York University School of Medicine

"Dr. Wender blends a lifetime of his research, clinical experience and wisdom in this very readable, highly informative and, in fact, stimulating text. As a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, and one who has who has both lived with and treated people with ADHD, I can unequivocally recommend this book to both clinical and non-clinical consumers."-- Gabrielle A. Carlson, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, State University of New York at Stony Brook

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195113488
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/1/1900
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Wender, M.D. was formerly Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Psychiatric Research at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Known as the "Dean of ADHD" by his colleagues, he is a pioneer in identifying and treating this disorder and he ran some of the first clinical trials on Ritalin. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 3
2 The Characteristics of Children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 9
3 The Causes of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 34
4 The Development of the Child with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 56
5 Treatment of the Child with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 65
6 Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults 155
7 Finding Help 240
App Diagnostic Criteria: Diagnosis of ADHD in Childhood and Adulthood and Related Disorders 253
Index 271
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2003

    FINALLY SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS

    A friend, who has ADHD herself, recommended this book to me when my son was newly diagnosed. I had been searching for five years for someone who could understand and explain my child to me. My jaw dropped as I read each chapter. THIS IS MY SON! This book helped me to see him in a different light. It helped me to understand him for the first time in his life. It helped me to separate the behavior from the person while at the same time helping me to stop beating myself up as a parent. This book totally changed how I see my son, for the better.

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