ADHD: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children, Adolescents, and Adults [NOOK Book]

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Paul Wender is a pioneer researcher an clinician who was one o f 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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ADHD: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

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Overview

Paul Wender is a pioneer researcher an clinician who was one o f 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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: 9780198027331
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/20/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 737 KB

Meet the Author

Paul Wender, M.D. is author of the best-selling book The Hyperactive Child, Adolescent, and Adult 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 Andover, 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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