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ADHD Update: Understanding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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What is ADHD? What are the symptoms? How are the symptoms treated? Learn about this common behavioral disorder that affects school-age children, some of whom will continue to have the condition as adults. Read about the latest research breakthroughs and most current treatment methods.

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Overview

What is ADHD? What are the symptoms? How are the symptoms treated? Learn about this common behavioral disorder that affects school-age children, some of whom will continue to have the condition as adults. Read about the latest research breakthroughs and most current treatment methods.

About the Author:
Dr. Alvin Silverstein is a professor of biology at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati J.D.
A chapter describing Atlanta Braves' first baseman Adam LaRoches' struggles with ADHD makes a compelling introduction to this fine book about Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Not every reader will recognize the name Adam LaRoche, but many children will recognize the name Dav Pilkey, a popular children's book author and illustrator. Pilkey created the "Captain Underpants" series of books. As a student, he was sent to the principal's office for being disruptive on a regular basis. Even after an ADHD diagnosis, Pilkey was considered a troublemaker. It was not until college that he got any encouragement for his writing and art. Because children with ADHD often have trouble sitting still and paying attention in school, they will be able to relate to Pilkey's story. "The History of ADHD," "Living with ADHD," "Diagnosis and Treatment," "ADHD and the Future" are other chapters offering background information about the disorder, current research, and therapeutic approaches, including ones that are not solely pharmaceutical. There is also an excellent section which explains the three types of ADHD. This book, which takes the mystique out of a condition affecting over two million children, will help kids who have ADHD feel a little better about themselves. It also offers their parents, teachers, and peers information about the workings of a brain with ADHD. A glossary, time line, and places to go for further information are included at the back of the book. This title is one in the publishers "Disease Update" series. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
VOYA - Rayna Patton
For libraries whose health materials are dated—as they too quickly become—or whose users find Internet research scattered and fragmented, this Disease Update series provides the latest thinking about the causes and treatments of several common medical conditions. The authors are well known for reliable, user-friendly, and accessible science books. The format includes an introductory profile of the particular disorder; many biographical sketches, often of famous people; a backward look at the earliest diagnoses and studies; current diagnosis and treatment, including research on brain and chemical changes, drug therapy, and alternative treatments; questions and answers; and several resources for further study. For libraries that can afford them, nothing could be more helpful for students embarking on a health report, or looking for information about a condition that may affect their own lives or those of friends. The ADHD Update covers a condition that has been observed at least since 1845, when a German psychiatrist wrote Struwwelpeter, a book about misbehaving children, with an accurate description of a hyperactive boy. A chance observation by a doctor in 1937 that stimulant drugs reduced behavior problems in children gradually led to the treatment of hyperactive and distractible children with stimulant drugs. Recent research on brain chemistry and genetics has shown that chemical brain changes do accompany ADD and ADHD, and that the condition is often inherited. Controversy surrounds the widespread diagnosis of ADHD/ADD, though some believe that ADD children who are not hyperactive may in fact be underdiagnosed. Diagnosis is quite complicated and involves observationsby parents, teachers, and counselors, and the condition is still not completely understood. Reviewer: Rayna Patton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766028005
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Disease Update Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Profile: ADHD     4
Out of Control     7
The History of ADHD     15
What Is ADHD?     29
Diagnosis and Treatment     49
Living With ADHD     70
ADHD and the Future     78
Questions and Answers     93
ADHD Timeline     95
For More Information     98
Chapter Notes     100
Glossary     105
Further Reading     108
Internet Addresses     109
Index     110
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