Description: This is an informative and interesting book that provides guidelines to assist in making a diagnosis, a review of the pertinent literature, and psychopharmacologic, behavioral, and psychosocial educational treatments of the disorder.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist clinicians in the development of skills that will aid in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of ADHD and comorbid disorders. The challenge is met through the presentation of real life issues faced by clinicians in practice including the difficulty in making a diagnoses in the context of diagnostic ambiguity, treating within the constraints of the current healthcare environment, and integrating the multitude of factors biologic, psychosocial, environmental, and genetic that must be examined, analyzed, and considered.
Audience: Targeted primarily to clinicians working in the mental health field, this book is valuable and informative reading for residents in psychiatry and pediatrics as well as teachers, medical students, and students at the graduate school level. The design of the book makes it a useful teaching and training resource.
Features: It is divided into five parts that address psychiatric and behavioral assessment, psychopharmacologic and behavioral treatment approaches, comorbid diagnosis and treatment, potential areas of impairment, and specific treatments in the home, classroom, and other settings. Algorithms for differential diagnosis, case examples, assessment instruments, psychopharmacological and other treatment decision trees and tables, and suggestions for cost effectiveness are all provided. Future directions for research and treatment are addressed in the epilogue.
Assessment: This is an interesting and informative book that provides useful, cogent, and highly practical information. It is easy to read and organized in a way that allows the clinician to use it in a practical manner to assist in patient care. Of particular importance is the logical presentation of information that provides a structure and format for understanding ADHD and the comorbid disorders that so often complicate the clinical presentation. The integration of the rich clinical material with theoretical, treatment, and practical real life issues provides clarity and a useful reference for the clinician, practitioner, student, and teacher facing diagnostic and treatment challenges.