All about A. D. D.: Understanding Attention Deficit Disorder / Edition 1

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Overview

Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.) is now recognized as the most common cause of school under-achievement and behavior difficulties in schoolchildren. It affects 5-10% of children aged 5-18 years — the same proportion as asthma. There is currently a rapid increase in the awareness of this condition among educators, child-care professionals and parents, and A.D.D. is receiving increased media attention.
In All About A.D.D. Mark Selikowitz notes changing attitudes towards the diagnosis and treatment of A.D.D. among the ranks of pediatricians. This recent focus on A.D.D. proves that there is a need for an up-to-date, comprehensive and practical guide covering the condition in a balanced and authoritative manner, and this book fills that need. It will help parents, educators and health professionals including doctors, psychologists and speech therapists understand and treat the disorder.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Paul H. Dworkin, MD (University of Connecticut School of Medicine)
Description: This new book, written by a consultant developmental pediatrician in private practice in Sydney, Australia, presents a comprehensive overview of attention deficit disorder (ADD), including definition, clinical characteristics, etiology, assessment/diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a practical overview of ADD for children's caregivers, including parents, teachers, doctors, psychologists, and others. The author wishes to overcome "widespread ignorance" by imparting knowledge and changing attitudes.
Audience: The attempt to simultaneously address the needs of both professionals and lay persons is problematic. Certain concepts and generalizations are inappropriate simplifications for physicians, whereas the lay reader seeking an introduction to the topic may be overwhelmed by the book's comprehensive and detailed explanations. Discussions of resources and educational approaches are of limited value to non-Australian readers.
Features: The book includes a limited number of useful tables. Select figures, such as quantitative analysis of EEG tracings, are misleading in overstating the value of neurophysiological tests. No references are provided, further limiting the value of this book for professionals. Succinct summaries at the end of each chapter are helpful.
Assessment: Although imparting knowledge and favorably altering attitudes are worthy objectives, the author sets a somewhat confrontational tone in citing widespread ignorance. The attempt to simultaneously address parents and professionals is misguided, resulting in a book of limited value to only sophisticated lay persons seeking to expand their knowledge or the uninformed professional seeking a broad overview. Although most of the content is reliable, certain statements are unsubstantiated, such as the value of neuroelectrophysiological and neuroanatomical testing, the unique importance of the "specialist pediatrician," the recommendation of pharmacological treatment for all children, and the value of computerized performance testing. The book may be of greater value in Australia, if no such general reviews are available.
Paul H. Dworkin
This new book, written by a consultant developmental pediatrician in private practice in Sydney, Australia, presents a comprehensive overview of attention deficit disorder (ADD), including definition, clinical characteristics, etiology, assessment/diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. The purpose is to provide a practical overview of ADD for children's caregivers, including parents, teachers, doctors, psychologists, and others. The author wishes to overcome ^^widespread ignorance^^ by imparting knowledge and changing attitudes. The attempt to simultaneously address the needs of both professionals and lay persons is problematic. Certain concepts and generalizations are inappropriate simplifications for physicians, whereas the lay reader seeking an introduction to the topic may be overwhelmed by the book's comprehensive and detailed explanations. Discussions of resources and educational approaches are of limited value to non-Australian readers. The book includes a limited number of useful tables. Select figures, such as quantitative analysis of EEG tracings, are misleading in overstating the value of neurophysiological tests. No references are provided, further limiting the value of this book for professionals. Succinct summaries at the end of each chapter are helpful. Although imparting knowledge and favorably altering attitudes are worthy objectives, the author sets a somewhat confrontational tone in citing widespread ignorance. The attempt to simultaneously address parents and professionals is misguided, resulting in a book of limited value to only sophisticated lay persons seeking to expand their knowledge or the uninformed professional seeking a broad overview. Although most ofthe content is reliable, certain statements are unsubstantiated, such as the value of neuroelectrophysiological and neuroanatomical testing, the unique importance of the ^^specialist pediatrician,^^ the recommendation of pharmacological treatment for all children, and the value of computerized performance testing. The book may be of greater value in Australia, if no such general reviews are available.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195536843
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 199
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Until recently Dr. Selikowitz was Director of the Tumbatin Developmental Clinic at the Prince of Wales Children's Hospital in Sydney.

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Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Introduction
1 What is ADD? 2
Sect. 2 Some Characteristic Difficulties
2 Poor concentration 18
3 Impulsivity 24
4 Overactivity 30
5 Defiance 35
6 Social clumsiness 47
7 Low self-esteem 56
Sect. 3 The Cause of ADD
8 An immaturity of brain development 74
Sect. 4 How ADD is Diagnosed
9 Diagnosis and assessment 88
Sect. 5 Treatment
10 Home management 108
11 School management 124
12 Behaviour modification 140
13 Medicines - general principles 151
14 A guide to specific medicines 165
Sect. 6 Adulthood
15 Will the child grow out of it? 182
Conclusion 192
Appendix: Useful Addresses 194
Index 197
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