Attention Deficit Disorder Misdiagnosis: Approaching ADD from a Brain-Behavior/Neuropsychological Perspective for Assessment and Treatment

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Overview

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is one of the least understood medical conditions. With no specific test available, misdiagnosis is common and the results can be devastating for both the parents and the child. Because no one can agree on a single definition for the disorder, confusion is rampant and treatment is only mildly successful at best.
Attention Deficit Disorder Misdiagnosis addresses these problems in a systematic and logical fashion. It presents a battery of tests for properly diagnosing ADD, stresses its relationship to brain behavior and proposes practical treatment solutions. Written by an expert in the field who also happens to be the mother of an ADD child, it presents a unique perspective on this complex yet all too pervasive disorder.
This is an essential text for doctors, parents and any individual working with an ADD child or adult. It will also help professionals in related disciplines approach ADD as a biochemical medical disorder and understand the reasons for its inherent complexity and frequent misdiagnosis.

Incl. anatomical structure implicated in the disorder, cognitive differences between ADHD & ADD, followup studies.

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As a psychologist specializing in neuropsychology and running an Attention Deficit Disorder Clinic in Michigan, the author illuminates this complex disorder affecting adults as well as children<-->for both professionals and families. She emphasizes accurate assessment, advocates for a whole-treatment approach in light of theories of attention and diverse findings in the literature, distinguishes between ADD with and without hyperactivity, identifies other associated disorders, and addresses the controversial use of stimulants as first-line treatment. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574440973
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Understanding Attention Deficit Disorder from a Theoretical Perspective
Defining Attention
Manifestations and Consequences of Attentional Deficit
Anatomical Structures Implicated in the Disorder
Pharmacology of Attention
Information Processing: A Critical Aspect of Attentional Functioning
Frontal Lobe System
Parietal Lobe Functioning
Genetic Influences on ADD/Comorbity Factors
Cognitive Differences Between ADHD and ADD Nosological Issues
Comorbid Disorders and Disorders Associated with ADD
Follow-up Studies: Development Span of the Disorder
Treatment: Stimulants as the First Line of Defense
Treatment: Anti-Depressants as the Second Line of Defense to Address Underlying Comorbid Conditions/Other Possible Medical- Management Solutions
Evaluation of Attention Deficit Disorder
Other Treatment Methods
Index

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