Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Diseases and People Series

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Diseases and People Series

by Julie Williams
     
 

Today, ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, affects over two-million school-aged children in the United States and an unknown number of adults. While its symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior have often been disregarded in the past, doctors, school systems, and the general public are now actively researching and administering…  See more details below

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Today, ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, affects over two-million school-aged children in the United States and an unknown number of adults. While its symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior have often been disregarded in the past, doctors, school systems, and the general public are now actively researching and administering treatments. Therapies for this disorder, whose complex causes seem to be both biological and environmental, rely on a combination of psychological, social, educational, occupational, and medical factors.

In Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, author Julie Williams traces this disease from the ancient Greek doctors' theory of the body's four humors, through a slew of modern classifications such as "restlessness syndrome" and "Hyperkinetic Reaction of Childhood," to the present. Attention to controversial issues, such as diagnosing and medicating ADHD, sheds light on this often misunderstood disorder that affects both sexes, and adults as well as children.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-These series entries deal with disparate diagnoses that carry a death sentence on the one hand and a controversy on the other. ALS is a heartbreaker, whether it's affecting scientist Stephen Hawking, gymnast Marcie Gibson, or Uncle Joe. Treatments are palliative, research trials less than successful; neurons that carry messages to muscles shrivel and die, deterioration and death are inevitable, and the mind remains alert and observant throughout. A-D/HD describes a disorder defined by behaviors (inattention and impulsiveness), cause unknown, and its reported incidence is limited almost entirely to the United States, where it is estimated that as many as 10 percent of children are afflicted. Each book has a two-page question-and-answer synopsis, chapters that include profiles of people with the condition, a look at its history, a detailed description of the disease itself, how it is diagnosed and treated, research being conducted, coping strategies, social ramifications, and the outlook. Black-and-white illustrations and photos are used to advantage, and layout and white space are very effective. ALS will leave readers moved yet heartened by the heroism demonstrated by so many of those affected. A-D/HD will attract more readers due to its more mainstream subject matter. Eileen Beal's Everything You Need to Know about ADD/ADHD (Rosen, 1998), written as a self-help book more than an objective informational one, might find a different audience.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780766015982
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Diseases and People Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

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