Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Clinical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment for Health and Mental Health Professionals / Edition 3

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Overview

This new edition of Dr. Larry Silver's groundbreaking clinical book incorporates recent research findings on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), covering the latest information on diagnosis, associated disorders, and treatment, as well as ADHD in adults.

Providing a broad overview of the continuum of neurobiologically based conditions, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder thoroughly reviews disorders often found to be comorbid with ADHD, including specific learning disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, anger regulation problems, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and tic disorders.

Dr. Silver emphasizes that ADHD is a life disability that affects not only school performance but also family life, peer interactions, and successful participation in sports and other activities. For about half of the individuals with this disorder, it is also a lifetime disability -- thus, interventions must be considered for each phase of life.

Addressing day-to-day management issues faced by physicians and mental health professionals who see patients with ADHD, this guidebook discusses such practical concerns as how to make a differential diagnosis, work with children and families in a multimodal treatment setting, manage a medication regimen, and explain ADHD to parents. Covering ways to work with the school system as well as new and controversial therapies, this up-to-the-minute book is essential reading for all who care for individuals with ADHD.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Marc Sandrolini, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the third edition of a book that offers an overview of current diagnostic and treatment issues in ADHD.
Purpose: The author intends that this book provide a "broad overview of the continuum of neurobiologically based conditions." He emphasizes that ADHD can be a lifetime disability and can cause dysfunction in many settings. The author's objectives are worthwhile. There are many similar books on ADHD, but because of the rapid developments in neurobiology and pharmacology, up-to-date overviews of ADHD will always be of great service.
Audience: The book is intended for any professional who treats patients with ADHD. The book would also be appropriate for lay people.
Features: An overview of the history and known etiology of ADHD begins the book and subsequent sections cover diagnosis and comorbid disorders. The treatment section addresses psychopharmacology along with various therapeutic and behavioral interventions. This section also includes a chapter on interacting with schools. The book concludes with chapters on adult ADHD and a look at civil and educational laws, and a highly useful chapter on resources.
Assessment: This book is well written, both in its language and its organizing principles. Included are the expected reviews of diagnostic criteria and current medications. However, Dr. Silver weaves this information into a broader context of social, family, and educational issues. He emphasizes that ADHD is on the continuum of neurological disorders and that the symptoms pervade all aspects of a child's life. Despite the neurological emphasis, Dr. Silver does an admirable job of humanizing his treatment recommendations. He is clear that ADHD is difficult to diagnose, can have several underlying causes and requires a multimodal treatment approach. He addresses many of the unproven but dogmatic assumptions about ADHD (e.g., stimulants cause growth retardation, ADHD is limited to childhood) and corrects them by citing the current literature. Dr. Silver writes in an enthusiastic and personable manner. His style can be a bit discursive, as he tends to editorialize. This makes the book more engaging than similar works, though perhaps at the cost of some conciseness and sense of objectivity. However, the book overall is very well organized, and its conclusions clearly derive from both an empirical framework and an impassioned spirit.
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

Dr. Silver, a well-known clinician and author in the field of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continues to make tireless efforts to contribute to a greater understanding of this illness... This is the third edition of this book, and the updates include recent research findings and the latest information on treatment in both children and adults.

From The Critics
Reviewer: Marc Sandrolini, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the third edition of a book that offers an overview of current diagnostic and treatment issues in ADHD.
Purpose: The author intends that this book provide a "broad overview of the continuum of neurobiologically based conditions." He emphasizes that ADHD can be a lifetime disability and can cause dysfunction in many settings. The author's objectives are worthwhile. There are many similar books on ADHD, but because of the rapid developments in neurobiology and pharmacology, up-to-date overviews of ADHD will always be of great service.
Audience: The book is intended for any professional who treats patients with ADHD. The book would also be appropriate for lay people.
Features: An overview of the history and known etiology of ADHD begins the book and subsequent sections cover diagnosis and comorbid disorders. The treatment section addresses psychopharmacology along with various therapeutic and behavioral interventions. This section also includes a chapter on interacting with schools. The book concludes with chapters on adult ADHD and a look at civil and educational laws, and a highly useful chapter on resources.
Assessment: This book is well written, both in its language and its organizing principles. Included are the expected reviews of diagnostic criteria and current medications. However, Dr. Silver weaves this information into a broader context of social, family, and educational issues. He emphasizes that ADHD is on the continuum of neurological disorders and that the symptoms pervade all aspects of a child's life. Despite the neurological emphasis, Dr. Silver does an admirable job of humanizing his treatment recommendations. He is clear that ADHD is difficult to diagnose, can have several underlying causes and requires a multimodal treatment approach. He addresses many of the unproven but dogmatic assumptions about ADHD (e.g., stimulants cause growth retardation, ADHD is limited to childhood) and corrects them by citing the current literature. Dr. Silver writes in an enthusiastic and personable manner. His style can be a bit discursive, as he tends to editorialize. This makes the book more engaging than similar works, though perhaps at the cost of some conciseness and sense of objectivity. However, the book overall is very well organized, and its conclusions clearly derive from both an empirical framework and an impassioned spirit.
Michael J. Schrift
This is the second edition of this excellent book covering attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as common comorbid disorders such as learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and tic disorders. Written and edited by an internationally recognized expert in the field, this is a valuable contribution to psychiatry. The purpose is to educate the clinician in day-to-day management issues regarding diagnosis of ADHD, diagnosis and treatment of comorbid disorders, working with families and the school system, and controversial therapies. The author has succeeded in producing a comprehensive yet concise book that has met his goal. The intended audience is child psychiatrists, pediatric neurologists, pediatricians, family practitioners, general psychiatrists, child psychologists, and social workers who treat individuals with ADHD. The book is divided into six parts and 19 chapters, including an appendix and index. Topics covered include the history and etiology of ADHD and related disorders, clinical findings, establishing the diagnosis, associated disorders such as learning disabilities and tic disorders, treatment issues including an excellent section on controversial therapies, special topics such as adult ADHD, and relevant educational and civil laws. There is an appendix for useful resources and a helpful index. This book would be more useful for the clinician if citations and references had been listed. This is a valuable second edition of this useful clinical guide of ADHD. Clinicians who treat individuals with ADHD should be familiar with the material in this book.
Booknews
New edition of a text which provides an overview of the continuum of neurobiologically based disorders believed to be comorbid with ADHD, including specific learning disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Silver (psychiatry, Georgetown U. School of Medicine) discusses the history of attention disorders, diagnosis, modulating disorders and tic disorders, basic treatment concepts, behavioral management, psychopharmacology, and relevant educational and civil laws. Appends a list of organizations and other resources for further study. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585621316
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry B. Silver, M.D., a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist, is in private practice in the Washington, D.C., area. He is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Previously, he served as Acting Director and Deputy Director of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and as a Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Pediatrics, and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in Piscataway, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction and Overview. Introduction: attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The continuum of neurologically based disorders. History of attention disorders including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Etiology of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Part 2: Diagnosis. Clinical findings suggestive of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Establishing the diagnosis. Part 3: Associated Disorders. Specific learning disabilities. Regulatory disorders and tic disorders. Secondary psychiatric disorders and social difficulties. Part 4: Treatment. Basic treatment concepts. Educating the individual and the family. Clinical interventions with the individual, parents, or family. Working with the school system. Behavioral management. Psychopharmacology. Controversial therapies. Part 5: Special Topics. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adults. Relevant educational and civil laws. Part 6: Conclusions. Conclusions. Appendix: Resources. Index.

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