Description: This book provides a practical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults and discusses the challenges clinicians encounter when treating this patient population.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose is to provide accurate, timely information about the nature of ADHD and its treatment in adults. These objectives are worthy given the fact that a majority of the literature on ADHD is focused on children and adolescents. The author meets his objectives.
Audience: Clinicians who treat ADHD in either adults or children and adolescents would be the audience for this book. The author is a clinical professor of psychiatry and of family and community medicine at Georgetown University Medical School.
Features: The book primarily covers the diagnostic and treatment difficulties of adult ADHD. Included is a comprehensive overview of the biology of ADHD. The book also addresses the special considerations such as psychiatric comorbidities, treatment-refractory ADHD, and issues related to women and the family. The neuroanatomic and functional neuroimaging studies are covered well. The book is easy to read and understand. A unique appendix contains Internet resources and quality ratings of these web sites. The clinical examples, in my opinion, seem unnecessary. They do not contribute much to the content. Also, there are few tables and figures. Figures would better illustrate material in the biology chapter. Finally, the psychopharmacology is not thorough enough for practicing psychiatrists.
Assessment: The book is good as a concise, practical guide to the diagnosis and treatment of adults with ADHD. It is useful in helping distinguish ADHD in adults versus children and adolescents, and it gets readers to consider special challenges in this patient population.