Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM, FAAETS (C3 Education and Research, Inc.)
Description: Like all of the books in Advances in Psychotherapy series, this one provides a thorough understanding of a complicated and common disorder, ADHD in adults. This diagnosis is of particular interest as quite often these individuals are either not diagnosed or are misdiagnosed as children, or their presentation of symptoms simply overlooked. This guide thoroughly examines the complexity of ADHD presentation in adulthood and describes in detail the numerous steps from diagnosis to treatment.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a much-needed resource on the recognition of, and differences in, effective psychological and pharmacological treatments for ADHD in adults. The book addresses the many factors involved in diagnosis, comorbidity, assessment, and treatment. With the introduction of the DSM-5 and the use of the ICD-10, this book is undoubtedly needed. The authors cover the basic terminology, diagnosis, epidemiology, comorbidity, scale assessments, and various pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatment options. They provide an unbiased and empirically supported discussion with great examples and wonderful charts.
Audience: All of the books in this series are written for a wide range of mental health professionals, but psychologists and psychiatrists will benefit the most from the wealth of knowledge in this volume. A wonderful feature of these books is the usefulness across clinical, research, and academic settings.
Features: Four main chapters explore the presentation of ADHD in adults. A thorough description of the ADHD, along with epidemiological data, diagnosis, comorbidity, sex, age, ethnicity, and diagnostic procedures and documentation are presented. Theories and models of ADHD in adults are examined as well as various diagnostic and treatment indications. A standout is chapter 3, which includes an excellent discussion of the various assessments, behavioral rating scales, clinical interviews, and testing process. In chapter 4 on the various treatment modalities, readers will enjoy not only the pharmacological discussion, but also the tables on medication for the management of ADHD symptoms among adults. The case vignettes in chapter 5 really help to tie the entire book together.
Assessment: I am thoroughly impressed with this latest volume in the Advances in Psychotherapy series. This is truly one of the best books I have reviewed this year and I recommend it for every clinician.