ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says

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Guilford Press, Nov 1, 2010 - Psychology - 500 pages
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Providing a new perspective on ADHD in adults, this compelling book analyzes findings from two major studies directed by leading authority Russell A. Barkley. Groundbreaking information is presented on the significant impairments produced by the disorder across major functional domains and life activities, including educational outcomes, work, relationships, health behaviors, and mental health. Thoughtfully considering the treatment implications of these findings, the book also demonstrates that existing diagnostic criteria do not accurately reflect the way ADHD is experienced by adults, and points the way toward developing better criteria that center on executive function deficits. Accessible tables, figures, and sidebars encapsulate the study results and methods.

 

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My 14 year old daughter suffers from a rather severe case of ADHD. Her mother does as well. This book is, in my experience, an essential read for anyone who has ADHD in the family. It is terribly sad that much of the literature available on ADHD is not based on thorough scientific study. This book explodes the myth that ADHD is a mild disorder that children grow out of. Rather, it is a severe disorder that has a massive and life long impact on those with ADHD and their families. Before I found this book I felt lost and had no way to truly understand the family members that I love. This book is a godsend 

Contents

CHAPTER 1
1
CHAPTER 2
9
CHAPTER 3
26
CHAPTER 4
41
CHAPTER 5
78
CHAPTER 6
130
CHAPTER 7
170
CHAPTER 8
205
CHAPTER 10
291
CHAPTER 11
330
CHAPTER 12
377
CHAPTER 13
400
CHAPTER 14
434
References
467
Index
489
Copyright

CHAPTER 9
245

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Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Barkley has published numerous books and five assessment scales, plus more than 260 scientific articles and book chapters on ADHD, executive functioning, and childhood defiance. He is also the editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. A frequent conference presenter and speaker who is widely cited in the national media, he is past president of the Section on Clinical Child Psychology (the former Division 12) of the American Psychological Association, and of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. His website is www.russellbarkley.org.

Kevin R. Murphy, PhD, is founder and Director of the Adult ADHD Clinic of Central Massachusetts in Northborough and is also Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry, State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. He was previously Director of the Adult ADHD Clinic and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has published extensively on adults with ADHD and consults widely on the clinical diagnosis and management of ADHD in adults. Dr. Murphy served as the coinvestigator on the research study of clinic-referred adults with ADHD reported in this volume and conducted the clinical evaluations of all of the adults in that project. Mariellen Fischer, PhD, is currently in private practice and was previously a pediatric neuropsychologist and Professor in the Division of Neuropsychology, Department of Neurology, Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Fischer has published numerous articles on ADHD, developmental psychopathology, and neuropsychology. She and Dr. Barkley have reported the earlier results of the Milwaukee longitudinal study of hyperactive children, the adult outcome of which is presented in this book. Dr. Fischer served as coinvestigator and the Milwaukee site principal investigator on the longitudinal study reported in this volume.

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