ADHD and the Nature of Self-control

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Guilford Press, Aug 1, 1997 - Psychology - 410 pages
This far-reaching work from renowned scientist-practitioner Russell A. Barkley provides a radical shift of perspective on ADHD, arguing that the disorder is fundamentally a developmental problem of self-control, and that a deficit in attention is a secondary, and not universal, characteristic. The volume synthesizes neuropsychological research and theory on the executive functions, illuminating how normally functioning individuals are able to bring behavior under the control of time and orient their actions toward the future. Meticulously applying this model to an examination of the cognitive and social impairments manifested by ADHD, Barkley offers compelling new directions for thinking about and treating this disorder. A significant contribution to the literature on both the neuropsychological processes of self-control and the nature of ADHD, this volume has significant implications for research and clinical practice. Its theoretical innovation and depth make it a valuable text for advanced courses in child psychopathology, abnormal child psychology, and clinical neuropsychology.

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This book is excellent for people and families struggling with the issue of ADHD. It explains the deficits and an easy read. One can learn a lot from this and especially people with ADHD can benefit a lot as it allows them to gain the insight. If you combine this book with the online lecture of Dr. Barkley, it becomes a complete package and provides effect like cognitive treatment. People with ADHD see the world differently and this book allows them to understand their deficits and sometimes twisted perception.
I will recommend this book to everyone who has ADHD issues and read slowly one chapter each week. Draw important lessons to incorporate in your life. I stubled on this book and now I am loving it. Only if learn to slow down, lot of things can fall in place.


The Nature of AtrentionDeficit
Biological Etiologies Associared with ADHD
Defining Behavioral Inhibition SelfControl
Behavioral Inhibition and ADHD
Neuropsychological Views of the Executive
Additional Evidence Supporting the
Constructing the Hybrid Model
Exrending the Hybrid Model
Evidence Supporting Executive Function
Evidence for Deficits in SelfRegulation
Evidence for Deficits in Motor ControHFluency
ADHD Reproductive Fitness and Life Expectancy

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Page 388 - Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Barcelona, Spain.
Page 397 - Zakay. D. ( 1990). The evasive art of subjective time measurement: Some methodological dilemmas. In RA Block (Ed.), Cognitive models of psychological time (pp. 59-84). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

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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

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