Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults

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Yale University Press, 2006 - Psychology - 360 pages
A leading expert in the assessment and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder dispels myths and offers reassuring, practical information about treatments. Drawing on recent findings in neuroscience and a rich variety of case studies from his own clinical practive, Dr. Thomas E. Brown describes what ADD syndrome is, how it can be recognized at different ages, and how it can best be treated.

This is the first book to address the perplexing question about ADD: how can individuals, some very bright, be chronically unable to "pay attention," yet be able to focus very well on specific tasks that strongly interest them? Dr. Brown disputes the "willpower" explanation and explains how inherited malfunctions of the brain's management system prevent some people from being able to deal adequately with challenging tasks of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. His book is an authoritative and practical guide for physicians and psychologists, parents and teachers, and the 7 to 9 percent of persons who suffer from ADD/ADHD.


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A remarkably helpful guide, both to understanding and to managing one's ADD. At the time it was published, there was not much around that dealt with adult ADD: there is more now, but this remains a ... Read full review

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Misconceptions about Focus and Willpower
Six Aspects of a Complex Syndrome
ADD Syndrome and the Working Brain
Childhood Struggling with SelfManagement
Adolescence Greater Independence Brings New Challenges
Adulthood Managing Responsibilities Finding a Niche
How ADD Syndrome Differs from Normal Inattention
Disorders That May Accompany ADD Syndrome
Medications and Other Treatments
Fears Prejudices and Realistic Hope

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Thomas E. Brown, PH.D., is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, and associate director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders. He is author of the Brown Attention Deficit Disorder Scales for Children, Adolescents, and Adults and editor of a textbook, Attention Deficit Disorders and Comorbidities in Children, Adolescents, and Adults.

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