ADHD Comorbidities: Handbook for ADHD Complications in Children and Adults

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American Psychiatric Pub, 2009 - Psychology - 456 pages
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Many books address various aspects of ADHD -- but ADHD Comorbidities: Handbook for ADHD Complications in Children and Adults is the only one that covers the multiple ways in which ADHD is complicated by other psychiatric and learning disorders in both children and adults. It features comprehensive, research-based information on the condition and its full range of comorbidities, from mood disorders to developmental coordination disorder, written by researcher-clinicians familiar with the complications that these additional disorders pose. The authors summarize in accessible language what is currently known about ADHD and its comorbidities from preschool age to adulthood, describing how ADHD produces different profiles at different stages of development.

The book offers a new paradigm for understanding ADHD, viewing it not as a simple behavior disorder but as a complex developmental impairment of executive functions in the brain. In describing combinations of disorders in various age groups, this effective guide shows that significant impairments can occur in adolescence and adulthood, when individuals face increased demands for self-management. And because adults with ADHD are likely to have at least one additional psychiatric disorder at some point in their lives, this handbook also describes how to adjust treatment strategies for both ADHD and additional disorders to reduce the impairments resulting from comorbidity. Among the book's features: * It reviews aspects of ADHD not only for elementary-school children, adolescents, and adults but also for preschoolers, giving ADHD developmental context by describing how symptoms in preschool years differ from those in older children* Eleven chapters offer practical clinical help for patients whose ADHD appears in combination with other disorders, including aggression, mood disorders, obsessive/compulsive disorders, substance abuse, Tourette syndrome, and the autistic/Asperger's disorder spectrum.* It presents guidelines for assessing and treating complicated ADHD, including psychopharmacological treatment, psychosocial treatment, cognitive therapy, and tailoring treatment to individuals and their families.* It provides guidance on adapting and adjusting medications and other interventions to optimize treatment effects for the wide diversity of complex cases that embody ADHD.* It contains useful information about how to discern other disorders when the chief complaint suggests ADHD -- and how to detect ADHD when the patient's presentation has been modified by the presence of other disorders.

With its comprehensive summaries of research and wealth of clinical guidance, this handbook clearly shows how attentional disorders are related to other conditions and how patients with these more complex variants of ADD can be more effectively recognized and treated.

 

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This is a fantastic book looking for research and expert opinions on ADHD and the conditions that travel with it. It is based on research, and every chapter has an ample supply of citations. It is also a useful tool for those writing review articles on these subjects, or reviewing the literature for a publication or a grant. The non-professional searching for reading may not be benefitted as much by the information presented, but the writing is not completely arcane.
This book was brought in many different authors, and reflects the current state-of-the-art. I believe that future editions will expand further, but this is a worthwhile book to buy for any clinician treating those with ADHD, and any researcher in the field.
 

Contents

DEVELOPMENTAL COMPLEXITIES OF ATTENTIONAL DISORDERS
3
GENETICS OF ADHD
23
ADHD IN PRESCHOOL CHILDREN
37
ADHD IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLCHILDREN
55
ADHD IN ADOLESCENTS
69
ADHD IN ADULTS
81
ADHD WITH MOOD DISORDERS
97
ADHD WITH ANXIETY DISORDERS
131
ADHD WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
249
ADHD WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
265
ADHD WITH SLEEPAROUSAL DISTURBANCES
279
ADHD WITH TOURETTE SYNDROME
293
ADHD WITH DEVELOPMENTAL COORDINATION DISORDER
305
ASSESSMENT OF ADHD AND COMORBIDITIES
317
PHARMACOTHERAPY OF ADHD AND COMORBIDITIES
339
PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS FOR ADHD AND COMORBIDITIES
385

ADHD WITH OPPOSITIONALITY AND AGGRESSION
157
ADHD WITH OBSESSIVECOMPULSIVE DISORDER
177
ADHD WITH LANGUAGE ANDOR LEARNING DISORDERS IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
189
ADHD AND LEARNING DISABILITIES IN ADULTS OVERLAP WITH EXECUTIVE DYSFUNCTION
233
COGNITIVE THERAPY FOR ADULTS WITH ADHD
399
TAILORING TREATMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS FOR ADHD AND THEIR FAMILIES
415
INDEX
429
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About the author (2009)

Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., is Associate Director at the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

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