Understanding ADHD: A Conversation with Stephen Hinshaw

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Open Agenda Publishing, Oct 1, 2020 - Family & Relationships - 52 pages

This book is based on an in-depth, filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Stephen Hinshaw, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley. Stephen Hinshaw is an expert in the fields of clinical child and adolescent psychology and developmental psychopathology, as well as stigma, preventive interventions and dehumanization related to mental illness. This extensive conversation examines the facts and misunderstandings surrounding ADHD, diagnosis and misdiagnosis, treatment, family responsibilities, the subtitles of medication, adult ADHD, gender, what's happening on an international level and finally the stigma of mental illness.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Last Frontier, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

I. On Genes and Explorers - Different perspectives

II. Brain Biology - Neurotransmitters and cortex investigations

III. Diagnosis and Treatment - Theory, practice and uncertainty

IV. Behaviour and Medication - Not so straightforward

V. Adults and Gender - More subtleties appear

VI. Stigma - The elephant in the room

VII. Public Policy - Unexpected consequences

VIII. Adderall for All? - Objective vs. subjective effects

IX. Global Perspectives - Getting a bigger picture

X. Towards A Better Future? - Reasons for pessimism and optimism

About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series: 

This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a relaxed and informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website (https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/).


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A Note on the Text
The Conversation
On Genes and Explorers
Brain Biology
Diagnosis and Treatment
Behaviour and Medication
Adults and Gender
Public Policy
Adderall for All?
Global Perspectives
Continuing the Conversation

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About the author (2020)

Howard Burton, the founder and creator of Ideas Roadshow and Ideas on Film, holds a PhD in theoretical physics and an MA in philosophy. He was the Founding Executive Director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) from 1999-2007. During his time at PI, he also developed an extensive outreach programme for teachers, students and the general public. His experiences at developing the research and outreach mandates of the institute were described in the book, First Principles: Building Perimeter Institute, featuring a foreword by Nobel Laureate Roger Penrose.

Ideas Roadshow is an award-winning initiative, recipient of the London Book Fair International Excellence Award in 2018. Howard has hosted and filmed in-depth conversations with more than 100 of the world’s brightest thinkers, including 3 Nobel Laureates, across the arts, sciences, sports and games.