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ADHD in Adults: What the Science Saysby Russell A. Barkley
Synopses & Reviews
Book News Annotation:
Barkley (psychiatry, Medical U. of S. Carolina), Murphy (Adult ADHD Clinic of Central Massachusetts, Northborough), and Fischer (neuropsychology, Medical College of Wisconsin) report findings from two of the largest and most comprehensive studies of adults with ADHD conducted to date, juxtaposing the results for clinic-referred adults with the disorder against those of clinic-referred children with ADHD followed into young adulthood. Exploring the symptoms, impairments, and adaptive functioning in many of the important domains of major life activities, the authors conclude that ADHD in adults is a significantly impairing disorder. The findings have important implications for the design of better diagnostic criteria, for the validity of the disorder itself, and for clinicians who evaluate and treat adults with ADHD. For researchers in clinical psychology, psychiatry, and related fields; practitioners working with adults and children; and graduate-level students of adult psychiatry. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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.
Providing a new perspective on ADHD in adults, this book analyzes findings from two major studies directed by a leading authority. Groundbreaking information is presented on the significant impairments produced by the disorder across major functional domains and life activities.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
2. History and Prevalence of ADHD in Adults
3. Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD in Adults
4. Defining ADHD in Adults: Making the Diagnosis in the UMASS and Milwaukee Studies
5. DSM Symptom Utility and the Issue of Age of Onset
6. Impairment in Major Life Activities
7. Identifying New Symptoms of ADHD in Adulthood
8. Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders and Psychological Maladjustment
9. Educational and Occupational Functioning
10. Drug Use and Antisocial Behavior
11. Health, Lifestyle, Money Management, and Driving
12. Sex, Dating and Marriage, Parenting, and Psychological Adjustment of Offspring
13. Neuropsychological Functioning
14. Summary, Conclusions, and Treatment Implications
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