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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.; 1st edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140220549X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402205491
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excerpt from Chapter 1:

The ADD and ADHD Answer Book gives you the answers to your important questions. Over fifteen years in private practice specializing in evaluating and treating AD/HD has given me the inside perspective of what parents really want to know. The answers in this book are the same answers I would give to you if we were having a face-to-face consultation in my office. The answers are based on the current research and state-of-the-art psychological techniques.

This book differs from all other books about AD/HD because, like a dictionary, this book can be used as a reference. Over the years, as your child progresses through the various stages of this disorder, you will have The ADD and ADHD Answer Book on your reference shelf to find the answers to your new questions.

The ADD and ADHD Answer Book will transform you into a well-informed consumer. You will have extensive knowledge direct from a child psychologist who specializes in AD/HD. You will have straightforward, no holds barred, honest information about what you are likely to face over the years in raising your child with AD/HD. You will have the most current information based on research and clinical practice.

In writing The ADD and ADHD Answer Book, it is my hope that it becomes your guidebook and that you will use it frequently. I hope that you will turn to this book each time you have a question. It is my wish that you will use the numerous techniques in this book that I, and many child psychologists, have used over the years in treating children with AD/HD. I hope that you find the inspiration to apply the techniques, despite the tireless effort it requires on your part. While some of your reward for your hard work will come in the days, weeks, and months ahead, your true reward will come in the years ahead when you see your child succeed in school, find his place with friends, like who he has become, and find a passion in life that he can make his life's work.

- What are the three types of ADD and ADHD?
- What are the symptoms of ADD?
- What does an ADD child look like in daily life?
- What other symptoms are associated with ADD?
- What are the symptoms of ADHD?
- What does an ADHD child look like in daily life?
- What other symptoms are associated with ADHD?
- How is the ADD child different from the ADHD child?
- Are ADD and ADHD real disorders?
- Is AD/HD over-diagnosed?
- Doesn't every child have symptoms of AD/HD?
- How can it be AD/HD when he can play video games for hours?
- Is there a difference between boys and girls who have AD/HD?
- Is AD/HD caused by something in the brain?
- Is AD/HD genetic?
- Can poor parenting cause AD/HD?
- What effect does the family environment have on AD/HD?
- Does watching television cause AD/HD?
- Do sugar and food allergies cause AD/HD?
- What other causes of AD/HD are suspected?
- Is there a cure for AD/HD?
- How is AD/HD treated?
- What can behavior modification do to help AD/HD?
- What can family therapy do to help?
- What can social skills group therapy do to help?
- What can individual therapy do to help?
- What treatments do not work?
- What should parents know when selecting treatment?

What are the three types of ADD and ADHD?
Before we can begin to answer the many questions about ADD and ADHD, it is important to learn the terminology and understand the difference between the language that parents use and the language you will hear from doctors.

The terminology of ADD and ADHD are defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV-TR published by the American Psychiatric Association. ADD and ADHD have had various labels over the years, including minimal brain dysfunction and hyperkinesis. The current terminology for both ADD and ADHD is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

There are three types of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Primarily Inattentive Type. Children who have this type are inattentive and distractible. Even though the word "hyperactivity" is included in the label, there is no hyperactivity. This type is commonly called ADD.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Primarily Hyperactive-Impulsive Type. Children with this disorder are overactive and impulsive. This type is most often called ADHD.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Combined Type. These children are inattentive and distractible, as well as hyperactive and impulsive. This type is also referred to as ADHD.

What are the symptoms of ADD?
ADD is the inattentive type of ADHD. Children with ADD have six or more of the following symptoms, some of which start before they reach seven years of age:

- Forgetful in daily activities
- Poor attention to details and careless mistakes in schoolwork and homework
- Easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
- Trouble sustaining attention
- Loses things necessary for tasks or activities
- Dislikes and is reluctant to exert sustained mental effort
- Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish chores and schoolwork
- Difficulty organizing tasks and activities
- Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly

Because toddlers and early elementary school children are not expected to sustain attention for long periods, or to keep track of their own belongings, ADD often does not become problematic until third or fourth grade when children are expected to function more independently.

Symptoms must be present for at least six months and appear in more than one setting. Children's symptoms are most commonly seen at home and at school, but they are also likely to show up in other settings where attention is needed such as church or temple, music lessons, and sport activities.

More About the Author

Dr. Susan Ashley is the founder and director of Ashley Children's Psychology Center. A graduate of UCLA and California School of Professional Psychology, she has over 20 years of education, training and experience working with children and families. She is well known in southern California for her successful treatment of children and teens with AD/HD.

In addition to her child psychology practice, Dr. Ashley also specializes in criminal forensics. She has served as an expert witness in many homicide and molest offense cases, evaluating the criminally insane, incompentent and mentally ill offender. She is a court appointed expert witness and a consultant for the District Attorney's office.

She is frequently called upon to provide expert consultation to the courts, lawyers, teachers, schools, businesses, psychiatrists and psychologists.

She is a member of California Psychological Association, Ventura County Psychological Association and a professional member of CHADD.

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I love the easy to read question and answer format of the book.
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I would recommend this book to any parent with a child that has ADD/ADHD.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Iliana on October 13, 2005
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After spending many years, thousands of dollars, countless hours and many wasted emotions of hope on supposed cures, I find it a relief to read the truth in this book. Fact of the matter is, there is no cure for ADD or ADHD and this books tells you like it is, which is basically that we as parents have to get down to learning the appropriate ways to help our children and quit looking for the easy solution in a pill, a brain machine or an herbal remedy. This book has given many different ways that I can help my child and I wished I'd had it years ago.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Richards on May 7, 2012
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Overall this is a very good book.

Pros:
Love the format since I have ADHD too it made it easy for me to read.
VERY helpful suggestions - my favorite is the point system which I have started to use with my 2 boys and noticed IMMEDIATE and AMAZING results from (although I modified it a bit)
All in all some very good suggestions.

Cons:
The author takes a very NON medication stance.
If this was the first book I read on ADHD after my sons were diagnosed I would have been very hesitant to allow the medications my doctor suggested.

I liked that the author reminded parents that medication is not a magic cure-all and I think it is very important that every parent understands this but I feel like she drastically underscores the importance and role that proper medication does play in treating your child's ADHD.

For one she makes illogical arguments like the fact that the medications are only effective as long as they are taken.....well aren't 90% of the meds on the market that way? And behavior therapy similarly is only effective for as long as the methods are used consistently.

She says that other parents and doctors will pressure you with disimiliar metaphors like "you wouldn't keep your diabetic off insulin would you?" and states how different that is from ADHD bc no child is stimulant deficient or will die without stimulant medications whereas diabetic children will die without insulin.

There are two problems with this argument - first of all the most obvious is that there IS a brain deficiency in children with ADHD - the neurostransmitters do not work the way they are supposed to and fail to regulate dopamine and norepinephrine (sp?) which these stimulants are thought to help assist.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Carla S. Hix on September 23, 2005
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This is one of the best books on ADD and ADHD that I have read. As a professional in the field, I will be recommending this book to the families I work with. It addresses all the questions that come up in the course of treatment. Packed with the latest research yet easy to read.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Pat on October 13, 2005
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I read a book by an author that was on Dr. Phil and I was surprised that his advice contradicted that of my child's doctor. Our behaviorist's strategies worked much better. Much of what is in this book is what we did; I picked it up and I learned a few new things. I'm careful not to loan it too often because it seems that everyone is now asking for it. And I don't want to lose it. Hands down, I would recommend this title to anyone who needs quick information about what's going on, who to see and what to do."

Pat
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 5, 2005
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As a mother of an ADD teen, I wish this book was published when my daughter was 5. The questions and answers are on point, and easily understood. I would have saved myself many hours and dollars spent in consultations and questions. The questions succinct, the answers in layman's terms. I will suggest this mandatory reading at my next PTA meeting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Kleoni on October 14, 2005
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This is an easy to read, clear cut book. I liked the question and answer format which is helpful when looking for an answer to a specific question. It's like having an owner-operator manual for an ADD-ADHD child. Not confusing like many other books on the market.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JENNY URRUTIA on October 13, 2005
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This book is very informative and helpful! I have two children who have ADD, sometimes you just feel like you are the only one in such a difficult situation. Dr. Ashley's book not only gives answers and great advice on alternatives to Meds, but she also makes it a point to let you know that you and your family are not the only ones going through this. I have no doubt that what I have taken out of this book will bring a postive influence in my home. I would strongly recommend this book if you have a child or children that have been with diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Henning on October 6, 2005
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I would like to thank Dr. ashley for putting a human face on this issue. Growing up with ADD and not having any teachers or adults understand my problem just compounded the mental abuse and shame from other kids and adults as well as my teachers. By reading this book you will know that you or your child are not alone and that their is a solution to what you may have felt one did not exsist. The many who suffer ADD and their families now have a voice that helps explain who and what we are. Thank you for taking the time and caring.
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