- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (December 20, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195113497
- ISBN-13: 978-0195113495
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 5.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ADHD: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children, Adolescents, and Adults Reprint Edition
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"This is the ultimate volume on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder from one of America's most prominent researchers. This book provides evidence-based, scientifically sound, and user-friendly information for the millions of patients who are suffering from this disorder. Paul Wender has
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"Wender's book is aimed at parents; its goal is to help them understand the nature of ADHD and how to manage it. It certainly achieves this....Also...useful for human resource officers and occupational psychologists, as well as for many others who work in the industry, but especially for
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About the Author
Paul Wender, M.D. is author of the best-selling book The Hyperactive Child, Adolescent, and Adult was formerly Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Psychiatric Research at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Known as the "Dean of A.D.H.D." by his colleagues, he is a pioneer in identifying and treating this disorder and he ran some of the first clinical trials on Ritalin. He lives in Andover, Massachusetts.
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1. There is no clear causative agent (no marker in the blood, etc.).
2. It seems like authors rely a lot on the testimony of other, non experts to make the diagnosis. (So, adult ADHD is made with the input of a person's partner. And child ADHD is made with the input of a child's teacher. But what happens when there is a diagnosis fad-- and they *do* happen and everyone thinks that everyone else has ADHD? Does that lead to diagnostic parallax? Does anyone remember how everyone is autistic nowadays after Jenny McCarthy read an internet blog and because a self-styled Autism Apostle/ Advocate. Then everyone else was a liberation therapy/ CCSVI expert after a couple of quacks cooked that up. )
3. Even within the first couple of chapters, the authors start out on wobbly ground. There are characteristics X, Y, and Z. Some ADHD children have them and others don't. No attempts at quantification. Like: "90% of ADHD children have them" or "there are 5 symptoms that are criteria for this diagnosis and if this child has 4 (AS OBSERVED BY A LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHIATRIST), then that is enough for a diagnosis." When I was diagnosed with Behcet's syndrome, there was a checklist of symptoms and the doctor went about gathering labwork in a matter-of-fact way and came back with a diagnosis. I do know the difference between a disease such as pneumonia (where every single person who has this disease will have a causative agent that is isolated/ isolable from the lung) and a syndrome ( where there are a host of symptoms to choose from and people will have some number of this list of symptoms to be considered as having this syndrome), but these diagnosis strained credulity/plausibility.
4. There is not one single reference in this book. Not one. And it has been through five Publications, so some references might have been updated between the 1st and the 5th publication. But then, they will never even put her in the first place so the author did not even have to bother with that much. On page 47, the author states that ADHD has been associated with difficulty at birth and loss of oxygen. But if I wanted to follow up with that, I would not find his source anywhere in this book.
Verdict: This book has been in print a long time, but it does not tell me anything that I really believe all that much. Or does not tell me anything in a way that I can believe it. If it was written in a way that it could have been published by the Basic Books label, then it might have been something that was a bit more useful to me. Not recommended.