Clinician's Guide to Adult ADHD. Assessment and Intervention by Sam Goldstein

By Sam Goldstein

  • ''Clinician's consultant to grownup ADHD: review and Intervention by means of Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., and Anne Teeter Ellison, Ed.D., is exclusive for its balanced view of the medical literature and the medical relevance of those study findings for the therapy of AD/HD in adults... complete in its intensity and material, the booklet contains 15 chapters written by way of hugely revered specialists within the box of AD/HD... Clinician's Guide is a much-needed textual content. It represents a magnificent compilation of medical wisdom touching on AD/HD and offers functional innovations and interventions for clinicians aiding adults with AD/HD. it truly is a useful source for researchers and clinicians operating within the box of AD/HD in adults.'' -ATTENTION! journal

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Further, the risk for misjudgment increases, given that according to these data 25% of the population characterized themselves as having had at least 6 symptoms of A D H D during childhood. These data argue against clinicians' making diagnoses in the absence of corroborating data. These authors are undertaking a large epidemiologic study, beginning with a large symptom pool of DSM IV descriptors, complaints, and problem consequences of A D H D in an effort to arrive at a statistically sound set of symptom criteria and a threshold of symptoms as well as impairment in making the diagnosis of A D H D in adults.

Treatment, neuropsychological studies, a n d longterm outcome. F o r all five the validity and reliability of this condition in the adult years was confirmed. However, as M u r p h y (1993) a n d Barkley and M u r p h y (1993) point out, given the limited clinical research in adult A D H D , the process of evaluation m u s t proceed with care, caution, a n d ethics. Clinicians m u s t n o t only consider the comm o n a l i t y of some of these complaints in the general p o p u l a t i o n , but also possess the skills necessary to recognize when these s y m p t o m s m a y be m o r e characteristic of other conditions related to affect, substance use, personality, depression, or learning disability.

The symptoms of A D H D have been present since childhood and have been relatively persistent over time. 2. The symptoms should currently exist to a significant degree, causing impairment. 3. This impairment must be observed in multiple life domains, including work, school, social, family, and community. 4. The clinician has carefully considered and ruled either in or out other medical and mental health explanations possibly contributing to symptom presentation and severity and to impairment. In Chapter 4, Johnoon and Conners provide an overview of an assessment model for ADHD in adulthood.

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