The Complete Guide to ADHD: Nature, Diagnosis, and Treatment.

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Isbn: 978-1138231085
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, New York.
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This exciting new resource offers a comprehensive guide to ADHD, the most frequently diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorder and one of the most researched areas in child mental health. It brings together high-level research with the latest scholarship and applies them to practice, providing a unique and innovative perspective. Inside readers will find a critical presentation of current scientific knowledge regarding the nature, etiology, diagnosis, and management of the disorder. The book covers ADHD from infancy to adulthood and presents the whole range of possible comorbidities. The authors explore the topic from the perspective of researchers, academics, and clinicians while also offering a structured assessment procedure, a complete early intervention and treatment program, as well as illuminative case studies and practical tools for educators.
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  • ... Regarding evolutionary theories, they do not offer any substantial evidence in order to become widely accepted. They provide, however, an interesting theoretical framework for understanding the way in which the interaction between the individual's genetic characteristics and environmental demands or expectations can lead to adaptation or dysfunction [16]. ...
    ... Over diagnosis of the disorder on the grounds of financial interests and concomitant excessive prescription for medication is unethical and strongly disapproved. However, the way in which scientific findings are used is a different matter from the findings themselves [16]. ...
    ... Respect for individual differences does not mean eliminating differences and ignoring difficulties in the name of philosophies that promote the children's right to develop freely and follow their own developmental rate. Respect for individual differences means acknowledging them, exploiting strengths, and addressing weaknesses [16]. ...
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    Research on ADHD has led to the prevailing view that it is a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder with a neurophysiological and genetic background. However, there is still an ongoing and wide-ranging dispute around it, as a minority of the scientific community questions the fact that it is a real disorder. In this paper, the main viewpoints against the real nature of ADHD will be discussed. The “hunter versus farmer hypothesis”, the hypothesis that ADHD is a “cultural construct” or an “invention of the pharmaceutical industry” as well as viewpoints within the framework of social constructivism will be presented. For each one of them, counterarguments will be provided in order to establish that ADHD is a real disorder with devastating effects on an individual’s life throughout the lifespan, if undiagnosed and untreated.
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