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The Science of ADHD: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

ISBN: 978-1-4051-6234-0
346 pages
January 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Science of ADHD addresses the scientific status of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in an informed and accessible way, without recourse to emotional or biased viewpoints. The author utilises the very latest studies to present a reasoned account of ADHD and its treatment.
  • Provides an up-to-date account of the neuroscience of ADHD, and the limitations of such research
  • Addresses the scientific status of ADHD from an objective and evidence-based standpoint without recourse to emotional and uninformed argument
  • Describes and discusses the ever increasing scientific evidence
  • As a parent of a child with ADHD, the author has first-hand experience of the subject matter, and a unique understanding of the information parents require on the subject
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Table of Contents



1. What is ADHD?

2. Diagnosis, Epidemiology and Comorbidity.

3. Causality and the environmental hypotheses of ADHD.

4. Psychological theories of ADHD.

5. The Genetics of ADHD.

6. The Neuroscience of ADHD.

7. Psychostimulant Treatment of ADHD.

8. Non-stimulant Medication and Non-pharmacological Treatment.

9. Addiction, Reward and ADHD.

10. The Past, Present and Future Science of ADHD.




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Author Information

Chris Chandler is Principal Lecturer in Psychobiology at London Metropolitan University. Chandler’s research interests have previously centred on the role of dopamine in behaviour. He is currently involved in projects researching the addiction and changes that can occur in information processing. He teaches on the biological aspects of behaviour, including ADHD and addiction.
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“This is a really useful book and covers just about everything you want to know about ADHD.”  (Young Minds Magazine, 21 March 2013)

"The book is a masterful summary of the extant literature on ADHD, sophisticated enough for professionals and accessible enough for parents and other laypeople. It deserves to be read by anyone with a personal or professional interest in ADHD. Parents should read it to become inoculated against the many myths and simplistic ideas about ADHD that they will encounter. Professionals should read it as a stimulus to examining recent and classic primary source documents on the topic. For either audience, the subtitle's description of the book as a "guide" is true in the fullest sense of the word." (Metapsychology, 9 August 2011)

"Overall the book provides an excellent platform, and the impressive list of references means that the reader can explore much farther in their area of interest." (The Psychologist, 1 July 2011)

The Science of ADHD is a felicitous mix of the scholarly and popular. I would certainly recommend it as a valuable handbook for informed parents and professionals engaged in the management of children with ADHD. At the same time, senior students and researchers about to undertake work in the area would also greatly benefit from it.’
Emeritus Professor John Bradshaw, Monash University, Australia

‘This is an accessible and sane account of our knowledge about ADHD. The combination of personal experience and scientific understanding make it an attractive and helpful account for all those wanting to learn.’
Professor Eric Taylor, Kings College London Institute of Psychiatry, UK

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