The Science of ADHD: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
January 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
- 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
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.
“This is a really useful book and covers just about everything you want to know about ADHD.” (Young Minds Magazine, 21 March 2013)
"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
The Science of ADHD: A Guide for Parents and Professionals (January 2011) takes a multidisciplinary approach, covering the areas of genetics, neuroscience, psychology and treatment. The ever increasing scientific evidence is described and discussed, informing the reader of the limitations of the science, but also the benefits that scientific enquiry can bring to understanding what goes on in the ADHD brain.
The author of The Science of ADHD, Chris Chandler, is a parent of a child diagnosed with ADHD himself. Chandler utilizes the latest research and debates to present a reasoned account of ADHD and its treatment. There is no denying that the origins and psychiatric treatment of ADHD is a highly controversial topic. This controversy is exacerbated by the commonly recommended treatment for the condition, Ritalin. The book addresses the scientific status of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in an informed and accessible way, without recourse to emotional or biased viewpoints.