Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)
A leading expert in the assessment and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder dispels myths and offers reassuring, practical information about treatments. Drawing on recent findings in neuroscience and a rich variety of case studies from his own clinical practive, Dr. Thomas E. Brown describes what ADD syndrome is, how it can be recognized at different ages, and how it can best be treated.This is the first book to address the perplexing question about ADD: how can individuals, some very bright, be chronically unable to “pay attention,” yet be able to focus very well on specific tasks that strongly interest them? Dr. Brown disputes the “willpower” explanation and explains how inherited malfunctions of the brain’s management system prevent some people from being able to deal adequately with challenging tasks of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. His book is an authoritative and practical guide for physicians and psychologists, parents and teachers, and the 7 to 9 percent of persons who suffer from ADD/ADHD.
An excellent introduction to the neurobiology of ADD
By J. Crowley "mmcjprof" - February 26, 2006
Over the last two years, I have been immersed both professionally and personally in exploring the relationship between executive functioning in the brain and personal functioning out in the world. This book is one of the most accessible volumes I have found on the neurobiological aspects of ADD. I especially appreciated the chapter on co-occuring conditions. There are many related neurological conditions such as such as depression, anxiety, and autistic spectrum disorders, that combine with ADD to make an individual's situation more complicated than is usually presented in books. My only quarrel with Brown is in his enthusiasm for stimulant medication to the virtual exclusion of other treatments. Stimulant medications can be wonderful when they work. Even when they work however, the person with ADD can benefit from his one designed counseling, training, and treatment. With that caveat, I highly recommend this book.
By Michael M. - December 23, 2005
As a college student who suffers from ADD, I have heard just about every myth you could imagine related to ADD in our popular culture. Professionals and authors I've come across often provide tedious, contradictory opinions, which is why I was so happy to find a book that offers real clarity.
With a combination of rock-solid scientific research and accessible anecdotes, Dr. Brown removes the clutter from understanding the cluttered ADD mind. He debunks myths systematically, and more importantly offers enlightening explanations that can provide real help.
Serious professionals will identify Dr. Brown as an accomplished expert who clearly speaks their language, while those seeking guidance for their own ADD, or for a loved one, will be able to learn a great deal. I am not someone who is majoring in psychology and have only a limited background with the terminology, and I found the book to be written at a level someone of my experience could understand. I would... read more
A clinical sobering view--somewhat helpful, at times misleading
By JackOfMostTrades "Jack" - December 2, 2005
Brown eschews the spate of ADD books that champion the idea 'How wonderful that I have ADD. I'm unique, creative and all I have to do is learn to adapt myself to the world and I will have a great life' hype that sells copies for people with ADD seeking a cure-all. Brown is an empiricist and does not subscribe to anecdotal evidence such as prominent people who have ADD to suggest everyone can. In fact, his sobering view is that the executive functions of the brain are compromised in the ADD mind, and therefore, 'training' is of little use nor are the newer strategies of neurofeedback or exercises that purport to 'balance the cerebellum,' which he likens to trying to treat autism by providing courses in communication skills. Rather, his emphasis is that ADD is a serious disorder, or rather a syndrome since there are many parameters to it, or in other words, many roads that lead to it. On the positive side he denounces the deniers of ADD like scientologists and 'common sense'... read more
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a common condition that affects both children and adults, and can have serious consequences for academic, emotional, social, and occupational functioning. ...
Each chapter is written by a speech and language therapist specialising in psycholinguistic approaches to investigation and intervention. Authors were invited to present a single case in one of four ...