ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says by Russell A. Barkley PhD ABPP ABCN;Kevin R. Murphy

By Russell A. Barkley PhD ABPP ABCN;Kevin R. Murphy PhD;Mariellen Fischer PhD

Supplying a brand new point of view on ADHD in adults, this compelling booklet analyzes findings from significant reports directed by way of major authority Russell A. Barkley. Groundbreaking info is gifted at the major impairments produced by way of the sickness throughout significant useful domain names and lifestyles actions, together with academic results, paintings, relationships, healthiness behaviors, and psychological well-being. Thoughtfully contemplating the therapy implications of those findings, the publication additionally demonstrates that current diagnostic standards don't properly mirror the best way ADHD is skilled by means of adults, and issues the best way towards constructing higher standards that middle on govt functionality deficits. obtainable tables, figures, and sidebars encapsulate the research effects and techniques. (20090601)

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Nor is it evident that the subtyping approach recommended for children has any merit for adults with ADHD, much less for the children themselves. This is particularly likely, since children may move from the hyperactive type into the combined type as they progress from early to middle childhood and from the combined to the inattentive type by adolescence or early adulthood by virtue of the differing developmental course of the two different lists of symptoms (the hyperactive symptoms declining earlier than the inattentive symptoms).

2006) concluded that efforts were needed to increase the detection and treatment of ADHD in adults and that more research was required to determine whether effective treatment would reduce the onset, persistence, and severity of disorders that co-occur with adult ADHD—a call for more research with which we heartily agree. To summarize, it appears from both childhood follow-up studies and, more directly, from studies of adult general population samples that the prevalence of ADHD in adults in the United States is approximately 5%.

The rather marked decline in persistence of ADHD from adolescence to adulthood could stem from this change in source of information. Indeed, the New York study found this to be likely when, at late adolescence (mean age 18– 19 years), they interviewed both the teenagers and their parents about the psychiatric status of the teens (Mannuzza & Gittelman, 1986). There was a marked disparity between the reports of parents and teens concerning the presence of ADHD (11% vs. 19). 32; Henry, Moffitt, Caspi, Langley, & Silva, 1994).

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