Attention Deficit Disorder: Practical Coping Mechanisms

Attention Deficit Disorder: Practical Coping Mechanisms

Attention Deficit Disorder: Practical Coping Mechanisms

Attention Deficit Disorder: Practical Coping Mechanisms

Synopsis

Answering questions logically and systematically, Attention Deficit Disorder: Practical Coping Methods eliminates the confusion common among professionals treating this disorder. The book reflects the authors' belief that ADD represents a very complex syndrome that requires very specific diagnosis, including identification not only of specific attentional symptoms but also of the other accompanying issues. He elucidates an integrated approach to treatment that uses medication and coping mechanisms to address the specific problems and understand the emotional issues that may prevent the child, adolescent, or adult from working to his or her full potential.

Excerpt

The biggest challenge of specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) for the last 15, going on 20, years has been the controversy and the vast array of opinions regarding one disorder. I recall being on a panel with rather esteemed colleagues for a large pediatric conference several years ago. Every time the audience asked a question, none of us agreed with one another. While attempting to be polite and not to dispute one another publicly, it was rather clear that no one agreed on what ADD/ADHD was and what it wasn’t. The result was a lot of confusion for the public, who probably left this meeting with more questions than answers.

Since that day I have always dreamed of having a book in which professionals from all types of disciplines could express their opinions about this rather controversial and disputed over- and under-diagnosed disorder in order to help other professionals and the public to have a better sense of exactly what ADD is. Although there are opinions expressed in this book that differ based upon the discipline of the writer, there are even more themes that are similar and represent agreement in the field. Many, many books have been published on ADD/ ADHD. What makes this book different is that its contributors and the wide range of professionals who contributed their opinion represent one of the first times — if not the first time—that experts from all of the professional fields—functional medicine; neurology; sleep medicine; psychiatry; cardiology; neuropsychology; psychology; family practice; academic, speech and language pathology; tutorial, weight/nutrition, and respiratory therapy,—united their efforts. I hope that this will be the beginning of a new era in the world of ADD/ADHD, where professionals from different disciplines gather to exchange knowledge rather than to dispute one another in their correct opinion. I am also hopeful that there will come a day when professionals agree wholeheartedly on a specific test battery to evaluate ADD/ADHD (similar to what we already have in terms of cognitive, intellectual, and achievement assessment). When this occurs I predict that the confusion around what ADD is, and what it isn’t, will be resolved rather quickly. In using a test battery to evaluate ADD/ADHD, the process starts with evaluation and then rules in clinical symptoms—as opposed to beginning with symptoms and trying to prove their existence by evaluation. The latter process has not been successful and continues to be unsuccessful, succeeding only in creating more confusion and more controversy as professionals cling to their belief system, which has not been validated by evaluation. What we have been doing so far has not worked. Everyone agrees that ADD/ADHD is overdiagnosed and underdiagnosed—that the diagnosis of ADHD masks disorders that become worse due to lack of diagnosis, and that treatment becomes equally problematic for the same reasons.

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