To avoid possible confusion in terminology, let me explain what this book is about. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has had several names in the past. Among the earlier names were "minimal brain dysfunction," "hyperactivity," and Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD). The latest and what we hope is the final name is Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). My earlier books about ADHD used its earlier names, "minimal brain dysfunction" and "hyperactivity."
In 1973, I published the first version of this book, The Hyperactive Child. During several years of treating "hyperactive" children, I had discovered that the parents of such children needed information about the nature, causes, and treatment of "hyperactivity," and that no book was available with such information in a form suitable for the concerned layperson. The Hyperactive Child was written in response to this need, drawing on clinical and research experience as previously summarized in a book for physicians and other professionals working with children ( P. H. Wender , Minimal Brain Dysfunction in Children. New York: Wiley, 1971).
In 1978, the second version of the book was published that contained new information about the medical and psychological management of "hyperactivity." It also included a dis