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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Third Edition

A Clinical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment for Health and Mental Health Professionals

Larry B. Silver, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-131-6
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This new edition of Dr. Larry Silver's groundbreaking clinical book incorporates recent research findings on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), covering the latest information on diagnosis, associated disorders, and treatment, as well as ADHD in adults.

Providing a broad overview of the continuum of neurobiologically based conditions, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder thoroughly reviews disorders often found to be comorbid with ADHD, including specific learning disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, anger regulation problems, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and tic disorders.

Dr. Silver emphasizes that ADHD is a life disability that affects not only school performance but also family life, peer interactions, and successful participation in sports and other activities. For about half of the individuals with this disorder, it is also a lifetime disability—thus, interventions must be considered for each phase of life.

Addressing day-to-day management issues faced by physicians and mental health professionals who see patients with ADHD, this guidebook discusses such practical concerns as how to make a differential diagnosis, work with children and families in a multimodal treatment setting, manage a medication regimen, and explain ADHD to parents. Covering ways to work with the school system as well as new and controversial therapies, this up-to-the-minute book is essential reading for all who care for individuals with ADHD.


  • About the Author
  • Part 1: Introduction and Overview
  • Chapter 1. Introduction: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Chapter 2. The Continuum of Neurologically Based Disorders
  • Chapter 3. History of Attention Disorders Including ADHD
  • Chapter 4. Etiology of ADHD
  • Part 2: Diagnosis
  • Chapter 5. Clinical Findings Suggestive of ADHD
  • Chapter 6. Establishing the Diagnosis
  • Part 3: Associated Disorders
  • Chapter 7. Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Chapter 8. Regulatory Disorders and Tic Disorders
  • Chapter 9. Secondary Psychiatric Disorders and Social Difficulties
  • Part 4: Treatment
  • Chapter 10. Basic Treatment Concepts
  • Chapter 11. Educating the Individual and the Family
  • Chapter 12. Clinical Interventions With the Individual, Parents, and Family
  • Chapter 13. Working With the School System
  • Chapter 14. Behavioral Management
  • Chapter 15. Psychopharmacology
  • Chapter 16. Controversial Therapies
  • Part 5: Special Topics
  • Chapter 17. ADHD in Adults
  • Chapter 18. Relevant Educational and Civil Laws
  • Part 6: Conclusions
  • Chapter 19. Conclusions
  • Appendix: Resources
  • Index

About the Authors

Larry B. Silver, M.D., a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist, is in private practice in the Washington, D.C., area. He is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Previously, he served as Acting Director and Deputy Director of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and as a Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Pediatrics, and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in Piscataway, New Jersey.

This updated edition of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder reflects the wisdom of a consumate clinician and teacher. The book provides guidance to the practitioner from making the diagnosis to knowing the laws that can help the ADHD patient. An excellent update of a clinical classic.—Judith L. Rapoport, M.D., Chief, Child Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Silver's Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is an excellent introduction to the topic and provides the reader with an appreciation of the complexity of this disorder and its treatment.—Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D., Attention, 4/1/2004

It should be a standard text in staff rooms of schools and in relevant clinics and general medical practices across the world, with a relevant section on that country's law. Larry B. Silver's book is on the whole a useful edition to the growing literature that is available on ADHD.—Metapsychology Online Book Reviews, 4/1/2004

This book is well written, both in its language and its organizing principles. Included are the expected reviews of diagnostic criteria and current medications. However, Dr. Silver weaves this information into a broader context of social, family, and educational issues.—Marc Sandrolini, M.D., Doody's Book Reviews, 4/1/2004

Dr. Silver, a well-known clinician and author in the field of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continues to make tireless efforts to contribute to a greater understanding of this illness. . . This is the third edition of this book, and the updates include recent research findings and the latest information on treatment in both children and adults.—Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

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