ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says, from Russell Barkley, PhD, and colleagues. That’s the title of the new definitive book on ADHD based on years of longitudinal research by this highly regarded team of ADHD expert clinicians and researchers.
Published in 2010, it placed a clear scientific stake in the ground. That is, ADHD is not simply all the random descriptors claimed on any given day by non-experts.
Professional Endorsements for ADHD In Adults
This book has earned much praise from professionals and journals. I’ll share those from three experts I highly respect and two journals:
From Joel T. Nigg, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health and Science University
This energetic and informative book tackles head-on the knotty issue of what ADHD in adults really means. It includes helpful answers to such vital problems as what modifications to diagnostic criteria are appropriate, and what are the inferential biases to which clinicians are prone when seeing self-referred cases in their offices.
This is the most definitive work to date on the difficult task of generalizing from children with ADHD to adults with ADHD. The authors break new ground in addressing these issues with comprehensive data from their own well-regarded samples.
This timely book thus provides a fresh and needed perspective to help resolve longstanding difficulties in understanding ADHD in adults. It will be helpful to DSM-V committee deliberations and to those planning future scientific studies, as well as to clinicians needing a clearer picture of what to expect in adults with ADHD.
From Stephen V. Faraone, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry, State University of New York Upstate Medical University
A veritable tour de force. This work will be equally useful to researchers seeking innovative hypotheses about ADHD, to clinicians seeking to understand the course of ADHD into adulthood, and to students at all levels of training. Readers have access to a unified and systematic view of the results from two notable, methodologically rigorous research studies. The book addresses a wide range of clinically urgent issues, such as psychiatric comorbidity, drug use, life impairments, educational attainment, and neuropsychological impairment.
The discussions of diagnostic criteria not only provide clinically useful information for adult assessment, but also should strongly influence the evolution of the DSM-V.
From George J. DuPaul, PhD
Department of Education and Human Services, Lehigh University
The single best source of scientific information on adult ADHD available to date. The results of two major research investigations are thoroughly reviewed to explicate important similarities and differences between children with ADHD followed into adulthood and individuals first referred for ADHD symptoms as adults. This is the first text to make this important and clinically relevant distinction. It is sure to be an indispensable resource for both clinicians and researchers. In addition, graduate students in clinical psychology, counseling, social work, and school psychology will find this text helpful both for the data it provides about adult ADHD and for its insights into how to establish a coherent research agenda.
A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
Rigorous, comprehensive, informative, and impressive are words that come to mind after reading this book. This effort rewarded me with a clear understanding of the issues involved in identification of patients with adult attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the serious implications of the disorder in regard to life’s functional domains, and a conceptualization of the core cognitive issues underlying the condition….I appreciated the authoritative tone throughout the work. These authors’ extensive involvement in the relatively under researched field of adult ADHD was apparent.
The literature reviews in each chapter were extensive and informative. The study data presentations provided information that often addressed noted gaps in the literature. The writing is clear and the data presentation well organized….I would strongly recommend this work to those routinely involved in the assessment and treatment of patients with adult ADHD, as well as to those actively involved in or planning research activities with this patient population.
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For the clinician who encounters these patients less frequently, the concluding chapter and the conclusions of chapters of interest would provide excellent information and guidance. The authors succeed splendidly in their effort to communicate the severity of adult ADHD and to advance concepts about its nature and ideas of addressing its related impairments.
Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
The authors…are leading experts in the field of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, teenagers, and adults. The authors are all psychologists….This book provides an excellent summary of the adult outcomes of ADHD including documented impairments in major life activities, educational and occupational functioning, and drug use and antisocial behaviour. There are also important chapters on the effects of ADHD on health, lifestyle, money management, driving, marriage, and parenting. For clinicians who are skeptical about the serious impairments associated with ADHD in adults, this is a very compelling book.
By far the most interesting part of the book are the authors’ hypotheses and suggestions for adult-specific criteria….For readers interested in anticipating new diagnostic criteria that will likely appear in DSM-V, this book is a must read….For those interested in the evidence-base for the diagnosis and impairments of ADHD in adults, and for those interested in the development of adult specific diagnostic criteria, this book is essential.
Video Excerpt: Dr. Barkley’s Lecture on ADHD in Adults
Would you like to see Dr. Barkley’s video lecture entitled “ADHD in Adults: Diagnosis, Impairments & Management”? Click here: Video Excerpt of “ADHD in Adults” Seminar with Russell Barkley, Ph.D.