An integrated understanding of the causes of ADHD and a total approach to helping children
The recent dramatic rise in the number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD - has triggered the increasing prescription of drugs that are seen as the cure' for the disorder, and are often relied on as the only form of treatment. This medical diagnosis focuses exclusively on pathology within the child. But what of the broader influences that can impact on a child's psychological health and affect his or her behaviour?
Rethinking ADHD is an essential book for all of us who are trying to make sense of everything that bewilders and fascinates us about the phenomenon of ADHD. It draws its net wide, broadening our thinking beyond the realm of medicine and neurology to embrace as well psychodynamic, psychological and socio-cultural perspectives. In the midst of so much that is controversial about the nature and treatment of ADHD, this highly absorbing book takes a fair and well-balanced view of the knowledge that we have gained so far - in the interests of understanding the way children's minds and personalities develop to produce the kind of behaviour that for many of us becomes so problematic.'
- Peter Wilson, Director of Youngminds, UK
Drawing on many years of experience, the authors, all experts in the field, have included clinical case examples and practical recommendations for working in partnership with parents and children with behavioural attention problems. Rethinking ADHD is essential reading for teachers, psychologists, therapists, childcare workers, counselors, social workers and parents who want a deeper understanding of how to more comprehensively treat children with ADHD.
Ruth Schmidt Neven is a child psychotherapist and Director for the Centre of Child and Family Development in Melbourne. She was previously Chief Psychotherapist at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. In England, she was founder and co-director of Exploring Parenthood.
Dr. Vicki Anderson is a developmental neuropsychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne, and a Senior Research and Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.
Tim Godber, a psychologist and teacher, lectures in psychological assessment and health psychology at La Trobe University.