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[There is a need for a clear and concise approach to a complex disorder such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This guide combines the useful approaches used in different guidelines with the recent literature reviews, clinical expertise, and other web resources.]
[Contributors to ADHD development have been numerous over a surprising period of time. Here is a brief overview of some of the early history of ADHD as reported by some authors:]
[ADHD is the most common psychiatric disorder of childhood. Overall, prevalence ranges from 5 to 12 % in school-aged children. Male to female ratio is around 3:1 in children and adolescents, but it is believed that females are under-diagnosed. Approximately 8–10 % of males, and 3–4 % of females,...
[Please refer to the back of the book where scales are provided for the Weiss scale which identifies impairments.]
[Identify your patients: 3–18 year old patient identified with signs or symptoms suggesting ADHD. Symptoms can come from parents’ direct concerns, or the mental health screen, or school, or other sources in group homes or institutions.]
[Review with the patient (and the significant other or family member if possible) their concerns, reason for referral, and the patient’s hopes for the assessment. Clarify if the symptoms have been present since the patient was young, and at what age they think the symptoms started, and how it...
[High rates of comorbidities with ADHD have been reported in both clinical samples and epidemiological studies. Authors such as Barkley (2002), indicated that comorbidity is generally high in ADHD in both children and adults. Several competing hypothesis are proposed to account for the patterns...
[Clinical studies indicate that young drivers with untreated or sub-optimally treated ADHD have between two to four time as many Motor Vehicle Collisions (MVC) and moving violations than a comparable non-ADHD population. These morbidities are seen independent of comorbidity. The problem profile...
[Medications should only be used when symptoms are pervasive across settings (e.g., school and home), and are causing significant impairment in academic, social or behavioral function, and after careful consideration of non-pharmacological approaches.]
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