Attention Deficit Disorder Misdiagnosis: Approaching ADD from a Brain-Behavior/Neuropsychological Perspective for Assessment and Treatment, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Attention Deficit Disorder Misdiagnosis

Approaching ADD from a Brain-Behavior/Neuropsychological Perspective for Assessment and Treatment, 1st Edition

By Barbara C. Fisher

CRC Press

432 pages

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Hardback: 9781574440973
pub: 1997-12-29
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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is one of the least understood medical conditions. With no specific test available, misdiagnosis is common and the results can be devastating for both the parents and the child. Because no one can agree on a single definition for the disorder, confusion is rampant and treatment is only mildly successful at best.

Attention Deficit Disorder Misdiagnosis addresses these problems in a systematic and logical fashion. It presents a battery of tests for properly diagnosing ADD, stresses its relationship to brain behavior and proposes practical treatment solutions. Written by an expert in the field who also happens to be the mother of an ADD child, it presents a unique perspective on this complex yet all too pervasive disorder.

This is an essential text for doctors, parents and any individual working with an ADD child or adult. It will also help professionals in related disciplines approach ADD as a biochemical medical disorder and understand the reasons for its inherent complexity and frequent misdiagnosis.


"It is Dr. Fisher's discussion of medications that will draw me back again and again to her text. I believe that clinicians will find much useful information in this book that will prove valuable in their work with children and adults with attention disorders."

--Miriam E. Sexton, Ph. D., in Psychiatric Services

Table of Contents

Understanding Attention Deficit Disorder from a Theoretical Perspective

Defining Attention

Manifestations and Consequences of Attentional Deficit

Anatomical Structures Implicated in the Disorder

Pharmacology of Attention

Information Processing: A Critical Aspect of Attentional Functioning

Frontal Lobe System

Parietal Lobe Functioning

Genetic Influences on ADD/Comorbity Factors

Cognitive Differences Between ADHD and ADD Nosological Issues

Comorbid Disorders and Disorders Associated with ADD

Follow-up Studies: Development Span of the Disorder

Treatment: Stimulants as the First Line of Defense

Treatment: Anti-Depressants as the Second Line of Defense to Address Underlying Comorbid Conditions/Other Possible Medical- Management Solutions

Evaluation of Attention Deficit Disorder

Other Treatment Methods


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Neurology
MEDICAL / Neuroscience
MEDICAL / Pediatrics
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health