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Medical Treatment of ADHD
A Practical Guide for Clinicians, Counselors, and Parents

ISBN 9780367494780
Published September 21, 2020 by Routledge
204 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This practical and easily navigable book covers the gamut of issues that need to be understood to provide excellent medical care for those with ADHD. Outside of mental health professionals, those who most often treat ADHD are primary care providers such as family practitioners, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and school personnel.

Based on clinical conversations with patients with ADHD and their families, this book provides concise, useful, up to date information of a practical nature for most, if not all of the problems, associated conditions and questions that arise when an individual has concerns about ADHD. Treatments discussed include a thorough review of medication options, with expected results and side effects, as well as other recommended treatments including a variety of therapeutic modalities, and a review of less commonly considered but important interventions regarding general health, sleep, diet, exercise, and school interventions.

Readers will gain an understanding of what ADHD is, practical reviews of the literature that will help in discussion with patients and their families the importance of intervention, and all the resources and options available to provide the best treatment strategies for anyone who has ADHD as well as the commonly associated conditions.

Table of Contents



Section 1 ADHD Defined

Chapter 1 Introduction: An Overview of ADHD

  • ADHD Defined
  • Who decided the criteria for having ADHD?
  • ADHD through the lifespan
  • Is it truly a disorder or is it and extreme degree of normal behavior?
  • Causes of ADHD
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Associated conditions

Chapter 2 Historical Perspective

Chapter 3 Consequences of ADHD

  • The Montreal study
  • The MTA study
  • Other studies and outcomes

Chapter 4 ADHD-Predominantly Inattentive Presentation

Section 2 Associated Conditions

Chapter 5 Learning Disabilities

  • Clinical conditions
  • Educational terms and IDEA
  • ADHD and learning disabilities
  • Individualized educational program (IEP)
  • 504 plan

Chapter 6 Disruptive Behavior Disorders

  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Conduct disorder

Chapter 7 Anxiety, Mood Disorders and ADHD

  • Anxiety disorders and ADHD
  • Depression and ADHD
  • ADHD and bipolar disorder
  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD)
  • OCD, tics and Tourette syndrome

Chapter 8 Autism and ADHD

  • What is autism?
  • What happened to Asperger syndrome?
  • How does autism present?
  • Associated conditions
  • How is autism diagnosed?
  • What kind of treatments are used for autism?
  • Autism controversies

Chapter 9 Other Symptoms and Conditions Associated with ADHD

  • Sleep disorders
  • Enuresis
  • Constipation and encopresis
  • Eating disorders
  • Internet use, gaming, gambling
  • Substance abuse and risky behaviors

Section 3 Assessment and Treatment

Chapter 10 Assessment J. Dennis Odell MD and Martin Toohill Ph.D

  • Behavior and ADHD rating scales
  • Rating scales for specific associated disorders
  • Additional measures

Chapter 11 Medication Management

  • Introduction
  • Off-label use of medications
  • Generic vs brand name drugs
  • Monitoring effects and side effects
  • Medications-stimulants
  • Non-stimulant medications
  • Appendix – methylphenidate preparations
  • Appendix – amphetamine preparations

Chapter 12 Medication for Conditions Associated with ADHD

J. Dennis Odell MD and George Wootton FNP

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors-SSRIs
  • Other antidepressants
  • Antipsychotic medications

Chapter 13 Behavior Therapies J. Dennis Odell MD and Camille Odell MS

  • Classroom interventions
  • Parent training
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Social skills training
  • Applied behavior analysis

Chapter 14 Other Interventions for ADHD

  • Diet
  • Exercise and sleep
  • Biofeedback
  • Choosing the right school

Appendix - Resources



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J. Dennis Odell MD, FAAP medical clinic director at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University for 34 years, also private practice in general and developmental/behavioral pediatrics at Intermountain Budge Clinic from 1984 to 2020.