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The Complete Guide to ADHD
Nature, Diagnosis, and Treatment

ISBN 9781138231092
Published December 20, 2017 by Routledge
442 Pages

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Book Description

This exciting new resource offers a comprehensive guide to ADHD, the most frequently diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorder and one of the most researched areas in child mental health. It brings together high-level research with the latest scholarship and applies them to practice, providing a unique and innovative perspective. Inside readers will find a critical presentation of current scientific knowledge regarding the nature, etiology, diagnosis, and management of the disorder. The book covers ADHD from infancy to adulthood and presents the whole range of possible comorbidities. The authors explore the topic from the perspective of researchers, academics, and clinicians while also offering a structured assessment procedure, a complete early intervention and treatment program, as well as illuminative case studies and practical tools for educators.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the authors

Foreword by E.J.S. Sonuga-Barke




List of Abbreviations


Part One: The nature of ADHD

Chapter 1. The history of ADHD

Chapter 2. Clinical presentation of children with ADHD

Chapter 3. Developmental course and outcome of ADHD

Chapter 4. Epidemiology of ADHD

Chapter 5. Causality of ADHD

Chapter 6. Theories of ADHD

Chapter 7. Comorbidity


Part Two: Clinical assessment of ADHD

Chapter 8. Clinical assessment in developmental psychopathology

Chapter 9. The diagnostic criteria of ADHD

Chapter 10. Measures and methods of diagnosis

Part Three: Treatment of ADHD

Chapter 11. Interventions for ADHD

Chapter 12. The multilevel approach of ADHD

Chapter 13. Treatment of ADHD in adults

Chapter 14. Case studies



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Katerina Maniadaki is a professor of developmental psychopathology and the head of the Department of Social Work at the Athens University of Applied Sciences. She has a Bachelor’s in psychology, a Master’s in developmental psychology, and a PhD in developmental psychopathology. Since 1996, she has been working as a clinical child psychologist. Her interests focus on developmental psychopathology, mainly ADHD. She has published scientific books, edited collections, book chapters, and papers. She is the coordinator of numerous training programs on ADHD. Her contribution in scientific research has been recognized with the Universum Donna 2016 award from the international organization Universum Academy Switzerland.

Efthymios Kakouros is a professor of developmental psychopathology and the head of the Department of Early Childhood Education at the Athens University of Applied Sciences. He has been working as a psychologist in child mental health services since 1983. His interests include mainly childhood developmental disorders. In 1990, he founded the Psychological Center of Developmental and Learning Disabilities "ARSI", and he has been its scientific director since then. He has published scientific books, edited collections, book chapters and papers. He has presented more than 150 papers in conferences and he has been an invited lecturer in many training programs for professionals.


The Complete Guide to ADHD: Nature, Diagnosis, and Treatment is a welcome addition to the voluminous literature on clinical care of children and adults with ADHD. It provides a comprehensive range of the most important topics on ADHD guided by a developmental approach to the disorder and a critical eye for the most useful research findings of which clinicians need to be aware. I highly recommend this book to clinicians, students in training to be clinicians, and other educated readers desiring a state-of-the-science review of information about ADHD and the evidence-based approaches to its assessment and management.

Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry , Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA


The Complete Guide to ADHD: Nature, Diagnosis, and Treatment is a state-of-the-art comprehensive resource for clinicians, researchers, and mental health trainees working with individuals with ADHD throughout the lifespan. Maniadaki and Kakouros have nicely weaved their considerable clinical expertise with cutting edge empirical research to provide readers with critical background information on ADHD as well as clear, concise recommendations for assessment and treatment of this disorder from a developmental perspective. Their multilevel approach to assessment and intervention offers a unique, systems-based context to providing services for the ADHD population. This book is an important resource that is a must-read for all professionals working with children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD.

George J. DuPaul, PhD, Professor of School Psychology, Lehigh University (Bethlehem PA USA)

The Complete Guide to ADHD: Nature, Diagnosis, and Treatment is a crowning achievement that comprehensively reviews the history, course, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD. It includes practical evidence-based approaches as well as clinically-rich case examples across the developmental spectrum. The book is a great resource for practitioners and students alike.

Gregory A. Fabiano, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology, University at Buffalo

Katerina Maniadaki and Efthymios Kakouros provide a masterly integration of historic, neuroscientific, neurodevelopmental, and clinical perspectives of ADHD. The inclusion of case studies highlights its complexity and broad array of functional impairments. Their insightful and highly readable interpretation of current advances in ADHD, together with their comprehensive, multi-level systemic approach to assessment, diagnosis, and intervention, makes this book an essential resource for clinicians, researchers, educators and other professionals who wish to better understand, help and support, individuals with ADHD.

Rosemary Tannock, Phd, Senior Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health Program of the Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children & Professor Emerita, University of Toronto (Special Education, Psychiatry), Canada

The Complete Guide to ADHD: Nature, Diagnosis, and Treatment is an excellent addition to the field that skillfully blends together its comprehensive coverage of ADHD theory, research, and practice within a developmental framework. Particularly helpful are the numerous case examples and clinical insights that appear throughout the text, bringing to life how ADHD and its associated features unfold across the life span and deviate from typical development.

Arthur D. Anastopoulos, Ph.D, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


The Complete Guide to ADHD:  Nature, Diagnosis and Treatment is an exemplary professional guidebook and must-read for students, educators, and clinicians.  Clearly the product of seasoned clinicians and scholars, this remarkable book distills the voluminous research on ADHD into a highly accessible and usable form. Their multilevel approach to clinical care across the lifespan is an invaluable resource for all professionals helping those affected by ADHD. 

Linda Pfiffner, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco