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Treating ADHD in Children and Adolescents
What Every Clinician Needs to Know

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ISBN 9781462545148
Published June 21, 2022 by Guilford Press
362 Pages

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Book Description

From foremost authority Russell A. Barkley, this book presents essential principles and practices for managing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and teens. Barkley interweaves the best scientific knowledge with lessons learned from decades of clinical practice and research. He provides guidelines and clinical tips for conducting thorough, accurate assessments and developing and implementing science-based treatment plans. The book is grounded in Barkley's theory of ADHD as a disorder of executive functioning and self-regulation. Ways to collaborate successfully with parents and other professionals are highlighted throughout. In a convenient large-size format, the volume includes 45 reproducible handouts and forms that can be downloaded and printed for repeated use.

Table of Contents

1. ADHD Is Self-Regulation Deficit Disorder: The Importance of Executive Functioning–Self-Regulation Theory in ADHD
2. Principles for Diagnosing ADHD
3. Assessment: The Executive Functioning–Self-Regulation Theory and Clinical Common Sense
4. Diagnosing Comorbidity
5. Talking to Parents about What to Expect
6. Principles and Guidelines for Treating ADHD
7. Parent Counseling and Behavior Management Training
8. School Management of ADHD
9. The Stimulant and Nonstimulant Medications for ADHD
10. Making Medication Decisions and Addressing Special Medication Issues
Appendix A. Forms and Handouts
Appendix B. ADHD's Impact on Health
Appendix C. Neurogenetics and ADHD
Appendix D. Clinician Beware: Unproven and Disproven Treatments for ADHD

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Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Dr. Barkley has worked with children, adolescents, and families since the 1970s and is the author of numerous bestselling books for both professionals and the public, including Taking Charge of ADHD and Your Defiant Child. He has also published six assessment scales and more than 300 scientific articles and book chapters on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, executive functioning, and childhood defiance, and is editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. A frequent conference presenter and speaker who is widely cited in the national media, Dr. Barkley is past president of the Section on Clinical Child Psychology (the former Division 12) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. He is a recipient of awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the APA, among other honors. His website is


"Barkley has produced an exceptionally helpful, practitioner-friendly guide, using his career-culminating executive functioning/self-regulation theory of ADHD as the overarching framework. The book is at once deeply conceptual and inherently practical, with a plethora of clinical tips throughout its pages. It will help professionals in multiple disciplines to understand the impairments that so many individuals with ADHD experience across the lifespan, to recognize the huge stakes involved in clinical management, and to administer evidence-based assessment and treatment strategies."--Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

"Not only is Barkley one of the world’s foremost scientific authorities on ADHD, but he also is a master of translating theory and research into clinical practice. This essential resource for mental health and education professionals presents state-of-the-science information that is directly connected to clear recommendations for diagnosing ADHD and comorbidities, providing parent counseling and behavior management training, and dealing with school and medication issues. Appendices include useful forms and handouts, as well as information on ADHD and health, neurogenetic underpinnings of the disorder, and treatments to avoid. This book needs to be on the desks of all professionals working with children and adolescents with ADHD."--George J. DuPaul, PhD, Department of Education and Human Services, Lehigh University

"The book addresses important issues that clinicians face daily, such as how to properly assess and treat ADHD, how to help children and adolescents improve their executive functioning and self-regulation deficits, ways to promote school success, and more. A preeminent scientist, educator, and practitioner, Barkley has drawn on over 50 years of experience to create this sorely needed resource. In addition to timely, pragmatic information, the book provides a wealth of forms, assessment tools, and fact sheets to copy and use with parents and school personnel. Barkley, the ADHD guru, delivers once again!"--Lisa Weyandt, PhD, Director, Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, Department of Psychology, University of Rhode Island

"Once again, Barkley has produced an exceptional work that is unprecedented in its grounding in established theory and its synthesis of the voluminous literature on ADHD and its treatment. The book translates research into practical guidelines for helping children and adolescents with ADHD at home and school. This book is essential reading for clinicians across disciplines who are treating children and adolescents with ADHD, as well as students preparing to become practitioners in clinic, school, and primary care settings."--Thomas J. Power, PhD, ABPP, Professor of School Psychology in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Education, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania-