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Treating Disruptive Disorders
A Guide to Psychological, Pharmacological, and Combined Therapies

Edited By

George M. Kapalka

ISBN 9780415719605
Published March 4, 2015 by Routledge
274 Pages

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Book Description

Treating Disruptive Disorders is a practical book for busy clinicians—psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health counselors, clinical social workers, and more—as well as students, interns, or residents in the mental health professions. It distills the most important information about combined as well as solitary treatments of a variety of psychological disorders characterized by disruptive behaviors, including those where disruptive aspects are part of core symptoms (like ADHD, ODD, or conduct disorder), and those where disruptive features are commonly associated with core symptoms (like mood, personality, and cognitive/developmental disorders). In addition to an analysis of the best in evidence-based practice and research, the volume also includes brief clinical vignettes to help present the material in an easily accessible, understandable, readable, and relevant format. The chapter authors are experts in the treatment of these disorders and review a wide variety of empirically supported treatments for children, adolescents, and adults.

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Foreword  Preface  I. Etiology, Epidemiology and Course of Disruptive Disorders  1. To Medicate or not to Medicate: Weighing the Benefits and Challenges of Available Treatments for Disruptive Disorders Kapalka & Gorman  2. Brain Structure and Function Involved in Self-Control, Impulsivity, and Disruptive Behaviors Fogel  3. Psychological and Developmental Understanding of Self-Control, Impulsivity, and Disruptive Behaviors Tirrell & Kapalka  4. Epidemiology and Course of Disruptive Disorders Warner-Cohen, Twyford & Buckley  II. Disorders with Disruptive Behaviors as Core Symptoms  5. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Chaco et al.  6. Oppositional Defiant Disorder Curtis et al.  7. Conduct Disorder Wu et al.  8. Tourette Syndrome and Other Tic Disorders Hayes et al.  9. Intermittent Explosive Disorder Hudspeth, Wirick & Matthews  III. Disorders with Disruptive Behaviors as Commonly Associated Features  10. Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder Heffer et al.  11 : Mood and Personality Disorders Sa  12: Neurocognitive Disorders and Delirium Hill et al.

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George M. Kapalka, PhD, is the author or editor of six books, including Pediatricians and Pharmacologically Trained Psychologists: Practitioner’s Guide to Collaborative Treatment; Counseling Boys and Men with ADHD; and Parenting Your Out-of-Control Child (which has been translated into eight foreign languages), as well as dozens of articles in professional journals and other peer-reviewed publications. His views and opinions have been quoted in various newspapers and magazines (including the New York Times), as well as on television (including NBC). He is a practicing psychologist and holds board certifications in clinical psychology and psychopharmacology.


"Treating Disruptive Disorders... is an evidence-based, practical guide that examines the most effective psychological, pharmacological, or combined treatments for disorders with disruptive behaviors... The ideal audience for this book includes clinicians, psychiatrists, social workers, students, and educators. Each chapter provides evidence-based research and clinical vignettes. The chapters are concise, well written, and easy to read, and they comprehensively cover psychological disorders with disruptive behaviors as a key symptom. The chapters navigate complex and rare research findings to identify the most efficient and effective treatments for disruptive behaviors... Overall, clinicans, educators, and students interested in treatments for reducing disruptive behaviors using psychological and pharmacological treatments will greatly appreciate this book. The comprehensive comparison of treatments and outcomes can lead to efficient and effective treatments and, in turn, hopefully reduce disruptive behaviors." Meera Rastogi, University of Cincinnati Clermont College, PsycCritiques

"In this much-needed volume, Dr. Kapalka not only assembles an army of experts in the field to add to the clinical body of knowledge required to discern nuances between these two therapeutic options in the treatment of disruptive disorders, he also offers practical guidelines, based upon sound theoretical considerations, to bridge the gap until more solid experimental evidence evolves in the field." Mark Muse, EdD, ABPP, MP, author of the Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Psychologists

"George Kapalka and his team have succeeded in creating an indispensable resource in Treating Disruptive Disorders. As one of the newest diagnoses in the DSM-5, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) was one of the least understood disorders by clinicians. Treating Disruptive Disorders provides a comprehensive overview of this disorder, and each of the competing disorders, in a way that clinicians can contrast and compare presentations, comorbidity and treatment options. Kudos to Dr. Kapalka, his team, and series editor Bret Moore for having the foresight to anticipate not only the critical need for this book, but also the comprehensiveness of its contents." Sharon M. Freeman Clevenger, psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and owner of the Indiana Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

"This book is most helpful in encouraging practitioners/clinicians to take a more holistic approach when treating disruptive disorders. It gives balanced advice for a client group that can be difficult to treat and does not push the reader to take a pharmacological or psychological perspective." Jemma Coates for The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health