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What is ADD / ADHD?

The Basics

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- also referred to ADD or ADHD -- is a biological, brain based condition that is characterized by poor attention and distractibility and/or hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. It is one of the most common mental disorders that develop in children. Symptoms may continue into adolescence and adulthood. If left untreated, ADHD can lead to poor school/work performance, poor social relationships and a general feeling of low self esteem.

Beyond Ritalin

Stephen W. Garber Books
This book's subtitle, Facts About Medications and Other Strategies for Helping Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders, is a good summary. It’s not a book that condemns Ritalin use, but one that urges proper diagnosis, a knowledge-based approach to decisions about medication, and a look at the other issues surrounding Attention Deficit Disorders.

Parents Wanted

George Harrar Children's Books
Narrator, Andy Fleck, a 12-year-old with Attention Deficit Disorder has learned one set of rules from his birth dad (how not to get caught) and another from the kids at the state-run home (how to manipulate adults). Placed with foster parents who are looking to adopt, he has a chance to escape his past, but he can’t keep himself from challenging every limit. He plays “mailbox baseball” with his dad’s bat, gets in trouble at school, and, when his birth dad shows up looking for money, steals from his foster
dad’s wallet. So far his foster parents have refused to give up on him. But will he go too far? Humorous and touching, this is “a killer read” for kids 10 and up.

Talking Back to Ritalin

Peter R. Breggin Books
This looks at the current state of drug use to treat ADHD in this country is divided into four parts. "Ritalin, Amphetamine And Other Stimulant Drugs" describes the medical and psychological ideology and reality behind the use of these drugs. "Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)" addresses medical and psychological theory and practice in diagnosing this ubiquitous problem. "The Politics Of TheADHD/Ritalin Lobby" reveals "Who’s Behind All This." And "How We Can Help Our Children" offers solutions.

ADD/ADHD Behavior-Change Resource Kit: Ready-to-Use Strategies & Activities for Helping Children with Attention Deficit Disorder

Grad L. Flick Books
This kit explains ADD/ADHD behavior, its biological bases and basic characteristics and describes procedures used for diagnosis and various treatment options. It details a set of training exercises and programs in which teachers, counselors, and parents work together to monitor and manage the child’s behavior. It is printed in an 8 ¼" X 11" format for easy photocopying of forms, checklists and rating scales, with information and tools you’ll need to manage behaviors, change behaviors, build social skills, solve homework issues, improve classroom behavior and cope with kids.

ADHD Handbook for Families

Paul Weingartner Books
Written by an experienced clinician who also has ADHD, this book provides background information on the disorder, including what it feels like, why it’s difficult to identify, and how attitudes impact understanding. It also outlines a step-by-step approach to observing and recording the effects of
ADHD on children, as well as how to find help – both medical and psychological.

ADHD: A Teenager's Guide (Audiotape)

James J. Crist Audiotapes
From the book: Written for the teenager who is tired of hearing, "You’re just lazy!" or "You can do better," this comprehensive guide to ADHD, narrated smartly by teens, features nearly everything teens might want to know about ADHD. Chapters address what ADHD is, teenagers with ADHD, treatments, getting through school and college, learning disabilities and ADHD, coping with depression, and life after school. Excellent!

Driven to Distraction

Edward & John Hallowell & Ratey Books
The authors take the reader through a detailed step-by-step diagnostic process that includes a thorough review of individual and family history, and current problematic conditions. They also explain psychological testing that may provide further information toward establishing a clinical diagnosis of ADHD/ ADD. It describes the general principles of treatment for ADHD/ ADD including medication, behavioral management, and psychotherapy.

Answers to ADD: A Practical Guide for Parents

John Taylor Books
This booklet offers simple to follow guidelines and ideas for parents of kids with ADD with or without hyperactivity.

Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD: How to cut through red tape and get what you need from doctors, teachers, schools, and healthcare plans

Peter S. Jensen Books
Dr. Jensen, a child psychiatrist and the father of a child with ADHD, pools his own experience with that of over 80 other parents to help readers troubleshoot the system without reinventing the wheel -- from breaking through bureaucratic bottlenecks at school and advocating for your child’s healthcare needs to getting the best from home and family life.

ADHD and the Nature of Self-Control

Russell Barkley Books
This fairly technical book, steeped in research, provides a radical shift of perspective on ADHD, arguing that the disorder is fundamentally a developmental problem of self-control, and that a deficit in attention is a secondary, and not universal, characteristic.

Helping Your Hyperactive/ADD Child

John Taylor Books
This comprehensive work from a nationally known clinical psychologist and father of a child with ADHD, shows how to use the most effective tools from a wide range of treatment methods. You will learn how to recognize ADHD symptoms in your child using the Taylor Hyperactivity Screening Checklist; nurture your child’s self-esteem; work with schools, therapists and other care-givers; find or start support groups for parents of children with ADHD; and much more.

Driven to Distraction (CD)

This abbridged version has author Edward Hallowell reading from the book he wrote with John Ratey which takes the reader through a detailed step-by-step diagnostic process that includes a review of individual and family history and current problematic conditions. They also explain psychological testing that may provide further information toward establishing a clinical diagnosis of ADHD/ ADD. It describes the general principles of treatment for ADHD/ ADD including medication, behavioral management, and psychotherapy.

School Success Tool Kit, The: Answers to A.D.D. (VHS)

Video Videotapes
This video presents tips and ideas for teachers to use in the classroom and for parents to use at home.

ADHD and Teens

Colleen Alexander-Roberts Books
This book is a complete parenting guide with the information you need to survive these trying years; a solid, useful and detailed insight into the real world of ADHD.

Ritalin-Free Child, The: Managing Hyperactivity & Attention Deficits Withour Drugs

Diana Hunter Books
With chapters on self-esteem, diet & nutrition, schools, family life, and other elements, this book encourages alternatives to medication in dealing with your child’s Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity.

Survival Strategies for Parenting Your ADD Child

George T. Lynn Books
In this book, the author describes six essential strategies parents can use to deal with their own distress and rage as a result of a child’s provocation. He also addresses the problems confronting single parents with ADD children. He provides parents with methods which can heal the pain that occurs in families with these troubled children.

ADD Answer, The: How to help Your Child Now

Frank Lawlis Books
This book offers approaches to treating children diagnosed with ADD, addressing environmental modifications and bio-cleansing; advances in biofeedback and neurotherapy; the role of nutrition; the positive effects of counseling and goalsetting; strategies to improve sleep; getting effective help from schools, therapists, friends, and family; and more.

You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid Or Crazy!: A Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder

Kate Kelly Books
There is a great deal of literature about children with attention deficit disorder, ADD. But what do you do if you have ADD and aren’t a child anymore? This book focuses on the experiences of adults, offering accurate information, practical how-to’s and moral support to help readers deal with ADD. It explains the diagnostic process that distinguishes ADD symptoms from normal lapses in memory, lack of concentration or impulsive behavior.

ADHD in Children, Adolescents and Adults: Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment (Audiotape)

Russell Barkley Audiotapes
This taping of a presentation at the 2000 New England Educational Institute’s annual symposium features Russell Barkley with an intensive course on the nature and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with ADHD and oppositional or defiant behavior. Participants will learn how to utilize advances in theoretical conceptualizations, differential diagnosis, and treatment approaches to ADHD.

Living With the ADD/ADHD Child (VHS)

Jeff Sosne Videotapes
In part one of this two-tape program, Dr. Sosne presents a core definition of ADD/ADHD and reviews basic principles for helping children affected by it. In part two, he relays techniques for teaching ADD/ADHD children how to meet daily responsibilities and complete tasks. He describes practical methods for handling disappointment and frustration, and building self-control.

Eagle Eyes: A Child's Guide to Paying Attention

Jeanne Gehret Children's Books
This storybook with pictures tells of the frustrations and triumphs of Ben, a child with ADHD.

Effective Discipline Strategies (Answers to ADD) (Audiotape)

John Taylor Audiotapes
This tape is one of the many in John F. Taylor’s “The Answers to A.D.D.” audio/video series. Highlights of this tape include: arranging suitable consequences; improving decision making skills; maintaining love and leadership; confronting the child successfully; preventing arguments and power struggles; avoiding the remind-nag-yell-punish cycle; and more.

Parent's Guide to Attention Deficit Disorders

Stephen McCarney Books
The body of this practical handbook is divided into two sections, "Behaviors and Interventions" and "Supplemental Behaviors and Solutions." Within these sections, 188 behaviors are listed under 17 different categories, and after each behavior is a list of anywhere from 16 to 89 practical suggestions for responding to the behavior.

Maybe You Know My Kid: Helping Your Child With Attention
Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

Mary Fowler Books
This book gives parents updated, practical and necessary information on the causes and treatment of ADHD from the most respected researchers and practitioners in the field.

Ritalin Is Not the Answer: A Drug-Free, Practical Program for Children Diagnosed with ADD

David Stein Books
As its title suggests, this book sits clearly on the side of those who are opposed to the use of medication to treat ADHD. There is much research in support of each side in this delicate controversy, so it would benefit any parent to examine the issues thoroughly before accepting or rejecting any course of treatment. That aside, this book offers an approach that could produce beneficial results even to a child whose treatment includes Ritalin.

Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids

Timothy E. Wilens Books
Dr. Timothy Wilens provides essential guidance for parents facing tough choices about whether or not to give a child medication for emotional or behavioral problems. Packed with frequently asked questions, examples, and charts, the book explains which medications are prescribed for kids and why; their effects on health, emotions, and school performance; how to maximize the benefits; and when to consider other treatments instead.

Ritalin Is Not the Answer Action Guide

David Stein Books
This “Interactive Companion” to 1999’s "Ritalin Is Not the Answer" provides a workbook with self-tests, step-by-step guidelines, checklists, and exercises to use in connection with the earlier work’s “Caregivers’ Skill Program.” Both books present a view adamantly opposed to the use of medication to treat people with ADHD. Since there is much research on both sides of this issue, ORPARC recommends that parents explore a wider range of research before deciding on a course of treatment.

Only a Mother Could Love Him

Benjamin Polis Books
This book by a 19 year old with Attention Deficit Disorder combines a narrative of his experiences with analogies and explanations of the ADD thought process to help parents and caregivers understand how thinking works in those with ADD and what they can do to teach their child to control his or her own behavior.

Hyperactive Child, Adolescent, and Adult: Attention Deficit Disorder Through the Lifespan

Paul Wender Books
To anyone who suspects that his or her child suffers from ADHD, this book is a must. It gives information on diagnostic tests, causes and symptoms, treatment, and valuable tips on structuring, where to go for help, and how ADHD differs from a learning disability.

Taming the Tornado In Your Classroom and at Home: A Positive Approach to Management & Discipline for Educators & Parents

Allan Lifson Books
This book offers parents and teachers ideas for working with hyperactive children. A lot has been learned about hyperactivity in the last two decades, so this shouldn’t be used as an introduction to ADHD or related disabilities, but there are practical tips and strategies here that many parents and teachers might find useful in their day-to-day interactions with the "tornadoes" in their lives.

Shelley: The Hyperactive Turtle

Deborah Moss Children's Books
This short picture book for very young readers follows Shelley through his ups and downs until a doctor helps him understand why and how he is different from the other turtles.

Your Hyperactive Child: A Parents Guide to Coping With Attention Deficit Disorder

Barbara Ingersoll Books
This authoritative handbook provides a wealth of information to help parents of a hyperactive child understand and cope with their child's baffling behavior. It outlines practical steps you and your child’s teachers can take to help your child.

Teacher's Guide to Attention Deficit Disorder

Daniel G. Amen Books
This guide provides teachers with the latest information on the diagnosis and treatment of ADD and how to effectively intervene in the classroom, with students and with their parents. Sophisticated brain imaging studies highlight the biological nature of ADD and provide insights into effective interventions. Specific brain-based strategies are given to help ADD students be more effective every day.

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
is the nation's leading non-profit
organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout
the U.S. Chapters offer support for
individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.
The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.


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