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Essentials of ADHD Assessment for Children and Adolescents


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Foreword xi Series Preface xiii Preface xv Acknowledgments xix One Understanding ADHD 1 Historical Perspective 2 Overarching Principles 8 Core Features 11 Associated Features and Comorbidity 14 Etiology 20 Epidemiology 25 Summary 30 Test Yourself 30 References 32 Two What the DSM-5 Says About ADHD 45 Organization of the DSM-5 46 DSM-5 Criteria for ADHD 49 How Do I Know if It Is DSM-5 ADHD? 64 Summary 64 Test Yourself 65 References 67 Three Assessing ADHD: Goals and Guiding Principles 69 Goals 70 Guiding Principles 78 Summary 99 Test Yourself 100 References 102 Four Components of ADHD Assessment 107 Sequence of Evaluation Components 109 Record Review 111 Interview 113 Clinical Observation 125 Rating Scales 128 Cognitive Testing 133 Summary 148 Test Yourself 149 References 150 Five Putting It All Together: Integrating Findings and Drawing Conclusions 154 Clinical Application of the DSM-5 Criteria for ADHD 155 Differential Diagnosis and Comorbidity 163 Dealing with Discrepant Data 179 Beyond Diagnosis 183 Summary 186 Test Yourself 187 References 189 Six Illustrative Case Reports 191 Psychological Evaluation 194 ADHD Evaluation Report 223 Neuropsychological Evaluation 245 Annotated Bibliography 275 About the Authors 277 Index 279

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ELIZABETH P. SPARROW, PhD, is a pediatricneuropsychologist in Raleigh, North Carolina, with expertise indiagnosis and treatment planning for ADHD in children, adolescents,and young adults. Dr. Sparrow wrote the Essentials of ConnersBehavior Assessments, co-authored the Guide to AssessmentScales in ADHD, Second Edition, and co-edited ExecutiveFunction and Dysfunction: Identification, Assessment, andTreatment. DREW ERHARDT, PhD, is a clinical psychologist andprofessor in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology atPepperdine University. In addition to writing numerous journalarticles and chapters on the nature, assessment, and treatment ofADHD, Dr. Erhardt co-authored the Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scaleand served on the editorial board of the Journal of AttentionDisorders.


?Far and away the best guide to ADHD assessment and diagnosis ever done.? ?Stephen P. Hinshaw, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley; Vice-Chair of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco; Editor, Psychological Bulletin; co-author of The ADHD Explosion

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