Essentials of ADHD Assessment for Children and Adolescents

Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781118112700
Item Number: 8618

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A comprehensive approach to accurate ADHD diagnosis

In Essentials of ADHD Assessment in Children and Adolescents, the authors provide a clear and informative road map for practitioners seeking to conduct state-of-the-art assessments for one of the most common disorders of childhood.

Drawing upon years of experience in conducting diagnostic evaluations of ADHD following best-practice standards, they emphasize the importance of a comprehensive evaluation, incorporating data from multiple sources, using multiple methods, and interpreting findings within the appropriate developmental and cultural contexts. The major components of an ADHD evaluation (interviews, rating scales, cognitive testing, observation, record review) are reviewed in detail.

Expert guidance is provided for resolving the most common challenges in assessing ADHD, including differentiating symptoms from normal development, dealing with discrepant data, differential diagnosis, and considering comorbidity. The latest scholarly literature is integrated with the authors’ practical recommendations to provide clinicians with the concepts and tools needed for effective and accurate assessment of ADHD, addressing such topics as:

  • When inattention is ADHD, and when it may be emotional or neurological
  • Which disorders may masquerade as or present with ADHD
  • The elements of accurate ADHD testing and the reasons behind them
  • Integrating results of a multi-modal approach into an ADHD assessment

An indispensable professional resource for practicing clinicians, Essentials of ADHD Assessment for Children and Adolescents is a reader-friendly guide to providing a thorough, responsible ADHD evaluation.


“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

Series Preface
One—Understanding ADHD
Historical Perspective
Overarching Principles
Core Features
Associated Features and Comorbidity
Test Yourself
Two—What the DSM-5 Says About ADHD
Organization of the DSM-5
DSM-5 Criteria for ADHD
How Do I Know if It Is DSM-5 ADHD?
Test Yourself
Three—Assessing ADHD: Goals and Guiding Principles
Guiding Principles
Test Yourself
Four—Components of ADHD Assessment
Sequence of Evaluation Components
Record Review
Clinical Observation
Rating Scales
Cognitive Testing
Test Yourself
Five—Putting It All Together: Integrating Findings and Drawing Conclusions
Clinical Application of the DSM-5 Criteria for ADHD
Differential Diagnosis and Comorbidity
Dealing with Discrepant Data
Beyond Diagnosis
Test Yourself
Six—Illustrative Case Reports
Psychological Evaluation
ADHD Evaluation Report
Neuropsychological Evaluation
Annotated Bibliography
About the Authors
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