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Understanding ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the Feeling Brain


July 1997 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
What is the significance of the human ability to attach meaning to events, people, ideas and objects by associating them with pain or pleasure? This question lies at the heart of Sandra K. Woods and Willis H. Ploof æs insightful exploration into the biobehavioral underpinnings of ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the Feeling Brain integrates research findings in the field of neuroscience and behavior together with observations and insights garnered from clinical practice. A compelling observation, one that is at the center of the authorsÆ model, is that those afflicted with ADHD appear to have considerable difficulty imprinting the feeling component of experience. This book, which is divided into four sections, unfolds with a discussion of neurobehavioral processes and the relevance of temperament to the understanding of this disorder. In the second section, the authors present an overview of the literature that has informed and guided their own practice and thinking. Also contained in this section is further background on ADHD, including childhood symptomology, prevalence rates, persistence of symptoms into adulthood, and medications, with a focus on psychomotor stimulants. At the end of this section, research related to ADHD and monoamine function is reviewed, revealing potentially fruitful lines of study in this area. Discussion of the model is revisited in the third section of the book, where authors present common sense practices, most of which are standard in the field and add their own practical insights. Another practical feature of this book is an appendix that simplifies basic concepts and treatment strategies and can be especially helpful as a handout for parents and teachers. A thoughtful examination of an enigmatic disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the Feeling Brain breaks new ground for professionals in the fields of clinical/counseling psychology, social work, education, and nursing.

 
PART ONE: THE MODEL
 
Introduction
 
Associated Neurobehavioral Processes
 
Temperament and Psychic Illness
Relevance of Temperament to the Model

 
 
PART TWO: BACKGROUND
 
Brief Description of the Disorder
 
The Psychomotor Stimulants
How Do They Work?

 
 
ADHD and Monoamine Function
 
PART THREE: BRAIN REWARD AND PUNISHMENT MECHANISMS: A CLOSER LOOK
 
Brain-Stimulation Reward
 
Conditioned Reward
 
Punishment Systems, Functional Interactions with Reward Systems
 
PART FOUR: TREATMENT: OUR PERSPECTIVE AND PRACTICE
 
Behavior Management, Psychotherapy
 
Pharmacotherapy
 
Adult ADHD
Some Additional Treatment Considerations

 
 
Long-term Stimulant Medication
Enduring Changes in Neuronal Function?

 

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