The Energetic BrainUnderstanding and Managing ADHD
How to get past the myths, tap into the creativity of the ADHD mind, and thrive ADHD affects millions of people-some 3 to 5% of the general population. Written by a neuroscientist who has studied ADHD, a clinician who has diagnosed and treated it for 30 years, and a special educator who sees it daily, The Energetic Brain provides the latest information from neuroscience on how the ADHD brain works and shows how to harness its potential for success. It distills the latest research findings to give readers the most up-to-date information available and provides practical strategies for managing ADHD-and thriving-at school, at work, and at home, from childhood through adulthood. Debunks popular (and destructive) myths about ADHD Covers how to manage ADHD with medication or without, what parents can do to help, and how to thrive with ADHD throughout the lifespan Offers effective academic and behavioral interventions for school, and helpful accommodations for the workplace The Energetic Brain provides a truly thorough view of ADHD, making it an invaluable guide for parents, teachers, and those living with ADHD.
Acknowledgments ix About the Authors xi Foreword by Sally E. Shaywitz xvii Preface xxv Part One: Getting to Know ADHD 1. What Is ADHD? 3 2. What ADHD Looks Like: Common Behaviors and Related Disorders 27 3. How ADHD Affects Family and Friends 51 Part Two: Getting Help 4. Is It Really ADHD? Getting the Right Diagnosis 77 5. How Medication Affects the ADHD Brain 107 6. Nonmedical Interventions That Work 141 Part Three: Managing ADHD from Childhood Through Adulthood 7. Interventions That Strengthen Family Relationships: Strategies for Parents 171 8. Helping Students with ADHD Succeed at School: Strategies for Teachers 199 9. A Crash Course in Special Education and Section 504 231 10. Practical Strategies for College and the Workplace 271 Conclusion 299 Part Four: Appendixes Appendix A: How Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) Helps at School 305 Appendix B: Glossary 331 Notes 369 Index 387
Cecil R. Reynolds, Ph.D., is emeritus professor of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University. Kimberly J. Vannest, Ph.D., is an associate professor in Educational Psychology and Special Education at Texas A&M University. Judith R. Harrison, Ph.D., is a clinical research scientist at Ohio University.
Controversy about ADHD is everywhere. In the popular media and even among medical professionals there are questions and accusations about its existence. Some argue ADHD is a made-up disorder invented by "big pharma" or the result of lackadaisical parenting. Others offer simple cures: buy their vitamin and supplement plan or avoid sugar and all will be well. The truth is that ADHD is real, and while this brain disorder can pose serious challenges, it need not impose any permanent limitations. With proper diagnosis and treatment, those with ADHD can be just as successful in school, work, and social settings as they would have been without it—and some even more so. Accessible, reassuring, and grounded in scientific research, The Energetic Brain offers parents, teachers, and adults with ADHD expert advice on: what ADHD is (and is not); how it is best treated and managed; why ADHD is so often misdiagnosed; how diagnosis should be done; how to solve learning and social problems; the legal rights of those with ADHD; and more. The authors steer clear of fads and offer proven skills to harness "the energetic brain" to promote success in all aspects of life. Praise for The Energetic Brain "Easygoing, kind, and hopeful... Reading The Energetic Brain is like having a knowledgeable, wise friend who understands what you are going through and, what's more, knows how to help you in an unassuming manner." —From the foreword by Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D., author, Overcoming Dyslexia "An important new work that stands apart from the hundreds of books on this topic. The Energetic Brain... has moved to number one on my short list of recommended readings for patients and professionals on this topic." —Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., editor-in-chief, Journal of Attention Disorders Foreword by Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D., author of Overcoming Dyslexia