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What Causes ADHD?: Understanding What Goes Wrong and Why by Joel T. Nigg PhD

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By Joel T. Nigg PhD

Synthesizing a wealth of modern neuropsychological learn, this groundbreaking ebook specializes in the a number of pathways in which attention-deficit/hyperactivity disease (ADHD) develops. Joel T. Nigg marshals the simplest on hand wisdom on what's truly occurring within the symptomatic kid's mind and why, tracing the intersecting causal impacts of genetic, neural, and environmental elements. within the technique, the publication confronts such enduring controversies because the validity of ADHD as a scientific build. particular feedback are supplied for experiences that may extra refine the conceptualization of the illness, with major power advantages for remedy and prevention. (20100901)

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2 lists real public health questions that are important to resolve. 2. ADHD Questions and Controversies: Status of the Science 1. Noncontroversies and their resolution a. Is ADHD a “myth”? No. Many children really are impaired as described by this syndrome. b. Does the ADHD syndrome have statistical validity? Yes. c. Is ADHD a classical disease with a laboratory test for its diagnosis? No. d. Do genes play a role in liability to develop diagnosable ADHD? Yes. e. Does ADHD have a single cause, like a germ or a genetic defect, as in classical disease?

Does the ADHD syndrome have statistical validity? Yes. c. Is ADHD a classical disease with a laboratory test for its diagnosis? No. d. Do genes play a role in liability to develop diagnosable ADHD? Yes. e. Does ADHD have a single cause, like a germ or a genetic defect, as in classical disease? No. f. Does the ADHD syndrome resemble other medical disorders in its characteristics? Yes. g. Does diagnosis depend in part on “subjective” perceptions of parents and teachers? Yes. h. Is diagnosis entirely subjective?

Or do they have an extreme level of a trait that is simply present in lower levels in the typically developing population (in much the same way that hypertension is defined by a somewhat arbitrary, but statistically meaningful, cutoff on the blood pressure continuum)? Dimensional assessment tools (Achenbach, 2000) provide an empirically defensible alternative to a DSM-IV-TR or ICD-10 formulation clinically, and imply a distinct conceptualization of the phenomenon (although it is not unrelated to the DSM and ICD views).

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