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Could It Be Adult Adhd?


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Foreword by J. Russell Ramsay Acknowledgments Section I: Recognition 1. Meet Clara and Troy: Two Adults with ADHD 2. Adult ADHD Symptoms 3. Hidden ADHD: Presenting Problems and Comorbidity 4. Recognizing Strengths Section II: Assessment 5. A Framework for Assessment 6. Medical Problems and ADHD: Comorbidity and Mimics 7. Assessing Family History, Childhood and Adult Development 8. Assessing Adaptive Functioning Section III: Treatment 9. Psychotherapy Goals, Structure and Challenges 10. Psychoeducation about Cognitive Differences 11. Skills Training 12. Comorbid Conditions, Emotional Distress and Dysfunctional Cognitions 13. Medications 14. Review of Other Treatments for ADHD Afterword: Some Final Thoughts Appendix 1: Psychological Assessment of ADHD Appendix 2: The Quick Delay Questionnaire Appendix 3: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Client Handout Recommended Reading References About the Author Index

About the Author

Jan Willer, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in independent practice in Chicago, Illinois. Could it Be Adult ADHD? is her second book; the first was The Beginning Psychotherapist's Companion. She enjoys teaching, lecturing, writing and working with psychotherapy clients.


"Authoritative, easy-to-read, and eminently practical, Could It Be Adult ADHD? is masterful. Through case examples, sound evidence-based information, and clear guidance, this book's thorough yet digestible coverage and wisdom shine through on each page. Highly recommended!"--Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley, Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Francisco, and co-author, The ADHD Explosion and ADHD: What Everyone Needs to Know "Jan Willer's comprehensive book provides clinicians with the tools they need to recognize ADHD in their adult patients. It includes a wealth of information about diagnosing ADHD, comorbidity, associated impairments, as well as psychosocial and medication treatments. This book provides a much needed resource aimed at helping the underserved population of adults with ADHD."--Susan Sprich, PhD, Director, CBT Program, Director, Postgraduate Psychology Education, MGH Psychiatry Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital, and co-author, Mastering Your Adult ADHD "This book contains a wealth of useful information about the wide variety of ways ADHD emerges in adults along with specific suggestions for how to provide effective treatments not just with medication, but also with practical, empathic psychotherapy and psychoeducation." --Thomas E. Brown, PhD, Director, Brown Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and author, Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD "This is a fantastic book! It's up to date, well written, and abounds with clinical insights about all aspects of care for adults with ADHD. Rarely has a clinical text succeeded so well in knitting together the latest scientific research with sound, detailed, nuanced and practical clinical guidance. This comprehensive guide for mental health professionals addresses every aspect of assessment and treatment of adult ADHD. Of particular value are the many illustrative dialogues that give the flavor of the difficulties faced by these clients and the types of intervention by the therapist that are helpful and effective... Dr. Willer's book represents a tremendous contribution to the field - one that should be required reading for all those who work with adults with ADHD."--Mary Solanto, PhD, New York University, and author, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: Targeting Executive Dysfunction

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