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A New Understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) from Thomas E. Brown

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Although ADD/ADHD has been recognized for over 100 years, it has usually been seen as essentially a behavior problem. Yet many with ADD/ADHD suffer not from behavior problems so much as from chronic problems with focusing their attention, organizing their work, sustaining their effort, and utilizing short-term memory.

It’s time for a new understanding of Attention Deficit Disorder!

This website offers a new perspective on this disorder, one based on current clinical and neuroscience research. It presents a new definition and model of ADD/ADHD as essentially a problem with executive functions, the management system of the brain. It describes how a child or adult with ADD/ADHD can focus very well on a few activities that intensely interest them, yet be unablespanish-icon chinese to focus adequately on most other tasks of daily life. It explains how ADD/ADHD often looks like a weakness in willpower, but isn’t.

 

Outside The Box by Dr. Thomas E Brown

NOW AVAILABLE:
Outside the Box: Rethinking ADD/ADHD in Children and Adults: A Practical Guide

By Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.
American Psychiatric Publishing, 2017
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Outside the Box: Rethinking ADD/ADHD in Children and Adults—A Practical Guide assails decades old assumptions and presents an up-to-date, science-based understanding of this disorder that causes significant impairment and considerable suffering for about 8%-10% of children and at least 5% of adults.

Designed for laypersons, as well as for clinicians, the book offers science-based answers—in plain, understandable English—to questions such as the following:

  • “Why are those with ADD/ADHD able to focus very well on a few tasks in which they have strong interest, but are unable to focus adequately on many other tasks they recognize as important?”
  • “How is having ADD/ADHD like having “erectile dysfunction” of the mind?”
  • “Is medication treatment for ADD/ADHD more or less risky than its not being treated with medicine?
  • “What is the connection between ADD/ADHD and impairment of “executive function?”

Both down-to-earth and cutting-edge, Outside the Box: Rethinking ADD/ADHD in Children and Adults—A Practical Guide highlights multiple perspectives on how this disorder affects children and adults who suffer from this disorder as well as those who love and care for them.

Available in Paperback and eBook.
See more info and critiques of this book on the Books page of this site.

 

smart but stuck cover photoSmart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD

by Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.
Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2014
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Current diagnostic criteria for ADHD do not explicitly include problems with emotions, but many with ADHD have much difficulty with recognizing, responding to, and managing their emotions—both positive and negative.  This book explains why many with ADHD struggle so much with emotions and what can be done about it.

“Smart but Stuck” offers a series of true stories about intelligent teens and adults who had gotten “stuck” in failures at school, work, or in getting along with friends and family because of their ADHD. It shows how they got “unstuck” by dealing with ups and downs of emotions they didn’t know they had.

In this book you will meet and get to know 11 teens and adults including:

• Sue, who earned high grades until middle school, then lost motivation for schoolwork and became disorganized and oppositional in 9th grade, frustrating teachers and family while losing hope for herself.

• Mike, a college student who was put on academic probation. His dad always told him he’s smart but just lazy, and now he’s starting to believe it.

• Steve, a computer programmer whose ADHD struggles have led to him losing his job—and his wife. He’s good at programming computers, but not at programming himself.

• Sarah, who’s had trouble keeping track of things and getting work done since she hit menopause. She’s puzzled, since she never had such a hard time when she was younger.

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The Brown Model of ADD/ADHDspanish-icon

From more than 25 years of clinical interviews and research with children, adolescents and adults who have ADD/ADHD, Dr. Brown has developed an expanded model to describe the complex cognitive functions impaired in ADD/ADHD. This model describes executive functions, the cognitive management system of the human brain.

Although the model shows six separate clusters, these functions continually work together, usually rapidly and unconsciously, to help each individual manage many tasks of daily life. The functions appear in basic forms in young children and gradually become more complex as the brain matures throughout childhood, adolescence and early adulthood.

Everyone has occasional impairments in their executive functions, individuals with ADD experience much more difficulty in development and use of these functions than do most others of the same age and developmental level. Yet even those with severe ADHD usually have some activities where their executive functions work very well.

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A New Working Definition of ADHD

For decades ADD/ADHD has been understood as essentially a behavior disorder accompanied by chronic problems in not paying enough attention to what others are saying. Recent research has now made it clear that this disorder is essentially a complex set of problems in unfolding development of the brain’s management system. Below is a new working definition of this disorder based upon findings from recent research and described in the model above.

ADHD can be described as:

  • a complex syndrome of
  • developmental impairments of executive functions,
  • the self-management system of the brain,
  • a system of mostly unconscious operations.
  • These impairments are situationally variable,
  • chronic, and significantly interfere with functioning in many aspects of the person’s daily life.

This definition and the research on which it is based are described in Dr. Brown’s recent book, A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults: Executive Function Impairments. This book also describes 35 myths about ADHD and why they are wrong.  Chapters explain implications of recent research for assessment and effective treatment, and why so many of those with ADHD also suffer from other disorders of learning, emotion or behavior (Routledge, 2013).