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ADHD in Adults – Barkley, Murphy and Fischer

Book review

Heavy on science, light on insight

In “ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says”, heavy-weight experts Russell Barkley, Kevin Murphy & Mariellen Fischer give a comprehensive overview of the current state of medical knowledge of ADHD.

Russell Barkley is one of the leading scientists researching ADHD, who is somewhat fixated on the view that nothing good comes from ADHD. He argues strongly for his “disorder model” and seemingly disregards any evidence of positive ADD traits. If you can accept the author’s very negative tone there is a lot of valuable information up to date science contained within.

The book analyses findings from two major studies and presents the results on the significant impairments produced by the disorder across many areas including education, work, relationships, health, behaviours and mental health.

The book covers treatment implications of these findings and demonstrates that current diagnostic criteria do not accurately reflect the way ADHD is experienced by adults, and outlines improved criteria based on executive function deficits.

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Andrew Lewis is an ADHD Coach, writer and founder of SimplyWellbeing. He has over ten thousand hours and fifteen years of experience in coaching ADHD executives, business professionals and creatives. His expertise with ADHD is personal, with decades of his own experience, bringing up an ADHD child, running a large support group and in coaching clients often for years He has published his writing via this website and has ADHD online courses in development. His business expertise comes from a twenty years career in software, from programming, through marketing, sales and running a few start-ups.

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