Management of ADHD in Children and Young People – Chapter 16: Transition to adult services in ADHD (ebook)


Chapter 16 – Transition to adult services in ADHD

ADHD was traditionally seen as a disorder of children, diagnosed and treated by paediatricians and consultants in child and adolescent psychiatry. The general view was that children grew out of ADHD on reaching adulthood and, as such, the disorder was dealt with only by specialists in childhood disorders. This view probably relates to a perception that the main symptom of ADHD is that of hyperactivity. Although the psychopathology of ADHD does change over time, with a reduction in hyperactivity as children grow older, it is increasingly recognised that the other cardinal ADHD symptoms of inattention and impulsivity often do not decline to the same degree as motor symptoms and that adults with ADHD often experience an inner mental restlessness. The validity of the concept of ADHD in adults was examined and confirmed with publication of the NICE Guidelines on ADHD, and there is increased recognition of ongoing symptoms and detrimental long-term outcomes in a significant proportion of young adults with ADHD.

About the book

This book is an accessible and practical guide on all aspects of assessment of children and young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and how they can be managed successfully. The multi-professional team of authors discusses referral, assessment and diagnosis, psychological management, pharmacological management, and co-existing conditions, as well as ADHD in the school setting. New research on girls with ADHD is also featured. Case scenarios are included that bring these topics to life.

From the Foreword by Dr Duncan Manders:

The topics covered in this book reflect the questions clinicians working in the specialities of child and adolescent psychiatry or paediatrics frequently want answered and so would be ideal for training grade clinicians. The authors have used their expertise of delivering teaching to ensure that their content is clear and understandable to all. This book is not a simple introduction to the subject; clinicians from all backgrounds in children’s services, and at all levels of seniority will find something of value or interest, whether it be seeking validation for their current clinical practice or new insights into how to approach clinical challenges. As the science basis expands, our understanding of the neurobiology of this condition will increase; however, th eneed for access to the experience of clinicans who have been delivering care to this group of children and young people will remain irreplaceable. This book thoroughly fulfills that need.


Readership: neurodisability and community paediatricians, child and adolescent psychiatrists, specialist nurses, psychologists,  education professionals and  parents and carers.