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Taking Charge of ADHD, Third Edition

The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents

By Russell A. Barkley

Guilford Press – 2014 – 363 pages

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From distinguished researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this treasured parent resource gives you the science-based information you need about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment. It also presents a proven eight-step behavior management plan specifically designed for 6- to 18-year-olds with ADHD. Offering encouragement, guidance, and loads of practical tips, Dr. Barkley helps you:

*Make sense of your child's symptoms.
*Get an accurate diagnosis.
*Work with school and health care professionals to get needed support.
*Learn parenting techniques that promote better behavior.
*Strengthen your child's academic and social skills.
*Use rewards and incentives effectively.
*Restore harmony at home.

Updated throughout with current research and resources, the third edition includes the latest facts about medications and about what causes (and doesn't cause) ADHD.

See also Dr. Barkley's bestselling Taking Charge of Adult ADHD.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit


"Dr. Barkley is a foremost researcher who has devoted his career to teaching and helping those with ADHD. This book brings together in one place everything that parents need to cope with daily challenges and make important decisions about their child's care. Dr. Barkley's knowledge, brilliance, and dedication shine through on every page like a beacon of hope." - Edward M. Hallowell, MD, coauthor of Driven to Distraction

"An excellent and readable book that will empower parents of children with ADHD." - NAMI Advocate

"This is not just another book. This is a great book….Although aimed at parents, it has something for everyone involved with ADHD kids: teachers, psychologists, doctors, and family. I am not going to lend this book to parents (although I will show it to them) because they need to buy it so they have it on hand to read and reread." - J. Clyde Ralph, Pediatric News, 2012

"This book features pioneering research that provides new insight into preventing ADHD from becoming a major obstacle in a child's (and parent's) life….Parents will appreciate having this book on hand, and teachers will want a copy to show parents who are ready for a resource." - Intervention in School and Clinic

"If any professional knows about ADHD, it is Russell Barkley…. All in all, this is a splendid book." - Child and Family Behavior Therapy


Introduction: A Guiding Philosophy for Parents of Children with ADHD. Part I. Understanding ADHD. What Is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder? "What’s Really Wrong with My Child?": Poor Self-Control. What Causes ADHD? What to Expect: The Nature of the Disorder. The Family Context of a Child with ADHD. Part II. Taking Charge: How to Be a Successful Executive Parent. Deciding to Have Your Child Evaluated for ADHD. Preparing for the Evaluation. Coping with the Diagnosis of ADHD. Fourteen Guiding Principles for Raising a Child with ADHD. Just for Parents: How to Take Care of Yourself. Part III. Managing Life with ADHD: How to Cope at Home and at School. Eight Steps to Better Behavior. Taking Charge at Home: The Art of Problem Solving. How to Help Your Child with Peer Problems. Getting through Adolescence, with Arthur L. Robin, PhD. Off to School on the Right Foot: Managing Your Child’s Education, with Linda J. Pfiffner, PhD. Enhancing Education at School and at Home: Methods for Success from Kindergarten through Grade 12, with Linda J. Pfiffner, PhD. Keeping School Performance in Perspective. Part IV. Medications for ADHD. The Approved Effective Medicines: Stimulants and Nonstimulants. Other Medicines: Antidepressants and Antihypertensives. Support Services for Parents. Suggested Reading and Videos.

Author Bio

Russell A. Barkley, PhD, a leading scientific authority on ADHD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He is a recipient of awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association, among other honors. The author of numerous bestselling books for professionals and the public, including Taking Charge of Adult ADHD, Dr. Barkley lectures worldwide and makes frequent media appearances. He has worked with children and families for over 35 years, during which time he and his wife have raised two sons of their own.

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Description: By Russell A. Barkley. From distinguished researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this treasured parent resource gives you the science-based information you need about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment. It also presents a proven eight-step...
Categories: ADHD in Adults, ADHD & ODD in Children & Adolescents, Self Help Resources, Parenting, Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology - Adult