What You Think ADD/ADHD Is, It Isn't: Symptoms and Neuropsychological Testing Through Time

Barbara C. Fisher

© 2013 - CRC Press
Published May 20, 2013
Reference - 505 Pages - 733 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439839966 - CAT# K11848

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  • Presents clarity to a disorder too often misunderstood and misdiagnosed
  • Provides scientific evidence of clinically reported data and self-report measures over a 20-year period
  • Demonstrates the superiority of neuropsychological testing over behavioral checklists for correct diagnosis
  • Demonstrates how anxiety frequently masks itself as hyperactivity
  • Explains how misdiagnosis does a disservice to individuals, leading to inappropriate medication therapy
  • Includes graphs demonstrating findings for self-reporting measures and individual tests


ADD/ADHD is not as easily diagnosed or clear-cut as many believe; in fact it very often acts as a masking agent for other underlying, contributing disorders. It’s important that we understand ADD/ADHD better. What You Think ADD/ADHD Is, It Isn’t: Symptoms and Neuropsychological Testing Through Time is the culmination of the author’s years of research involving clinical experience and testing, resulting in the first all-encompassing examination of the ADD/ADHD disorder.

Debunking common myths and shedding light upon the way this disorder truly impacts people, this volume:

  • Presents the results of the largest clinical research study for ADD/ADHD, compiling 20 years of testing
  • Distinguishes the inattentive form of ADD from ADHD and additional disorders using neuropsychological testing
  • Provides statistical analysis from neuropsychological evaluations and self-reporting questionnaires from parents, teachers, adolescents, and adults
  • Demonstrates how anxiety frequently masks itself as hyperactivity and increases through the lifespan
  • Addresses the issue of ADHD misdiagnosis
  • Explains the importance of diagnosing additional comorbid disorders that impact medication management and treatment
  • Offers statistics showing the manner in which ADHD symptoms and additional issues affect people differently through the lifespan


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