Dr. Brown’s award-winning book on Attention Deficit Disorder:

Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults

by Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005

Myths about Attention Deficit Disorder abound. This disorder often goes unrecognized, and even when diagnosed may be inadequately treated. In this up-to-date and clearly written book for the general public as well as professionals in medicine, mental health and education, Dr. Brown describes his new way of understanding ADD. Drawing on recent findings in neuroscience and a rich variety of case histories from his clinical practice, he describes what ADD syndrome is, how it can be recognized at different ages, and how it can best be treated.

This is the first book to address the perplexing question about ADD: how can individuals, some very bright, be chronically unable to “pay attention,” yet be able to focus very well on specific tasks that strongly interest them? Dr. Brown challenges the “willpower” explanation and explains how inherited malfunctions of the brain’s management system prevent some people from being able to deal adequately with challenging tasks of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. His book is an authoritative and practical guide for physicians and psychologists, parents and teachers, and the 7 to 9 percent of persons who suffer from ADD or ADHD.

Table of Contents


  1. Misconceptions about Focus and Willpower
  2. Six Aspects of a Complex Syndrome
  3. ADD Syndrome and the Working Brain
  4. Childhood: Struggling with Self-Management
  5. Adolescence: Greater Independence Brings New Challenges
  6. Adulthood: Managing Responsibilities, Finding a Niche
  7. How ADD Syndrome Differs from Normal Inattention
  8. Disorders That May Accompany ADD Syndrome
  9. Medications and Other Treatments
  10. Fears, Prejudices, and Realistic Hope




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