Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Welcome to the UC Davis MIND Institute and Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) resource page for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
What is ADHD?
ADHD is the most common childhood psychiatric disorder, affecting behavior and daily functioning in 3 to 5 percent of school-aged children in the United States.
- Symptoms - Children may act quickly without thinking and interrupt others (impulsivity), fidget, have difficulty sitting still and staying on-task hyperactivity), or daydream and get easily sidetracked (inattention).
- Three types - ADHD is diagnosed as the hyperactive impulsive type (no significant inattention), inattentive type (no significant hyperactive impulsive behavior) or the combined type (both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms).
- Other disorders - Children with ADHD can suffer from other psychological disorders,including depression, learning disorders, impulse control disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Adults may suffer from substance abuse.
- Life-long management - ADHD is a chronic illness requiring long-term treatment strategies.
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry »
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association »
- California Psychological Association »
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention »
- CHADD - Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder »
- CHADD - Northern California »
- Healthy Children »
- Learning Disabilities Association of America »
- National Institute of Mental Health »
- National Resource Center on ADHD »
- UC Davis MIND Institute ADHD Program »
- U.S. Department of Education »
Books on K-12 and ADHD
- Barkley, Russell A. (2000). Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
- Charney, R. S. & Noddings, N. (2002). Teaching Children to Care: Classroom Management for Ethical and Academic Growth, K-8 (Revised ed.). Greenfield, MA: Northeast Foundation for Children.
- Dawson, P. & Guare, R. (2004). Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
- Dawson, P., & Guare, R. (2009). Smart but Scattered. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
- Denton, P., Kriete. R. & Bechtel, L. (2000). The First Six Weeks of School. Greenfield, MA: Northeast Foundation for Children.
- Fletcher, J.M., Lyon, G.R., Fuchs. L.S. & Barnes. M.A. (2007). Learning Disabilities: From Identification to Intervention. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
- Flick, G.L. (2010). Managing ADHD in the K-8 Classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
- Kriete, R. (2002). The Morning Meeting Book (Revised ed.) Greenfield, MA: Northeast Foundation for Children.
- Lougy, R. A., DeRuvo, S.L. & Rosenthal, D. (2007). Teaching Young Children With ADHD: Successful Strategies and Practical Interventions for PreK-3. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
- Lougy, R. A., DeRuvo, S.L. & Rosenthal, D. (2009). The School Counselor’s Guide to What to Know and Do to Help Your Students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Pfiffner, L.J. (1996). All About ADHD: The Complete Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.
- Quinn, P. O., Stern, J.M. Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD (2nd ed.). (Lee, J. Illus.). New York: Magination Press.
- *Many of the books for teachers and educators listed above offer advice that applies to parents too!
Books on College and ADHD
- Barkin, C. (1999). When Your Kid goes To College: A Parent’s Survival Guide. New York, NY: Avon Books.
- Beattie, M. (1987). Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling and Start Caring for Yourself. MN: Hazelden.
- Coburn, K., & Treeger, M. (2003). Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years, 4th Edition. New York, NY: Harper Collins.
- Grossberg, B. (2011). Applying to College for Students with ADD or LD: A guide to keep you (and your parents) sane, satisfied and organized through the admission process. Washington, C.C.: Magination Press.
- MJohnson, H., & Schelhas-Miller, C. (2000). Don’t Tell Me What to Do. Just Send Money. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin.
- Maitland, T., & Quinn, P. (2010). Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Teens with ADHD/LD for College. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association; Magination Press.
- Mullendore, R., & Hatch, C. (2000). Helping Your First-year College Student Succeed: A Guide For Parents. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource
- Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition.
- Pasick, P. (1998). Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College. New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Co.
- (1997) Parenting for Prevention: How to stop enabling and start empowering kids. MN: Johnston Institute, Hazelton.
- Quinn, P. & Maitland, T. (2011). On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD. Washington, D.C.: Magination Press.
- Quinn, P., Ratey, N., & Maitland, T. (2000). Coaching College Students with AD/HD: Issues and Answers. Silver Spring, MD: Advantage Books.
Books on Adulthood and ADHD
- Barkley, Russell A. (2010). Taking Charge of Adult ADHD. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
The websites listed are independent of the UC Davis MIND Institute and Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD). Resources are provided for information only and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of the UC Davis MIND Institute and Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.