Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most prevalent childhood psychiatric disorders of our time. The condition is defined by levels of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity that are in impairing and developmentally inappropriate. Increasingly, there is a growing appreciation that for many individuals the disorder may persist into adulthood and be associated with significant social and economic burden. Conditions, such as ADHD, that are manifestly heterogeneous in terms of their clinical presentation, underlying neurobiology and treatment response, must be tackled on multiple fronts. This Handbook of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder provides a state of the art position on each of these fronts from leading clinicians and researchers from around the world. Broad in its scope and comprehensive in its detail, this book should be as useful to the student as it is to the experienced clinician or researcher.
Michael Fitzgerald is the Henry Marsh Professor of child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and was the first Professor of Child Psychiatry in Ireland. Michael has held positions at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital London and the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queens's Square, as well as King's College Hospital, London. He received an MB from University College Galway and an MD from Trinity College Dublin. Michael has special interests in ADHD and autism and has over 300 published contributions to the literature including books, peer-reviewed papers and letters to the editors. He has edited or co-edited eight books. Mark Bellgrove is a University of Queensland Principal Research Fellow at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) and School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Mark is an experimental psychologist by training and completed his Ph.D. at Monash University, Australia. Mark undertook postdoctoral training within the Departments of Psychology, Psychiatry and Institute of Neuroscience at trinity College Dublin, Ireland, working on endophenotypes for ADHD. Subsequently, Mark returned to Australia as a National Health and Medical Research Council Howard Florey Centenary Fellow, working at eh University of Melbourne. Mark has a special interest in the cognitive neuroscience of psychiatric disorders, including ADHD, autism and schizophrenia. Michael Gill is Professor and Head of the Discipline of Psychiatry within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Michael leads the Neuropsychiatric Genetics Research group which studies the molecular bases of a number of psychiatric conditions including programmes in ADHD, schizophrenia, and autism. Michael completed his MD at Dublin University and is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. Michael is a past Wellcome trust Research Fellow and Wellcome trust Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. Michael has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and his research has attracted major funding from national and international funding agencies.