Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are in constant misdirected motion, unable to concentrate and complete assigned tasks, and behave impulsively. Their poor-self control frequently interferes with classroom learning and hinders their ability to relate to parents, teachers, and peers. Continued failure and criticism from those around them often has a profoundly negative impact on the ADHD child's self-concept. As a result, the child's internal disposition becomes one of hopelessness. Rather than anticipating and planning for success, ADHD children anticipate failure, believing there is little they can do to control their destiny.
Many ADHD children become markedly despondent as they move from one developmental stage to the next. They engage in various forms of oppositional behavior believing they simply can not succeed. In short, they have given up. In order to alter this course, ADHD children must learn to replace hopelessness with hopefulness. The insidious and often unrecognized depression blocking this transition must be addressed. The purpose of this book is to provide parents, educators, and mental health professionals with a conceptual and practical framework for identifying and correcting this emotional virus, which can undermine even the most well-designed and implemented therapeutic and educational program.
* ADHD and Depression: Its Prevalence and Symptoms
* Depression: The Underlying Cooperation "Killer"
* The Acquisition of Empathy: The First Step in Helping Depressed ADHD Children
* The Adult-Child Relationship: The Catalyst for Change
* More on the Adult-Child Relationship: Inspiring the ADHD Child to Please You
* Defensive Thinking: The Importance of Recognizing Destructive Thought Patterns
* Perception: Its Critical Importance in Understanding ADHD Children
* Why Perceptual Change is so Difficult
* Restructuring Errant Thinking: The Second Step in Helping ADHD Children
* The ADHD Child's Self-Concept: Its Importance in Coping with Environmental Stressors
* An ADHD Child Can Strain a Marriage
* The Acquisition of Confidence: How Important Is This?
* The Rudiments of Building Confidence
* Affective Education: A Necessary Ingredient in Helping ADHD Children to Cope with Depression
* Developing an Internal Locus of Control: The Antidote to Helplessness
* Strength Identification: The Building Block upon Which Hope Is Founded
* Building a Behavior Modification Program for Rearing Children to Develop an Internal Locus of Control
* An Internal Locus of Control Behavior Modification Program in the Home
* A Locus of Control Behavior Modficiation Program in the School
* Summary and Conclusions
About the Author
Paul Lavin is a practicing psychologist in the state of Massachusetts. He is the author of seventeen books and has forty years of experience in working with troubled youth.