Beyond ADHD

by Jeff Emmerson and Robert Yehling

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Beyond ADHD weaves Emmerson’s personal story of his ADHA diagnosis, exploring along the way the latest medical, scientific and societal explanations and tools for managing and living with the condition. Including interviews with a number of experts at the forefront of next-generation ADHD diagnostics and treatment, he questions the cookie-cutter way ADHD is commonly diagnosed and treated. Suggesting that the list of symptoms often used to identify ADHD can be attributed to many other disorders and conditions, he explores how and why ADHD diagnoses have increased by 50% in the last ten years. Emmerson advocates a different approach to ADHD, arguing that it should be a diagnosis of exclusion rather than the other way around, and that we must look past the label, recognising that individual symptoms vary and treatment plans should be better tailored to the individual. He examines mental and behavioural issues from all sides, including the possibility that nurturing - rather than trying to alter or suppress - the active, “360 - degree” mind is a viable way for those diagnosed with ADHD to realise their gifts and lead purposeful lives.