The Hyperactive Child
This book is for the parents of hyperactive children, as well as for anyone who is in contact with and must manage such children, including teachers and child-care professionals. It is estimated today that between three and five per cent of school-age children are hyperactive, though the figures vary in different countries and studies. Attention-span disorders have become the most frequent reason for medical consultation. (The scientific term for hyperactivity is Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or AD/HD).
This is an extremely controversial subject. Are such children really ill, or are they simply badly behaved? Is AD/HD a genetic or a family problem? Should children suffering from AD/HD be medicated? And what are the dangers of medication? In this book, the author, a specialist in the field, reviews the current state of knowledge on hyperactivity in a simple and highly accessible manner. She considers the following:
Determining if a child is hyperactive.
What types of behaviour profiles can be mistaken for AD/HD? (the turbulent or anxious child, the day-dreamer, the gifted child, the rebel)
What becomes of hyperactive children?
What causes hyperactivity? (Who to blame: society, parents, genetics?)
How should AD/HD be treated?
With its numerous case studies, pertinent advice and accessible scientific explanations, this book is bound to become the basic reference work on AD/HD for the general reader.
Marie-France Le Heuzey is a medical psychiatrist. She is in charge of consulting on hyperactivity in the Child and Adolescent Psychopathology ward at Hôpital Robert-Debré, in Paris. She is the co-author of a book on hyperactivity from childhood to adulthood, and the editor of a monograph on hyperactivity published by the Revue du Practicien. She is currently participating, in her capacity as a specialist, in a European study on the treatment of hyperactivity.