A central source of frustration for most adults with ADHD is that they know what they need to do but they have difficulties turning their intentions into actions. These difficulties also interfere with their ability to use self-help books and to get the most out of psychosocial treatments that provide coping strategies that promise to improve their functioning. The authors discuss many different settings in which ADHD may cause difficulties, including work, school, matters of physical health and well-being, and the issue of excessive use of technology.
From two leading child and adolescent mental health experts comes a guide for the parents of every college and college-bound student who want to know what’s normal mental health and behavior, what’s not, and how to intervene before it’s too late. These two doctors have combined their expertise to corral the crucial emotional skills and lessons that every parent and student can learn for a successful launch from home to college.
It remains the definitive book for clinicians seeking to treat adults with ADHD. Clinicians will continue to benefit from the presentation of an evidence-supported treatment approach for adults with ADHD that combines cognitive behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy adapted for this challenging clinical population.
My name is Anthony Rostain. I went to medical school at NYU and came to the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia to become a pediatrician. In the process of training, I realized that the challenges I saw that needed to be addressed in my kids and families were mental health challenges. I went and did a second set of residencies in adult psychiatry and in child adolescent psychiatry. I have focused my career clinically on kids with neurodevelopmental differences, learning challenges, ADHD, autism spectrum, and kids who, through the normal course of life, find adapting to both school and growing up to be difficult. I also work with families and use a family systems approach. I became involved in medical education and running the training programs for medical students and psychiatry residents at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. I’ve been there for about 40 years, and then I just recently moved over to Cooper University Healthcare, where I’m the chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. One last piece of information is that in the years of 2014 and 2015, I was co-chair of a taskforce at the University of Pennsylvania that was looking into the challenges of mental health and wellness of students at UPenn, because there were a number of suicides and the provost and president wanted to understand why that was this going on. I got deeply immersed, and have been always immersed, in both the training of residents and medical students in mental health, my own practice of lifespan psychiatry, focusing on adolescence and transitional age youth, and thinking about the environment that kids are growing up in, for example families, schools, and colleges.
Anthony L. Rostain is the author of the books, “The Adult ADHD Toolkit“, “The Stressed Years of Their Lives“, and “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD.”