Stephen Hinshaw

Understanding ADHD is based on an in-depth, filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Stephen Hinshaw, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley. Stephen Hinshaw is an expert in the fields of clinical child and adolescent psychology and developmental psychopathology, as well as stigma, preventive interventions and dehumanization related to mental illness.

This extensive conversation examines the facts and misunderstandings surrounding ADHD, diagnosis and misdiagnosis, treatment, family responsibilities, the subtitles of medication, adult ADHD, gender, what’s happening on an international level and finally the stigma of mental illness.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Last Frontier, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. On Genes and Explorers – Different perspectives
  2. Brain Biology – Neurotransmitters and cortex investigations
  3. Diagnosis and Treatment – Theory, practice and uncertainty
  4. Behaviour and Medication – Not so straightforward
  5. Adults and Gender – More subtleties appear
  6. Stigma – The elephant in the room
  7. Public Policy – Unexpected consequences
  8. Adderall for All? – Objective vs. subjective effects
  9. Global Perspectives – Getting a bigger picture
  10. Towards A Better Future? – Reasons for pessimism and optimism



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Understanding ADHD is also part of the five-part Ideas Roadshow CollectionConversations About Psychology, Volume 1, which is available in both paperback and electronic format.