Our Special Needs Book Review site was designed by James Tobias Creative Recently they also designed Dr. Charles Parker’s site and told him about our book reviews. Small world! He sent us his new book with a publication date of January 1st, 2013 entitled, “New ADHD Medication Rules: Brain Science and Common Sense“. I have been reading it for a few days now and taking notes for my review. A few times I have but it aside thinking it was too complicated and then I pick it up again, flip the pages and always find such interesting information that I go back to where I was in the book and go on. I just read the last page and know for certain that New ADHD Medication Rules will make a difference in the lives of those affected by ADHD.
New ADHD Medication Rules is for adults with ADHD, parents of children with ADHD, and medical practioners to help them understand the factors involved in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. What message does Dr. Charles Parker, the renowned neuroscience consultant, child and adult psychiatrist have for his readers? On his book cover I read, “From psychoanalysis to psychopharmacology, Parker brings a unique perspective and passion to the changes that must be made in the current diagnostic and treatment protocols for psychiatric conditions in general and ADHD most specifically.”
This book is an updated version of his first book, ADHD Medication Rules published in August 2011. On Dr. Parker’s web site I found, “New ADHD Medication Rules connects Brain Science and Common Sense – Many aren’t paying sufficient attention to the meds for paying attention.”
Dr. Parker’s book summarizes forty years of work gathering feedback from patients, looking for additional answers and more evidence-based approaches. The book deals with the dangers of over-medication, the continued suffering caused by missed diagnoses and imbalanced medical treatment, and the hope that brain science employing precise ADHD guideposts will remove much of the guesswork around diagnosis and treatment.
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” quotestyle=” style02″] SSRI’s can make you feel crazy and make ADHD worse. I repeat SSRI’s can make pre-existing suicidal ideas much worse if the ADHD is not simultaneously treated. [/sws_blockquote_endquote]
New ADHD Medication Rules reveals to ADHD sufferers the dangers and shortcomings of the dated practices of treatment. He tells his readers, “Improved ADHD medications work remarkably well and with reassuring predictably. They are safer when used correctly and often work well with both children and adults.”
Dr. Parker explains that the main reason for writing this book has to do with suicide. Yes, the wrong treatment or missed diagnosis of a person with “Thinking ADHD: Thinking Without Acting” can have serious consequences. Most Thinking ADHD is mistaken for bipolar, anxiety, social anxiety, etc. and the person is treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) which are antidepressants that affect serotonin levels in the brain. SSRI’s do not successfully treat ADHD thinking; in fact they increase suicide risk! Dr. Parker writes, “SSRI’s can make you feel crazy and make ADHD worse. I repeat SSRI’s can make pre-existing suicidal ideas much worse if the ADHD is not simultaneously treated.”
Dr. Parker wants to arm patients with enough information that they ask their doctors questions and receive treatment tailored to their needs. Doctors and patients must be partners in treatment so that the medications are adjusted correctly because many variables like the following influence the effectiveness of medication.
- The way drugs are absorbed and then processed in the bowel, liver or the brain has to be taken in consideration.
- A patient’s diet, missing breakfast, being constipated, medical status, sleep problems, and allergies must be known.
- The interaction of multiple medications (drug-drug interaction) must be known. The wrong mix of drugs can harm instead of heal.
- Co-existing problems must be taken in account.
Motivational and inspirational writer, Bryan Hutchinson, the author of several books about life with ADHD including the best selling “One Boy′s Struggle: A Memoir” and the author of the hilarious eBook that went viral “10 Things I Hate about ADHD”, interviewed Dr. Parker. One question and answer follow:
Bryan Hutchinson: “There are a lot of misunderstandings about ADHD medications. Why is it important for adults with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD to understand the medications they are taking?”
>> Dr. Parker >> “The neuroscience of neurotransmitters is, admittedly, quite daunting – but the application of these ADHD new meds, following the necessary New Rules is street simple, and, again, based upon the common sense applications of predictable science. One simple answer, addressed in detail in my book, out in paperback this fall, is placement of far more attention to each med’s DOE, duration of effectiveness, with each person taking the med. Each stimulant med works best at a certain DOE. If you use that DOE for med adjustment the side effects and misunderstandings drop markedly. Know the DOE, find your own customized therapeutic window, and the science works – if only you work it, and target that specific DOE objective. Medication use is far more complex than chasing oversimplified labels with cookie cutter dosing strategies, and several New Rules, based upon good science, find useful application at any level of elementary understanding.”
Features I Liked in the Book
The 154 pages are divided into fifteen chapters with descriptive titles so you can find information quickly when you use it as a resource book after your first reading… unfortunately there is no index.
Three main topics are covered in a logical manner as you can see from the chapter titles.
#1 – ADHD is a specific, biologically-based brain dysfunction
- Right drugs for the right diagnosis
- Acting ADHD: Acting Without Thinking
- Thinking ADHD: Thinking Without Acting
- Avoiding ADHD: Not Thinking and Not Acting
#2 – ADHD occurring with other conditions is well addressed in these chapters:
- Depression and Anxiety: ADHD Confusion
- Furious Minds: Bipolar and ADHD
- Unpredictability: Brain Injury and ADHD
#3 – The chapters explaining the variables that influence the outcomes of treatment:
- Measure Metabolism: The Burn Rate
- Shoot For Your Therapeutic Window
- Breakfast Matters
- Sleep For Brain Defrag
I enjoyed Dr. Parker’s frequent use of humor to drive his point across,” Treating ADHD without first establishing targeted outcome expectations is like playing basketball without the hoops; there’s a lot of running around with no goal.”
Profound quotes found with each new chapter give you more food for thought, “It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best. ~ W Edwards Deming
Case studies throughout the book help to explain more clearly the complexity of his subject matter.
Dr. Parker’s “Pep Talks” with fatherly undertones and his cheer leader attitude prompts the reader to action:
- Start with yourself, buy a workbook, outline your personal objectives, set a calendar, buy a pill buddy…
- If you want to correct your life with ADHD, the process requires far more than just medications changing your brain. You actually have to take care of your brain, mend your body and fire up your engine with the best food possible.
- Eat a protein breakfast, exercise and get proper sleep. Your brain and body will run much better, last longer and will be happier.
- Your recovery is up to you; with this guide, you can make it happen.
- Manage your breakfast, your sleep, your metabolic rate, your exercise and your time to rest.
- Take your medication regularly… You are worth it and compromise on medication is not the best strategy.
Dr. Parker tells his readers that seeking the most modern and informed doctors is the patient’s responsibility. Brain literature and science is growing so fast that many are having trouble keeping up. Many people will be much better informed and will be able to make informed choices in their care because of his new book, New ADHD Medication Rules and his regular reports of new science findings on the award-winning CorePsych site.
Dr.Charles Parker (1942-present) was born in Philadelphia, PA – in West Philly to a war-nomad family – father Navy, mother a physician. As a neuroscience consultant certified for SPECT brain imaging, child and adult psychiatrist with more than 43 years of experience in the office-trenches, Dr. Parker brings a fresh, comprehensive street sense to the variety of clinical challenges seen in everyday problems.
He is a writer, nationally recognized speaker and author of “Deep Recovery: How to Use Your Most Difficult Relationships to Find Out Who You Are!” in 1992 and “ADHD Medication Rules” in 2011. Currently Parker regularly reports new science findings on the award-winning CorePsych site [from 2006], and recently finished the second edition of “New ADHD Medication Rules – Brain Science & Common Sense.”
He is an expert in his field. He has direct experience with clients with his practice and since 1996 he has been lecturing to medical colleagues on the science and applications of psychotropic meds fro several pharma companies.
Dr. Parker works and lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.