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06 December 2007

Mott MacDonald’s Dr Philip Anderton launches ADHD book

Mott MacDonald’s Dr Philip Anderton launches ADHD book:
The Tipping Points – a guide to what professionals should recognise as the social impact of ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)

Dr Philip Anderton joined Mott MacDonald in 2007, following a career spanning 27 years with the UK police force which culminated in senior consultancy roles championing diversity and positive change management. His interest in and desire to write his book: The Tipping Points – a guide to what professionals should recognize as the social impact of ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), evolved out of his responsibilities for reducing youth crime in Lancashire.

Dr Anderton explained, “ADHD is a disorder that is often misunderstood or dismissed. As a consequence, professionals who have responsibilities for the lives of youngsters with the disorder struggle to give the level of service that is necessary for there to be positive outcomes.

“My book is for professionals and parents alike and gives down to earth explanations of ADHD and explains how young people with poorly managed ADHD are at risk of following a path into crime, substance misuse, anti-social behaviour and personal danger, whilst offering solutions that minimise the chances of those people suffering unnecessarily.”

Last year, the results from a national survey showed that almost 20% of children with ADHD have been involved with the police and 37% have been admitted to A&E as a result of an incident caused by their ADHD symptoms.[1]

The book has already been welcomed by key stakeholders:

"As an adult who has ADHD, from childhood, and I have had my fair share of issues with the police and courts as a consequence, I really appreciate the interest in this subject being taken by Phil Anderton. This book should be read by anyone and everyone who deals with youngsters who have the disorder, if the people who looked after me had recognised my Tipping Points and done right by me, I might not have the criminal record that I have."

Gary Sendall, Founder WADDSUPP, adult ADHD support group in the Wirrall

"Many books seek to promote awareness of ADHD among the public but very few do so with as splendid a combination of science and compassion as does Mr. Anderton in this up-to-the-minute summation of what parents and others should know about ADHD and its management."

Professor Russell Barkley, SUNY Upstate Medical School

"This book is very welcome – it takes the lessons from the scientific study of ADHD and applies them to a social and justice perspective. It deserves to be read widely, especially by those who doubt whether the individual’s vulnerability of ADHD is relevant to how society should react."

Professor Eric Taylor, King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, London

"Phil Anderton, an experienced police officer, has seen that many who get in trouble with the law have ADHD. In this book he clearly describes what ADHD is and makes very practical suggestions for how those with ADHD can be powerfully helped by appropriate treatment. His approach is sensible, compassionate, and desperately needed."

Professor Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D. Dept of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine

The book has been published by charity ADDISS, the National Attention Deficit Disorder Information & Support Service and all proceeds will go to the charity. The book costs £9.99 plus £1.50 postage, to order a copy go to www.addiss.co.uk/products.htm - book4


Notes for editors:

Dr Philip Anderton, the author

Philip has assisted many national policing working groups, especially those for youth crime and intelligence sharing. In 2002 he was awarded the Crime Concern Problem Solver of the Year Award for his successes in reducing crime in Lancashire. Phil assists many agencies across Europe about ADHD and the criminal justice system. Regarded as a voice of authority on the subject, Phil sits on ADDISS’ advisory board and is an acclaimed international speaker.

[1] ADDISS Families Survey, ADDISS August 2006

For more information about ADDISS go to www.addiss.co.uk or contact: Andrea Bilbow, andrea@addiss.co.uk /telephone 0208 952 1515.

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