In this volume internationally well known experts discuss whether psychoanalysis - with its rich mix of clinical experiences and conceptualizations of early development and symptoms - has something unique to offer through deepening the understanding of children suffering from this and similar developmental disturbances. The contributors consider therapeutic strategies as well as possibilities of early prevention. Surprisingly, psychoanalysts have only during the past few years actively engaged in the on-going and very important controversial discussions on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There may be many reasons for the increasing interest in this topic over the past few years - for example the dialogue between psychoanalysis and contemporary neurobiology/brain research which opens a fascinating window on an old problem in European culture: the mind-body problem. This exchange also promises to enlarge the understanding of psychic problems probably connected with some neurobiologically-based pathologies, widely assumed to include ADHD.

part II|156 pages

Early Development and Its Disturbances

chapter |9 pages

Discussion of Peter Fonagy's Paper

Developmental risks and their sequelae: Effects on attachment and mentalization

chapter |9 pages

Discussion of Peter Fonagy's Paper

Attachment, trauma, and psychoanalysis: Where psychoanalysis meets neuroscience

chapter THREE|16 pages

Coping with children's temperament

chapter |9 pages

Discussion of William B. Carey's Paper

Coping with children's temperament: Early development and its disturbances

chapter |10 pages

Discussion of Heidi Staufenberg's Paper

ADHD from the empirical and clinical perspectives