ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

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ADD - Friendly Ways to Get Organized is a long overdue response to the needs of adults with attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder. It deals directly and exclusively with the greatest challenge that adults with AD/HD face: the problem of disorganization. Once considered a disorder of childhood, we now know that AD/HD is a lifespan disorder and taking charge of one's life to achieve quality of life in the wake of this disorder requires organization. The authors, uniquely qualified within their diverse ...
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ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life: Strategies that Work from a Professional Organizer and a Renowned ADD Clinician

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Overview

ADD - Friendly Ways to Get Organized is a long overdue response to the needs of adults with attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder. It deals directly and exclusively with the greatest challenge that adults with AD/HD face: the problem of disorganization. Once considered a disorder of childhood, we now know that AD/HD is a lifespan disorder and taking charge of one's life to achieve quality of life in the wake of this disorder requires organization. The authors, uniquely qualified within their diverse backgrounds as therapist and professional organizer, come together to offer clear organizing habits that are musts for adults with AD/HD.
The text is based on stories offered by Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, a respected clinician in the field, that describe typical situations of challenges and/or dilemmas of the AD/HD adult. Three main areas of organizing are included: organizing things; organizing papers; and organizing time. Following the stories are sets of solutions, both conventional and innovative, that offer the AD/HD adult options on how to implement the text into his or her own life. Critical to the AD/HD adult is support, and Recommended Levels of Support are included that enable the reader to implement the solution and continue to make it work over time. Each chapter closes with a Chapter Review and this feature shows the level of understanding of the audience by these authors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583913581
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/30/2002
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 91,199
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Kolberg is a Professional Organizer in Atlanta, Georgia and the founder of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.

Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Chesapeake Psychological Service in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Goldstein, Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgements. Part I: Getting Started. ADD-Friendly Organizing: A Different Organizing Approach. ADD-Friendly Strategies that Work with Your ADD. Structure and Support: Creating the Framework for Success. Part II: Taking Charge of ADD. Streamline and Simplify: Counteracting Complications. ADD Decisions Dilemmas. B-o-r-i-n-g: Managing Stimulation Hunger and Hyperfocus. First Things First: Learning to Prioritize. Out of Sight, Out of Mind (OosOom): Remembering to Remember. Part III: Thing Organizing. Getting Over Overwhelm. CHAOS. Packrat Syndrome. David's Garage. Part IV: Time Organizing. Time Out. Overcoming Overcommitment. Plenty-of-Time Thinking. The State of Rushness. Part V: Paper Organizing. Fear of Filing. Backlog Blues. Paper Money. VI: Conclusion. Putting Organizing Ideas into Action. Part VII: Resources. Organizing Resources. ADD Resources. About the Authors. Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    A Must Have for ADDers with oraganizing issues

    I was pleasantly surprised that the size of the book is larger than many other ADD books and so is the Print itself. The set up of the book is VERY "ADD Friendly". Main ideas are bulleted and highlighted. There are also review sections at end of each chapter. There are some very useful charts and even some a few pictures of specific organizing tools. The ideas and suggestion given in this book may be be very helpful to people with ADD. There are some great suggestion that seem too easy to help but as somebody who has used many of them, they do help.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

    Simplified advice and easy reading

    I purchased and began reading this book to find tips to help my son get organized. What I found were hundreds of tips to help ME get organized! This book is organized very well and made to be a quick and easy read and reference. I highly recommend it.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

    ADD and Getting things Done

    I wonder how many reviews will be written about this book, since someone with ADD will probably put off writing one. On the other hand, a person with ADD might micro-focus on cleaning out their email and avoid doing other things. Well, I understand this better now after reading this book (actually, my wife read it to me, since I'm always too busy procrastinating to read anything).

    There are many useful tips for organizing and understanding how things work and how to get the most out of the little details in ones life.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2010

    Great help for ADD in this adult!

    I'm a grandmother and was very surprised at how much this book has helped me after just the first quick read through. Unfortunately, I've managed to lose my copy (library book)! But, I will be buying my own copy. BTW, I have many other books that I bought to read on behalf of another family member that I thought could benefit from it. Ha!; guess I couldn't see the forest for the trees...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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