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ADHD According to Zoe: The Real Deal on Relationships, Finding Your Focus, and Finding Your Keys

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Like many women with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), journalist and popular blogger Zoë Kessler was diagnosed late in life—well into adulthood, in fact. But instead of seeing this label as a burden to bear, Kessler decided to use it to gain a better understanding of herself, and to connect with others through her writing.

In this unique and engaging memoir, Kessler shares her own stories of living with ADHD in a way that is relatable, but never predictable. ...

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Overview

Like many women with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), journalist and popular blogger Zoë Kessler was diagnosed late in life—well into adulthood, in fact. But instead of seeing this label as a burden to bear, Kessler decided to use it to gain a better understanding of herself, and to connect with others through her writing.

In this unique and engaging memoir, Kessler shares her own stories of living with ADHD in a way that is relatable, but never predictable. Inside, she describes how her impulsive behavior has affected her love life; how being disorganized once stood in the way of landing a job; and how inattentiveness has caused certain challenges in her relationships. Kessler also offers key coping skills based on her experience; skills that you can use to focus your energy, become more organized, and boost your self-esteem while tapping into creativity and humor.

Kessler’s story illustrates how being diagnosed with ADHD late into adulthood can be bewildering, but it also shows what a great opportunity it can be to take stock of your life and make real, lasting changes. Whether you share her diagnosis of ADHD, or just like a good story, ADHD According to Zoë will inspire you and encourage you to embrace your quirks.

For more information about Kessler and her work, please visit www.zoekessler.com

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Most of us think that the only real authoritative experts about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are the professionals who diagnosis millions of childhood case. In doing so, we ignore the testimony of another group of adults: men and women who have grown up suffering from the disorder, many of them undiagnosed until relatively late in life. ADHD According to Zoë is a memoir by one such woman, a blogger with a keen sense of how her life was affected by the malady long before doctor's identified the problem. A refreshingly quirky personal take on the real-world implications of ADHD.

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"With great wisdom and humor, Kessler shows what was going on in there before her ADHD diagnosis, and what remarkable changes happened after. ADHD According to Zoë is full of stories you'll recognize, insights, and great Try this! ideas readers can apply to their own lives. Don’t miss it if you’re still grappling with the What the heck was that?! aspects of ADHD!"
Melissa Orlov, author of the award-winning The ADHD Effect on Marriage

"ADHD According to Zoë is a must-read for any woman with ADD or ADHD. Kessler skillfully does what few authors have done for ADHD—she combines great storytelling with accurate facts about the condition. She brings ADHD to life in a real way, and dares to talk about topics that most doctors would shudder to write about. This book will educate you, entertain you, and most importantly, enlighten you about how to live well with the unique brain wiring that is ADHD."
Kenny Handelman, MD, psychiatrist, ADHD expert, and author of Attention Difference Disorder

"ADHD often leaves women living in shame and isolation, without hope and a fear of being found out. These are the greatest hurdles for women with ADHD. Kessler courageously and openly shares her story in an authentic and authoritative voice. This book is a must-read for anyone with ADHD who wants to end their own internal shame and blame and find understanding, comfort, and hope in their ADHD journey. You are NOT alone! Thank you Zoë!"
Nancy A. Ratey, EdM, strategic life coach and author of The Disorganized Mind

"ADHD According to Zoë kept me spellbound from the first page to the last. Reading more like a novel than a self-help book, Kessler’s words pull the reader in as we follow her ADHD escapades, from embarrassing blunders at social events to playing air guitar in the middle of the street. Think Pippi Longstocking all grown up! Yet, she awards the readers not only with her humor, but with the life lessons she shares as a woman living with ADHD. I'll be recommending this one to my clients!"
Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, nationally recognized authority specializing in women with ADHD, author of Survival Tips for Women with ADHD, and founder of addconsults.com

"ADHD According to Zoë is a refreshing, warm, and inspiring addition to the ADHD world. Women with ADHD are often underdiagnosed, underserved, and misunderstood. Women tend to connect best with other women with ADHD who are brave enough to share their journey. Kessler not only shares her journey, she bares her soul to help you on your ADHD journey."
Michele Novotni, PhD, psychologist, ADHD coach, and author of What Does Everybody Else Know that I Don't

"ADHD According to Zoë is a must-have, spellbinding portrayal of a woman with ADHD that is also rooted in the latest science. Kessler describes her personal journey, creating a new sense of hope for all women with ADHD so that they may fulfill their potential and reach their dreams. It a wonderful resource book full of helpful, practical tips for living life with ADHD."
Tim Bilkey, Hons, BSc, MD, FRCP(C), director at Ontario Bilkey ADHD Clinic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608826612
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 282,720
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Zoë Kessler is an award-winning author, freelance writer, and speaker internationally recognized for her work with women and ADHD. She lives near Toronto, Canada and writes the popular blog ADHD from A to Zoë for psychcentral.com. Her first book, Adoption Reunions, celebrates its twentieth year in print in 2013. For more information about Kessler and her work, please visit www.zoekessler.com.
 
Foreword writer Patricia O. Quinn, MD, is the author of the award-winning Attention, Girls! A Guide to Learning about Your ADHD and 100 Questions and Answers about ADHD in Women and Girls. She cofounded the National Center for Girls and Women with ADHD in 1997, and is currently the director.

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