Fast Minds: How to Thrive If You Have ADHD (Or Think You Might)
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Fast Minds: How to Thrive If You Have ADHD (Or Think You Might)

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by Craig Surman, Tim Bilkey, Karen Weintraub
     
 

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FAST MINDS is an acronym for common symptoms that are often seen in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Millions of adults have ADHD or some of its traits, but they are under-recognized, under-treated, and often under-supported. 

 

This book empowers people with ADHD, or some of its characteristics, to adapt and thrive. By working through

Overview

FAST MINDS is an acronym for common symptoms that are often seen in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Millions of adults have ADHD or some of its traits, but they are under-recognized, under-treated, and often under-supported. 

 

This book empowers people with ADHD, or some of its characteristics, to adapt and thrive. By working through the program in this book, you will develop personalized strategies to take control of your life.


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orgetful. Achieving below potential. Stuck in a rut. Time challenged.

Motivationally challenged. Impulsive. Novelty seeking. Distractible. Scattered.

 

If any or all of these symptoms are making it difficult for you—or someone you know—to live life to the fullest, then the clinically proven, cutting-edge program in this book will help you understand your struggles and challenges. Whether you have been diagnosed with ADHD, think you may have it, or just exhibit many of these traits, FAST MINDS will help you:

 

  • Figure out what isn’t working in your life, and the keys to fixing it.
  • Build personalized strategies for managing your time, tasks, and relationships.
  • Learn organizational habits that work for you.
  • Stop communicating poorly, making impulsive choices and taking pointless risks.
  • Eliminate negative thinking patterns that waste your mental energy.
  • Create environments that support your challenges.
  • Make the most of both medical and nonmedical resources (medication, coaching, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, support groups, lifestyle change).

 

With inspiring stories of real people who have adapted and thrived using the methods in this book, FAST MINDS will help you create the kind of life you want to live.

Editorial Reviews

The title of this book doubles as an acronym for symptoms that often experienced by the millions of adult Americans with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Forgetful. Achieving below potential. Stuck in a rut. Time Challenged...Motivationally challenged. Impulsive. Novelty seeking. Distractible. Scattered. Identifying those symptoms, of course, is much less than half the battle. Written by two physicians who specialize in adult ADHD, Fast Minds takes the acronym as the jumping off point to improve the reader's condition in both behavioral and environmental ways. Make no mistake: Fast Minds is a resource to be used, not simply a reference book for the shelf. Editor's recommendation.

Publishers Weekly
Attention deficits aren’t just for kids—approximately 4% of adults around the world suffer from some form of attention deficit disorder. Canadian psychiatrist Bilkey, Harvard professor and neuropsychiatrist Surman, and science journalist Weintraub (coauthor of The Autism Revolution) insist the real hurdle for people with “Fast Minds” (“Forgetful/ Achieving below potential/ Stuck in a rut/ Time challenged/ Motivationally challenged/ Impulsive/ Novelty seeking/ Distractible/ Scattered”) is maintaining “consistent engagement.” This optimistic and thoroughly practical guide is packed with techniques, therapies (including both traditional ADHD medications and nonmedicated solutions), worksheets, and resources aimed to transform a difficult life into a fulfilling one. There are also inspiring stories of people who’ve found their way despite their condition, such as James, who became so distracted that he accidentally set his car on fire in a frightening manifestation of the metaphorical “fires in his life”; Maria, who learned to go a little easier on herself and build her self-confidence; and Carlos, who used exercise, medication, and list making to focus his energy. “I realized there are thousands of me,” he tells the authors, an astounding revelation that made him think differently about his Fast Mind: “A disorder? Sure. A defect? No.” Agent: Linda Konner, Linda Konner Literary Agency. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
“Finally, somebody gets ADHD!”—Patricia Quinn, M.D., director, Center for Girls and Women with ADHD

“[An] easy-to-read, yet sophisticated guide to what will help you most if you have ADHD… A superb book.”—Edward Hallowell, coauthor of Driven to Distraction

“A great resource for adults with ADHD and their loved ones. This book offers clear, effective, solution-focused strategies for dealing with the challenges of ADHD.”—Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., coauthor of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425252833
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

“Finally, somebody gets ADHD!”—Patricia Quinn, M.D., director, Center for Girls and Women with ADHD

“[An] easy-to-read, yet sophisticated guide to what will help you most if you have ADHD… A superb book.”—Edward Hallowell, coauthor of Driven to Distraction

“A great resource for adults with ADHD and their loved ones. This book offers clear, effective, solution-focused strategies for dealing with the challenges of ADHD.”—Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., coauthor of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

Meet the Author

Craig Surman, M.D.,is an expert on ADHD in adulthood.  He is an assistant professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and scientific coordinator for the internationally recognized Adult ADHD Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

Tim Bilkey, M.D., is a physician specializing in adult ADHD, having completed more than thirty-four hundred assessments. He is an international presenter and has produced three films on ADHD. He started one of the world’s first ADHD clinics for women. In 2009, he developed a nationally accredited educational program for the rapid recognition of ADHD in adults called FAST MINDS.

 

Karen Weintraub is an award-winning journalist and a freelance health writer for the Boston Globe, USA Today,and other publications. Ms. Weintraub also teaches journalism at the Harvard Extension School and Boston University. Her first book, The Autism Revolution, was also published by Harvard Health Publications.

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Fast Minds: How to Thrive If You Have ADHD (or Think You Might) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
This book was empowering from page one to the last and I found myself asking the book itself were it has been the past thirty years when I needed it most. With checklists, questions, and a plethora of information, this book is a must have for all parents, educators, and therapists alike. See the complete review over at City Book Reviews in their March edition.
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