Journeys Through ADDulthood: Discover a New Sense of Identity and Meaning While Living with Attention Deficit Disorderby Sari Solden
Pub. Date: 10/01/2002
Publisher: Walker & Company
Sari Solden specializes in working with ADD adults and their partners. Her first book, Women with Attention Deficit Disorder, has sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide. Now, in Journeys Through ADDulthood, she takes a groundbreaking look at the emotional turmoil often precipitated by ADD and offers readers roadmaps to richer, happier lives.Although most commonly… See more details below
Sari Solden specializes in working with ADD adults and their partners. Her first book, Women with Attention Deficit Disorder, has sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide. Now, in Journeys Through ADDulthood, she takes a groundbreaking look at the emotional turmoil often precipitated by ADD and offers readers roadmaps to richer, happier lives.Although most commonly associated with children, attention deficit disorder (ADD or AD/HD) affects the lives of between 8 and 10 million American adults. Even years after diagnosis, many adults still feel discouraged because treatments tend to focus exclusively on managing or overcoming the symptoms of ADD rather than on teaching patients to lead a fulfilling life despite these differences. Sari Solden, who struggles with ADD and these issues herself, has spent the past twelve years focusing her work on the emotional challenges men and women face with ADD in their lives. Journeys Through ADDulthood is her profoundly empathetic and inspiring guide to living a rich and full life even as the effects of ADD remain. Living with ADD affects the development of one's view of self, especially for those not diagnosed until adulthood, after an entire childhood of feeling "different" without knowing why. There are no quick fixesSolden takes a longer view of the challenges and sees living with ADD as an ongoing internal process. Journeys Through ADDulthood is a step-by-step guide through three stages, or journeys: toward understanding your brain and your primary symptoms; toward discovering your true identity and embracing your uniqueness; and toward learning to share your true self to connect with others. Illuminating her points based on the real-life journeys of two men and two women, Solden offers self-help exercises at the end of each chapter to point the way around common roadblocks on the road to empowerment, self-fulfillment, and the realization of long-buried dreams and goals. A psychotherapist who herself struggles with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Sari Solden specializes in individual, couple, and group work with AD/HD adults and their partners. She also trains, and consults with, other mental-health professionals in assessing and counseling adults with AD/HD. Journeys Through ADDulthood, her second book, grew out of twelve years of working with men and women with AD/HD, during which time she developed a framework for understanding the difference between those who get stuck following diagnosis and those able to grow and move on. Her goals are to share her understanding of the developmental milestones in the lives of AD/HD adults, assist those men and women in achieving greater self-awareness and fulfillment, and foster increased understanding among the non-AD/HD population.
Author Biography: A graduate of the University of Michigan, Solden received her Masters Degree in clinical counseling from California State University. During twenty years in the San Francisco Bay area, she also became licensed as a marriage and family counselor (MFCC) and served as the specialist on adult AD/HD for the Family Service Agency of Marin County. Her first book, Women with Attention Deficit Disorder (1995) has sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide and was translated into German and Japanese. She has written numerous articles for professional and other journals and is a regular columnist for ADDvance: A Magazine for Women with AD/HD. She has also been featured as an AD/HD expert in Time, People, and other national magazines, and in a soon-to-be-aired PBS documentary on adults with AD/HD. A prominent speaker at national and international AD/HD conferences, Solden also serves on the professional advisory boards of the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), Ann Arbor Academy, and ADDvance. In addition to these, her professional affiliations include the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, and the American Counseling Association. She is also the creator of RENEWAL Seminars for Women with AD/HD. Solden received the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association 1996 award for outstanding service by a helping professional, and was selected as the leader of the First National Forum on Women with AD/HD, at the 4th Annual ADDA Conference (1998). Sari Solden lives and maintains her practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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