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Overview

Diagnosed with ADHD while he was a struggling college student, Robert Jergen's incredible life story progresses from being a happy child who enjoyed school and wanted to learn to a state of withdrawal and depression because of the constant reprimands from his parents and teachers. By eighth grade, Jergen had twice tried killing himself. By college, he was an alcoholic. Finally, when he thought he was going to end up in a "white padded room," he was diagnosed with ADHD. Years of pain, anguish, frustration, anger, and rejection were suddenly explained. Jergen describes how he turned ADHD into an asset that enabled him to get his Ph.D. in half the time as his non-ADHD peers, become a tenured associate professor at age 34, publish five books in two years, and—most importantly—find peace and happiness. Jergen presents ADHD from the view of the child who actually has it and illustrates how constant academic and social failures can gradually wear away at the child's self-esteem and feelings of self-worth. The Little Monster is a valuable tool for any parent, professional, or individual who is touched by ADHD or similar conditions.

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Editorial Reviews

Reference and Research Book News
Jergen...tells of his struggles growing up with...ADHD, and describes how...he turned his ADHD into an asset that enabled him to get a PhD, become a tenured professor at the age of 34, and publish five books in two years.
Choice
Jergen's book is one more in an increasing number of titles about how people can overcome the stigma of growing up with a disability that was unheard of during their childhoods....This is an interesting book, particularly for concerned parents of children with ADHD.
Metapsychology
Robert Jergen is an engaging writer and, as an autobiographer should, he knows his subject very well. Many of his points about the difficulty of diagnosing ADHD and the high incidence of misdiagnosis will be useful for readers.
Press-Republican, (Plattsburgh, Ny) - Jerry McGovern
Robert Jergen’s The Little Monster: Growing Up With ADHD, is a must-read for parents, teachers, and employers who want to understand the world of those who have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The central message of this book...is very positive....chapters...offer strategies and suggestions—for those with ADHD... Jergen’s memories and ideas are insightful...and instructive.
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Robert Jergen . . . has done us a favor by telling the story of ADHD—Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder—from the perspective of the child.
CHOICE
Jergen's book is one more in an increasing number of titles about how people can overcome the stigma of growing up with a disability that was unheard of during their childhoods....This is an interesting book, particularly for concerned parents of children with ADHD.
Metapsychology Online Reviews
Robert Jergen is an engaging writer and, as an autobiographer should, he knows his subject very well. Many of his points about the difficulty of diagnosing ADHD and the high incidence of misdiagnosis will be useful for readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578861040
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 305,373
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Jergen is an associate professor at the University in Wisconsin. He has and studies ADHD. He can be reached at RobertJergen@yahoo.com, and would greatly appreciate your thoughts regarding this book or about ADHD in general.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 A Brief Overview of ADHD—Understanding the Power Chapter 4 1. Meet the Jergens Chapter 5 2. Welcome to My World Chapter 6 3. Send in the Teachers Chapter 7 4. Junior High: Heroes and Hope Gone Chapter 8 5. Hobbits, High School, and New Homes Chapter 9 6. Boilermakers and Fuzzy Navels Chapter 10 7. Rebecca and the Adult World Chapter 11 8. EEG, MRI, A-OK Chapter 12 9. Storming the Gates of the Ivory Tower Chapter 13 10. Life after School Chapter 14 11. A Look at the Present Chapter 15 12. Strategies for Changing My Environments Chapter 16 13. Strategies for Learning to Learn Chapter 17 14. Strategies for Building Emotional Support Chapter 18 15. A Look Behind Chapter 19 16. A Look Forward Chapter 20 17. Some Suggestions for Parents, Teachers, and People with ADHD Chapter 21 About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    Read this book!!!

    This is a must read if you or anyone you know suffers from ADHD. It's life changing!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    a very informative book

    This book Really helped me understand my sons ad/hd. I'm very pleased to say this book is worth the time to read it. He really goes into really good information. So pick it up today. Laura

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    The Little Monster by Robert Jergen

    The Little Monster by Robert Jergen is a great read! The book takes the reader inside the head of Dr. Jergen, who has ADHD, and lets the reader see and feel what is like to have ADHD. This story will both touch and delight you as you read it. Most importantly though, this book will both teach and give you hope whether you have ADHD or are a parent or teacher for someone who has ADHD. Dr. Jergen gives the reader workable solutions to everyday problems as well as other referral sources for parents and teachers. When Dr. Jergen entered into his doctoral program, he discovered and wrote this, ¿The question became, not how to ¿cure¿ my ADHD, but how to utilize it.¿

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2007

    Every parent/teacher/doctor should read

    I just got done reading THe Little Monster and I wish I would have known about this book years ago. My son, now 12 was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 6 and I did some checking into ADHD and read a number of books, but The Little Monster blew me away. The book really helped me see/understand my son a lot better. I know I will never totally understand the struggles he goes through every day but I can atleast try now that I understand. The Little Monster should be handed out or recommended to every parent and teacher who has to deal with a child with ADHD. Every doctor should also have to read this. It is the BEST book that I have found on ADHD. It really gets to the point/heart of things. Other books are written by doctors/specialist that think they know what ADHD is, but until you read about ADHD from the persepctive of someone who grew up with ADHD-- you will never understand it. How Robert put him self out there to write that book is amazing. This book has helped me bond with my son more that anything. THANK YOU SO MUCH ROBERT! I could go on and on about this book-- it is definately a book that everyone should read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2007

    I can't believe how amazing this book is!

    I am so impressed with this book. It writes from the first person and tells the impact of ADHD from Dr. Jergen's life. I didn't realize how not being the normal child with normal tendencies would create so much guilt for a child/adult. It has given me the tools to become a better mother and spouse. It gave me insight into my son and husband and how the deal with life on a daily basis. WOW!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

    Do You Wonder if Your Child Has ADHD

    I would have never considered ADHD to be a desirable condition until I read this book. Little Monster was one of the most enjoyable and informative books I have read in a long time. I have had questions concerning one of our five children regarding ADHD. The information contained in Little Monster discribed what our son goes through on a daily basis. This book also gives good, sound, down to earth advise on how to help your child suceed with ADHD. I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with children, especially parents of children with attention or hyperactive disorders and all public school teachers. Thank you Dr. Jergen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2006

    Excellent book

    I highly recommend this book to parents, teachers and anyone interested in learning more about ADHD. I am actually currently taking my Masters in Special Education and this book was a wonderful source of information. It is a very powerful book where the author talks about his personal experience growing up with ADHD. All parents of kids with ADHD should read this book because after this experience they will definitely understand better their kids¿ behavior. I congratulate the author for sharing his personal experience and for showing through his writing how parents and teachers have a crucial role in developing kids¿ self ¿ esteem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2006

    Wow, what an amazing book!

    I read Little Monster, and was blown away! I could not put it down. It is very sad in the beginning, but enlightening in the end, and very encouraging. Mr. Jergen is very open and honest about his life as one with the gift of ADHD. I really like the fact that he views it in this way, and I agree with him. Since reading this book, I realize that my husband also has ADHD, as well as our 9 year old nephew. Mr. Jergens's insight and suggestions in how to assist a child with ADHD, both in learning and in improving self esteem were so helpful! I will use this information in my life, in relating to both my husband, and my nephew. Thank you, Robert Jergen, for being willing to reveal your life and your insight in order to help others. I recommend anyone who suspects or knows that a loved one has ADHD to read this book. It will change your whole outlook on those in your life who have this wonderful gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2006

    ADHD Comes Full Circle

    Once I started reading this book, I did not want to put it down until I was finished with it. When I finished reading, ¿The Little Monster Growing Up With ADHD,¿ by Dr. Robert Jergen, I quickly realized how much I knew about ADHD. In fact, what I previously knew could have easily filled an entire thimble. The book has enlightened me and helped to open my eyes to a better understanding of ADHD, people diagnosed with ADHD, the people who teach them, and the people who love them. The book brought into focus the fact that perhaps medication should not be considered as a ¿cure all¿ and that parents and families need to have more patience and that educators may need additional training in recognizing and educating children with ADHD. I found the book to be amusing, insightful, thought-provoking, and very well written. Dr. Jergen includes many of his personal experiences in this book and makes many interesting references pertaining to the behavior of children and adults with ADHD. Some of the paradigms that Dr. Jergen uses may be shared by, or at least recognized by, a lot of people, even if they do no have ADHD. For example, Dr. Jergen attempts to explain that if we have a better understanding of just what ADHD is, then, perhaps we may begin to grow and learn from it. If we have a better understanding of how a person diagnosed with ADHD feels, functions, and attempts to ¿fit in,¿ then we may begin to see their world in a whole different light. If we have a better understanding of why a person diagnosed with ADHD and their family and friends may have a problem communicating and adjusting to ADHD, then we may achieve a greater understanding and respect for them and their response to their everyday lives. Even though for some people with ADHD, medication may be the solution, Dr. Jergen also invites the reader to consider alternative therapy to medication, or a compilation of therapies that may include counseling. In other words, there may be other choices for a person diagnosed with ADHD and their family. Choices such as a re-direction of energies or more thorough education coupled with a better understanding of ADHD, in general, would enable all of us to comprehend and digest the whole picture involving ADHD. The book could help everyone, no matter if they have ADHD or not. ADHD may have a trickle down affect on people and families in ways that they may not even realize. The book could easily help us to understand and view ADHD from many different angles. Sort of like 3-D instead of only 2-D, color instead of only black and white, FM instead of only AM.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2006

    Little Monster: Growing up with ADHD

    I'm glad that Dr Jergen wrote this book. It's good to know how it feels to have ADHD. All parents who have children with ADHD and teachers should read this book. It is very encouraging. It is time that children with ADHD achieve more and be accepted more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    Little Monster: Growing up with ADHD

    I chanced upon this book in our (Singapore) public library. It is very touching yet very encouraging to students with ADHD, their parents and teachers. I'm glad Dr Jergen is courageous enough to share with all his very personal struggles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2005

    Understand ADHD

    This is well written book. I highly recommend this book for ADHD teenage, their parents, and adult with ADHD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    Educating and Inspiring

    In working with children, many of whom have ADHD, this book really taught me more about what their world is like. Robert Jergen's book really struck me because of his first hand knowledge. He demonstrates great insight into himself and those around him. He explains the difficulties these children experience but does not leave out the idea that despite the obstacles that occur these children can succeed in life. His suggestions for how to live and create an environment where children and adults with ADHD can be productive were invaluable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    This is a great book

    I believe this book helps people to understand what it's like to live with ADHD. As a future teacher I think this book is valuable to get through the idea of the feelings children have while dealing with ADHD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2005

    Brillant Book!

    A brillant book full of heart rending and interesting insight into ADHD from a personal and professional level. As a prospective Assistant Clinical Child Psychologist due to be working with such children this book has been an inspiration to me highlighting the importance of productive energy and the positive side of ADHD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2004

    Little Monster gave me a look into how my son feels

    My 8 year old son has ADHD. The novel, Little Monster gave me an insight how he feels and his internal struggles. I would highly recommend this book for any with ADHD or parents of ADHD children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2004

    Couldn't put this book down!

    I HATE to read!! I have concentration, comprehension and retention problems, but this book was so well written and facinating, that I couldn't put it down. (I don't remember the last time I had read a whole book, and in just a few hours is unheard of in my adult life.) Great suggestions were given in the book inspired me. I really feel that this book has helped to project myself forward, and will help me continue to understand the needs of my son. Thank you, Rob! You are making a difference!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2004

    A must read for any family affected by ADHD!

    I read this book from cover to cover in less than a day, it was that compelling! Robert Jergen gives a brutally and painfully honest account of what it's like to grow up with ADHD. It took a lot of courage for Dr. Jergen to put himself out there that way, and I appreciate that. This book helped me to step into my ADHD child's world and see the world through her eyes, something I've not previously been able to do. I may never completely understand how her brain works, but I have a much better understanding now that I've read this book. A big 'Thank You!' to Dr. Jergen for sharing himself and his ADHD experience with the rest of us through this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    Excellent & Insightful Book

    I have a child that has ADHD and I am always trying to find books to read on the subject. It was interesting to read a book written by a person that has ADHD and helped me to understand what my son is going through. I learned a lot from this book and realized that my son has encountered many similar behavior problems. After reading this book, I feel it is an excellent book to read to learn more about ADHD from a perspective of the person who has ADHD. This book brings out the positive effects of ADHD and how you can use ADHD as a gift. Very moving and helpful for parents and teachers alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    Wonderful

    I am an adult with adhd. it was refreshing to read someone else's experience. I would recommend this book to anyone who is affected by adhd. Mr. Jergen's book made me laugh, cry, and most importantly think about how I could utilize adhd as a gift instead of a disability. Thank you Mr. Jergen. (My fiance also has adhd and now he's reading this book.)

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