More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD

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This is the only book on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) written in a structure that caters to the tendency for adults with ADHD to jump around. This essential guidebook begins by describing how the ADHD brain processes information and how that leads to typical challenges that people with ADHD experience, as well as why certain strategies are effective and others aren't. This lays the foundation for everything that follows, from getting diagnosed to an overview of the research of how ADHD affects ...

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Overview

This is the only book on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) written in a structure that caters to the tendency for adults with ADHD to jump around. This essential guidebook begins by describing how the ADHD brain processes information and how that leads to typical challenges that people with ADHD experience, as well as why certain strategies are effective and others aren't. This lays the foundation for everything that follows, from getting diagnosed to an overview of the research of how ADHD affects people's lives. A thorough explanation of standard treatment options-including medication, therapy, and coaching-as well as alternative treatments, helps guide adults with ADHD to get the most from their healthcare providers. From there, the book provides an extensive collection of practical strategies to overcome common struggles in the areas of self-esteem, work, relationships, friendships, parenting, and everyday life. It covers everything from time management to getting organized. Brief, ADHD-friendly articles can stand alone or be read in sequence, making it the perfect book for the busy adult with ADHD who wants rock-solid information that is easily digestible.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886941748
  • Publisher: Specialty Press/A.D.D. Warehouse
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 282,348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA, is a psychologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in children and adults and is the Vice President of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association. He is the author of Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD: A Practical, Easy-to-Use Guide for Clinicians. He practices in West Chester, PA.

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Table of Contents

How to Read This Book xiii

What Makes This Book Different? xiv

Introduction: A Million Things to Make Your Life Better xv

Section I Understanding ADHD In Adults 1

Chapter 1 Executive Functions: It All Flows From Here 5

Executive Functioning: Who's Calling the Shots Around Here, Anyway? 7

Response Inhibition: It Starts with Stopping 8

Working Memory: The Brain's RAM 9

Sense of Time: It Can't Be 5:00 Already! 11

Remembering to Remember: It's All About Timing 12

Emotional Self-Control: Having Feelings Without Acting on Them 13

Self-Activation: Getting That Heavy Ball Rolling 14

Persistence of Effort: The Little Engine That Sometimes Could 16

Hindsight and Forethought: Using the Past and Future to Guide the Present 17

Chapter 2 Diagnosing ADHD: Accurate Diagnosis Guides Effective Treatment 21

ADHD Is Real 24

Effective Treatment Starts with Accurate Diagnosis 24

A Century of ADHD: We're Finally Getting It Right 25

Say Good-bye to ADD (and Hello to ADHD) 27

What's in a Name: Attention-Deficit or Deficit in Attention Regulation? 28

Official Diagnostic Criteria: You Should Recognize These 29

Unofficial but Common Symptoms: You'll Probably Recognize These 30

How Distracted Is Distracted Enough? 32

New Diagnostic Criteria Are Coming (Finally) 33

Including Other Sources of Information 34

Assessment Instruments: Not Necessarily the Best Tool for This Job 37

Brain Scans: Not Enough Science, Too Much Fiction 40

Getting Diagnosed: How Do You Know It's ADHD? 41

Comorbid Conditions: Other Conditions Often Come Along for the Ride 43

Missed Diagnoses: Why Did ItTake Me So Long to Be Correctly Diagnosed? 48

The Good News and Bad News of Greater Public Awareness 52

ADHD Changes with Age: Less Hyper, More Distracted 55

Is ADHD the Same in Men and Women? (Short Answer: Yes) 56

The Relief of Being Diagnosed: Wow, That Explains a Lot! 57

Chapter 3 The ADHD Brain: Wired A Little Differently 58

The Many Facets of Attention 60

What Causes ADHD? More Nature Than Nurture 60

Things That Don't Cause ADHD (But Some People Still Think They Do) 61

Neurology of ADHD 63

Promoting Brain Health 64

Chapter 4 ADHD Affects Everything: No Wonder My Life Was So Hard! 65

Risk Factors, Protective Factors 68

Consistently Inconsistent: I Can Do Anything Once! 69

Knowing Is Easy; Doing Is Hard 70

ADHD and the Evolving Personality 71

Living Without a Diagnosis: Living the Hard Way 73

ADHD at School: Sometimes Intelligence Isn't Enough 74

ADHD at Work: More Options Than in School 77

Daily Life Functioning: Doing Everyday Stuff Every Day 79

Money Management: Where Does All My Money Go? 81

Social Skills and Friendships 83

Romantic Relationships: Where's Cupid Now? 85

Parenting: Hard Enough Under the Best of Circumstances 87

Self-Image and Sense of Effectiveness: A Little Bit Dented 90

Unhelpful Coping Strategies: Common Habits and Defense Mechanisms 91

Substance Use and Addiction: When the Solution Becomes a Problem 101

Driving: No Big Deal, Until It Is 102

Crime and Punishment: ADHD and the Legal System 103

Section II Start With Effective Treatment 105

Chapter 5 Medication: Improve Your Batting Average 109

Make an Informed Choice: The Facts Behind the Medication Controversy 112

The Most Popular Stimulant (Coffee, Anyone?) 113

To Take Medication or Not to Take Medication: It Depends 113

Is Taking Medication Like Wimping Out? The Diabetes Analogy 116

Potential Medication Benefits: What Does It Do? 117

Realistic Expectations for Medication: Somewhere Between Placebo and Miracle 119

Stimulants and Nonstimulants: You Have Two Options 120

Stimulant Medications: Some of the Basics 120

Commonly Used Stimulants 121

How Stimulants Work: Mostly Dopamine, A Little Norepinephrine 124

How Much Should I Take? Finding the Right Dose 124

Some People Take More Medication in the Afternoon 126

Some People Shouldn't Take a Stimulant 127

Intentional Abuse of Stimulants: An Unfortunate Reality 129

Medicating Substance Abusers: Balancing the Risks 130

Managing Stimulant Side Effects: General Principles 131

Managing Stimulant Side Effects: Specific Side Effects 132

Nonstimulant Medications: Sometimes a Good Choice 136

Black-Box Warnings: Scary but Rare 138

Using More Than One Medication Simultaneously 138

Strategies for Remembering to Take Your Medication 139

Can My Family Doctor Write My Prescriptions? 139

Medication Monitoring Form 141

Chapter 6 Nonmedical Treatment Providers: Pills Don't Teach Skills 143

You Need an Expert: A Little Knowledge Isn't Enough 145

Talk It Out: Therapy Can Offer Clarity and Peace 146

Why Was Past Therapy Not Helpful Enough? (And Why You Can Expect Better This Time) 148

Get the Most Out of Therapy 150

Goal Setting in Therapy 154

ADHD Coaching: More Than Obvious Advice 155

What's the Difference Between Coaching and Therapy? 157

Coach and Therapist: One Person or Two? 160

Coaching Certification: Is This Coach Any Good? 162

Changes on the Outside Create Changes on the Inside 165

How Coaching Helps: A General Coaching Theory 166

Goal Setting in Coaching 167

Create Structure and Schedules: More Guideline Than Jail 170

Professional Organizers: More That Mountain 170

Don't Underestimate the Power of a Support Group 172

Group Therapy: Learn with and from Others 173

Chapter 7 Nontraditional Treatments: Miracles or Snake Oil? 175

Nontraditional Treatments: Separate the Wheat from the Chaff 176

Natural = Safe (Except for Radon, Lead, Arsenic...) 179

Diet, Nutrition, and Supplements: Try to Eat Well 180

Does Neurofeedback Work? Maybe 181

Computer-Based Training Programs: Most Won't Upgrade Your Brain 182

Mindfulness Meditation: We Could All Do with Being Calmer 183

Other Nontraditional Treatments: Don't Hold Out Hope 184

Section III Build The Necessary Skills 185

Chapter 8 Self-Esteem And Effectiveness: I Can Do This! 191

I'm Only Getting Treatment to Shut You People Up 194

The Four Stages of Adjustment to a New Diagnosis 195

Fully Accepting the Diagnosis 197

Personal Responsibility: You Can't Control What You Don't Accept 199

Rewrite History: Understand Your Past (and Yourself) in a Different Way 200

Is ADHD an Excuse or an Explanation? 201

ADHD Is Bigger Than Good Intentions 202

Calling All Frauds, Fakes, and Actors 204

Is the Problem ADHD or Motivation? 205

Just Do It 206

Do It Anyway: Avoid Avoidance 207

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life 208

Overcome Unhelpful Coping Strategies, Bad Habits, and Defense Mechanisms 209

Failures Lead to Successes (and Better Self-Esteem) 217

Can I Trust Myself? 219

Take Charge of Your Life 220

Is ADHD a Gift? 222

Build Healthy Self-Esteem 224

Adversity Makes You Stronger (Hopefully) 226

Is Life a Journey or a Destination? 227

Roll Back Anxiety and Depression 228

Manage Excessive Substance Use and Other Addictive Behavior 229

Anger Management: Lengthen That Fuse 231

Perfectionism: Almost Always Overrated 233

ADHD, Eating Disorders, and Weight Management 234

Chapter 9 Memory Management: What Was That Again? 237

The Fundamentals of Memory: In and Out 237

Make Your Working Memory Work for You 239

Learn New Things More Effectively 240

Remember What You Were Told 241

Remember to Remember: Prospective Memory 243

Chapter 10 Time Management: What Should I Be Doing Now? 247

Time Management for the Time-Blind 248

The Complexity of Lateness 249

How to Be Productive, Not Just Busy 251

Use Time More Efficiently 252

Focus In: Fight Distractibility 253

Resist Impulsive Time Wasters 255

Get Going: Beat Procrastination and Avoidance 256

Break the Lock: Dissolve Hyperfocus 257

Get Places on Time: It Can Actually Happen! 258

Make Your Deadlines (and Impress Your Friends) 259

Escape the Web: Manage Your Online Time 261

Chapter 11 Get Organized, Stay Organized: Wrestle The Avalanche 263

Why Is It So Hard to Get (and Stay) Organized? 264

Less Is More (Organized): Get Rid of Your Extra Stuff 267

Get Organized Enough: Better Than Chaos, Less Than Perfect 268

The Right Things at the Right Times 270

Chapter 12 Using Tools And Technology To Stay On Top Of Your Life: Gizmos 273

Tools and Technology: General Concepts 274

Sometimes a Simple Calendar Is Enough 275

How to Use Your Planner Well 275

Planners: Paper or Plastic? 277

Use Your To-Do List Effectively: #1. Make a To-Do List 278

It's About Time: Use Clocks and Alarms to Stay on Track 281

Digital Voice Recorders: Catch Thoughts on the Fly 282

Chapter 13 Achieve Your Goals: Take The Long View 285

The Chain of Success: Awareness + Skills + Desire = Success 285

Reach Your Short-Term Goals 287

Reach Your Long-Term Goals 288

Survive Repetitive Tasks, Repetitive Tasks, Repetitive Tasks 289

Calm Your Hyperactivity 290

Section IV Improve Specific Areas Of Your Life 293

Chapter 14 Household Management: Stay On Top Of The Boring Stuff At Home 297

Create a Lifestyle You Can Live With 298

Actually Get a Good Night's Sleep 300

Manage the Mail and Get the Bills Out on Time 301

Family Meetings: What's Happening This Week? 302

The Family Calendar: Let's Keep It All in One Place 304

Whiteboards: Low-Tech Reminders 305

Stay in the Budget: We Have a Budget? 305

Stop the Flood: Conquer Information Overload 307

Chapter 15 Relationships And Friendships: Strive For Balance 309

True Intimacy Means Hearing the Bad News, Too 311

No Man Is an Island: How to Get Help When You Need It 312

Overcome Denial: Help Someone Else to Recognize His ADHD 313

We See Others Through Our Own Lens 315

Expectation Management: Promise Only What You Can Deliver 316

The Value of a Good Apology 318

To Tell or Not to Tell? 319

Relationship Patterns to Avoid: You Can Do Better 323

Restore Balance in the Relationship 324

Fun Stuff in the Bedroom: Improve Your Sex Life 329

Work It Out With Some Help: Couples Therapy 330

Social Skills Training: Helpful or Obvious? 334

Parenting: Stay Sane While Wrangling the Offspring 336

Chapter 16 College And Beyond: Teach An Old Dog New Tricks 341

Is College Right for You? 342

Some Students Do Better in College After Taking Time Off 343

A Smoother Transition into College 346

Part-Time or Full-Time Student? 348

Strategies for College Success 349

Older Students: You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks 350

Read More Effectively 352

Use Available Support Services (Preferably Before Finals) 353

Chapter 17 Work: Hopefully More Than Just A Paycheck 355

Find a Job and Career That You Can Enjoy 356

Career Counselors Can Help You Find the Right Job 357

Informal Accommodations Often Work Best 358

Formal Accommodations Through the Americans with Disabilities Act 361

Sometimes It's Better to Just Find a New Job 364

Should You Work for Yourself? 365

Epilogue: The Suffering of ADHD 367

Appendix: Resources 368

Nonprofit Organizations 368

Websites 368

Professional Directories to Find Qualified Clinicians 369

Publications 370

Teleclasses and Webinars 371

References 371

Index 373

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Pretty good intro text

    If you just got diagnosed or are in the process of diagnosis, this is a good intro to adult ADHD book. Lots of coping strategies, explanations of symptoms, and a brief review of current information on ADHD.

    Pros:
    -Non-technical
    -Can be read out of order
    -Comprehensive (i.e., a little bit of everything you should know about ADHD)
    -Super-nonjudgmental
    -Stuff about sleep. So much that's written on ADHD and sleep can be summarized as: "Medications will give you insomnia, because clearly you sleep just fine right now with untreated ADHD. Oh, wait, people with untreated ADHD generally have TERRIBLE sleep patterns? Well, la-di-da, I'm a doctor without ADHD who'll blame everything on the meds." Tuckman at least describes how ADHD itself can affect sleep.

    Cons:
    -silly cover (the book isn't a 90's guide to business management)
    -I would have liked better coverage of medications because there's so much garbage online on that topic. It's probably a factor of the most recent edition not being all that recent - nowadays books by real experts should make a better effort to combat misinformation online.
    -The section on sleep should have been bigger. I know, sleep is a big deal to me when it comes to ADHD. The adult ADHD researcher/clinician who diagnosed me was surprised to hear that I made a connection between ADHD and sleep (I had already read this book). My doctor straight up didn't believe me when I told her the Ritalin REDUCED my insomnia, but gave me some extra Adderall's to take for the evening when she switched my meds and then I started taking them at 8PM every night so I could fall asleep by 11:30 instead of, say, 5 or 6 am like I've done my entire adult life. But about Tuckman's book: since this is something I - and probably lots of others - have had to argue with our doctors about, a bigger section on sleep and ADHD would help.

    But overall it's good. You won't regret buying it if you really think you have ADHD or if you've just been diagnosed. If you've already read several books on the topic then this might be too basic.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Written with the ADHD mind in mind!!! You can skip around; read what you like, mark the pages you've already read. Tuckman gives sound, easily implemented advice.

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