Positively ADD: Real Success Stories to Inspire Your Dreams
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Positively ADD: Real Success Stories to Inspire Your Dreams

by Catherine A. Corman, Edward M. Hallowell
     
 

Don't be distracted by the bad news about ADD.

Meet seventeen people from all walks of life, including political advisor James Carville, Books-a-Million chairman Clyde Anderson, and JetBlue CEO David Neelman, who have succeeded in a wide variety of high-interest fields: professional athlete, musician, reporter, chef, sportscaster, photographer, police officer

Overview

Don't be distracted by the bad news about ADD.

Meet seventeen people from all walks of life, including political advisor James Carville, Books-a-Million chairman Clyde Anderson, and JetBlue CEO David Neelman, who have succeeded in a wide variety of high-interest fields: professional athlete, musician, reporter, chef, sportscaster, photographer, police officer, CEO. These people did not succeed despite their ADD, they succeeded because of the special qualities that go hand in hand with the challenges of ADD.

A bestselling expert in the field teams up with a mother of triplets with
ADD to deliver a much-needed inspirational book that looks at ADD from a rarely seen positive angle.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
This book takes a novel approach to introducing young people to attention deficit disorder. Within its pages, many successful people from all walks of life describe how the enthusiasm, drive, and creativity associated with the disorder have made them who they are today. An introductory chapter explains how many ADD people needed only a circumstance-be it the military, a quest for a goal, or the direction of a caring partner-to become very successful in their lives. The bulk of the book is comprised of profiles of political figures, athletes, CEOs, scholars, and policemen who discuss the pros and cons of the disorder. Interviewees describes how they went undiagnosed for years and had to overcome educational and emotional obstacles before learning to work with the condition and reap the hidden benefits from its more positive, "turbo-charged" aspects. Many young people with ADD are easily frustrated and become moody, often unable to communicate effectively. They are quickly labeled as underachievers, lazy, or spacey. But after proper diagnosis and implementation of a life plan, they find that they can actually succeed because of the disorder rather than in spite of it. The book is easy to read and has a well-organized Q&A section that enables the reader to quickly locate the basic facts about ADD, learn more about medications, and identify national and local resources. It is a recommended purchase as an inspirational guide for YA nonfiction collections. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Walker, 176p.; Photos.Appendix., Ages 12 to 18.
—Kevin Beach
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Profiles of successful entrepreneurs, educators, artists, athletes, and musicians, all of whom reached their success in spite of-or, as they sometimes claim, because of-ADD. The entries are sandwiched between advice from Edward Hallowell, a physician with ADD who has experience treating children and adults with the syndrome, and questions and answers about it. The stories are informative and inspiring, obviously written to help children understand the realities of living with the disorder. Great care has been taken to provide insight from both men and women, and African Americans and whites, but the writing is uninspired, and often stilted and dull. In spite of this, there is much to recommend this book: the variety of the people, the solutions that individuals have found for working and living with ADD, and the frank discussions of medications. This book, with its many discussion topics, may be best used as a read-aloud in a family where children and/or adults have ADD.-Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802789884
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
05/30/2006
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

CATHERINE A. CORMAN lives with her husband and their twelve-year-old triplets, all of whom have learning differences and ADD. A former assistant professor of history at Harvard University, with a Ph.D. from Yale's Program in American Studies, Catherine has spent the past two years interviewing successful adults with ADD.

Edward M. HALLOWELL, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard College, Tulane Medical School, and a Harvard Residency Program in Adult and Child Psychiatry. He is the best-selling author of Driven to Distraction, Worry, and Connect, and has been featured on 20/20, Dateline, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Oprah.
www.drhallowell.com

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