Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

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If you're Among the Millions of Adults with Adhd-or Think you Might be-you need the latest scientific facts about the disorder and its treatment. You need practical strategies to help you concentrate, pay attention, get organized, and gain control over your emotions and actions. And you need effective ways to develop your strengths and achieve your goals, whether on the job, in family relationships, or in personal pursuits. From renowned ADHD researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this is the book for you. ...

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Overview

If you're Among the Millions of Adults with Adhd-or Think you Might be-you need the latest scientific facts about the disorder and its treatment. You need practical strategies to help you concentrate, pay attention, get organized, and gain control over your emotions and actions. And you need effective ways to develop your strengths and achieve your goals, whether on the job, in family relationships, or in personal pursuits. From renowned ADHD researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this is the book for you. Sharing candid stories from others who struggle with the disorder, Dr. Barkley describes easy-to-learn techniques you can use every day to manage your symptoms and build skills for success. He also provides clear answers to frequently asked questions about medications and other treatments. Finally, an authoritative one-stop resource to help you take back your life from ADHD.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This wonderful book presents information and sharp clinical insights accrued over decades of work by a preeminent leader in the field. Dr. Barkley clearly and thoughtfully discusses the causes of adult ADHD and how to get diagnosed and treated. A 'must read' for anyone interested in learning more about adult ADHD."--Lenard Adler, MD, author of Scattered Minds; Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine
 

"Dr. Barkley’s advice to individuals who have ADHD (or think they might) represents a remarkable blend of science and practicality. This book offers a lifeline to adults with ADHD and their families."--Michael Gordon, PhD, Director, ADHD Program, Department of Psychiatry, State University of New York Upstate Medical University
 

"Consider this book the Rosetta Stone of adult ADHD. No one but Dr. Barkley could translate the sophisticated grasp of ADHD for which he is well known into lay terms and solid strategies. Comprehensive, immensely practical, highly readable, and wholly compassionate, Taking Charge of Adult ADHD is the definitive guide for adults with ADHD and the people who care about them."--Gina Pera, author of Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?
 
"This book will surely become a classic. If you are an adult with ADHD, Dr. Barkley can help you make sense of your lifelong struggles and develop a clear roadmap for overcoming them. Stories and examples from others facing the same challenges bring Dr. Barkley's ideas to life. I will certainly recommend this easy-to-read yet scientifically based book to everyone who comes through our adult ADHD clinic."--J. Russell Ramsay, PhD, Codirector, Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program, University of Pennsylvania

Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is not a disorder just for children. ADHD affects adults as well. The author states that two thirds of children who have ADHD still have it when they are grown. Children with ADHD are helped by using different accommodations and techniques; but what about the adult with ADHD? How does he deal with this disorder? What about his job, education, family, friendships, and his own lifestyle? Dr. Barkley uses this highly educational book to assist adults with ADHD in recognizing ways to know more about themselves and handling situations in their life. For example, he gives a list of eight rules to change their lives to have success where they may have failed in the past. For instance, adults with ADHD can be very impulsive, blurting out responses, making the same mistakes repeatedly, even though they know better. One rule is for the person to interview themselves. If they ask such questions as: have I been in this situation before, or what did I do last time; these questions will help them to have more self-control, think through and have a better response. Little hints like these will make the life of an adult with ADHD easier and more rewarding. In addition to the rules for success, there are tips for accomplishments with jobs, education, relationships, money, health, and other areas. This informative book also instructs readers how to evaluate their ADHD, work on self-control, and how medication may help. The appendix lists symptoms of ADHD, resources for websites, ADHD clinics, and books to read. The author has done an excellent job with a wonderful book that is a must-read, hands-on book for everyone who has ADHD. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606233382
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/6/2010
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 117,843
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Barkley has published numerous books and five assessment scales, plus more than 260 scientific articles and book chapters on ADHD, executive functioning, and childhood defiance. He is also the editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. A frequent conference presenter and speaker who is widely cited in the national media, he is past president of the Section on Clinical Child Psychology (the former Division 12) of the American Psychological Association, and of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. His website is www.russellbarkley.org.
 
Christine M. Benton is a Chicago-based writer and editor.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Step 1 To Get Started, get Evaluated

1 Is It Possible That you have ADHD? 5

2 Can you Handle the Problem on Your Own? 13

3 Where can you go to Get Help? 18

4 What do you need for the Evaluation? 21

5 What will the Evaluation Tell you? 26

Step 2 Change your Mindset: know and own your ADHD

6 Know your ADHD 45

7 Resisting Impulses: The First Step in Self-control 57

8 Self-Control: How to Get What You Want 63

9 Executive Functions: the Abilities That Make Up Self-Control . . . and More 68

10 The Nature of ADHD and How you can Master It 90

11 Own your ADHD 95

Step 3 Change your Brain: Medications for Mastering ADHD

12 Why it Makes Sense to Try Medication 109

13 The Stimulants 117

14 The Nonstimulants 131

15 What to Expect from Treatment 137

Step 4 Change your Life: Everyday Rules for Success

16 Rule 1: Stop the Action! 151

17 Rule 2: See the Past . . . and Then the Future 156

18 Rule 3: Say the Past . . . and Then the Future 159

19 Rule 4: Externalize Key Information 163

20 Rule 5: Feel the Future 170

21 Rule 6: Break it Down . . . and Make it Matter 176

22 Rule 7: Make Problems External, Physical, and Manual 182

23 Rule 8: Have a Sense of Humor! 187

Step 5 Change your Situation: Mastering ADHD in Specific Areas of your Life

24 Education 193

25 Work 204

26 Money 219

27 Relationships 228

28 Driving, Health, and Lifestyle Risks 239

29 Other Mental and Emotional Problems 253

30 Drugs and Crime 260

Appendix: A Closer Look at ADHD Symptoms 269

Resources 277

Index 286

About the Authors 294

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Excellent Resource for Adults with ADHD

    This is one of the best books I have read on adult ADHD--and I have read several since my diagnosis 15 years ago. It provides excellent self-assessment tools, clear explanations of the symptoms and their manifestations; and practical suggestions for managing ADHD. I've gained new perspectives on problem-solving and self-regulation. The book is presented in a format that accommodates ADHD people: There are bulleted lists, concise paragraphs, and small boxed sections with tips and important information. Dr. Barkeley demonstrates an clear understanding of our challenges and presents numerous suggestions for overcoming them. I can open the book to any section and find something engaging and useful.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Definitely Recommended for Anyone With Adult ADHD

    I found out a lot I didn't know about Adult ADHD that I didn't know before reading this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Highly recommended. Lots of "how to" "helpful" advice.

    The recommendations in this book are simple, straight, forward and doable. The author is very supportive at the same time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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