The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents

The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents

by Nancy A. Ratey

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ISBN-13: 9780312355340
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/23/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 494,160
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nancy A. Ratey, Ed.M., MCC, SCAC, is a Strategic Life Coach who specializes in coaching professionals with ADHD. She earned her Masters Degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is certified as a Master Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation and a Senior Certified Coach by The Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching. In addition to her private coaching practice, she lectures at conferences and symposiums worldwide, and writes on the subject of ADHD. As one of the founders of the ADHD Coaching field, Nancy is internationally recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the topic. Her work has been featured in The NY Times, News Day, Wired, Vogue; on ABC, CBS and NPR.

Nancy currently practices in Wellesley, MA, where she resides with her husband, Dr. John Ratey.

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Part 1

“Who are you, and what do you love?” a close friend once asked me. I’m outgoing and talkative by nature, and I’m rarely at a loss for words, but I was stunned into silence by my friend’s question. I had no idea how to respond.

“Don’t worry,” she said, sensing my discomfort. “I didn’t expect you to answer. I only wanted you to imagine the possibilities of who you might be.”

It’s hard to know what different roads any of us might have traveled had we early on imagined our lives shaped by our loves, by our bone-deep passions and beliefs. But I don’t think that when we begin to imagine is what matters. What matters is that it happens finally, that we come to believe such a life is possible, and that we determine, at last, to live it.

It has been awhile since my friend posed her question, and I’ve thought about her words a lot. Today I can answer confidently, “I’m Nancy Ratey, and I love the same things that most of us love: family, friends, some modicum of personal success.”

But I can also answer another way: “I’m Nancy Ratey, life coach, and I love that the ADHD that once might have devastated me has translated into my life’s passion and work: helping others with ADHD cope.”

This is a book about possibility for those struggling with the symptoms of ADHD. It’s about the possibility of taking control, of maintaining control, of loving the way that you live. It’s about how I did it, and it’s about my belief that you can do it, too.

Copyright © 2008 by Nancy A. Ratey. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Foreword   John J. Ratey, M.D.     xi
Coaching     1
How I Came to Coaching     3
How Coaching Works     15
Self-Coaching     31
Finding the A-N-S-W-E-R     49
Coaching the ADHD Brain     85
Time Mismanagement     89
Procrastination     109
Impulsivity     139
Distractibility     163
Transitions     191
Strategies for a Balanced Life     211
Strategies of the Home Environment     217
Strategies for Maintaining Physical Health     225
Strategies for Maintaining Spiritual and Mental Wellness     235
Living or Working with Someone with ADHD     241
Loving Someone with ADHD, or, Did I Sign Up for This?     243
Working for or with Someone with ADHD, or, Right-Brained Exec Needs Left-Brained Right Hand!     251
Final Thoughts     263
Afterword   Sam Goldstein, Ph.D.     265
Index of Strategies     267
ADHD Resources     269
Index     277
About the Author     285

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Disorganized Mind 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor use of time is a major problem for too many of us. We were never diagnosed as ADD or AD/HD because we were too successful in school and never were problem students. But there was always something that just wasn't right. Our friends could get 10 or 20 times more done in the same amount of time but we were so creative and could put pieces together that they never even knew existed. Bosses love us for our innovative ideas and insight into complex problems. But at some point it all just gets too overwhelming. Papers, magazines, interesting articles pile up. Commitments and appointments get forgotten. We spend so much time trying to get organized but nothing sticks. Sound familiar? This book might be just what you need.
MJHCA More than 1 year ago
This is by far the most practical and helpful book on ADHD that I have discovered, and I have read many books on the subject. It provides specific, step by step guidance and coaching to help you live with ADHD and to leverage your thinking style into a fantastically productive life. So many self-help books promise so much. This one actually delivers! I found relevant and useful information for my own life on almost every page of this book. Every page of my copy is covered with my own notes and highlights. If other books on ADHD have left you feeling somehow unfulfilled, please try this one, you will not be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read five books on adult ADHD before reading Nancy's book. The Disorganized Mind is the best ADHD resource I have found. This book is filled with practical techniques for the common struggles of adults with ADHD. In this book, Nancy identifies the behavior, reason for the behavior, and effective techniques for overcoming them. The book is well organized and effectively presents concepts that allow for easy recall. You read, understand, implement, monitor and grow. Thank you for this great resource Nancy!
footballfanSS More than 1 year ago
Good read for those with ADHD. Really explains the issue and how to overcome.
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