Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

by Russell A. Barkley, Christine M. Benton
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Guilford Publications, Inc.
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Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606233382
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 08/06/2010
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 131,440
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

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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CANookOwner More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found out a lot I didn't know about Adult ADHD that I didn't know before reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The recommendations in this book are simple, straight, forward and doable. The author is very supportive at the same time.
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