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1. Driven To Distraction : Recognizing
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1. Driven To Distraction : Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood
by Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
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Catlog: Book (1995-03-02)
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This clear and valuable book dispels a variety of myths about attention deficit disorder (ADD). Since both authors have ADD themselves, and both are successful medical professionals, perhaps there's no surprise that the two myths they attack most persistently are: (a) that ADD is an issue only for children; and (b) that ADD corresponds simply to limited intelligence or limited self-discipline. "The word disorder puts the syndrome entirely in the domain of pathology, where it should not entirely be. Although ADD can generate a host of problems, there are also advantages to having it, advantages that this book will stress, such as high energy, intuitiveness, creativity, and enthusiasm, and they are completely overlooked by the 'disorder' model."The authors go on to cite Mozart and Einstein as examples of probable ADD sufferers. (The problem as they see it is not so much attention deficit but attention inconsistency: "Most of us with ADD can in fact hyperfocus at times.") Although they warn against overdiagnosis, they also do a convincing job of answering the criticism that "everybody, and therefore nobody" has ADD. Using numerous case studies and a discussion of the way ADD intersects with other conditions (e.g., depression, substance abuse, and obsessive-compulsive disorder), they paint a concrete picture of the syndrome's realities. Especially helpful are the lists of tips for dealing with ADD in a child, a partner, or a family member.--Richard Farr ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A superbly balanced and rigorous text for all readers
Whether lay public or professionals in the field, this is the best book you'll find on Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). I treat patients who have ADD; many come bearing a well-marked copy of this book to say they've found themselves in it. To the others, I routinely recommend they read it before we finalize the diagnosis or decide on treatment. The tone throughout is rigorously scientific yet informal, relatively free of jargon, approachable by anyone with a high school education, and very supportive to the sufferer without being patronizing. It contains no propaganda, a rare virtue in books about ADD. Although written by physicians (who themselves are sufferers), it does not shill for medication management at the expense of alternative treatments that have been scientifically validated as effective. This is the ideal book for sufferers and their families, for teachers and those who evaluate the learning problems of children and adults, and for all health care providers. For those who find it hard to read, another book by these authors, Answers to Distraction, is written in an easier, sound bite format. Both books are available on audiotape, often the best way for the ADDers to "read".

-Phil Torrance MD (Diplomate in Psychiatry)

5-0 out of 5 stars Gives new meaning to "We Are Not Alone"
This superbly compiled work was actually used by an M.D. as a substantial part of the dignostic process in evaluating possible ADD syndrome. Having read many self-help books trying to deal with personal trials and foibles, this book HIT HOME! Written by two psychologists who personally experience the frustrations of living with adult ADD, this title made for compelling reading. Imagine finding a description of yourself on every other page!!?? Concise, but personable case studies reveal numerous commonalities amongst ADDers. Rounded out with a detailed history of the discovery of ADD, the research pioneers, treatment plans, hope for the future, and a well thought out section on Resources, including support groups, newsletters, etc. Just Read It!

5-0 out of 5 stars The ONE & ONLY BOOK you need to read on the subject!
After finding out that my youngest son had ADHD, I picked up this book and started reading. It was almost like looking into a mirror that showed my life: Further, it described many people in my family! I went to a Stanford psychiatrist for input and am now taking Ritalin. This book may have actually saved my life: I now understand my need for change, my attraction to violence, my Type-A behavior, even my claustrophobia--everything. It was as heartbreaking as it was a relief to find out that there was a name for what I was going through--that there was help available--and most important, that I was not alone. I will have to deal with this affliction for the rest of my life. If you or anyone you know may have either of these maddening disorders, please help by reading this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Flowery nonsense
If you've already been down the typical path with your child, namely: (1) Child has a problem in school, (2) Child fidgets in front of school "psychologist," (3) Referred to local pediatric physician, (4) received script for psychostimulants, and (5) started giving child the drugs, you'll like this book. It will make you feel good about yourself, your parenting style, and your decision.

At least give yourself the chance to see the other side of the story. You only have one child - read the book "Unraveling the ADD/ADHD Fiasco" by David B. Stein, Ph.D. If you are still convinced that the drug route is the way to go, follow the "1-2-3 Magic" types of parenting techniques (or have a "family meeting" and solicit input from your little child who has no tools to solve this problem), and when that doesn't work, administer the drugs.

OK - I've probably made some folks angry, and I'll concede that there are a relatively small percentage of children and adults that suffer from disorders (with symptoms like those attributed to ADD/ADHD) that are improved through these drugs, including Ritalin. But, keep in mind that in some schools 50% of the male childern are "ADHD" diagnosed and on Ritalin or similar drugs. No one in their right mind could possibly believe that 50% of children have something called ADD/ADHD that requires treatment with Schedule 2 drugs.

I'm not writing for those few percent that maybe have a real disease that is helped by drugs. I'm writing for the 95% of children who are on Ritalin and don't need to be. This book will lead you in a direction that your child doesn't necessarily need to go.

By the way, the book never mentions that Ritalin and similar medicines are "Schedule II" drugs, or what these are. As a parent, I hope you'll ask your doctor - or better still - do your own research on what Ritalin does in the body and its addictive and abuse potential.

Rebut this information if you wish, but I didn't see anything in this book expressing outrage over 33 - 50% of little children being forced to take addictive drugs because some counseler, teacher, parent and doctor didn't want to do some hard work and rule out that the child's behavior can possibly be remedied by something other than drugs.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book saved my career and my family
I have had problems all my life, some described in this book and some described by the other people who wrote a review of this book. My wife and I were attending marriage counseling because of my short temper. After a few sessions our therapist said she thought I had ADD which I quickly dismissed even though my younder brother was diagnosed with ADD early in his life. After a few more years of trying to convince me, after trying all kinds of self help, after attending anger management classes, our therapist finally recommended this book. I read parts and reread parts and reread parts (others with ADD will understand this) and finally, I got to the "test" in the back of the book. 100 yes/no questions, the more yes answers the more likely you are to have ADD. I took it and after restarting 4 or 5 times finally finished the test with a score of 80. For a baseline I had my wife take it. She scored 18. Not a diagnosis but enough for me to make an appointment with a psychiatrist. Almost 2 years later I am taking ADD medication and my temper is gone, my work productivity and my ability to complete projects has greatly improved. And most importantly I and my family have a new outlook on life. Everyone is happier, especially me. ... Read more

2. Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach
by Howard Glasser, Jennifer Easley
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5-0 out of 5 stars Our Success with this Approach
I learned of Tranforming the Difficult Child in May of this year, and began implementing the recommendations (with resolve) with our 10 year old son immediately. Everyone who knows him saw an immediate, major improvement in his ability to listen, to get and stay on task, to control his actions, to have meaningful conversations. These gains began in the first couple of days, and have accelerated ever since.

Our son's official "diagnosis" if you will, is ADHD non-attentive type and Non verbal learning disorder. While fun and likeable (also smart) is still immature for his ten years. He had never once had a best friend in his class (his long-time best friend is in fourth grade). With the confidence and ability to control that he gained through our application of the nurtured heart techniques, he has made not one but fourfriends in the fifth grade class!!!! He's enthusiastic about school, was crushed not to have made "Responsibility Club" this week (homework snafu) - a problem of prosperity. His teachers have embraced the form I adapted from your book. It's come home everyday with feedback, and in fact the highest scores possible, each and every day (they love the form).

Like many parents, I have tried many, many angles to help our son. Nothing has worked in the past. Implementing the approaches in this book has changed our lives.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
After reading Howard Glasser and Jennifer Easley's excellent book, "Transforming the Difficult Child," I felt a surge of hope for the more problematic children in our world. Finally, someone had discovered how to help parents manage difficult children in a positive, loving way and without medication!

Most of the children Glasser and Easley have worked with were taking medication when they arrived at the Nurtured Heart Approach center. These same children are no longer medicated into submission but living bright, successful lives. These children needed a little or a lot more attention than the average child but were being raised with traditional parenting skills that were rendered ineffective because of their ultra-sensitive natures. The parents of these children needed to learn to apply another set of rules to their kids to help them become the wonderful people they were destined to be.

The Nurtured Heart Approach is an easy, rational, beautiful and loving method of building on the successes of children while not giving energy to the negative aspects of their character. This is an approach that can be used on difficult or "normal" kids. I have begun applying these principles to my own methods of child rearing. They work quickly and magnificintly! It's brilliant in its simplicity and effectiveness.

If you have a difficult child or even if you would like to learn a new positive, ingenious parenting approach, I urge you to read Glasser and Easley's book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A system that really works!
My child is RAD, ADHD, PTSD, CPD, BiPolar, and GAD. I've tried every child raising system I can find, and although some helped a bit, none worked long term, or showed continuous improvement. This approach, based on the concept of giving pizazz for the positive, and holding a child accountable (in a non-energy giving way) for misdeeds, really works for my son. It is a slow go, but worth the effort. Also see his website and discussion boards.


5-0 out of 5 stars An appropriate solution to many issues
I bought this book, and at the same time "Chaos to calm", and "The Explosive Child". We do not have an ADHD child, but the approach in this book worked wonders for our 4yr old who was becoming defiant and a really big headache, we were being sucked into a cycle of our own impatience and escalation of ineffective discipline. The basic premise of this approach worked wonderfully. Even if you can't do the entire appraoch, implementing the basics ( they offer a staged approach) will probably get you alot of success. The other 2 books, chaos to calm was a structured approach, that had some similarities but not the focus needed that comes through so well, in Nutured Heart. The explosive child was way beyond what we needed, once I read it I realized we were not dealing with such severe issues. ... Read more

3. Women With Attention Deficit Disorder: Embracing Disorganization at Home and in the Workplace
by Sari Solden
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Catlog: Book (1995-10-01)
Publisher: Underwood Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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Women with Attention Deficit Disorder addresses the millions of withdrawn little girls and chronically overwhelmed women with ADD who go undiagnosed because they don't fit the stereotypical notion of people with ADD. They are not fast-talking, hyperactive, non-attentive, and they are not male. Though the book focuses on ADD, much of what is said also applies to women with ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Introduction by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo, authors of You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Crazy or Stupid? Foreword by John J. Ratey, MD, co-author of Driven to Distraction. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL reading for ADD in women
Women face an incredible wall of disbelief from professionals when it comes to the diagnosis of ADD. This book acknowledges the additional gender-based expectations women face, exacerbating our difficulties, when it is a struggle just to meet the basic demands of daily life. Clearly explains what ADD is and is not, helps sort through the tangle step by step. Undiagnosed ADD can have us running ourselves ragged with no explanation, no hope of an answer, and "no excuse" for our problems. This book sheds light in so many areas that will never apply to the lives of men in this society. For women coming to terms with ADD, this is a MUST READ. Brings to light our disjointed lives, striving hard to hide the depth of our incompetence, hiding the mess at home and at work, the frantic behind-the-scenes scramble to keep up with the demands of everyday life. Gives hope and courage in the face of professional ignorance and reluctance to believe women, especially WITHOUT hyperactivity. It felt like my life was spread out before me in the pages of this book. Clearly delineated a struggle I thought was mine alone. When your friends and your therapist are saying "Oh, EVERYONE thinks they are ADD", tune in to this book. Let it be your guide in the search for an answer.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Book that Reassures and Guides
I picked this book up while cruising the bookstore for books on ADD, which both my son and I have. When I started reading, I had to put it down and go get a pencil. I underlined everything that was me--the book ended up looking like a flat zebra. In spite of myself I tend to feel ashamed, as though I have bad character, so to have a book addressed specifically to how ADD would look in a woman was wonderful. It isn't just that many women experience it differently than men, but also that the kinds of situations we find ourselves in are different. (Housecleaning!!!!!Nurturing!!!) Only down side, only not really, was that I had my then fiance, a psychologist, read it. He gave it back and said grumpily "this says you have no intention of changing." He's history now and I'm married to a lovely man who is more disorganized than I am.

5-0 out of 5 stars an ADDult
I was soooooooooo relieved after i read this book,as I am not the hyper type(although I talk a lot-but I am not jumping around -fidgeting or worse daydreaming when I have to sit still)
A lot of is highlighted in yellow and I lended it to the ADD psy(he heard about but did not have the opportunity to read,well this could have save both of us a lot of time,anyway...)
It was like a thriller I spend 3 nights and days reading and reading.I highly recommend it along with "ADD in women" by nadeau,this one is more recent and quote a lot from it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for Women Who Think They Might Have ADD!
This book stilled so many fears and anxieties I've had for years because I had no idea what was wrong with me but knew it had to be something terrible! Now, after reading this very informative book, I feel enlightened about a woman's unique symptomology as compared to boys and wonder I never dreamed that I might have ADD!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is Me!
I just got this book yesterday and I'm up to Chapter 6! I was just recently diagnosed with ADD and it seems every page of this book is describing some aspect of my life! I can't wait to read the next page, the next chapter, the next section. I'm hoping to also be able to help my teenage son who also has ADD. Thank you Sari for helping me know that I am definately not alone! ... Read more

4. Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD
by Daniel G. Amen
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Catlog: Book (2002-06)
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Using breakthrough diagnostic techniques, Dr. Daniel Amen has discovered that there are six distinct types of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), each requiring a different treatment. With recommendations for prescription drugs, nutraceutical therapy, cognitive reprogramming, parenting and educational strategies, biofeedback, self-hypnosis and more, this revolutionary approach can lead sufferers of ADD to a normal, fully-functional life. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars fascinating and validating
Dr. Daniel Amen describes several sets of ADD symptoms, illustrating them with images of abnormal brain activity in those who suffer from the symptoms. While I'm not convinced that his six types are all really primarily ADD, or that they are the only types of ADD, still, this book provides fascinating insight into the physical basis for psychiatric difficulties. Dr. Amen's case studies are fascinating and quite compelling, and he shows both great tenderness for his clients and great insight into the needs and difficulties of people with ADD.

This book is extremely valuable for debunking the myth that ADD is not a real disability. Dr. Amen's use of brain imaging technology demonstrates the ways that some people's brains work differently and ineffectively. It's not just laziness--when people with ADD try to concentrate, the part of our brain that controls concentration just shuts down. It's genuinely a physical disability. Although I can "feel" this, to see it verified in black-and-white was extremely validating.

While Amen's treatments might be experimental, his diagnostic methods do not seem so. It is not "experimental" to use brain imaging technology to identify where the brain is working properly and not working enough. This has been done for many years. And it's not true that Amen's work is completely "out there"--his work was reviewed by research physicians in two departments (nuclear medicine and neurology, I think) at UCLA and found to be "good medicine" and worthwhile. Comparisons made in other reviews to procedures completely unsupported by any scientific evidence are really in themselves unsupportable.

I am not a doctor and can't recommend whether the treatments outlined in this book should be implemented. I can say that people with ADD, and those around them who doubt the reality of their difficulties, will learn a lot from looking at the brain images in this book and understanding the connections between the brain's impaired functioning and the associated symptoms.

Reading this book almost makes me feel that "normal" psychiatry is working in the dark without tools... Dr Amen might or might not have made as much progress in the field as this book appears to demonstrate, but nonetheless I think he must be on the right track. I wonder whether it will one day seem to us that trying to guess what's wrong with someone's brain without looking at it, is as strange as trying to diagnose strep throat over the phone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Some new light on ADD!
At last! Some real guidance through the difficulties of identifying, let alone trying to correct ADD. I'm the director of a nutritional therapy clinic. We have sent several people with ADD (as well as with brain injury and stroke) to Dr. Amen's clinics. Until now, though, I never understood why his medication protocols typically worked so well. His book makes it clear, using fascinating "before and after" SPECT "photos" of the ADD brains treated, that there are several distinct kinds of ADD. It goes on to explain the special treatments suitable for each. Dr. Amen also devotes several chapters to some effective, non-drug options. Like his first great book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, this one is full of inspiring case histories, and is so readable that you can't put it down.

3-0 out of 5 stars Questionable research, equivocation-from a reviewer with ADD
This book was a big disappointment. Using brain scanning imagery AMEN has deduced that there are six types of ADD. I find his taxonomy very questionable, and while I don't object to anecdotal evidence to support medical views, Amen turns very slight differences in behavior into major types of diagnoses. The descriptions of the various types interweave to the point that the differences among them are very slight. Why six? Why not 60? Amen's selective perception seems to be pseudo-science reductionist claptrap to me. I have ADD, and as I studied the traits of each one of Amen's categories, it seemed that I was a likely candidate for five of the six. His suggestions regarding diet are laughable: he recommends a healthy well balanced diet as a component to "healing" ADD. Well, now isn't that the most innovative idea about improving one's health: a good diet?!?!?! Thanks to psychostimulants I have been able to completely change my life in ways that at one time would have seemed miraculous. At times, I still feel it is miraculous. But I would never say I am "healed." The term in the title seems to be more marketing ploy than accurate empirical statement. I do recommend the book SCATTERED by Gabor Mate, a physician with ADD. That book is far more informed, holistic, thoughtful, incisive. It is also very well written. The style and methodology of Amen's book makes the DSM-IV seem as though it were written by God him/herself.

5-0 out of 5 stars A gold mine of information
This book is the most comprehensive source of information on ADD available.

The basis of the treatment techniques, SPECT scans, is also revolutionary in its approach and nearly self-evident. This approach of examining both patients' histories and SPECT scans at the same time is obviously an effective means of targeting not only the specific type of ADD (Dr. Amen has categorized 6 types) but also recognizing other disorders that may cause confusion about the ultimate diagnosis.

His work is the tip of the iceberg in diagnosing and finding successful treatments for ADD, anxiety, depression, violent behaivors, Alzeheimer's, obsessive disorders, manic disorders, head-injury related disorders, substance abuse disorders, dementia, and many other brain-related disorders.

It is loaded with information. Many professionals would do well to not only ready but study the information.

This book can be considered a companion to "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life."

1-0 out of 5 stars I don't trust this guy
I have no doubt that Dr. Amen has a lot of experience with SPECT scans, and ADD. I worry that his conclusions haven't been reproduced or confirmed indepedently outside his laboratory, which makes me highly skeptical of his results, and generalizations. Therefore, as the SPECT identifications are the selling point of his book, I can't recommend it.

The title, should also give anyone who has studied ADD pause, as ADD isn't really something that can be "healed", although it can be substantially mitigated. It strikes me as very a "huckster" or "snake oil salesmen" kind of title.

In a world with so many charlatans and unethical companies trying to fool people or exaggerate claims to make a buck, it is disturbing to see a medical doctor disregard the reproducibility demanded by the scientific method.

The general advice given in the book is good, but by no means unique or exceptional, by comparison.

I would recommend Driven to Distraction to those who are looking for more scientifically sound information and advice regarding ADD, and it's treatment. ... Read more

5. ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life
by Judith Kolberg, Kathleen Nadeau
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars hooray for another great book with help of Kathleen Nadeau!!
This book is a wonderful collection of sources, ideas, and strageties to work with ones ADD/ADHD rather than always working against it.
It's an easy read, the pages and chapters are set up to make the reading easier for ADD'ers, but doesn't come across as being 'dumbed down' like some of the books can seem.

Very logical, and life applicable techniques involving yourself, some one close to help you, a professional organizer etc, this book covers all the options and explains how to tell when which option is best for the situaiton.
I highly recommend this book- it's a must have for people living with ADD, or people who love and would like to help out someone else who is dealing with ADD. Counselors, teachers, students, parents- all can benefit from the ideas in this book either to help themselves or those that they work with or love!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for ADDers with organizing issues
It's about time a book specifically about ADD and organizing was written. This book was well worth the wait!

I was pleasantly surprised that the size of the book is larger than many other ADD books and so is the Print itself.

The set up of the book is VERY "ADD Friendly". Main ideas are bulleted and highlighted. There are also review sections at end of each chapter. There are some very useful charts and even some a few pictures of specific organizing tools.

The ideas and suggestion given in this book may be be very helpful to people with ADD. There are some great suggestion that seem too easy to help but as somebody who has used many of them, they do help.

5-0 out of 5 stars mitchielou
Great Book!
Finally, an organizing book that really works wonders. It has me motivated to move forward into my piles of paper and crammed closets. I have made more progress using these ideas than any from any other source. I can really relate to most of the situations discussed within this book. I would highly recommend this book. I originally bought it to help my son learn organizing, but I have greatly benefited also!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book for ADD disorginization!!
I would recomend this book to anyone with ADD, after reading books and magezines trying to organize my life this one was the best ever! It is so easy to follow with ending notes after each chapter to remind you of the important points in that chapter. It gives diagrams, pictures, and illistrations, everything an ADDer needs in a good book. Every chapter was like looking into a mirror but ACTUALLY getting help from it! Not just another ADD book that tells you you need therepy and this is what is wrong with you, it explains why you do these things and then give simple suggestions that are easy to follow. I would recomend this to anyone who has organization problems even those who don't but have ADD. I am going to pass this through my whole family so maby it can help them too!

5-0 out of 5 stars You can be organized!
Yes, finally a book that helped me keep up with things I need to do, places I needed to go, items to buy, etc. This book has ideas that work for people who aren't going to use a big notebook, or develop a love of paper work, or suddenly become single-minded about a task.
Use of color, flexibility, and multiple ways of conquering disorganization are explained. Having a "support" person is a tremendous help I found personally, but I did get a good start on my own.
This is the best book I've found on organization period! ... Read more

6. Taking Charge of ADHD, Revised Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents
by Russell A. Barkley
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Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
Publisher: The Guilford Press
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Average Customer Review: 3.32 out of 5 stars
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A treasured parent resource since its publication, Taking Charge of ADHD has now been revised and updated to incorporate the most current information on ADHD and its treatment. From internationally renowned ADHD expert Russell A. Barkley, the book empowers parents by arming them with the up-to-date knowledge, expert guidance, and confidence they need to ensure that their child receives the best care possible. Features of the revised edition include:

*A step-by-step plan for behavior management that has helped thousands of children with ADHD
*Hard data that clear up current controversies about increased diagnosis and stimulant use
*New strategies that give children greater chances of success at school and in social situations
*Advances in genetic and neurological research that enhance our understanding of what causes ADHD
*Practical advice for parents on managing stress and keeping peace in the family
*Updated descriptions of books, organizations, and Internet resources that families can trust
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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent discussion of ADHD as behavior inhibition
This is the best discussion of ADHD as a medical disorder that I have read. Dr. Barkley explains ADHD as a problem with behavior inhibition where the distractability, inpulsivity and hyperactivity are the results of the underlying problem. He then gives a thorough discussion of how parents can help themselves and their children with behavior modification techniques. He also discusses various medications that are used to treat ADHD.

The reason that I do not give this book 5 stars is that it is not a complete picture of ADHD. The medical disorder model is not the only way, and not neccesarily the best way to view this condition. I can only think of one paragraph in the whole book that mentions positive traits which are associated with ADHD. You really need to read a wider range of books to get a more complete picture.

Hallowell and Ratey's "Driven to Distraction" gives a wonderful look at the many different ways that ADD can affect people and some idea of what it feels like from the inside. Thom Hartmann's "Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perspective" views ADHD as a personality trait with distinct advantages under the right circumstances rather than a disorder. These books will help expand Dr Barkley's important viewpoint.

3-0 out of 5 stars Useful, thought provoking, but utterly cold and empathy-free
I came to this book as a skeptic, and as someone who wants nothing to do with the meds. I had avoided reading Barkley because I knew him to be a big drug guy.

However, I found his explanation of ADHD as a problem of inhibition rather than attention to be interesting and to ring true. He also talks about how this relates to troubles with language, motor skills, learning problems and other things that are seen with some ADHD kids. It shed some light on the larger picture, and was very interesting and useful in thinking about the whole child, not just the ADHD behavior part. It was more in-depth than other explanations I had read of ADHD, and more convincing.

As for the drugs, he really does not emphasize them as much as I expected. Clearly, he believes they are effective and safe, but at one point he actually says that if you are just anti-drug don't bother trying them because you won't stick with it. Like other pro-drug things I have read, he does not really address the issue of how or when you decide to get off the drugs. I guess the drug companies aren't funding studies of that question.

One funny point -- in a section advising parents to take care of themselves, he cautions them to avoid caffeine and nicotine because they are stimulants and can make your heart race and increase your blood pressure. Not good for parents, but apparently OK for the kids.

The book actually spends a lot more time on behavior modification techniques than it does on the drugs. Ironically, many of these techniques are similar to those recommended by David Stein in his book Unraveling the ADD/ADHD Fiasco, which is as anti-diagnosis and drugs as Barkley's is pro. I have found many of these techniques to be useful, although I think the tokens and points thing is unwieldy and unrealistic.

The biggest negative of this book is the author's tone, which is offensive in several ways. First, he is paternalistic, frequently lecturing the reader to be critical of sources, etc, yet giving the impression that one should accept his information as scientific and accurate because he says it is.

Second, he gives a seemingly endless litany of ways in which these children will struggle and fail -- learning, friendship, behavior, work, etc. It was so depressing I had to put the book down for awhile. His one positive comment is that some ADHD kids may do well in the arts or in sales, but he is careful to qualify that remark by noting that they won't be better than "normal" kids, they just might be as good as "normal" kids in these areas.

Third, and most striking, is his complete lack of empathy for his patients. Once in awhile he seems to express at least some sympathy for the parents and their struggle, but I cannot think of any examples in which he puts himself in the ADHD kid's place and dicusses how it might feel to be on the receiving end of these problems, meds and other treatments. The child is viewed as the problem to be solved. He makes very clear that there are ADHD kids, and there are normal kids, and the two groups do not overlap. He sees these kids as very disabled and in need of sheltering from the normal demands of life. I'm sure that some days this is true, but it is a very pessimistic and condescending view in the long run, one that does nothing to prepare a person to live in the real world as an adult. He does not ever discuss the potential psychological consequences to the child of being treated by parents, teachers and doctors as so disabled and incapable of ever performing "normally." Treating your child as being as disabled as Barkley says may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. He could use to read a copy of Martin Seligman's book Learned Optimism.

Despite the negatives, I recommend this book. It has a practical focus, but still provides a detailed and interesting discussion of ADHD symptoms, behavior, etc. It favors the meds, but it does not beat you over the head with it or dismiss other approaches. In fact, it says that meds must be used in conjunction with other treatments.

Finally, Barkley seems to be a big cheese in the ADHD field, and even if you don't agree with him, it is useful to know what the mainstream point of view is. You may be surprised, as I was, to find more of value here than you expected.

5-0 out of 5 stars Taking Charge of ADHD
A must have for Doctors Teachers and Parents. Explains why your child has ADHD (Medically) and behavior modifications to try I highly recommend this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars A misguided, debilitating approach to ADHD
Back in 1996 I was at a CE seminar presented by Barkley, a smooth talker with lots of fancy graphics and research references, not to mention ties with pharmaceutical drug marketers. However, most of what he presents is distorted, superficial, and contains numerous false statements about the implications of research and about the causes and treatments of ADHD symptoms. Barkley is still "bark"ing up the same tree he was several years ago, making money by telling people what they wish to hear to absolve themselves of any responsibility in having fostered ADHD behaviors, or having to do anything more than use some fancy reward system sold by Barkley's associates or dispense some pill marketed by Barkley's benefactors. Barkley's approach has become widely adopted, thereby perpetuating the patterns of behavior labeled ADHD. Barkley's behavioral approach discourages thinking and creativity in children, instead making them focus on rewards and discipline, making their lives more stressful. The reward systems he recommends are also flawed from a behavioral psychology perspective, as psychologist David Stein has observed, and actually promote continued ADHD behaviors in a significant portion of children. This system is so flawed it's no wonder that the studies show drugs suppress ADHD behaviors better than Barkley's behavior management approaches. Unfortunately, the drugs can either aggravate ADHD symptoms over the long term or promote depression, bipolar, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms, depending upon the individual's internal reaction to the ingestion of disruptive chemicals. Barkley ignores better behavioral and parenting approaches as well as research confirming the benefits of approaches like neurofeedback, massage, acupuncture, nutritional supplements, sensory integration therapies, progressive educational settings, and treating for adverse reactions to exposure to environmental hazards, such as heavy metals, allergens, processed food ingredients, and synthetic chemicals. ADHD is a label for a pattern of behavior that is typical of a tendency to not filter stimuli as social settings often require, with a great many factors influencing the development of this pattern, and a great many factors having the potential to help the individual shift toward a more socially acceptable pattern of filtering stimuli, without suppressing one's ability to be creative, intuitive, or spontaneous. Barkley's approach does nothing about underyling factors contributing to the dominant pattern of diminished filtering, and directs the person to be highly reliant on external controls and manipulations, since Barkley assumes there is some inherent biological abnormality in people labeled ADHD, ignoring the interaction between the individual's personality, genetic potentials, social environment, biochemical environment, and educational environment. If you took a brain scan of someone with an ADHD label you could match it with patterns found in scans of anyone, depending upon what mood, activity, or state of focus they are in at the moment of the scan. Only 24 hour monitoring of brain activity would have any relevance to assessing ADHD patterns, and even then it would only show a pattern of brain activity initiated by psychological and chemical factors, which are variable, just like behaviors are. Barkley has no clue what the brain really is - a transceiver/transducer for information processing between the mind/spirit and the body embedded in the physical reality matrix. Conscious and subconscious psychological factors greatly influence the pattern of activity exhibited in the brain, as do nutrition and drug ingestion. Barkley promotes external locus of control, assuming something is inherently/genetically "wrong" in persons exhibiting ADHD patterns of behavior and attentional filtering. More enlightened approaches help the individual develop self-mastery in balancing their body, mind, and emotions to facilitate any desired state of consciousness, recognizing that taking in great amounts of stumuli data or seeking out the most exciting or novel stimulus to focus attention on is not a defect, but a way of interacting with the environment that may need to be used less frequently in order to function in some settings. If you want your child to be a drug dependent, order-following worker, then follow Barkley's approach. If you want your child to be intelligent, creative, thoughtful, and self-empowered, then I suggest you look at some holistic approaches.

4-0 out of 5 stars A New Way of Looking at ADHD...
As the wife of a husband with ADHD and mother of a son with ADHD, I have struggled for years like many other reviewers to do what is right for "my boys". I think the key point that all books on ADHD need to make is that each person with ADHD is an individual with unique talents and gifts, and we need to view these in a positive light. Anyone who has struggled with this needs to read a book called GIFTED by Kirk Martin. It's actually a novel about a young man with ADD who comes to understand that the "disorder" parents and teachers had considered negative all his life actually turns out to be a gift. I think you can read a summary at, it presents an entirely new way to view the ones you love. ... Read more

7. Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-By-Step Guide for Parents
by Ronald M. Rapee, Sue Spence, Vanessa Cobham, Ann Wignall, Ronald Rapee
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All kids get scared, but some fears can escalate into paranoias with long-term ramifications. This step-by-step guide tackles the why, how, and what now of anxiety disorders. Written in everyday language, it describes in detail strategies and techniques parents can combine into a comprehensive self-help program for managing a child's worry while building confidence and self-control. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It helped me understand my child better.
After reading this, I gained more compassion for my child, and I was better equipped to handle his anxiousness.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very effective approach
The approach on this book brought almost inmediate results as I helped my son with certain anxieties. It was like magic! Very good tool. Thanks

4-0 out of 5 stars Finally step by step
This is a really super book. Normally, each time you pick
up a self-help book it is abstract, nothing concrete, no examples
or scenarios. This books really lays it all out. It gives you
practical examples, question and answers! My child is enjoying
the exercises as well.

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5-0 out of 5 stars What a terrific book!
My teenager suffers from PTSD - his anxiety is so sky high that he was rarely going to school. After a years worth of visits to psychiatrists and medication which was not working, I purchased this book and put it in action the week it arrived. My son had not made it to school on a Monday or Tuesday since the school year began - after one session of "realistic thinking" on Sunday nite - he went to school Monday! He was then able to go all week - even to midterm exams! On the following Sunday nite his anxiety began again and we started another round of realistic thinking - he made it to school. You must try this book - it is excellent!

4-0 out of 5 stars helpful resource
I have found this book to be a helpful and informative resource for parents of anxious children. It teaches parents how to help their children effectively cope with and face their fears and anxiety. It is written with great detail while still being exceptionally practical. ... Read more

8. Understanding Women With AD/HD
by Kathleen G. Nadeau, Patricia O. Quinn
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This landmark book brings together a broad field of experts to create a much needed and long-overdue book on the issues unique to women with AD/HD. Whether you are a woman who suspects that she has AD/HD, or a professional that wants to better diagnose and treat women with AD/HD, this book is designed with you in mind. In this unique blend of the professional and personal, the reader will come away with a broad-ranging, in-depth understanding of what it means to be a woman with AD/HD, and how to help women with AD/HD face their unique challenges. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars all about women with ADD
This book is an amazing resource of information about the specific issues of being a woman and having ADD/ADHD. This is the type of book that you would want your husbands, parents, and close friends to read because they will learn so much about you.

This is a great book that opens up traits and characteristics that I always thought were part of my personality.

I have read many of the ADD/ADHD books for adults out on the market and this one is a must have for counselors, teachers, female students, moms- and any female having to struggle with ADD, also a great book for anyone who had contact with women with ADD.

5-0 out of 5 stars True insight into those suffering from AD/HD
"Understanding Women with AD/HD" is a compilation of articles by various medical professionals. Kathleen Nadeau and Patricia Quinn have taken these articles (many of which they contributed to) and put them into a logical order and format so that it is easy for the non-professional to gain a comprehensive understanding of AD/HD as it relates to women.

Of all the books on AD/HD I have read this one provides most comprehensive coverage while still being highly approachable. Subjects covered include why the DSM-IV diagnosis may be inadequate, a self-assessment, hormonal influences, depression, deprogramming, women's life stages, and other issues relating to women with AD/HD.

Easy to follow, the editors make a complex subject understandable. "Understanding Women with AD/HD" is a highly recommended, authoritative read for anyone desiring an understanding of AD/HD and of particular interest for those whose interest is in the unique problems of women.

5-0 out of 5 stars Covering all stages of life
Collaboratively edited by Kathleen Nadeau and Patricia Quinn, Understanding Women With AD/HD is an impressive anthology of essays by experts addressing issues specific to women with AD/HD. Covering all stages of life from youth, college years, married life, motherhood, workplace matters, and the struggle to properly balance one's life, Understanding Women With AD/HD is an encompassing, ground breaking work that resonates with understanding for the plight of facing life's challenges with a mind that tends to over focus, especially at the worst possible times. Understanding Women With AD/HD is a highly recommended contribution to personal, professional, and academic AD/HD reference collections.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must have book for Women with ADD and people in their lives
This is an extremely well put together book. It explains the many aspects of women living with ADD. Not only does it cover ADD but it also gives information on other conditions that women with ADD to also have. It covers many areas of women's lives in which ADD can affect. It offers great explanations and suggestions for women with ADD to better their lives. ... Read more

9. The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children
by Doreen Virtue, Doreen, Phd Virtue
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Doreen explores the psyche of these special kids and offers alternative solutions to Ritalin based on her extensive research and interviews with child-care experts, teachers, parents, and the Indigo Children themselves. Read the accounts of these remarkable children as they explain why they act-out, are aggressive or withdrawn; and what they want from the adults in their lives. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Accuracy and validity check needed
Reading D Virue's dialog on Indigo children seems to have a lot of misunderstood premises on Ms. Virtue's part. She brings in much of her own biases and dogmatic belief systems. Read this with an open mind so to see through the heavy belief systems of Ms. Virtue, as it contains some poignant truths about Indigos.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing... I found myself!
I have a 3 y old son who I could recognize as an indigo child, so I decided to learn more and bought "The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children"
by Doreen, PhD Virtue. After the first chapter I was crying like a baby, because all these years I was "bullied" and make fun of by adults because I was hyperactive, always asked too many questions, didn't want to conform and seeing dead people... Well, here it was black on white my life! She says that some of us are "lightworkers", another book to read I guess. Now, I have the tools to guide and help my son who is already showing signs of struggling to be and remain different... special. I also wept for the million of children on Ritalin. Fantastic tool, a source of enlightment and happiness! More people should open their mind and take a leap of faith. ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Heavy on the Spiritual
Indigo children, a recognized group among today's young people, have been diagnosed, studied, and supported by psychologists, educators, and lay people. Born after 1978, they are described as bright, intuitive, strong-willed, and sometimes self-destructive individuals. I learned about them from some educators I served in a consulting capacity and read "The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived" by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. I learned a lot from that book and found myself wanting more. That drive led me to this book.

Compared to "The Indigo Children", this book fell short of my expectations. Because of the author's strong spiritual leaning, the topics, content, and treatment went much further into angels and prayers than it did into how to work practically with these special young people. Perhaps I should have expected this when I saw the author's photo on the back cover. It's a rather unusual shot of a woman in a forest with a Koala bear and she does not appear to have clothes on. Different kind of author photo than I'm accustomed to.

Virtue is described as a PhD "spiritual doctor of psychology." She's heavily invested in angels (author of "Healing with Angels"), which is quite obvious in the book. There is significant text devoted to angels, prayers, and the evils of pharmaceuticals like Ritalin. Some readers may find the pre-written prayers helpful for them. My Indigo step-daughter was less than enthusiastic about prescriptions for communicating with spirits, though the book suggests that some Indigos are really into that sort of experience.

The book includes a number of valuable tips about diet, concentration, and overcoming insomnia. I would have personally preferred more emphasis on these practical techniques than the heavy spiritual component and astrological comments. If you are into the spiritual, you'll enjoy this book, becoming immersed in all of its aspects. If you are not so spiritual, you'll still find some worthwhile concrete ideas and techniques interwoven in the text.

5-0 out of 5 stars the care and feeding of Indigo Children
I thought I was the only parent with a child like this. This book has a lot of insight and practical ways to help your child and to my surprise myself. It confirmed many things that I knew already, but having some assurance in realizing that " you are not alone" helped tremendously.

The spiritual aspect depends on your personal beliefs, but it does help to know that it can be effective in your life. I've tried a lot of the exercises with success, but I still have some work to do.

Thank you for your insight and deciding to write it in a book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough book for parents and educators
In this book, Doreen Virtue describes clearly the ways in which we are evolving as a species. Children born since about 1975 kids are demonstrating specific traits, which are different than those of previous generations. Along with these different traits come different needs. They carry more energy. They have more finely developed intuitive abilities. They need a reason to do things; rote learning and rigid authority are intolerable to them. They need activities to be life-purposeful. They have a sense of life purpose that is strong and must be respected. And they have great gifts to share as light-workers, innovators, healers and problem-solvers.

Dr. Virtue gives parents the information they need to support the unfoldment and development of their kids in every aspect of life from "care and feeding" their kids physically to nurturing their spiritual development, talents and abilities. She draws upon her experience as a psychologist and a parent, on spiritual guidance and on good, solid research. She writing "voice" is clear, accessible, authoritative and loving.

This is a breakthrough book for parents, teachers and educators at every level, social workers, therapists and pediatricians. It will help them understand why medicating higher energy levels is counterproductive and will give them practical tips on alternative solutions, so that they can assist not only their own kids, but our culture itself to flourish. ... Read more

10. The A.D.D. Nutrition Solution : A Drug-Free 30 Day Plan
by Marcia Zimmerman
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-07)
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Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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The first scientifically proven, effective, all-natural nutritional alternative to the much-prescribed drug Ritalin Attention deficit disorder is a nutritional deficiency, not a psychological condition. This is the revolutionary discovery Marcia Zimmerman made during her ten years of research as a nutritional biochemist. That conclusion led her to develop a diet that addresses the specific needs of the 17 million adults and children suffering from ADD. Her easy-to-follow thirty-day plan has been proven just as effective as Ritalin in relieving the symptoms of ADD.

- How women should boost their nutrition before conception to prevent ADD in their children.
- Why boys are much likelier to be tagged as ADD than girls
- How to get a reliable ADD diagnosis Reasons why parents prefer a diet plan to prescription drugs for ADD children
- The effects of brain allergies on attention span
- Foods to avoid that may exacerbate ADD
- Fats and oils we all need to stay focused
- Calming effects of carbohydrates
- Concentration-enhancing protein
- Why to stay away from simple sugars
- The dangers of artificial food ingredients, and much more

This important book will help us curb the epidemic growth of ADD in this country and change the way we treat those who have it now by addressing its source instead of merely treating its symptoms.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Professional heartfelt advice for a heartwrenching condition
I only wish that this book had been written early enought to have saved my nephew from the life-damaging effects of Ritalin. Marcia Zimmerman is thorough, practical and -- perhaps most of all -- passionately committed to making a difference in the lives of these children and their families. Don't wait to read it and begin utilizing her insight and advice. It has the absolute power to change lives!

5-0 out of 5 stars This should be the first book you read on A.D.D.!
Over the past six years, I have read literally hundreds of books and articles on A.D.D., and consulted with some of the "best in this field" doctors. I truly wanted to help my son, and I did not agree with the doctors' "solution" of several doses of Ritalin daily. Marcia's nutrional plan was the only thing in my six year search that has really made a difference! After just altering a few of the many suggested dietary items, everyone noticed a remarkable change in Sean's behavior. He has been learning faster, is happier, and is much more like a "normal" kid. And the best part - he has been off Ritalin for over a year and a half! Parents - for yourself, but especially for your child: Read Marcia's book! It will make a positive difference in your family's life! The book is very interesting and is an easy read. (Unlike alot of experts who write on this subject, Marcia truly cares about our kids, and wants to make a difference!) I considered myself quite knowledgeable on this subject, but I learned so much from Marcia's book! THIS SHOULD BE THE FIRST BOOK YOU READ IF YOU EVEN SUSPECT YOUR CHILD HAS A.D.D.! God Bless Marcia! A very grateful parent, Lynn Stone

3-0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
I think Marcia Zimmerman's book is very interesting. Of course like most other AD/HD books I have read I don't agree with her 100 %. No, I don't think nutrition of lack of nutrition is the cause of AD/HD. I believe that we are born with our AD/HD brains and that it is genetic. I know I have said this before that I do believe that there is a link to nutrition and AD/HD. Our brains do work differently than those with out AD/HD so maybe we do require different nutrients than others.

I have been taking the supplement suggested in Marcia's book for close to a year. I don't take the same name brand ones that she insists that we take though. The supplements have been very helpful. No, they haven't made my AD/HD go away though. But, I haven't followed the actual "30-Day Plan" (I'm sure if I did my AD/HD still wouldn't have gone

The author has done research. While this book doesn't not come close to proving that AD/HD is "caused" by poor nutrition it does help to support the idea that nutrition and other environmental factors do have an affect on people with AD/HD.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good info on supplements and diet
I'd give this book a higher rating if the book had been updated since '99. This book is a quick read if you've looked at other ADD nutrition books...dump the sugar, simple carbs, food additives, and increase vitamins and supplements...Zimmerman's arguments for why certain supplements, like fatty acids, are good for you, is an interesting read. Her 30-day diet to feed your brain and isolate food allergies that may aggravate your ADD sypmptoms is not as tough as it seems, and I have found the supplements to be exceptionally helpful for treating the aspects of my "creative wiring" that I don't like -- procrastination, inertia, etc. I found it a worthwhile read.

3-0 out of 5 stars disappointed
This book promised a lot of help and we did take a few nuggets of useful information from it. The author takes forever to get to the essence of the plan so be prepared for a lot of reptition of information you've probably already heard by the time you are ready to try this plan. I don't know what planet this author lives on but unless you are ready to make every meal,snack etc. from organic scratch, you will have a tough time following the plan, we couldn't commit. Our physician also reported the low possibility of influencing brain chemistry through diet as 1-2% of all the children with this problem. good luck ... Read more

11. The Gift Of Adhd: How To Transform Your Child's Problems Into Strengths
by Lara, Ph.D. Honos-Webb
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Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is thought to affect between 3 and 6 percent of school-aged children. The symptoms of the disorder-difficulty paying attention, impulsivity, and agitation-lead others to brand them as difficult, unfocused, and unruly. But the clinical studies and experiences of the author of this compassionate book suggest that many of the traits that label kids with ADHD may be an expression of deeper gifts: powerful imagination, searching insight, and unusual intuition. The goal of this book is to help readers recast the paradigm they use to think about the condition, encouraging them to help ADHD kids develop their unique gifts.

The book begins with an overview of current ADHD diagnosis including definitions and a sample of a case study. Each subsequent chapter reframes certain ADHD symptoms in a positive way and reinforces this transformation with awareness exercises designed to increase the appreciation of the child's traits. These techniques include action strategies for channeling ADHD traits into productive outlets. And the book doesn't limit itself to a discussion of kids with ADHD: It includes exercises to help parents cope with any feelings of failure they may be experiencing and to reverse any negative patterns associated with ADHD that might be at work in their families. The book offers advice on how to navigate education and mental health systems to the best advantage of ADHD kids and how to understand and make the best use of conventional ADHD therapies, including prescription drugs. ... Read more

12. The Difficult Child : Expanded and Revised Edition
by Leslie Tonner, Stanley Turecki
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How to help--and cope with--the difficult child

Expanded and completely revised, the classic and definitive work on parenting hard-to-raise children with new sections on ADHD and the latest medications for childhood disorders.

Temperamentally difficult children can confuse and upset even experienced parents and teachers. They often act defiant, stubborn, loud, aggressive, or hyperactive. They can also be clingy, shy, whiny, picky, and impossible at bedtime, mealtimes, and in public places. This landmark book has been completely revised to include the latest information on ADHD, medications, and a reassuring approachto all aspects of childhood behavioral disorders.

In this parenting classic, Dr. Stanley Turecki, one of the nation's most respected experts on children and discipline--and himself the father of a once difficult child--offers compassionate and practical advice to parents of hard-to-raise children. Based on his experience with thousands of families in the highly successful Difficult Children Program he developed for Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, his step-by-step approach shows you how to:

Identify your child's temperament using a ten-point test to pinpoint specific difficulties
Manage common--often "uncontrollable"--conflict situations expertly and gently
Make discipline more effective and get better results with less punishment
Get support from schools, doctors, professionals, and support groups
Understand ADHD and other common diagnoses, and decide if medication is right for your child
Make the most of the tremendous potential and creativity that many "difficult" children have

Drawing on his experience with thousands of families in his highly successful Difficult Child Program, Dr. Turecki shows parents how to:

Identify their child's difficult temperament using a ten-point test to pinpoint specific difficulties

Manage typical conflict situations expertly and kindly

Make discipline more effective and get better results with less punishment

Get support from schools, doctors, and others

Understand ADHD and other common diagnoses, and decide whether medication is right for their child

Make the most of the child's creativity and potential -->
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Difficult Child
This is an excellent book for ALL parents, not just parents of "difficult children." The title might scare or offend some parents who are in denial, thinking that their child is not difficult. But ALL kids are difficult from time to time. This book give great, real-life examples - extremely helpful tips telling us what to do. And all this is to be done under a firm, but very loving manner. This definitely is one of the best parenting books out there. A must-read for ALL parents.

3-0 out of 5 stars Difficult Behavior or Difficult Child?
I purchased this book after I received a call from the administration at my child's daycare requesting a parent teacher conference due to my 2 and a half year olds behavior. I read the book attentively but found that according to the author's definitions of a difficult child, there is not one child I have met who is not difficult. In addition, I found the title of the book disturbing. Not exactly the type of book to carry around in your purse for a quick read at the park while your child is using the swings. Not only that, but the label "difficult child" is rather disconcerting to the children that are indeed "difficult". I much prefer the book 1-2-3 Magic over this one because it addresses difficult behavior rather than difficult children. In addition, a difficult baby does not always mean a difficult child and vice versa as the author contends. If you're looking to catagorize your child as inherently difficult, than this is the book for you as all children will find a place in it. If you're looking to manage difficult behavior, I don't know if the strategies described by the author are necessarily the most effective.

2-0 out of 5 stars Easy answers to hard questions
This book would be a useful resource for any parent planning to run a residential school for troubled children, because many of the suggested solutions would fit that paradigm.

The chapters discussing temperment, fit, and how we feed into our childrens' behavior might be useful for a parent at the end of their rope or one simply curious about their child.
Before you think that Dr. Turecki has solutions for your particular situation, be very sure that you want to define what behaviors you want to see from your child, craft a plan to reward based on those behaviors, and then follow through with consequences you make up. Sounds like regular parenting? Nope. It's based on a token economy model -- just like your local mental hospital!

There are good ways to relate to difficult children. Reading other books on the subject, making connections to good parents who will let you vent and give experience-based advice, and taking lots of deep breaths would probably be time better spent than in the company of these authors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Temperamental Difficulties
The Difficult Child is a self-help book for the parents of children with difficult temperaments. While all children have characteristic behavioral quirks, temperaments are so deep-seated that they manifest in infancy and are usually retained for a lifetime. Since temperaments can be inherited, they are probably linked to specific genes. In fact, one behavioral trait -- high activity level -- in mice seems to be associated with a specific gene (along with other characteristics), but such traits have not yet been genetically identified in humans.

This book concentrates on nine particularly difficult temperaments: high activity level, distractibility, high intensity, irregularity, negative persistence, low sensory threshold, initial withdrawal, poor adaptability, and negative mood. A child who exhibits some or all of these temperamental characteristics is usually not the child that the parents expected and therefore can be difficult to handle properly.

High activity level is obviously wearisome for the parents, babysitters and other caretakers. Distractibility is often irritating since the child can't stay with one thing very long. High intensity refers to habitual loudness, which causes its own problems. Irregularity refers to confused circadian rhythms, which means the child is often not ready to eat or sleep at any fixed time. Negative persistence refers to lengthy whines and tantrums, drawing out every disagreement to the point of absurdity. Low sensory threshold refers to physical sensitivity to clothing, noises, colors, tastes and other sensory stimuli, leading to definite likes and dislikes. Initial withdrawal refers to timid reactions at first to new things. Poor adaptability refers to difficultly changing activities, clothing, or even locations. Negative mood refers to grumpiness, showing little or no cheerfulness.

These temperamental types are particularly difficult for parents to understand or manage. At first the parents believe something is wrong with the child, particularly when the child cries at odd times, stays up late, and so forth. When their pediatrician states that nothing is wrong with the child, except maybe a little colic, the parents are mystified when this behavior continues for months and years.

First, these temperaments are normal, although not extremely common. They do not indicate any defect or disease in the baby, just different ways of responding to the world. Once these differences are identified, they can be managed. Moreover, the child can be trained to control these traits to some extent by learning good habits. However, these temperaments are part of the child and so the child would be more comfortable in surroundings where these temperaments are known, expected, and allowed a certain amount of free rein.

Of course, there are various ailments that can produce similar behavior patterns. Some of the more common are touched on within this book. However, the authors assume that you will have already had your child examined by a qualified pediatrician, will continue to take your child for regularly scheduled checkups, and will bring any subsequent problems to his attention. If you always keep him informed, you can let the doctor worry about such things.

Read this book. Even if none of this sounds like your child, read the first chapter of the book; you will learn a lot about your own child, despite their lack of difficult temperament. However, if any of these temperaments fits your child, read the whole book and have your spouse do so also. If nothing else, this book will give you some of the right questions to ask your pediatrician the next time you corner him in his office.

Once you have read this book, you will want to find out more about temperament and human differences. This book is only the first step in the rest of your career as parents. And as grandparents.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Relief to have some tools
As with some of the other reviews I found the title to be a bit distracting but felt the author truly understood my child and our issues. I believe I am better equipped to understand and nurture my son now that I can identify the root of his behaviors. ... Read more

13. Survival Tips For Women With Ad/hd: Beyond Piles, Palms, And Post-its
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Women with AD/HD tormented by the daily chores and decisions needed to survive in a world of linear thinking will find solace in this self-help guide. Offering a collection of practical solutions to seemingly simple daily problems, this book will help to relieve the guilt and anxiety so many women have when they feel they don't measure up to the norms of today's society. These proven gems of wisdom, submitted by hundreds of women with AD/HD from all over the world, will help the reader painlessly get through the piles of laundry on her floor and stacks of paper on her desk. Written to accommodate readers with AD/HD who often have difficulty reading a book from cover to cover, this guide is designed like a manual, allowing them to flip through to areas of interest without having to read the entire book to find what they need. Practical tips provide help in dealing with organizational tasks, including paperwork in the home and office, preparing meals, social situations, paying bills on time, household chores, shopping, and personal and family health.
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14. Teenagers Guide to A.D.D.: Understanding & Treating Attention Disorders Through the Teenage Years
by Antony Amen
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This book may change your life!No kidding.It may be the difference between finishing high school and going to college, or dropping out and working at fast food places for the rest of your life.This book will help you understand ADD, get the best help for it, and help you reach your potential at home, school, work, with friends, and with your sweetheart. ... Read more

15. The ADD Answer: How to Help Your Child Now--With Questionnaires and Family-Centered Action Plans to Meet Your Child's Specific Needs
by Frank, Dr. Lawlis, Frank Lawlis
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Every year, 17 million new cases of attention deficit disorder, or ADD,are diagnosed in children. But medications designed to treat thedisorder don’t work for many children and often leave familiesfrustrated and searching for more options. In The ADD Answer,Dr. Frank Lawlis draws upon his thirty-five years of experience as aclinical and research psychologist to show parents how they can reclaimtheir central role in healing their children with comprehensive step- by-step advice on dealing with the problems of ADD. His approach blendsthe latest medical, nutritional, and psychological treatments that canincrease brain function with expert insight into the emotional-andspiritual-support kids need.

Including assessment tests geared to help parents understand theirchild’s particular needs and practical information on proven treatmentoptions, The ADD Answer explores:

• The role of nutrition in treating the disorder
• The positive effects of counseling and goal setting
• Advances in the field of biofeedback
• The importance of sleep, and much more

An inspiring and essential guide, The ADD Answer will help every familyfacing the challenges of ADD create a more loving, healthy environmentnecessary for their child to thrive. ... Read more

16. Out of the Fog: Treatment Options and Coping Strategies for Adult Attention Deficit Disorders
by Kevin Murphy, Suzanne Levert
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Catlog: Book (1995-05-31)
Publisher: Hyperion
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Maybe, maybe not..
The time management tips and organizational skills surely could be helpful, and more helpful for the hyperactive type, than those who are strictly inattentive. Pluses are also that it delves into issues of alcohol abuse, which are lacking in strictly "strategies" books.

But given part of it's title "Treatment Options", you're talking about a book that is mid 1990's, and references research long before it was published, and much more has been done since then.

Like Murphy, Dr. Hallowell also has Adult ADD, but at least in his video "Attention Deficit Disorder in the 21st Century - A Conversation with Edward M. Hallowell MD", is in the right century. It can be argued his book Driven To Distraction, and perhaps even it's followup, Answers To Distraction, is outdated, but it doesn't delve into specific treatment issues, and the reason it remains popular is that the tips are practical and not "time sensitive".

This has very practical tips as well, but this book goes into medicinal treatment, and much more research has been learned since the book was published on various treatment options, including the fact that in regards to medication, the first ever medication for adults has been approved, and you'll probably find Chapter 4 disappointing and outdated.

Diet is touched briefly (although the stress management part of that chapter is helpful), and it doesn't delve into other treatment options that are either more time sensitive, or alternatives to medication.

I do not doubt that Murphy is extremely knowlegeable, and he himself has done much research since the book was published and obviously not mentioned, including a book in 2000 on psychological assessment. While "Treatment Options" has a catchy title and certainly portions can be helpful, I wouldn't want my doctor to look at a mid 90's reference manual when looking up medical information.

If nothing else it shows the need for a more up to date book on treatment options.

5-0 out of 5 stars best adhd book for adult men; number 2 for us adult women
I am in my early (okay...mid)40's and was diagnosed about 3 years ago. This was one of the first books I read when I was initially diagnosed (and not yet accepting that I had "it"). This is a well-written comprehensive overview of adult adhd and really helped me to see that my issues were common to other adhd-ers and gain an understanding of the disorder and its symptoms. I was able to accept my diagnosis after reading Out of the Fog.
This is not really a book full of practical advice--for that I recommend both the new book by Nadeau and Kolberg--adhd-friendly strategies to organize your life--and the book by michelle novatny--I cannot recall title but it deals with interpersonal communications and adhd adults and is very helpful.
While I often refer back to Out of the Fog (when I can find under my piles of papers, clothes and chocolate bars) I do think that Sari Solden's book on Women with ADD--is the best book for women--which is why Out of the fog is numero 2 for us girls on my hit parade.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helps clear away the ¿fog¿ surrounding ADD!
Although I personally don't have ADD, I know many people who do (or who I suspect do!), which is why I decided to read this book. Having said that, I found "Out of the Fog" to be very helpful in understanding what is surely one of the most misunderstood, disrespected, scoffed-at, psychological disorders in the world today. Is ADD overdiagnosed? It's possible. Is Ritalin overprescribed? Again, it's possible. Does any of this mean that ADD is any less real or painful for people who suffer from it. Uh...that is DEFINITELY NOT possible. Unfortunately, what all the misinformation and misunderstanding surrounding ADD appears to do is, if anything, just make people who truly DO suffer from it just feel WORSE about themselves (i.e., "I must just be lazy, stupid, crazy" etc.). Then, on top of ADD, the next thing you know the person feels depressed and anxious on top of everything else. Great... Given all this, Kevin R. Murphy has done a service to everyone - ADD and non-ADD alike - by demystifying this neurobiological condition and making it clear that: a) ADD is a REAL thing, not some invention or conspiracy by drug manufacturers and middle school principals; b) ADD has REAL consequences - psychic, economic, social - that shouldn't be brushed off; and c) ADD is not just for kids anymore - it doesn't just disappear when you reach age 18 or 21 or whatever!

"Out of the Fog" is written by someone who clearly is qualified and who knows what he's talking about. This is clearly important, since there is so much disinformation and media hype out there about ADD. The book is well organized (no disorganization -- ADD induced or otherwise -- here!), well written, engaging, and useful, in terms of "demystifying" and diagnosing ADD, treating it (medication combined with counseling and lifestyle changes seems to be the best bet), and lastly "outmaneuvering" it (very important there currently is no "cure" for ADD, only treatments). All in all, I strongly recommend this book to anyone trying to understand or deal with ADD (or someone they know who has ADD).

5-0 out of 5 stars Single best book on Adult ADD
When I suspected I might have ADD, I started reading about it. After I was diagnosed, I read more, and at this point I've either read or skimmed in bookstores most of the more common titles. For me, this is the best single book out there. It is comprehensive, without being ponderous, and the discussion of treatment for ADD, including the pharmacological aspects, is without peer in popular literature. I agree with the reviewer who commented that the layout of the book leaves something to be desired, but don't let that put you off. This book is essential reading for adults who have ADD, or who think they might, or who have friends or family members with ADD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Think you know ADD? Put this in your library!
If you are an adult with ADD, or the parent of a teen with ADD, you need this book. This is where you find that you're not the only one wandering 'in a fog', and ways to get the fog out of your life and enjoy the sun! Few books address the adult ADDer--this does, in a supportive fashion, and gives concrete suggestions on what works, what doesn't, and possible places to get more help. Hand it to the significant other in your life, to explain why they think 'chaos' is your middle name, and how to help you change that! ... Read more

17. The Gift of Learning: Proven New Methods for Correcting Add, Math & Handwriting Problems
by Ronald D. Davis, Eldon M. Braun
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Using the proven methods he developed to overcome dyslexia,Ron Davis adapts those techniques to help sufferers triumph over a variety of common learning disabilities, including:

€ Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
€ ADHD (the hyperactive variety)
€ Math deficiency (dyscalculia and acalculia)
€ Handwriting problems (dysgraphia and agraphia)

Outlining clear instructions, the author demonstrates that through a series of mental and physical exercises called "Orientation Counseling" and learning tools called "Symbol Mastery," those struggling with these conditions can now learn how to correct them, embrace their gift, and enjoy learning.
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18. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment, Second Edition
by Russell A. Barkley
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Updating and expanding Russell Barkley's acclaimed Handbook, this new second edition incorporates the latest findings on the nature, diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As in the previous edition, Dr. Barkley includes contributions from other leading scientist-practitioners, who report on their respective areas of expertise. Readers will find current, practical information on nearly every aspect of the disorder. In-depth assessment and treatment guidelines are supported by updated outcomes documentation, and three new chapters focus specifically on adults.

Practitioners wishing to implement the assessment and treatment recommendations delineated in this edition are advised to purchase the companion Workbook, which contains a full set of forms, questionnaires, and handouts, in a large-size format, with permission to photocopy.

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Text on ADHD
The first edition of "Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder : A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment" was generally considered a must-read for all Clinical Child Psychologists and other practitioners who worked or planned to work with children with behavior disorders. The second edition is even better, as it should be. This edition clarifies how we have learned much about ADHD in the past decade. The book's coverage of relevant literature, findings, and data-based theories and treatments makes it one of the very best books on ADHD available on the market. I recommend it to all who plan to work with behavior-disordered children. Also, this text should be in most public libraries to allow parents the opportunity to read accurate writings about ADHD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Assessing Co-Morbid Emotional Factors
Dr. Barkley has contributed an extremely beneficial companion to his handbook for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. The rating forms are very useful for the clinician assessing ADHD and comorbid features. Dr. Barkley's discussion offers extremely helpful guidelines for assessment and treatment of ADHD and various emotional-behavioral issues which may accompany or mimic ADHD. This volume is a must for any practicing health or educational professional involved in the assessment and treatment of ADHD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Innovative reference text for study, review and treatment
I found this text to be a most useful resource for ADHD from a bio-psychosocial point of view. It included an exhaustive literature review of studies, of both children and adults, with ADHD. I also appreciated the discussions on cause/ effect relationships. I highly recommend this text for Physicians and Psychologists/Therapists working together and being on the same page with patients suffering from and living with ADHD. ... Read more

19. ADHD Book: Living Right Now!
by Martin L. Kutscher
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Empathic, responsible, readable, and extremely useful information for families and teachers about ADHD.The book focuses on over-reactions, impulse control, easy frustration, time management, and organizational problems as key aspects of ADHD.Dr. Kutscher writes with a clear and compelling style in an easy to follow format. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Dr. Kutscher!!
An excellent, concise, no-nonsense, inspirational book. Superb as both resource and guide to help us do just what we want to: LIVE RIGHT NOW! Thank you very much indeed, Dr. Kutscher.

5-0 out of 5 stars ADHD Book: Living Right Now!
I only wish this book was available for me when my daughter was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome back when she was 12. By the time ADHD was diagnosed she was 19 and we had gone through many years of disruption and blame. I will recommend this book to family and friends.

Carol Goldberg Maeder, Mother

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
This book is easy to understand for the layman or professional. It addresses everyday problems and how to deal with them by a doctor who is not only intelligent, but compassionate.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great resource!
This is an excellent book on ADHD. It is informative, comprehensive and easy to understand. A must have for those with ADHD and their families! Teachers will also find this book a valuable resource. It provides many different types of therapies for parents and teachers to use when dealing with someone who has ADHD. Dr. Martin Kutscher gives those without ADHD insight into the world of those living with ADHD.

5-0 out of 5 stars essential for all who work with kids
this book on ADHD is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, clergy, administrators, camp directors, scouting leaders...all who work with kids and need coping strategies to help the kids (and themselves) succeed. ... Read more

20. Attention Deficit Disorder : A Different Perception
by Thom Hartmann, Edward M. Hallowell (Introduction), Michael Popkin (Foreword)
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As many as 20 million Americans may have Attention DeficitDisorder. In the five years since Thom Hartmann first published hispioneering book, "Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception,"new findings support his theory linking ADD to the genetic makeup ofmen and women who hunted for their food in prehistoric times. Now,Hartmann has revised his groundbreaking book to include the latestresearch along with surprising information on studies that linksecond-hand smoke to disruptive behavior. This edition has a newintroduction by famed Harvard psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell, MD,co-author of the best-selling "Driven to Distraction.: ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Latest research proves this book!
When I first read ADD:ADP a few years ago, I was fascinated by Hartmann's hypothesis that the ADD/ADHD characteristics of distractability, impulsivity, and a need for high levels of stimulation may have been adaptive, useful characteristics for people in hunting/gathering societies, but became less useful in agricultural/industrialized societies. I also found practical application of his idea that "Hunters" should find "Hunter jobs" - areas of work with high levels of stimulation, lots of change, and highly self-directed (ER doc, sales, fighter pilot, detective, entrepreneur, etc.). It made sense and made me feel better and actually helped my life - but there were still those guys out there saying, "Get over it - you have a disordered brain and are deficient." They seemed so very, very scientific.

Then earlier this year I read the report published in the National Academy of Sciences journal, by a team of geneticists from Yale and UCI Med School, that actually did the hard research on the DRD4 gene - the one that 8 previous studies have linked to ADHD. The 7R allele variant - the ADHD variant - was, they said, "under positive selection" and "adaptive": science-speak for, "This gene has been doing something useful for humans for at least 40,000 years." They even ended the study paper by suggesting that our schools are broken instead of our children!

Now that Hartmann's original 1993 hypothesis has been scientifically proven, this book takes on even more value and meaning. It's important both psychologically and scientifically. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Never Knew ADD was a negative
Being ADD my entire life, I was cherished and praised for being able to do numerous things at once. With good parents and wonderful teachers that taught me how to complete things in steps I found life easier than most persons. Being ADD has always been an asset for me. I do have a messy house at times, and my desk is always in a state of disaray, but because my mind moves constantly, I do not dwell on my mistakes, nor my losses. I am always open to new experiences and can take advantage of opportunities that others are too afraid of trying. Thom Hartmann just pointed out a few of the advantages of being ADD, there are thousands of others. Please read this book and pass it on to everyone that you come in contact with that struggles with an ADD diagnosis. I did not know that I even had ADD until 35 and then could not believe that it could be considered it a liablity. I was always in advanced placement classes in school, but I had teachers that understood children like me. They considered me with special abilities, now teachers consider it a deficit. WOW how times have changed. Lets go back to making these kids "special" again and this book is a great first step.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and understand
This author most certainly understands people with ADD and writes in such a way that makes it accessible to them. This book will leave you feeling hopeful with a sense of direction. Thank you whoever you are!

3-0 out of 5 stars ADD as a coping style suited to hunters...
Hartmann has written a popular series of books related to ADD/ADHD by introducing an empowering perspective to those labeled ADD/ADHD. Since ADD/ADHD is based on labeling behaviors rather than identifying any physiological abnormality, Hartmann's view is quite sensible to some extent. In our current environment, these behaviors are usually seen as maladaptive and bring adults to treat children with these behaviors in a negative way. Ironically, it is the high level of stress in our environment that has been associated with triggering ADD symptoms - violent media directed at children, stress on status and achievement, disruptive family patterns, toxins, additives, and stimulants in foods, beverages, and the environment, etc. In this stressful environment many people develop the coping strategies and physioloigcal symptoms that would be expected from someone that has been in frequent danger and overusing their adrenal glands, which triggers a shortage in hormones and neurotransmitters needed to sustain attention. ADD/ADHD can best be understood from a holistic mind-body perspective, with natural holistic and psychotherapeutic interventions to assist. Giving stimulant drugs momentarily increases focus and calms behavior, but actually further aggravates the over-stressed system that led to ADD symptoms in the first place. Improved nutrition, stress management skills, and energy balancing therapies can provide lasting benefits to help those labeled ADD/ADHD become more balanced and able to adapt to their circumstances when they desire to. In more nurturing, less stressful environments these children are often seen as normal, and may actually act more calm and focused when less stressed and perceived more positively by adults. Hartmann's book provides a useful tool to help people recognize the psychological coping mechanism that can contribute to ADD patterns of behavior, although he somewhat oversimplifies the issue and doesn't clearly address the mind-body connection that is largely ignored or misunderstood by those examining the ADD/ADHD issue. Additionally, Hartmann adds his own labeling system of hunters and gatherers/farmers, which could limit how some people perceive themselves. These are roles we develop, and which are not solidly set by genetics. Genetic expression is influenced by the individual's biological and psychosocial environment [and the individual's reaction to the environment], and we deny our potential if we just say we are a born "hunter."

1-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I was very disappointed with this book. The farmers vs hunters analogy was intriquing at the beginning, but by the end of the book, I felt like the author had over-generalized (in some case in accurately generalized) ADD behaviors/characteristics to fit his analogy. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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