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Taking Charge of Adult ADHD 1st Edition

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"This wonderful book presents information and sharp clinical insights accrued over decades of work by a preeminent leader in the field. Dr. Barkley clearly and thoughtfully discusses the causes of adult ADHD and how to get diagnosed and treated. A 'must read' for anyone interested in learning more about adult ADHD."--Lenard Adler, MD, author of Scattered Minds; Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine
 
"Dr. Barkley’s advice to individuals who have ADHD (or think they might) represents a remarkable blend of science and practicality. This book offers a lifeline to adults with ADHD and their families."--Michael Gordon, PhD, Director, ADHD Program, Department of Psychiatry, State University of New York Upstate Medical University
 
"Consider this book the Rosetta Stone of adult ADHD. No one but Dr. Barkley could translate the sophisticated grasp of ADHD for which he is well known into lay terms and solid strategies. Comprehensive, immensely practical, highly readable, and wholly compassionate, Taking Charge of Adult ADHD is the definitive guide for adults with ADHD and the people who care about them."--Gina Pera, author of Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?
 
"This book will surely become a classic. If you are an adult with ADHD, Dr. Barkley can help you make sense of your lifelong struggles and develop a clear roadmap for overcoming them. Stories and examples from others facing the same challenges bring Dr. Barkley's ideas to life. I will certainly recommend this easy-to-read yet scientifically based book to everyone who comes through our adult ADHD clinic."--J. Russell Ramsay, PhD, Codirector, Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program, University of Pennsylvania

 

About the Author

 

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

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1st edition (July 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606233386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606233382
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a researcher and expert on ADHD, and an ADHDer myself, I've read many books on the topic and written many book reviews. When I was asked to review Dr. Russell Barkley's latest book, Taking Charge of Adult ADHD, for Psych Central, I wasn't sure I'd learn anything new. I was delighted and astonished in every section of the book. Barkley's level of insight, wisdom, and sheer depth of understanding about the mind of an ADHDer is nothing short of brilliant.

The only downside I see is that the book is so packed with profound insights, practical advice, and useful information, that it could have been six books rather than one. For an ADHDer, this is difficult to digest. I'd suggest taking it slowly, ruminating over each section (or page), practicing and applying its insights in your own life and situation, and then moving on...slowly. While the book is dense, it's well worth the effort it might take to suck the juice out of its succulent pages. If necessary, enlist a friend to read it to you, discuss it with you, and otherwise help you glean all you can from its incredible wisdom. If you put the effort into it, you won't be sorry.

Zoë Kessler, B.A., B.Ed. (Adult Education), Author and Blogger, ADHD: from A to Zoë, [...]
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As a psychologist who specializes in ADD in all age groups and as a person with ADD myself, I recommend this book to every new adult ADD patient that I see. Soon after it came out, a patient of mine said that he'd read plenty of books that described what ADD is, but this was the first one that really told him what he could and should do about it. I tell patients that medication is only a part of the answer, the rest is changing behaviors that can increase or decrease your chances of success and that this book will help them to do that with some very practical and down to earth strategies. Because of this I try to keep copies of it in my office to sell them at cost, so they'll have it when they leave the appointment. In the last two weeks I have recommended it to 5 or 6 undergrad and law school students.

I also point out to them Dr. Barkley's exceptional standards for his own research and for the evaluation of the research of others. His care in presenting results is refreshingly old fashioned, almost quaint in this age of overblown self promotion, such as when he shared his adult ADHD criteria that were eventually published in his master work, "ADHD in Adults: what the science says"[2010], at a Cape Cod workshop in 2006. The results were preliminary at the time and he cautioned us that they had only been validated on a population of males from western Mass., or something like that. We all had to chuckle a bit and at the same time time appreciate how rare and refreshing it was to see such conscientiousness in a researcher; first and foremost Russ Barkley is a scientist and the reader can be confident that this book is based on real research, not just someone's opinions.

Lastly, I like the layout of the book.
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This is truly a great book! As someone who has been newly diagnosed with inattentive ADHD, this book did a wonderful job of educating me on ADHD and how it affects my daily life. What a relief to find out that my problems are not inherent character flaws, but symptoms of a neurological deficit. Now I can stop waiting around to grow out of certain behaviors (I'm 26 and in grad school) and realize that the is me for life. He offers advice on how to function with these brain deficits and how productivity tips geared toward normal adults wont work on ADHD people. He offers many solutions that are specific for ADHD.

There are multiple parts in the book:
Getting Evaluated for ADHD
Knowing your own ADHD and which symptoms are worse for you
Medication information
Everyday rules for success
Mastering ADHD in different areas of your life (education, work, money, etc...)

My only complaint is that the chapter on executive functions seemed a little too long for me...and I'm sure is the case for most people with ADHD. I would've preferred it broken down into multiple, smaller chapters. But this doesn't take away from the amazingness of the book!
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to me, Dr. Barkley is a superb academic writer and a so so general public writer. Few, if any possess his depth of knowledge on ADHD. In this book, he writes much more (and better) about the effects of ADHD, and much less about strategies to deal with it.

Summing up his strategies for adults are 1) get a diagnosis and 2) get medications. I don't disagree with either of these steps, but there are other that are available. He has a passing mention of exercise, curiously without research citation. I found NO mention of meditation, neuro-feedback, or CogMed or other similar interventions. There was nothing about the dynamics in ADHD marriages (see Melissa Orlov's "ADHD effect on marriage," in sharp contrast).

My comments are in stark contrast to Ari Tuckman's "More attention. Less deficit" book. Tuckman DOES provide attention to alternative treatments, as well as many more concrete strategies to deal with ADHD.

Look for Taking Charge to be very well received. Unfortunately, most will not find the much better books of Tuckman and Orlov.
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