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The ADHD Advantage: What You Thought Was a Diagnosis May Be Your Greatest Strength Paperback – August 9, 2016
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“By framing ADHD as primarily a set of personality traits and a unique learning style, instead of as a disease or a disorder, Dale Archer moves psychiatry a step in the right direction. Written in an engaging style, the book is a refreshing change from the medicalizing of normal childhood difficulties.”
—Marilyn Wedge, PhD, author of A Disease Called Childhood
“This book changes the conversation about ADHD by focusing on strengths rather than deficits. With a healthy mix of research findings, real-life stories and observations, Dale Archer convincingly shows that in the right context, ADHD symptoms can be leveraged and provide advantages. I feel particularly satisfied that he acknowledges the linkages between ADHD and entrepreneurship. The book provides me and other academics with ideas and inspiration to delve deeper into the topic.”
—Johan Wiklund, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University
"By trying to suppress and medicate ADHD out of existence, we risk suppressing the gifts that are part of the package. Dale offers an array of useful and insightful alternatives for leveraging these strengths without the aid of a pill. Overmedicating...could dim the light that could be the next great business leader, explorer or innovator."
—From the Foreword by Allen Frances, MD, Chair of the DSM-IV Task Force, author of Saving Normal
About the Author
Dr. Dale Archer is a medical doctor, a board-certified psychiatrist, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He also has ADHD and has never used medication to treat it. Currently, he is the medical director for psychiatric services at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and was appointed by the governor to serve on the Louisiana Medical Advisory Board. A media veteran with more than 800 television appearances to date, Dr. Archer has appeared on most of the top national news shows to talk about various psychological issues related to current events, business, behavioral economics, politics, and more.
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Ever ADHD coach and psychologist should own a copy along with everyone that has ADHD or has a loved one with ADHD.
Every psychiatrist should read this before rushing to prescribe medication.
Dr. Archer, if you read this review I only ask one thing of you ... do another publication addressing Dr. Thomas E Brown's work on the cluster of executive functioning. Jennie Friedman has done a wonderful job looking at the first three in her book A Different Hard Drive (A.D.H.D.). I would love if you provided a more in-depth look at it.
I didn't dig all of the opinions on medication. I think that's a personal call for people.