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Is It ADHD or My iPhone: Transforming Your Brain From Scattered to Centered Paperback – February 22, 2011
About the Author
A Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with subspecialty certification in Psychosomatic Medicine, Dr. Ruelaz translates the knowledge of neuroscience into tools and techniques to enhance individual lives. In addition to over 15 years of working with patients, she also teaches medical students as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California- San Francisco (UCSF) and defines the state of practice through cutting-edge research with the RAND corporation. She has lectured to thousands of professionals on a variety of topics. She is particularly passionate about helping people to rewire their brains in order to experience their maximum potential, whether their difficulties are caused by attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder or other causes. Besides treating and empowering individuals, she has fulfilled requests to lecture to both professional and lay audiences on multiple continents. In addition, she has written several articles for medical journals and her expertise has been used by Medscape, Psychiatric Times, Journal of General Internal Medicine, The International Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and several others.
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The psychiatric profession and most others regard the characteristics of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as "hard-wired". In other words, it's a little like being left-handed versus right-handed, you are who you are, this aspect of your constitution is unlikely to change fundamentally, and if you are "left-handed" (in this case have ADHD) you have to figure out how to thrive in a population where you are in the minority. In the iPhone era, the majority of people have important problems with attention and multi-tasking. So this book invites us to consider this together, those who may have the diagnosis and those who wonder if they do or love someone who seems to have ADHD.
I would have no problem passing this book along to a friend, family member or patient who is struggling with the question of ADHD. It's approach is inclusive and, amazingly, is not all about how to take medication. Remember, it's written by a psychiatrist. As a fellow psychiatrist I appreciate that it is about the means of coping above and beyond medication. The downside of the book is, at the current time, there are a number of editing typos and spaces where text is displaced. There is no list of references to either other readings on the subject or other organizations supporting those with ADHD where more information can be gathered. But you can get those from Google, right? Having noted these drawbacks, I would highly recommend this book for it's generosity of spirit. There is no "downside" in giving it to someone you care about. They may be able to give you some good advice after reading it!
Since i have to be very self-motivated, sometimes i get overwhelmed and feel like i am dragging my feet.
Instead, I woke up and first did the things i least liked to do and then used the down part of my day to reward myself with communicating and updating emails.
I ended up doing the "boring tasks" in morning and then felt like i had won the right to work undisturbed on a new project i just began. I was so determined and free of any distracting nagging chore thoughts that i was able to focus on going through my 25 some odd drawing journals to find images i needed to mount a new urban sketches blog. It was important that I accomplished this so I can easily interact with a group of international artistic sketchers.
I finished in one LONG day feeling accomplished thanks to reading Dr. Ruelaz's book which helped me focus things into perspective.
Then as a wonderful reward to myself, I was able to share my drawings!