- Paperback: 410 pages
- Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (September 28, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593852312
- ISBN-13: 978-1593852313
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is not the best book for parents, teachers or people with ADHD who simply want help understanding the condition. It is far too dense for that purpose, with many pages riddled with references to studies by author and date. Also, the only practical hints are confined to a short final chapter. Another problem is that this book is a bit discouraging for people with ADHD. Barkley is compassionate, but he is exhaustive in cataloging all the problems that might plague us. I have ADHD, and having finished this book, I feel amazed that I can remember to wipe my own [...].
For anyone needing help with the disorder, I'd suggest Driven to Distraction, which is cheery and full of useful suggestions.
The criticisms of the book surprise me. Everyone talks about strategies. The author is doing that also and doing it in a hopeful way. I hate the term, attention deficit. Most people are too quick to feel that a student can't develop self-control. If a person thinks they can't control themselves, they can't. One of the psychiatrists in the mental health center where I work said that the largest handicap is often a patient's perception of the diagnosis.
There are several children's books that help children develop strategies for self-control and a hopeful attitude. One is a new book titled, Whoa Wiggle-worm. One of the characters is named Lickety-split. Cool and uncool nicknames is one of the things they deal with in the book. Self-control is shown on a level that children can relate to.