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I Always Want to Be Where I'm Not: Successful Living with ADD and ADHD Paperback – April 30, 2014
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"Essential for young adults and adults with ADD/ADHD and those who love them. Written in an easy-to-read style and providing real-life examples, this is a great starting point for harnessing ADD/ADHD's positives and dealing with its difficulties to build a brighter tomorrow."
--Lisa Jordan, Library Journal
"A valuable and comprehensive guide on living with ADHD. I Always Want to Be Where I'm Notis a brilliant compilation of stories of people living with ADHD followed by tips on how to 'tap into your special power.' It's a life-saver of a book that can change your ADHD life for the better."
--Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., co-author, NY Times bestseller Driven to Distraction
"Quite simply one of the best books I've read about ADHD! With warm and humorous prose, Crenshaw provides principled, actionable advice for young adults who need to integrate ADHD symptoms into the growing pressures of adulthood. I Always Want to Be Where I'm Not should be the handbook for successfully growing up and into life with adult ADHD."
--Melissa Orlov, author The ADHD Effect on Marriage
"Informed, informative, insightful and exceptionally well written, organized and presented, especially recommended to the attention of non-specialist general readers seeking to understand and deal with ADD and ADHD in themselves, their family, and their friends. An enduringly valued contribution, I Always Want to Be Where I'm Not: Successful Living with ADD and ADHD is strongly recommended for personal and community library collections."
--Julie Summers, Midwest Book Review
"A chart for the therapeutic journey that ADHD sufferers must embark on with their therapist or mentor if they are going to achieve the success in relationships, schooling, and jobs that we all desire. The thirteen principles and their practical solutions provide a therapeutic game plan for tackling the challenges of this condition."
--Susan C. Pinsky, author, Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD
About the Author
Wes Crenshaw, PhD is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified in Couples and Family Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He specializes in working with adolescents, young adults and their families from his private practice, Family Psychological Services in Lawrence and Prairie Village Kansas (Kansas City Metro). He is the author of Treating Families and Children in the Child Protective System (Brunner-Routledge, 2004), Dear. Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Teens; and Real Life Advice for Parents of Teens (Family Psychological Press). He has co-authored the Double Take advice column since November 2004. Dr. Wes has been married since 1985 and has two children both of whom helped in the conceptualization and editing of this book. He is a frequent guest on radio and TV where he discusses, teens, parenting and ADD. You can learn more about his writing and practice at dr-wes.com or follow his tweets of pithy wisdom about ADD, teens, parenting, dating, divorce, marriage, and young adulthood @wescrenshawphd
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I don’t often reread books. But I’ve reread this one. Dr. Crenshaw’s advice, coupled with relevant, often humorous vignettes, reaches beyond the ADD community and offers insight on relationships, love, organization, decision-making, etc.
And, at the end of the book, I had a greater understanding about how my close ADD family member’s mind operates and why he behaves the way he does when he forgets his Adderal.
Now that I’ve finished my second read, I’m passing off my Kindle to said ADD family member, knowing that he’ll benefit from reading and that he’ll be able to get through it because of the incredibly organized way in which it is written. One can read straight through like I did, or, for time or short attention’s sake, read the “Is This Chapter for Me?” intros at the beginning of each section and only read the chapters that apply the most. But trust me, most relate to everyone in one way or another.
I have literally thousands of books, most I have not read, but I imagine absorbing them by osmosis. I have learned to NOT purchase books immediately, so I looked inside to see if I could actually read this book by Dr Wes. I could, so I bought it from Amazon for my Kindle app a day later.
I rarely read books cover to cover due to distractions: family, children, grand children. But I did read it cover to cover. It has taken a week and I have learned so much about myself and others.
Dr Wes was speaking to me at age 60! Recently I find I have moved into a different flavor, more ADD now than ADHD. I have so readily responded to what I read with a mixture of appreciation for his work, and awe for Wes's tolerant but firm sense of accountability. I wish I had had his influence as I grew into adulthood because I checked off many items on several of the lists.
This book is useful and I will be using it to assist myself and others I know who also share these characteristics, diagnosed or not! Thanks for writing Dr. Wes, you are an inspiration
Helps with living skills and medications and it's effects.
Give great tips for everyone and clearly explanations
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