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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: Targeting Executive Dysfunction Hardcover – March 7, 2011

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"Few have done more than Solanto and her colleagues to advance our knowledge of cognitive-behavioral therapy for adults with ADHD. Now Solanto has produced a detailed, highly useful 'how-to-do-it' guide to implementing this effective approach. The treatment addresses the principal executive function deficits that characterize ADHD and helps adults manage their disorder more effectively. This is a 'must-have' manual for therapists, clinical trainees and graduate students, and others working with adults with ADHD."--Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina

"Solanto, one of the foremost experts in CBT for adult ADHD, has produced a state-of-the-art book that represents a tremendous advance for clinicians. This practical volume provides the rationale for conducting CBT with this population along with 'how-to' instructions and materials. I highly recommend it."--Lenard Adler, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Director, Adult ADHD Program, New York University School of Medicine

"This book presents one of the few evidence-based psychosocial treatments for adults with ADHD that have emerged in recent years. Solanto's group treatment approach is an asset to clinicians. It allows multiple patients to benefit at once as they gain coping skills and receive social support from others with similar impairments."--Steven A. Safren, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital 

"Pills do not build skills. Adults with ADHD need to learn the basic organizational skills that are essential to activities of daily living, even when symptoms improve. This book is a clearly written, hands-on tool that will help therapists move beyond the prescription to provide effective psychological treatment."--Margaret D. Weiss, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Canada




"Even as an experienced clinician, I found the book peppered with insightful, clever tidbits that shifted my understanding of ADHD and how I work with these clients. We need more books like this!"--ADDitude Magazine
(ADDitude Magazine 2013-01-24)

"An oasis in an evidence-based treatment manual desert....What makes this book and the treatment manual that it contains so unique is that it is based on the treatment administered in past clinical research by Dr. Solanto's group....Further, this is the first manualized group treatment for ADHD in adulthood. Dr. Solanto's treatment is a cognitive-behavioral therapy that targets the executive functioning deficits regularly compromised in ADHD, particularly time management, planning, and organization....I found this book and its evidence-based treatment manual to be a user-friendly, yet detailed 'how-to' resource that also incorporates theory on executive functioning. This book should belong to anybody interested in working with adults diagnosed with ADHD. Adults diagnosed with ADHD often struggle in various aspects of their lives and need to find ways to cope with their presenting concerns. This book provides clear, practical, and accessible guidelines to assist such patients. In a field that is in its early stages of development, this book sets a benchmark for manualized adult ADHD treatments and will serve to ensure the growth of evidence-based approaches to treating ADHD in adulthood."--Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology
(Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 2012-10-16)

About the Author

Mary V. Solanto, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and at the New York University (NYU) Child Study Center at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Solanto has worked extensively with adults and children with ADHD. Her research and publications address the cognitive and behavioral functioning of individuals with ADHD, the effects of psychostimulants, and characteristics of the subtypes of ADHD. Dr. Solanto is active in the training of psychiatrists and psychologists to diagnose and treat ADHD and related disorders. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Attention Disorders and presents to adult groups on strategies to improve organization and self-management.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (March 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160918131X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609181314
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before reading this book I was much more skeptical about the legitimacy of the diagnosis I received. Far too much has been marketed in the media with the prefix 'Attention-Deficit' for me to give much serious consideration to a very genuine condition afflicting 4% of population. Dr. Solanto's book, though written to and for therapists, was very useful to me as a sufferer. I needed to read something authoritative and adult oriented in order to accept my doctor's diagnosis and overcome my resistance to practical therapy. I found the first third of the book, which describes various case studies to ring familiar enough for me to accept help for something that isn't my fault. Therapy and some medication have been a great help. This book is an interesting and useful quick read that will be opened frequently.
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I read about the 12 week cognitive behavior program in the CHADD newsletter and thought I would see if I could do it myself. I found a friend that I check in with every week to go over the lesson. I am finding the program very helpful. It sounds basic, but if you are and adult with ADHD it is very helpful. You have to stick with the program so I encourage you if you are going to do it on your own to have someone you are accountable to.
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I am a psychiatry resident and wanted to build some CBT training skills for high functioning adults with time management and organization issues. The book is geared towards group therapy but I am using it in individual therapy. I am finding the skills to be broadly applicable and I have even started to use some of the skills myself. Like many CBT manuals it is formatted with first sections in introduction to the techniques and theory behind them as well as patient assessment tools. Then there are specific sessions with skill building techniques and homework handouts. After basic behavioral skills are addressed cognitive barriers to organization and procrastination are addressed. I am finding it a valuable addition to my library and skill set.
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As mentioned, not only for therapists. You can down load the forms for easier use, but the info is not in the book; I had to call the publishing.
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I have adult ADHD, recently diagnosed. I was a psychology major and know that cognitive-behavioral therapy is a very successful treatment options. I have been hesitant to see a professional, as I have seen friends become dangerously over-medicated. I wanted a book I could use myself, but a lot of the books out there seem hokey; I needed something legitimate and that approached things from a scholarly perspective but also was user-friendly. Although I ultimately selected this book, I'm sure there are a few other good ones available.
This book was very helpful for me. I read through it once without actively doing the exercises, and even that was helpful. I did a few of the exercises the first time through, when they seemed particularly relevant to something I was struggling with. Now I'm going to work my way back through the book and actually "treat" myself. I suspect these kinds of exercises will have more effect the more I do them, so I am considering just re-reading and re-doing this book throughout the coming years.
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This book has allot of practical information regarding CBT techniques for ADHD. It's nice to see the focus on daily achievable habits within areas such as planning, procrastination and time management. Far to many resources discussing these areas only mentions their importance but fails to provide a realistic framework for how to implement them.

That being said I do find the book a little uneven. It's chapter on cognitive distinctions is first rate but it's chapter on planning is far behind resources such classics as "7 habits of highly effective people". That being said it's still a good book with a perfect form for people with ADHD, because while better resources do exists within each of the areas it discuss, non exists that are as brief and to the point as this book. Highly recommended.
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The book might be excellent if you could read it. Amazon has elected some primitive photo copied looking version that just kills your eyes, zooms into the molecule when you try to control text size, and includes no narration. I want a nice legible professional done digital book, just like the many other books I have purchased from Amazon.
The photocopied paper is bright white with tiny text, and none of the digital option appear to work due to this being a cheap photo copy instead of an honest digital book. I have asked them to fix their book, and am waiting for a response. I really have heard great things about the book, there is no reason Amazon should make such an inferior replication and attempt to sell it as a digital book.
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So just to be clear - this is for mental health professionals to guide them in working with ADHD. BUT, I am not a mental health professional, and I do have ADHD, so I didn't necessarily notice that. That being said - I LOVE THIS BOOK. I decided to read it anyway, and am totally using the exercises in it. I think this is a great read.
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