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The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents Paperback – December 23, 2008
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“Nancy Ratey, the queen-maven of coaching, has written a masterful and practical guide to the world of promoting peak performance and peace of mind through the power of coaching. The Disorganized Mind will make all who read it more successful, less stressed, and happier in their pursuit of their goals. This book is a total winner!” ―Edward Hallowell, M.D., co-author of Driven to Distraction and author of CrazyBusy
“In a very warm and personal style, Nancy Ratey, a true pioneer in the field, demonstrates the depth of her expertise and empathy for adults with ADHD. In her book, The Disorganized Mind, Ratey skillfully guides the reader through a potentially life changing process!” ―Sari Solden, MS, author of Women with ADD and Journeys through ADDulthood
“Well done! This book will really help ADDers understand what coaching is and how they can self-coach. It's a compassionate book clearly based on years of successful coaching experience. I'll recommend it to my clients.” ―Judith Kolberg, Award-winning professional organizer. Co-author, ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life
“Speaking as a mother of a child with LD and ADHD, I knew little about coaching prior to reading Nancy Ratey's extremely insightful book. I particularly liked the chapter on Time Mismanagement as I have seen first hand how challenging this can be. Nancy's book will inspire, and serve as an invaluable life guide for those who lead scattered, disorganized lives.” ―Anne Ford, Chairman Emeritus, National Center for Learning Disabilities and author of Laughing Allegra and On Their Own
“Through her years of experience coaching others with the disorder, Nancy Ratey has seen firsthand that people can change their lives. The book demonstrates the power of coaching and/or self-coaching and the difference it can make for those with ADHD.” ―From the Foreword by John J. Ratey, M.D., co-author of Driven to Distraction
Top Customer Reviews
Imagine my pleasant surprise when I received this book and found that it would help me in numerous situations that I struggle with every day. If you have ADD/ADHD, then you would be familiar with the impulsivity, distraction, hyperfocusing, finanacial distasters, clutter in your home, and on and on. I deal with one or more of these situations every single day that rolls over my head. For me, it is very frustrating.
Nancy Ratey has ADD and dyslexia, and she has grown up with it all of her life. She has managed to carve out ways to deal with ADD through being a life coach for adults with ADD. This book is a testament to her abilities as a coach, along with client histories to show how she helped those clients conquer the very ADD symptoms that we all struggle with on a good day.
She developed the A.N.S.W.E.R. strategy that gives the reader a way to analyze what is working for them and what is not. My favorite part of the book is how she consistently teaches her clients and her readers to not look at ADD as a problem child, but rather look at it as a neurological condition that has to be managed. ADD patients are NOT a disease. We are all people, creative people, and we all deal with the same or similar situations in our every day world.Read more ›
If one has ever set about to clean/organize a room/closet by emptying all the stuff out only to become overwhelmed and left with a greater mess than one began with, this book promotes a psychological equivalent. Yes in theory inventorying all aspects of one's life can help with priority setting - but in practice it's about as successful as organizing a room by dumping everything on the floor first.
It's not surprising that coaches would of course advocate for this book. (Note the vast majority of 5 star ratings are by coaches.) However, Jack is correct, there never has been a study showing the effectiveness of coaching in ADHD. Of course, coaches will like a book that promotes coaching. That doesn't mean there is any science behind it. For a non coach like me - I didn't find the book that useful.
The book doesn't really acknowledge/discuss that ADHD is not about having a disorganized mind but rather a differently organized mind.Read more ›
I understand that the book is meant for the educated, affluent (the author states that these make up the bulk of her clientele) and therefore must conform to a corporate style of managerial behavior, but there's too much and/or thinking in the suggestions. A book can be written that way, but a life is rarely lived that way. Anyone who works with others knows the best time managers are at the mercy of the unexpected.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So helpful. Diagnosed adult ADHD in my fifties and struggling to make the most of my crazy, disorganized life. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Melinda Gottfried
Gave real tangible ways to change behaviors. Also communicated that even with appropriate medication proactive effort is required daily by ADD/ADHD Person or we automatically... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book really explains the science behind why someone with ADHD does the things they do. It gives concrete examples and a solid plan for overcoming the challenges that ADHD... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Susan
I got this for kindle. It might be helpful for some, but not for me. I guess my expectations for this book were different than what the author intended it for. Read morePublished 7 months ago by SourPatchKid