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The Gift of Adult ADD: How to Transform Your Challenges and Build on Your Strengths Paperback – October 1, 2008
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"Lara Honos-Webb shows us how the demands of a global and digital culture may make the signature traits of ADD—inventiveness, need for stimulation, and interpersonal intuition—in high demand."
—Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind
"If you have ADD and have been looking for the meaning of your struggles, this book will change your life. You will see, beyond doubt, that it’s time to stop patching up your weaknesses and start learning about your many gifts."
—Carol Adrienne, PhD, author of The Purpose of Your Life
"Honos-Webb’s book is a wonderful guidebook for optimistic living. What one chooses to focus on grows, and Honos-Webb has provided the framework for others to learn this important philosophy. It is especially important for those with ADHD to embrace the positive side of their personalities."
—Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PhD, author of Making the Grade with ADD and 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD
"In her newest book, Honos-Webb builds on the core principles of her previous work to show how adults with ADD can find fulfilling and rewarding lives by being who they are. ‘Find what you love and are good at, and let that guide you,’ she advises, offering real-life stories of people who have done just that. In this inspiring book, Honos-Webb provides a host of specific activities to help adults with ADD use self-reflection, insight, and creativity to address weaknesses without letting those weaknesses overshadow their strengths and talents. The Gift of Adult ADD is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature that shows how to go beyond limiting—and misleading—diagnostic labels."
—Barbara Probst, MSW, LCSW, author of When the Labels Don’t Fit
"A revolutionary, paradigm-shifting book that will undoubtedly change the way we think about ADD. Honos-Webb’s contribution is a gift, providing no-nonsense strategies and inspiring examples of how to transform apparent deficits into strengths and assets."
—Kelly Howell, president, Brain Sync
"Talk about a gift! This book will be a true gift for anyone with ADD. While it can be discouraging to live with ADD, Honos-Webb’s wise and helpful book will show readers how to use their ADD to improve their relationships and work lives. She then goes on to identify and explain the five specific gifts that adult ADD brings. This wonderful book has the power to transform the life and consciousness of anyone dealing with ADD."
—Mira Kirshenbaum, author of When Good People Have Affairs, Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay, and Everything Happens for a Reason
"Are you ready to let this precious volume transform you, your world, and your ‘adult attention deficit disorder’? Here is a gift that can be magical and life changing, both for you and your ‘adult attention deficit disorder.’"
—Alvin R. Mahrer, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Ottawa, author of The Manual of Optimal Behaviors
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From a best-selling author and ADD expert, The Gift of Adult ADD helps adults with ADD focus on the positive traits of this condition and offers effective strategies for managing some of the challenges that often come with the different set of perspectives that are shared by people with ADHD.
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Reading this book was a breath of fresh air in a world where so many with ADD are given pills to keep their "disorder" "under control". In reality, the author takes a step back and suggests that just because people with the condition don't fit within societal norms doesn't mean that making them "normal" is necessarily in anyone's best interests. Instead of feeling powerless against the "disorder", this book helps the reader to feel empowered by the way their brain is wired by giving actionable items that turn the chores of daily life into a game or a challenge (which really appeals to the ADD mind) while given examples of people who have been great successes who attribute their success as "because of" not "in spite of" ADD.
The reason it was enjoyable (and insightful) is because the author has reframed ADHD/ADD in a POSITIVE, advantageous light.
I only wish someone instilled this stuff in me when I was 12 Instead of having to seek it out and understand (in retrospect) at age 29 about my past from a Kindle book.
The sad part is, millions of ADHD/ADD kids are stuck in broken school systems at this very moment and are going through the same exact frustrations as I (and you) did.
Also, I REALLY hope this author makes audiobook versions of all her books available on Audible.
Given my ADD tendencies, audiobooks are MUCH easier to digest.