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About Gina Pera
Gina Pera is an internationally known author, speaker, and expert in Adult ADHD, especially as it affects relationships. For 22 years, she has researched and written about Adult ADHD while also advocating for better awareness and treatment standards.
She has recently launched an online training site for consumers and professionals: ADHDSuccessTraining.com
Pera is the author of two highly praised books and one chapter in the leading ADHD clinical guide (edited by Russell Barkley, PhD). And, since 2008, she's written an award-winning blog on ADHD (the first and oldest blog on Adult ADHD): ADHDRollerCoaster.org
Her first book broke new ground in the field and won four book awards. It has been translated into Turkish and Spanish.
Her most recent book (with psychologist Arthur Robin) is: "Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions." It presents the first therapeutic model for helping these couples.
A popular speaker, she provides education and support for the ADHD community, leading workshops internationally, and facilitating Adult ADHD discussion groups in Silicon Valley as well as an international online group for the partners of adults with ADHD.
Previously, Gina was an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist.
Her blog: ADHDRollerCoaster.org
Training site: https://adhdsuccesstraining.com/solving-your-adult-adhd-puzzle-for-couples-and-individuals/
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Titles By Gina Pera
1st Edition, Revised for 2022
This bestselling guide put Adult ADHD and Relationships on the map — and remains a must read today. Adults with ADHD, their partners and other loved ones, and professionals will find comprehensive understanding of symptoms, emotional impact, and evidence-based treatment strategies.
"I recommend it highly to all couples whose troubles seem incomprehensible, and for all couples therapists it should be required reading to help them distinguish between ordinary conflict and the roller coaster effect of this syndrome."
—Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.
"Insightful, helpful, witty, and very practical. This book can change your life."
—Daniel Amen, MD
"There is no better book that addresses such relationship difficulties and with such sensitivity to the complex issues inherent in them. Thank you, Gina, for writing such a useful book."
—Russell A. Barkley, PhD
"Gina Pera has written a stunning book that should be a must-read for all couples where one or both partners have
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."
—Anthony Rostain, MD
About this Groundbreaking Book:
Is It You, Me, or Adult ADHD? has helped thousands of readers understand how this highly variable syndrome can make its presence known in surprising ways. Around the globe, professionals and couples who have elevated their lives with the book's wisdom recommend it to others.
Gina Pera expertly guides you in making sense of your own Adult ADHD Roller Coaster—helping you to:
- View ADHD as a variable syndrome affecting individuals
- Realize how later-in-life diagnosis creates additional issues
- Revise old misinterpretations that can thwart progress now
- Heal poor coping responses and dysfunctional interaction cycles
- Implement supports to completing routine tasks and reaching goals
- Appreciate how ADHD can also negatively affect the spouses and other loved ones
- Delve into "denial's" dual nature — physiological and psychological — and reach through it
- Adopt proven approaches that remain extremely rare in clinical settings, especially couple therapy
The simple truth is: Everyone knows someone with adult ADHD. Yet we often misattribute the symptoms to anxiety, depression, or even laziness, selfishness, “addictive personality,” or moodiness. Some assume that ADHD means little boys with ants in their pants. In fact, childhood hyperactivity goes "underground" as the person matures, resulting in a mentally restless state.
Meticulously researched and written by Gina Pera, Is It You, Me, or Adult ADHD? helps you recognize the behaviors where you least expect them with:
- Explanations from highly respected experts
- Plenty of real-life details
- Empathy and compassion fo
Since ADHD became a well-known condition, decades ago, much of the research and clinical discourse has focused on youth. In recent years, attention has expanded to the realm of adult ADHD and the havoc it can wreak on many aspects of adult life, including driving safety, financial management, education and employment, and interpersonal difficulties. Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy breaks new ground in explaining and suggesting approaches for treating the range of challenges that ADHD can create within a most important and delicate relationship: the intimate couple.
With the help of contributors who are experts in their specialties, Pera and Robin provide the clinician with a step-by-step, nuts-and-bolts approach to help couples enhance their relationship and improve domestic cooperation. This comprehensive guide includes psychoeducation, medication guidelines, cognitive interventions, co-parenting techniques, habit change and communication strategies, and ADHD-specific clinical suggestions around sexuality, money, and cyber-addictions. More than twenty detailed case studies provide real-life examples of ways to implement the interventions.
REVISED JANUARY 2022
From award-winning author and Adult ADHD expert Gina Pera, the first guide to understanding how unrecognized or poorly managed ADHD could be interfering with sexual intimacy. Newly revised.
"Gina, sex is difficult for people with ADHD; it's tough to stay focused!" says a female friend who has ADHD. Staying focused during intimacy is only one issue that challenges couples affected by adult ADHD.
Yet, strangely enough, even many mental-healthcare professionals assume that sex constitutes an “ADHD Free” zone where brain-based challenges with attention, organization, mood-regulation, or motivation don’t matter or, in the minds of skeptics, don’t even exist.
Yes, sexual expression is yet another one of those areas—like sleep—where the public and professionals alike often fail to connect the dots to ADHD symptoms. As I write in my first book, Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?: "When ADHD does create significant sexual problems, it usually falls into two categories: The ADHD partner initiates sex all the time or almost never. In the sexual relationship as in elsewhere with ADHD, we encounter variable challenges in self-regulation and summoning motivation."
In between these two extremes, always and never, there lies an entire range of ADHD-charged issues that can drive apart couples—if they don’t know what they’re dealing with or what strategies to implement. Ignorance about this critically important connection between ADHD and sexual intimacy creates so much unnecessary hurt.
In this Kindle book (125 book pages), you will find four major sections:
(1) an expanded version of my book’s Chapter 6, on the myriad ways in which ADHD can affect the sexual relationship.
(2) An eight-step strategy toward leaving the ADHD roller coaster and entering the Tunnel of Love
(3) Post-Orgasm Irritability—A look at a common enough but little recognized phenomenon. It's one that leaves many people confused and stuck in a disturbing pattern BONUS: Two books from the early 20th Century that address this post-orgasm phenomenon and promote overall relationship intimacy in an intriguing way.
(4) Adults with ADHD and Their Partners Speak Out—a curated, categorized selection of comments on my first blog post on ADHD and Sex, in 2009. Consider it the first step in finding community—and finding your voice.
New to This Edition
*Reflects significant advances in research and clinical practice.
*Expanded with many new authors and new topics.
*Chapters on cutting-edge interventions: social skills training, dietary management, executive function training, driving risk interventions, complementary/alternative medicine, and therapies for adults.
*Chapters on the nature of the disorder: neuropsychological aspects, emotional dysregulation, peer relationships, child- and adult-specific domains of impairment, sluggish cognitive tempo, and more.