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Here's to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire: An Absent-Minded Tale of Life with Giftedness and Attention Deficit - Oh Look! A Chicken! by [Turis, Stacey]
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About the Author

Stacey Turis is an adult living with ADHD and giftedness who earned her degree in broadcast journalism from Wichita State University. She co-produced and hosted a TV show for a FOX affiliate before pursuing a career in advertising, then graphic design, then market research, then photography, then IT, then acting, then... In 2006, she became certified to teach Yoga but didn't, then founded pawsforpeace.com, an online, holistic pet-health site, with an iPhone app called Dr. Shawn's Natural Pet Therapies to match. In 2010, she developed a course to teach families how to live more natural lifestyles, which she taught for about a month. She then started a Facebook page called ADHD - Tales of an Absent-Minded Superhero, for wacky folks like herself. That is still exciting enough to hold her interest. She has, through the years, unsuccessfully started twenty-seven businesses but can't remember most of them. She lives in Texas with her husband, two kids, a dog, three cats, and eight goldfish. Stacey now spends her time speaking to groups of those same kinds of wacky people, where she’s not afraid to stop in the middle of a speech and ask “What was I talking about?” You can learn more at www.staceyturis.com.

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  • File Size: 1574 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bohemian Ave. Press (January 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WS8INA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Tii333 on January 20, 2012
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I have been following Stacey's blog and facebook page for several months. I have gone through several emotions since my "late" diagnosis. This book creates a window into her world and shows how adhd affects real life. It made me recognize even more things about me that are because of adhd. She kept the book completely engaging ... uncomfortably REAL at some points, and funny, hopeful, and relaxing at other points. Keeping me (a doctor diagnosed person with adhd) engaged in a book, let alone finish it, is not an easy thing to do. I can not express how greatful I am to have found her blog!
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As a fellow adult ADDer (although probably not with the accompanying giftedness the author possesses), this book rings loudly. Hurts, even. I have followed her blog on Facebook and enjoyed her humor, wit, insights and advice. But when one learns of the richness and challenges of her life story, one really sees the Superhero in her -- and perhaps in oneself. A tortured and triumphant story, indeed. Especially for adult ADDers, read it and reap.
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Content warning: This book contains stories of child abuse.

Alternating between laugh-out-loud hilarity and tear-invoking "I can totally relate to that" moments, this is certainly not a boring book. The difference between being a total disaster and keeping some sanity seems to be having a good support system. Turis has this, especially in her husband, but also her parents (before their divorce, apparently).

"...when someone tells you that you can do anything (as my parents did), then you truly believe you can do anything, and if you believe you can do anything, there is nothing you can't do. If you don't believe me, just try it for yourself; you'll be shocked at your own superpowers!"

Of course, Turin also seems to be a little hyperverbal, but that's to be expected.

For the most part, the appeal of this book is that I could identify with so much of what's in it. About procrastination:

"Without stress and pressure, it's a free-for-all in this brain. "Oh... just do it tomorrow...you need to relax. It'll still be there tomorrow"...on and on, until three years later nothing is accomplished."

On career goals (although I don't do everything I want to do):
"I've finally come to the conclusion that what I want to do "when I grow up" will be a constantly evolving idea, and I simply have to evolve with it. That way when it's all said and done, I will have done everything I've ever wanted to do, instead of wasting time and energy focusing on finding that one elusive thing that will never appear."

On hiding your true self to make others happy (I've spent 12 years trying to be what someone else thinks I should be. Trust me, it's much less stressful to be able to be yourself rather than hiding your true nature.
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- You deal with attention deficit disorder or giftedness or some other way of processing information that falls outside of one standard deviation from "average"
- Someone you loves deals with attention deficit disorder or giftedness or some other way of processing information...
- You know a little about attention deficit but are curious what it would be like to be inside one of "those" heads
**OR**
- You could use a good belly laugh and are not averse to taking it at the expense of someone who is willing to tell too-crazy-to-be-fake stories on herself

One caveat. The first section of this book deals honestly with issues relating to domestic violence. There is still humor, but it is dark and appears in the context of some decidedly unfunny stories. There is nothing either maudlin or saccharine about the childhood memories recorded, but they are brutally honest and transparent. So - if you are just reading this for the belly laugh, you may prefer to start at section two.
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By KD on January 16, 2012
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It's great to finally read a book about ADHD that's funny. Not saying that it's always a funny thing, especially when you're a parent of an ADHD kid (which I am), but it's great to hear "this" side of things. I loved the book from beginning to end. I wasn't diagnosed with my ADHD until I was 34 (after my son was diagnosed). It's amazingly funny/unbelievable/scary to see the similarities of those of us with ADHD. I could "see" myself in a lot of the author's experiences. It's a really fantastic book and I am planning on buying more copies for my Mom, my Dad, my husband and (eventually) my kids.
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I was on fire to read this book after reading an article written by the author in ADDitude Magazine. In fact, I even went so far as to tell everyone on FB and Goodreads to read it with me. The thing is, I must be too ADHD to follow her tangents. To me, it seemed to be a purging of her past, and it was full of anger and denial. I get anger, but it was more than that. It seemed like she was not taking any personal responsibility for anything she did, because it was ALL because of ADHD. As for the Giftedness, I wish I had known that this book was not just about ADHD, because EVERY time she mentioned that she was also GIFTED, and she was just bored, and couldn't deal with that, I just wanted to hurl my Kindle across the room.

I have ADHD. I have no Executive Function. I was raised by a BiPolar Alcoholic and a very depressed woman. I get anger. What I don't get is the self important attitude and all the swearing. I swear, and think there is definately a place for it, but the amount of swearing and name calling here was just distracting to me. Her description of the "Dead place" was so particular and detailed, that my mind went off into La La land at least 4 times and I had to read it over twice, still not getting her descriptions straight in my head. It is not exactly how all ADHDer's feel, (although I admit some of it was slightly familiar) but it was like a creative writing project that she just threw in there as an aside. Oh, and the constant asides, and the, " I don't know why/actually, I do know" were also super distracting and a bit confusing to a fellow ADHDer. Why say, I don't know why something happened and then go on to theorize about it?
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