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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! Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
- 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
- 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.
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I was hoping this to be more of an informational source, to my surprise it was the story of a woman with ADHD, and is able to succeed in life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steve
Her writing style made me feel like I was hanging out just talking to a friend. I laughed my ass off, felt fear and anger, but mostly felt kinda normal in my flighty and forgetful... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kristine D. Klaerner
A different perspective on ADD/ADHD. I admire Ms. Turis for sharing her journey. It was helpful in the way of misery loves company, but I didn't see many solutions that fit my... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Anne J
(Janelle here, not Kenrick) - Love this book! Stacey get's it, for sure!Published 12 months ago by Kenrick S Knighton
This book is relate-able and funny. I makes me feel better about all of my quirks.Published 13 months ago by ReKo
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