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Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD: A Practical, Easy-To-Use Guide for Clinicians Paperback – November 1, 2007
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Numerous informative trade books exist on ADHD in children that can serve to guide family members in its scientific understanding and management, but this is far from the case for adults with the disorder. The few popular books that do exist on adults with ADHD are sometimes filled with half-truths, clinical yet unscientific “wisdom,” distracting anecdotes, and outright falsehoods about the disorder, including the possibility that it conveys some beneficial gifts to those so afflicted. For these reasons, it is a real pleasure to read Tuckman’s superbly rendered book on ADHD in adults, for it is so well-reasoned, science-based, information-rich, to the point, and finally—useful! Apart from wishing I had written it, I sincerely wish that you will read it.
—Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at Medical University of South Carolina Charleston and research professor of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse
Tuckman has filled a huge gap in our understanding of adults who suffer from ADHD. He sheds light where there was darkness, he clarifies the science behind adult ADHD, and, most importantly, he brings theory into practice by providing a well-balanced model for helping those with ADHD using a multi-modal approach to treatment: education, medication, coaching, and psychotherapy. Readers will come away with practical tools to improve the lives of those suffering from this condition. This book is a valuable contribution to the literature and will be a treasured resource.
—Harvey C. Parker, Ph.D., cofounder of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) and author of The ADHD Workbook for Parents
Tuckman has authored a state of the art volume deftly blending science and clinical experience to provide a reasoned, reasonable and eminently useful treatment guide for adult ADHD. He writes from a strong scientific and clinical framework. It is clear in this volume that he has spent countless hours helping adults with ADHD. Current in its scientific foundation and practical in its approach to assessment and treatment, Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD is an exceptional guide for mental health professionals working with adults with ADHD. It is rare to find volumes directed at mental health professionals that are scientifically accurate yet practical in approach. In his new book, Tuckman has accomplished both.
—Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., research professor of psychology at George Mason University.
Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD is a wonderful gift for all mental health and health-care professionals. Tuckman’s vast wisdom and valuable interventions are delivered in a reader-friendly, supportive tone. No stones are left unturned for readers seeking the best methods to diagnose and effectively treat adults with attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD.) This much needed, well-researched, excellent book truly raises the bar for the standard of care for those adults afflicted with ADHD.
—Jeffrey Bernstein, Ph.D., Author of: 10 Days to a Less Distracted Child, 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child and Why Can’t You Read My Mind?
Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD is full of practical strategies that you can use with your next client. Tuckman clearly understands the challenges that adults with ADHD face and what you can do to help them stay on top of life’s demands.
—Nancy A. Ratey, Ed.M., MCC, author of The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your AD/HD Brain to Get Control of Your Tasks, Time, and Talents
As a psychiatrist I am pleased to see Tuckman’s Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD added to the armamentarium for all professionals who treat adults with AD/HD. As a psychiatrist I strongly support the concept “Pills do not make skills.” Generally, along with psychiatric medication prescribed by the physician, psychoeducation, psychotherapy, and coaching are often needed to optimize the treatment of adults with AD/HD. The various disciplines need to better work together as a treatment team. The more each participant knows about the other team member’s role and contribution to the treatment, the better off our patient will be. Tuckman’s book goes a long way towards facilitating a better functioning and integrated multimodal treatment program for adults with AD/HD. Each discipline member of the treatment team should read this book and learn how to better their own role and more closely integrate it with the other professionals’ contributions. For example, the more the therapists learn about medication, the better they can serve as liaisons to the medical/prescribing member of the treatment team. Now if only we physicians would learn more about cognitive behavioral therapy for AD/HD in adults.
—Philip Parker MD, psychiatrist in private practice in Southfield, MI, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI, and Professional Advisory Board member of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association
Tuckman’s book, Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD, is an excellent and much-needed resource for clinicians as well as clients. It is informative, well-organized, and written in a conversational style that is easy for all to understand, while still based on research findings. Tuckman’s use of his own experiences in treating adults with ADHD adds a human touch to the complexities of this area of practice. The free online forms and other resources also are also a nice touch.
—James J. Crist, Ph.D., CSAC, clinical psychologist, clinical director of the Child and Family Counseling Center in Woodbridge, VA, adjunct faculty member at Argosy University, and author of ADHD—A Teenager’s Guide
Tuckman has distilled the best of the best from research and clinical experience to provide a wealth of information as well as practical suggestions for managing adult ADHD. Jargon-free, well-organized, and user-friendly, Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD will be immensely helpful to both clinicians and lay readers struggling with ADHD.
—Barbara D. Ingersoll, Ph.D., author of Your Hyperactive Child and Daredevils and Daydreamers, member of the CHADD Professional Advisory Board, and 1997 inductee into the CHADD Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to the welfare of individuals with ADHD.
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A much-needed resource to aid an underserved segment of the population, this book offers mental health professionals a practical, integrated treatment model-including client and family education, medication, coaching, and psychotherapy-that makes it easier than ever to diagnose and effectively treat adults with attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD.)
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Many frustrating years can be spent in talk therapy trying to discover the deep, dark, "real" reason why a person procrastinates or "sabotages" his or her own goals and plans--never knowing that a medical condition is the reason. (A treatable medical condition.) Many clients are encouraged to pin the genesis of their problems on a dysfunctional childhood, never knowing that ADHD is highly heritable. (In other words, odds are good that at least one of the client's parents was exhibiting problematic ADHD behavioral patterns, too.)
Talk therapy might provide a few epiphanies and strategies for change, albeit most of them short-lived. But for many people with ADHD, therapy with a clinician who fails to recognize ADHD or appreciate its significance is a costly proposition that can actually diminish hopes that patterns can ever change.
For some long-time therapists, all this might be hard to accept, but Dr. Tuckman gently nudges readers into these new paradigms. Partly this is due to his clear and accessible prose style. But it's also due, I think, to his knack for acknowledging situations in which a well-trained therapist might draw certain conclusions--but be perfectly wrong. And he does it tactfully and congenially. Not easy!
After years of being a support-group leader for both adults with ADHD and the partners of adults with ADHD, I'm grateful to welcome Dr. Tuckman's practical addition to my Adult ADHD library. It is thorough, practical, authoritative, and easily understood. Routinely, I recommend clinician guides like this to adults with ADHD (and their loved ones); they simply contain more substantial and helpful information than most consumer books on Adult ADHD.
If you are a non-ADHD-savvy clinician who assumes that you would surely recognize ADHD in a client or that you could simply "intuit" the right treatment path, please reconsider. You really don't want to harm your client, do you? You don't want to postpone, maybe even entirely eliminate, the client's chance for success, do you? No, of course not. You want to help your clients free the obstacles in their path. And that's exactly what this book can help you to do.
have to muddle through with one-size-fits-all therapists or try to patch together their own program based on knowledge they have accumulated on their own.
Although written for clinicians, if you are an adult with AD/HD seeking treatment, this book will help you determine what questions to ask of potential therapists to ensure that you are getting the most effective treatment. If you are currently seeing a therapist
and don't feel you are making progress, you may want to tactfully give them this book!
Dr. Tuckman has written a concise, exceptionally well-organized, and practically helpful book on the subject. I am generally quite critical with many books on ADHD, because so many blend myth with science. The book is outstanding, because it leaves the reader with general information and specific content ideas to utilize for helping adults with ADHD work through the significant challenges inherent in the condition.
It is obvious that Dr. Tuckman has a wealth of experience working firsthand with adults with ADHD, understands the science of the disorder, and blends the two with sufficient depth and expertise.