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Out of the Fog: Treatment Options and Strategies for Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Paperback – May 31, 1995
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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is the diagnosis given heretofore to the "overactive" child who acted out in school, got poor grades, and couldn't sit still. Three decades ago, such children were often held back in school and thought to be lacking in self-control. Two decades ago, it was found that the stimulant Ritalin inexplicably calmed hyperactive children. It was believed that they eventually "grew out of it," usually by puberty. However, new research suggests that they do not grow out of ADD but instead learn to adapt and struggle with the disorder well into adulthood. Two new books address this premise. Wender (The Hyperactive Child, Adolescent, and Adult, Oxford Univ. Pr., 1987), professor of psychiatry and Director of Psychiatric Research at the University of Utah School of Medicine, has written Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for professionals, but informed lay readers will appreciate the case histories. In thorough, if quite technical manner, Wender synthesizes the overlapping research and possible relationships between ADHD and learning disorders, as well as alcohol abuse as those afflicted try to self-medicate. Out of the Fog, written by the chief of the Adult ADHD Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, is written for a popular audience and could serve to "self-diagnose" readers by using "Self-Exploration Exercises." Murphy also gives lists for simplifying and improving life for the adult with ADD, using concrete examples of time management and organizational skills. Written from a personal perspective (Murphy also has ADHD), it provides much insight into the world of the hyperactive adult. Both books are highly recommended.?Nina Wikstrom Aguilar, Melbourne, Fla.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Murphy, chief of the adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, aided by medical writer LeVert, discusses the recent recognition of attention deficit disorder as a problem that is not outgrown in adolescence, and they cogently summarize the stumbling blocks this affliction creates in the pursuit of a career or attainment of a healthy family life. Other books, such as Hallowell and Ratey's Driven to Distraction (1994) and Kelly and Ramundo's You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy? (1993), have done excellent jobs in alerting readers to ADHD as an issue in adult lives. But Murphy and LeVert's coverage of psychological and medicinal treatment is invaluable. An essential library item. Denise Perry Donavin
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R. Simmons, St. Charles, MO.
"Out of the Fog" is written by someone who clearly is qualified and who knows what he's talking about. This is clearly important, since there is so much disinformation and media hype out there about ADD. The book is well organized (no disorganization -- ADD induced or otherwise -- here!), well written, engaging, and useful, in terms of "demystifying" and diagnosing ADD, treating it (medication combined with counseling and lifestyle changes seems to be the best bet), and lastly "outmaneuvering" it (very important there currently is no "cure" for ADD, only treatments). All in all, I strongly recommend this book to anyone trying to understand or deal with ADD (or someone they know who has ADD).
I've blogged about several good reviews on coping with ADHD in this blog. Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential and Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning are two favorites. Although they tend to focus on children's issues, many of the techniques can be adapted to adults.
But it's always best to be able to find something uniquely adapted to your own situation, which is why I was to pleased to find Out of the Fog, Treatment Options and Coping Strategies for Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, by Kevin R, Murphy, Ph.D. and Suzanne LeVert. Dr. Murphy was a researcher at the Adult ADHD Clinic at the University of Massachusetts, and is now in private practice. Out of the Fog is a book that really attempts to do it all: explain the condition of Adult ADHD, discuss treatments and strategies, and cover practical aspects such as organization and communication. With a lesser author, this approach might be too much at cover, but Murphy is so knowledgeable, he's got good advice for all these varied aspects. Because the book was written in 1995, it doesn't use some of the newer terminology, such as "Executive Function", and the specific medication information is showing its age. In general though, the information in this practical guide is still useful and timely.