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Thom Hartmann's Complete Guide to ADHD: Help for Your Family at Home, School and Work Paperback – August 31, 2000
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As an adult ADD'er, and a parent of a child with ADD, it was great to discover Thom Hartmann's writings. He, unlike most authors of books on ADD, takes a much more positive perspective, so you don't feel like you have a brain disease. Some of the other authors' aproaches can really lead to low self esteem. My daughter, now finishing her sophomore year in college, with a 3.5 average, found Hartmann's ideas liberating, compared to the brain disease model. This book pulls together Thom Hartmanns latest and classic thoughts on ADD, using his Hunter in a Farmer's World point perspective on people with ADD.
It offers views on school and work-- how to succeed, how to make them better.
In a world where diversity is diminishing and uniformity is being ramrodded down our throats, Thom Hartmann's books make us take another look at some mainstream assumptions.
My daughter and I are happy withour ADD-ness. We wouldn't want it any other way, and there are plenty of other people out there who have adapted successfully to being ADD-- entrepreneurs, researchers, surgeons, reporters, programmers, detectives, salesmen, mechanics-- a lot of the people who are at the cutting edge of making a difference in this world.
Thom Hartmann's book helps parents and adults understand what's going on with ADDD and offers strategies to cope so ADDers can be successful and happy.
Before you take or put a child on Ritalin or some other drug, read this book. You may still choose to use the medication, but you'll understand the biology, anthropology and politics better and also become aware of other, non-drug options.
Others who give a reasonable picture on ADD include Lynn Weiss, Joel Sears and Lynda Thompson, John Ratey, and Ed Hallowell.
Check out his website at thom hartmann dot com to find out more about him.
I am the founder & CEO of The Optimal Functioning Institute, which trains ADD Coaches in a comprehensive 2-year training; "Focus" has been one of five ADD books that are REQUIRED reading for my students since 1994. I mourned the fact that it was taken out of print. Even though my students could still get it through a special agreement with the author, I rejoice that it is back so that everyone can read it. The "Guide" has now replaced "Focus" on our required reading list.
Hartmann is knowledgeable, imminently readable, and never pathologizes ADD. His use of the "hunter/farmer" metaphor to differentiate the ADD brain wiring from non-ADD, allows those of us with that kind of brain to focus on what is GOOD about us rather than trying to "fix" what's "bad."
I have always recommended FOCUS as a "first read" for certain individuals, and will now recommend the Guide in its stead. In my experience with thousands of ADDers, entrepreneurs, people who are fearful of "labels" yet searching for help, those who have been prescribed medication but no practical help to support them, and those who have read the sensationalist press primarily and are looking at ADD with a jaundiced eye as a result, have all responded positively to FOCUS.Read more ›
Five years ago I became aware that there was a name for my chronic disorganization that had created years of negativity and apprehension. I am in my 50's and was considered a goof-off in school.There was no concept for ADD at the time.It was more or less considered weak character or low horsepower. A lousy self image and poor organization skills followed me into business .Though I have managed to do well by by having great coworkers, I had alway lived in ADD terror that I could not manage my business as it got bigger. Once aware of the nature of ADD ;I looked for possible solutions, I tried prescription medications but found I could not tolerate them well.
I sought alternatives and I stumbled into Hartmann's books at the library. I was ideally seeking an instant fix .Instead I discovered combination of medium and many small fixes over time and practice.I discovered most of the fixes in Hartmann's books and on his Compuserve ADD Forum . I adopted many of his tips ;one of the best was a mindfulness technique called "original awareness" which is reviewed in "Guide".Read more ›
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Our son and grandson, and some of our friends, are ADHD. What an amazing glimpse into their lives and better understanding that ADHD need not be a curse. Read morePublished 17 months ago by C. Smith
I'm a huge fan of Hartmann's ADHD books. If I have to pick one book to recommend, I usually pick this one.Published 22 months ago by measuretwice
I bought this book because my grandson is ADHD and was taking prescribed drugs to calm him down. At the age of 18 the drugs turned him into a zombie and suppressed his naturally... Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by KKELLY
I'm astounded at the depth of knowledge that Thom Hartmann has about this subject. I also really appreciate his common sense approach to the condition and the solutions for it.Published on August 1, 2011 by blazingsun
Thom Hartmann has written a series of books related to ADD/ADHD.
They all are wonderful easy to understand and useful books. Read more
There are lots of reviews detailing the major points and I think they do a pretty fair job. So I won't repeat them. Read more
I found Hartmann's Hunter/Farmer take on ADD an interesting way of recasting ADD as something other than a disorder, to help people with ADD create a positive stories for and about... Read morePublished on June 30, 2003
Thom Hartmann is somebody who seems to really understand what ADD is all about. This is a great book that brings up some very interesting points. Read morePublished on March 30, 2002 by Amazon Customer