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Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life Paperback – November 29, 2005

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By examining the interplay between genetics and environment, Sari Solden has broken new ground in Women With Attention Deficit Disorder. --John J. Ratey, MD, co-author Driven to Distraction --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sari Solden, MS LMFT, a psychotherapist in private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has worked with adults with AD/HD and their partners for over 25 years. Sari is the author of Women with Attention Deficit Disorder (Revised 2nd edition 2005) and Journeys Through ADDulthood, 2002. She is a prominent speaker at both national and international AD/HD conferences, serves on the professional advisory board of ADDA, has served on the program conference committee for national CHADD and is a past recipient of ADDA's award for outstanding service by a helping professional. Her areas of specialization include inattentive AD/HD, women's issues, as well as the long term counseling issues for adults not diagnosed until adulthood. Sari currently hosts and presents on ADDJourneys.com, her online community for adults with AD/HD. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Underwood Books; 2nd edition (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887424970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887424974
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book does an exhaustive job of examining the hows and whys ADHD tends to devastate the lives of women and girls, sometimes more so than male sufferers. The expectations of being a wife and mother, the pressures of having to "hold it all together for the family", the intolerance of women to deviance of social norms, can all push ADHD women and girls to the breaking point. But for all the acknowledgment and validation of struggles, this book is painfully thin on practical suggestions for what to do. All too often, the authors implore readers to consult their "support systems", "support mechanisms" and the like, whenever a problem arises. For many women with ADHD, and for many people in fact, you can't rely on a vaguely defined "support system" for help all through your life. Friends can't always be relied upon in the manner the authors suggest,almost like a second family. And the "support system" recommended would break the bank of most middle-class individuals, with the coaches, therapists, specialists, and other personnel the authors would have at the ready. It just isn't realistic! Where does a person with limited means fit into all this? I mean, I KNOW it's hard, but it can't take all this to make things work, only a rich person has the resources outlined in this volume.
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The idea or diagnosis of ADD/ADHD can lead to paradoxical confusion, particularly for those who are hypo-active (opposite of hyperactive): whose brains can become so full of ideas, messages, etc. that they cannot get up, leave the house, or make a "simple" phone call. As a result, people with (or near) ADHD reject the diagnosis as an excuse rather than a medical condition.

People who have ADHD are often extraordinarily bright, high achievers, even "miracle workers" among peers. Common companions to this level of achievement are monumental effort, inability to perform, and huge inconsistencies in application of skills.

What people near an individual with ADHD rarely realize is how well that individual is hiding the tremendous time, effort, and inconsistencies behind their accomplishments. All the public sees is the "magic" the ADHD individual can work. What's hidden is the extreme opposite (the "dark side"): an inability to perform so pronounced that the person with ADHD herself cannot grasp a reliable self-image from the enormous range between the low and high sides of her performance. When she shares her difficulties or others learn of them, her peers often react in disbelief and even mockery of the idea that this extraordinary, highly intelligent person cannot manage an everyday task like clearing clutter, doing the dishes, or paying bills. People with ADHD make life-altering decisions in an effort to avoid the failure, discovery of, or mockery/disbelief from peers: they move, quit their jobs, change majors, quit school, pick up addictive habits (self-medicating) like heavy caffeine usage, and so on (Solden, 2008).

Solden confirms that ADHD results in cognitive and psychological challenges, but it is a physical ailment that is medically identifiable via MRI (2008).
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If you're ADD like me -- "ADD Like Me" wow, what a great movie title! Sorry; I digress -- anyway, if you are, then you'll be scribbling and underlining like mad all through this book.

Sari Solden's fresh perspectives have helped me hop off the Treadmill of Getting Nowhereness that so many women with ADD seem to be on. Her hefty book is packed with eye-opening comments that seem outside the perspectives of most other writers on the general subject of ADD/ADHD.

Solden's focus is on the impact of ADD behaviors on others and how this distorts the mirror in which we seek our sense of self. That dynamic translates into an array of family, community, and workplace issues. She provides the reader with why/because insights that, while never condescending, make recognizably clear and tenable what others have only skimmed over in their rush to suggest clever coping mechanisms.

These insights have already helped me explain to my own significant others -- those who are still speaking to me, that is! -- how I need to approach life and how they can best accommodate my unique style in return for the many ways in which I go overboard accommodating *them*. This delicate negotiation phase is a tricky one that Solden covers, I believe, too briefly given its importance; this is no mere matter of coping mechanisms. In a future edition, she might want to consider expanding that chapter. While at it, she might make her examples of dialog with significant others a little less stilted -- they're written in classic "Therapese" -- so readers could actually imagine themselves saying such things without dissolving into gales of laughter.
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When I orderd this book I did not look at how many pages it was, so when I got it in the mail I was suprised. I just thought it was ironic that a book this big was written for women with ADD or ADHD, I can barley even get through a 100 page book let alone a 300+ paged book (well before I read the book)! BUT I take a little bit of time from my day and sit in a quite area and read 1 chapter. I wish I would have known about this book a long time ago! It's AMAZING that I went through the whole entire book saying "I do that" or "Yup that's me" or even laughing at myself because it is something that I have done. This book is great. It offerd great advice and it's something I could relate to, which can be difficult for women and men alike with ADD or ADHD. This book will be a great help for women with ADD/ADHD! Trust me, I know it is easy to start something but really difficult to folllow through to the end with it. This is one book that you will get to the end with, and when you do you will feel accomplished! It's funny because I have never written a review before but after this book I decided to follow through with it FINALLY!
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