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Your Life Can Be Better, Using Strategies for Adult ADD/ADHD Paperback – January 3, 2012
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"This is the book on ADD that I always hoped I was buying." -The Very Rev. Thomas B. Woodward BA cum laude Harvard University; M Div, author, teacher, ADDer
"I like the conversational way the writing flows. Very down to earth and an easy read." -Bonnie Mincu, Senior Certified ADHD Coach, thrivewithadd.com.
"It's funny. It made me laugh. And I found helpful things in there." -Tom Costello, BA, U of Minnesota; CPA, ADDer
"A very good book. I will be happy to recommend it to my patients." -John Evaldson, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, ADD expert
From the Author
I initially wrote this book to help my patients, giving them the information and strategies I wanted them to have. Then I realized it could help lots of people with ADD or ADHD. And the feedback has been great - it has been helping people make their lives better.
So I started a blog, with ADD Tips o the Day, and then collected the best of them for the next book, Living Daily with Adult ADD or ADHD.
Learning how to identify ADD ADHD problems and then develop strategies to cope with them can make your life better.
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I loaned my first copy to a friend with ADD and he lost it (chuckle) so I ordered a new copy and this time, not loaning it out. My friends can read it at my place or ordered their own copy (smiles).
I am only a decade younger than he is so many of the things he's mentioned I have tried and it has helped me. The only problem is I don't write it down and I forget that strategy or trick and it takes a long time (years!) before I use it again and it helps me again. This book is great in that it seems to put all the stuff I've learned through the years in writing so I can refer to it and not forget. Also, he has insights and warning flags that I had not yet fully become aware of.
So yes, this has been a valuable book. I think the readers who have struggled and tried to figure it out on their own for awhile and have suffered consequences (dire ones) of ADD will understand and use the information in this book the most. Otherwise, this book is deceptively simple and may seem like it's not saying anything concrete but boy is it!
Also, due to his insights, you can find a way to improve your life without doing exactly as he does. For example, I don't put keys on the table - that would get it lost in my world. I put it on a hook and it changed my life from being stuck in my house not being able to leave because I can't find my keys, to never having that happen again. So I didn't do the exact same thing as he did to fix our similar problem but his insight and advice is still good to those who have similar issues.
I feel the same way about his index card lists. I can't carry so many lists around, I would lose it. I don't have pockets like he does in my everyday outfits either so cards aren't easy to carry around in my world. But I do have index cards on walls of my home to tell me routines to do and I do have lists on my phone. So I still find his advice valuable. Be willing to read his advice and take it to heart and the advice, if followed will change your life for the better.
Dr. Puryear's book is chock-full of stories about and strategies for living with ADD--ideas that can be useful to anyone, with or without ADD. But as I continued reading, something else began to make a difference for me: I felt understood, and I began to understand myself in a new way. I found myself being less judgmental and more gentle and reasonable, checking myself (there's a chapter on that) instead of berating myself. I began to feel hope that my life can be better; that my problems are problems, not lack of good moral character; that I don't have to be stuck in the mire of it all; that the "too bigness" of my life can be broken into smaller and smaller and even smaller chunks--orderly chunks that I feel I can handle instead of always feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and demoralized by "never doing anything right." Maybe the book will do the same for you or a loved one. Or maybe Dr. Puryear's approach--identify a problem, come up with a strategy, make a rule--will help you get your office in shape, prioritize your commitments, find more time for the things you want to do instead of what you have to do. Whatever the case, I highly recommend reading this book and making use of the many strategies it offers.
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The problems the author faces are really similar to mine and I believe we think alike. I loved the writing style.Read more