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Taking Charge of Adult ADHD


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IntroductionStep One. To Get Started, Get Evaluated1. Is It Possible That You Have ADHD?2. Can You Handle the Problem on Your Own?3. Where Can You Go to Get Help?4. What Do You Need for the Evaluation?5. What Will the Evaluation Tell You?Step Two. Change Your Mindset: Know and Own Your ADHD6. Know Your ADHD7. Resisting Impulses: The First Step in Self-Control8. Self-Control: How to Get What You Want9. Executive Functions: The Abilities That Make Up Self-Control . . . and More10. The Nature of ADHD and How You Can Master It11. Own Your ADHDStep Three. Change Your Brain: Medications for Mastering ADHD12. Why It Makes Sense to Try Medication13. The Stimulants14. The Nonstimulants15. What to Expect from TreatmentStep Four. Change Your Life: Everyday Rules for Success16. Rule 1: Stop the Action!17. Rule 2: See the Past . . . and Then the Future18. Rule 3: Say the Past . . . and Then the Future19. Rule 4: Externalize Key Information20. Rule 5: Feel the Future21. Rule 6: Break It Down . . . and Make It Matter22. Rule 7: Make Problems External, Physical, and Manual23. Rule 8: Have a Sense of Humor!Step Five. Change Your Situation: Mastering ADHD in Specific Areas of Your Life24. Education25. Work26. Money27. Relationships28. Driving, Health, and Lifestyle Risks29. Other Mental and Emotional Problems30. Drugs and CrimeAppendix. A Closer Look at ADHD SymptomsResources

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Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, Professor (Emeritus), University of Massachusetts Medical School-Worcester, USA


"This wonderful book presents information and sharp clinical insights accrued over decades of work by a preeminent leader in the field. Dr. Barkley clearly and thoughtfully discusses the causes of adult ADHD and how to get diagnosed and treated. A 'must read' for anyone interested in learning more about adult ADHD." - Lenard Adler, author of Scattered Minds; Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, USA "Dr. Barkley's advice to individuals who have ADHD (or think they might) represents a remarkable blend of science and practicality. This book offers a lifeline to adults with ADHD and their families." - Michael Gordon, Director, ADHD Program, Department of Psychiatry, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, USA "Consider this book the Rosetta Stone of adult ADHD. No one but Dr. Barkley could translate the sophisticated grasp of ADHD for which he is well known into lay terms and solid strategies. Comprehensive, immensely practical, highly readable, and wholly compassionate, Taking Charge of Adult ADHD is the definitive guide for adults with ADHD and the people who care about them." - Gina Pera, author of Is It You, Me, or Adult ADD? "This book will surely become a classic. If you are an adult with ADHD, Dr. Barkley can help you make sense of your lifelong struggles and develop a clear roadmap for overcoming them. Stories and examples from others facing the same challenges bring Dr. Barkley's ideas to life. I will certainly recommend this easy-to-read yet scientifically based book to everyone who comes through our Adult ADHD clinic." - J. Russell Ramsay, Codirector, Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Barkley is one of the leading researchers and most prolific writers on attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) across the life span, having produced materials for mental health professionals and self-help books like this volume. Thirty short chapters are organized into five sections that deal with evaluation of adult ADHD, underlying mechanisms of ADHD and self-acceptance of the diagnosis, understanding medication as a treatment option, utilizing behavioral strategies to address specific deficits, and managing in key areas such as work, relationships, and health. Barkley debunks common myths about medications and co-occurring disorders and offers straightforward advice on how to improve quality of life. Additional references and resources are provided. Verdict This is a comprehensive and scientifically based yet comprehensible manual for understanding and managing adult ADHD. With this information, adults with ADHD or those close to them can be informed consumers of available treatment options, behavioral strategies, and supplemental support resources.-Paula McMillen, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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