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Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

by Russel A Barkley Guilford Publications
Pub Date:
07/2010
ISBN:
9781606233382
Format:
Pbk 294 pages
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For adults with ADHD, problems with attention, planning, problem solving, and controlling emotions can make daily life an uphill battle. Fortunately, effective help is out there. No one is a better guide to how to get the best care—and what sufferers can do for themselves—than renowned ADHD researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley. Dr. Barkley provides step-by-step strategies for managing symptoms and reducing their harmful impact. Readers get hands-on self-assessment tools and skills-building exercises, plus clear answers to frequently asked questions about medications and other treatments. Specific techniques are presented for overcoming challenges in critical areas where people with the disorder often struggle—work, finances, relationships, and more. Finally, an authoritative one-stop resource for adults with ADHD who are ready to take back their lives.

KEY POINTS
> Prominent, bestselling author Russell A. Barkley provides the definitive guide to managing adult ADHD.
> Barkley's Taking Charge of ADHD is the ''bible'' for parents and a perennial child psych bestseller.
> The entire book—from writing style to organization and design—is geared to be optimally user-friendly for readers with ADHD.
> Presents information and advice based on the latest research, including two major studies conducted by the author.
> Hands-on, practical strategies for coping with the full range of symptoms and the specific challenges they pose.
> A soup-to-nuts book on how ADHD affects adults and what can be done about it.

AUDIENCE
Adults seeking effective solutions for the many challenges ADHD poses; also of interest to mental health professionals.

Introduction

Step One. To Get Started, Get Evaluated

1. 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 ADHD

6. Know Your ADHD

7. Resisting Impulses: The First Step in Self-Control

8. Self-Control: How to Get What You Want

9. Executive Functions: The Abilities That Make Up Self-Control . . . and More

10. The Nature of ADHD and How You Can Master It

11. Own Your ADHD

Step Three. Change Your Brain: Medications for Mastering ADHD

12. Why It Makes Sense to Try Medication

13. The Stimulants

14. The Nonstimulants

15. What to Expect from Treatment

Step Four. Change Your Life: Everyday Rules for Success

16. Rule 1: Stop the Action!

17. Rule 2: See the Past . . . and Then the Future

18. Rule 3: Say the Past . . . and Then the Future

19. Rule 4: Externalize Key Information

20. Rule 5: Feel the Future

21. Rule 6: Break It Down . . . and Make It Matter

22. Rule 7: Make Problems External, Physical, and Manual

23. Rule 8: Have a Sense of Humor!

Step Five. Change Your Situation: Mastering ADHD in Specific Areas of Your Life

24. Education

25. Work

26. Money

27. Relationships

28. Driving, Health, and Lifestyle Risks

29. Other Mental and Emotional Problems

30. Drugs and Crime

Appendix. A Closer Look at ADHD Symptoms

Resources

"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, MD, author of Scattered Minds; Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine
"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, PhD, Director, ADHD Program, Department of Psychiatry, State University of New York Upstate Medical University
"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 A.D.D.?
"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, PhD, Codirector, Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program, University of Pennsylvania

Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Barkley has published numerous books and five assessment scales, plus more than 260 scientific articles and book chapters on ADHD, executive functioning, and childhood defiance. He is also the editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. A frequent conference presenter and speaker who is widely cited in the national media, he is past president of the Section on Clinical Child Psychology (the former Division 12) of the American Psychological Association, and of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. His website is www.russellbarkley.org.Christine M. Benton is a Chicago-based writer and editor.