Myths about Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder(ADD/ADHD) abound. This disorder frequently goes unrecognized, and even when diagnosed may be inadequately treated. In this up-to-date and clearly written audiobook, a leading expert offers a new way of understanding ADD. Drawing on recent findings in neuroscience and a rich variety of case histories from his own clinical practice, Dr. Thomas E. Brown describes what ADD syndrome is, how it can be recognized at different ages, and how it can best be treated.
This is the first book to address the perplexing question about ADD: how can individuals, some very bright, be chronically unable to "pay attention", yet be able to focus very well on specific tasks that strongly interest them? Dr. Brown disputes the "willpower" explanation and explains how inherited malfunctions of the brain's management system prevent some people from being able to deal adequately with challenging tasks of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. His audiobook is an authoritative and practical guide for physicians and psychologists, parents and teachers, and the 7 to 9 percent of persons who suffer from ADD/ADHD.
Selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine.
©2005 Thomas E. Brown, PhD (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks
"An excellent account.... Highly recommended." (Choice)
"This book is a valuable resource for people who struggle with attention and concentration, as it not only describes ADD and ADHD but also offers suggestions for getting help." (Science News)
"Brown provides a very clear structure for defining and understanding this complex set of brain functions that are often impaired in those with ADHD." (Journal of Attention Disorders)
Well written and well narrated, this book provides a thorough introduction to the concept of ADD syndrome as a broader category than ADHD, the DSM IV diagnosis. Using keen examples from his clients/patients, Brown outlines the various ways a malfunctioning Executive Function can manifest itself and how that can complicate the lives of those with ADD or ADHD. Brown is particularly strong on outlining the differences between how the syndrome affects children, teens, young adults, and older adults.
As someone only diagnosed as an adult, I found the vignettes from his clients to be very helpful in recognizing how I'd been dealing with issues that I could now understand as a part of the syndrome. I would recommend this book to anyone facing a recent diagnoses of ADD, either for themselves or someone close to them.
It provided a great deal of detailed information about all types of ADD and other conditions that frequently accompany it. Sometimes it was a little too dry and technical (with lots of quotes about/from the DSM 4). But it isn't a subject onecan make terribly fascinating.
Clearly Dr. Brown is very well educated about ADD and other related disorders. The book will be helpful for anyone who needs understand and learn more about it. If you have someone with ADD in your life or you have it yourself, you will want to learn more about it. The book should be educational to both parents and sufferers of ADD. The audible format is definitely better for you if you've got ADD.
It was really just the author as the main character. He read the complex subject matter clearly and understandably.
It is my fault given how recent most research on ADD is, but since it was released in 2012, I expected it to be more up to date with current medications and information. I didn't realize that it was actually published in 2005 and I wonder if that might have been a later edition of an earlier book.
From the perspective of someone who has Adult ADD, but currently no insurance and no extra money to spend on non-essentials(I did have about a year of treatment w/ insurance and various meds and still something, but it does very little good).
I felt depressed after reading it and learning that he feels (and he sites studies that support this opinion) medication alone is the best treatment (helping 80% or more ADD sufferers. The studies sited clearly showed medication was by far the best and most effective treatment (whether it was provided with counseling / other support or not) along with a doctor to provide medication management.
He kind of seems to expect all these are options you can pay for (or your insurance will), but if you don't have very much money or insurance and medication didn't help you much, it seemed he felt you were out of luck.
He didn't offer any options for individuals who don't have the resources for a lot of expensive professional help. I assume there are many many people out there like me, who really want to get better and get their lives on track. I wish he'd offered some other alternatives that might be of help if I can't pay doctors and counselors out of pocket.
I have read some other books that felt there were other options that would help me, so I hope they are correct. I didn't like spending all that time learning about ADD, only to feel defeated that there seemed to be no options available for me to get better. I hope the other books are correct for everyone's sake in the current economy.
Ivonne, I hope you could listen to this book. Try it. It took me 3 entire days, but I went back to as far as I can remember and now I can understand so many things. This book is you, it is me... I cried, I laughed, and I leaned a great deal from it. I feel nothing but proud of how much you and I have acomplished living with this, greatly misunderstood, disorder. Today, a new day of knowledge, determination, and hope starts for me. I hope it does the same for you. I love you with all my heart.
I would recommend this to anyone struggling with the disorder, or needing to understand someone who is afflicted.
I was diagnosed late, when I finally "cracked." My whole life was teachers, parents, and myself getting angry that I just never tried. I hated myself but always believed if I just put my mind to something, I could do it. I was wrong, and discovering that nearly broke me.
After diagnosis I bounced between incompetent doctors, non-stimulant meds, and recommendations for biofeedback or meditation. More of the same "try harder" therapy! This book (and the highly accomplished and well-studied author) explain the literature. This is not a will-power disorder, this is a chemical misfiring. There has been a ton of research proving that stimulants are more helpful than harmful, and that continuing with self-help therapies can be destructive if they aren't working (and the underlying condition isn't being medicated). I needed to hear all of this.
It is not limiting to understand what traits you can blame on your disorder, it is freeing. I feel empowered and happy knowing the truth and the science. I also feel let down by all the docs I went to for help who were ill-prepared to assist. No one would attempt to treat a patient for diabetes without being fully educated on treatments and priorities, but apparently they feel comfortable making recommendations for brain disorders based on touchy-feely advice they read in magazines about healing crystals.
The language in the book is a bit dense at times, and there is some repetition I could do without. Occasionally he takes a really long route to explain simple concepts. Ultimately, however, it is the honest, complete, scientific, and compassionate information that I needed to help me move forward.
I understand that I need medication (when trying to function in challenging tasks). I understand that struggling while off medication has led me down many self-deprecating paths into depression and other darkness. I now have the tools and awareness that I need to move forward and thrive.
He talks waaaay too slow - it was mind numbing for someone with ADD. Thankfully I had the ability to listen at 2x speed, and even increased beyond that in some sections.
Listened during a long road trip.
Beneficial information within this book.
Performance was acceptable.
No extreme reaction. It was an informative type content not a novel.
"Attention Deficit Disorder."
Excellent listening. A deep analysis of psychological functions related to symptoms of ADD. I would recommended to all the parents struggeling with behaviours of their child which in some way might be related to the syndrom described in this book.
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