In Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD, author and self-proclaimed "ADHD-er" James M. Ochoa, LPC, goes beyond the management and scheduling techniques most ADHD books focus on to deal with what really holds so many ADHD-ers back - the emotional fallout of ADHD. He helps listeners identify, manage, and alleviate symptoms of a PTSD-like condition he calls emotional distress syndrome, with practical, proven advice including:
With wisdom, humor, and plenty of (sometimes painful) empathy, Focused Forward will help adults with ADHD move past the pain and shame toward a future full of possibility, balance, and joy.
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A new take on ADHD. I loved the part talking about the neuroscience behind daydreaming as part of the Mental Support Group & Emotional Safe Place. Also knowing that the ADHD brain is wired to be more trigger happy with the limbic system, the tools to calm the inner lizard - when it inevitably thinks that performance review is an attacking T-rex - was super helpful.
Narration was a bit stilted in places. And although bullet points and parenthesis make for good visual variety in a book, it was a bit crazy making listening to punctuation being read out loud as "bullet point", "quote", "end quote", "parenthesis", "end parenthesis".
Full of tested strategies, this book made suggestions I would never have thought of, that truly appeal to those with ADD/HD. The author describes adult ADD/HD with sometimes painful, sometimes hilarious clarity. Start with part II (as he suggests you can). I found I was burnt out (waiting for the point) from part I by the time I got there.
Ochoa gives sensible advice. This is not quick fix stuff, the Emotional Distress Disorder of ADHD is very real and lifelong. But I am not afraid of it anymore.
While the content was nothing short of brilliant, the reading was a little distracting. And for an ADD mind like mine, that meant there were a few points I had to listen to repeatedly just to hear them. The main cause of the distraction for me was everytime the reader paused the narrative to say "parenthasis" or "quote". I don't need the verbalized puctuation to get the point. In fact, in most cases, it stopped me from getting the point. I pushed through the little annoyances, however, because the content is just so great. Thanx for writing such an awesome book about the emotional side od ADD. It has made a huge difference in my life. Now on to the next shiny ADD book.
I felt like he was reading me my own life story! I'll be buying the paperback. If you know anyone with ADD, please tell them about this book! The CONTENT in this ADD book, is LIKE NOTHING ELSE I've ever read, and while some authors have touched upon the subject of emotional stress in adult ADD, no other has explained it in depth, as intimately as this one. I'll be using all of his advice, re-listening to this book each week, and using his explanations, verbatim, when people ignorantly dismiss ADD as a fake illness. This is a very rare but so desperately needed book. Thank you to the author!!!
It really has helped me a lot to listen to stories, it puts more in to perception.
It drove me nuts when he was reading and saying "bullet point" Bullet point 2 and so on.
I appreciate all the information I found here but the narrator read out loud parentheses, italics, bullet points... it was just odd. This book with a different narration style would be the best ADHD tool I have found this far.
James Ochoa's book on adult ADHD was unlike other ADHD books I've read. It was insightful, clearly written by someone who has experienced ADHD in a very personal way. But also insightful because, as a therapist, he has seen a great variety of ADHD cases. He sees what most of us share in common but embraces put individuality as well. It is an encouraging, loving, exciting, challenging, realistic book, and I can't recommend it strongly enough to people who struggle with ADHD or love someone who does!
"The best and most helpful ADHD book i have read."
I've got ADHD so it wont be the longest review! But this book has been the most helpful and intelligent book i have ever listen to and has changed my life with regards to how i feel about myself and with how i cope with my life. I am much happier and productive then i was before still with struggles sometimes but now with a stratigues and an anchor. Listen to it. it can be hard to get through it because so much good infomation but well worth it.
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