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Focused Forward Audiobook

Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD

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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • Understanding the link between ADHD and emotional distress
  • What emotional distress syndrome (EDS) feels like
  • How to construct an emotional safe place
  • How to recruit your own me support group
  • Eight essential tools to help you cope
  • And more....

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.

©2016 James M. Ochoa (P)2016 James M. Ochoa

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    Gecka Austin, TX 05-02-16
    Gecka Austin, TX 05-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Daydreaming can help your ADHD"
    Where does Focused Forward rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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".


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    novamom 04-26-16
    novamom 04-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Some of the content is priceless"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    The seattle 04-22-16
    The seattle 04-22-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Clear and short with a lot of tools"

    A lot of good tools. Wish there was more hints for family with kids examples.

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    Marius Coetzee 07-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Sensible ADHD help"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi 04-18-16
    Jodi 04-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Powerful and New Conversation"

    This is the most important book on adult ADHD that I have come across since my diagnosis in 2002.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The info in this book outstanding!"

    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.

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    Sarah Dwelle Pullman, WA United States 08-21-16
    Sarah Dwelle Pullman, WA United States 08-21-16 Member Since 2012
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    "insightful book on ADHD"

    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!

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    Jennifer Stout 08-16-16
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    "Great if you have emotional problems"

    This book focuses mainly on how to cope with emotional problems from having adhd, not so great if you don't and you're just looking for tips and strategies.

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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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