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Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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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. Listeners 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.

©2010 The Guilford Press (P)2017 Tantor

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"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." ( Library Journal)

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Some parts were great but . . .

I am an adult who was recently diagnosed with ADHD. I found the book great in places but overall disappointing. The author spends many many chapters in the beginning transcribing interviews from adult ADHD patients he has treated over the years then explains how their stories and behaviors relate to specific ADHD diagnostic criteria. This may be helpful to some readers but I already know what the symptoms are and really wanted a more targeted way to address then. That type of info IS in the book and it's very helpful however it's often hard to isolate these approaches because of all the behavioral examples he gives. Also, most of the examples are of people making impulsive, often dangerous choices because of their ADHD. I have mainly the inattentive type and didn't relate to the stories of rampent drug/alcohol use and reckless sexual choices. If you are struggling with these types of issues then this book will truly be a wonderful resource . If they don't relate to your situation then you may find them annoying after awhile. Also, the author does a great job relaying a poignant personal story towards the end of the book that really helps readers understand that he understands what his patients deal with daily.

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If you can listen to this, you don't have ADHD

Dr. Barkley's books and lectures are terrific but this recording is not. Audible content for anyone who might have ADHD needs to be presented crisply. Unfortunately, this narration is sing-song and draggy, which comes across as patronizing, not credible and boring. Granted, you can increase the speed in the Audible app, but it's hard to take seriously anything narrated by Alvin the Chipmunk. (Dr. Barkley himself would have been the perfect narrator: he's quick paced and comes across as very direct.)

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Introductory with no directions

This is a very introductory book about ADD. As one would gather from the title, it is supposed to offer you hints, tips, new directions and new habits to develop in order to control ADD... well it doesn't. It is a depressing list of everything that a person with ADD does wrong. Not inspiring, not uplifting, no help as well.
The narrator does a good job though.

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A must read !! ADHD'ers will discover the truth!

I loved everything about this book. I'm highly educated on the subject, understand my condition physically and mentally in detail, and feel so much more comfortable about my past, before the diagnosis. I'm not crazy, depressed, anxious, or lazy like I believed before...this book opened up a whole world of misunderstood knowledge that people need to know, so the stigma can end surrounding ADHD...it's even inspired me to write my own personal story of suffering and trying to deal with this neurological disorder through educational documentaries, lectures, and every book ever written in the subject.
Thank you Russell Barkley!!!

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Game changer! ADHD De-mystified

I am a licensed addictions counselor with ADHD and Dr. Barkley has been my go to expert on what I find to be an often misunderstood condition. I had purchased a paperback copy of this work many years ago but only was able to scan 2 or 3 chapters before forgetting about it. (If you have ADHD, you can probably relate.) Listening to books on Audible is one effective hack for those of us scattered to distraction from our lack of inhibition. I passed the hard copy on to a colleague in need and finished the Audible version in 3 days while on long walks and doing chores around the house. : ) Dr. Barkley appears to have taken a tragic personal loss to fuel an unrelenting drive to unpack ADHD in ways that weren't possible before his research. I am eternally grateful that I was able to forgive myself and can now improve and actually enjoy my life! I was able to go back to school and become a counselor in the hope that I can help others who feel they are "not living up to their full potential."

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Insufferably Long-Winded and Repetitive

This book is useful in the event that you have yet to be diagnosed, or are dealing with an individual/child with ADHD for first time. If this is all brand new to you-- its a great starter.

Otherwise-- you're going to find it a waste of time. The book just reiterates commonly known information over and over again and the bulk of the content seemed to just be patient testimonials.

Not really my cup of tea. I'm requesting my credit back.

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Essentially the User's Manual to adult ADD

this book was fantastic. anyone who thinks they may be struggling with attention deficit disorder of any form should give The Complete Book a listen. I went through a lot of other sources and was diagnosed before I found this book but it would have been helpful much earlier in the process. the author is very humble about his credentials but has been involved in research of add in forming the methods for diagnosis of it from many years ago. I feel like he doesn't excellent job backing up his information. this is not simply a self-help book but a very descriptive breakdown for the Layman to understand ADD.

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Fairly Good Content, horrible narrator

The info is fairly good and Russell A. Barkley is a legend in ADHD but I wouldn't recommend this audiobook over some of the better options for someone with ADD/ADHD as the narrator is very monotone and the audio is not on point. Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction so far are the best 2 audiobooks I have read for an adult with ADD.

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Great book!!

Great for everyone suffering from Adhd whether a relative, lived one and specifically self. Organized and to the point. Excellent narration.

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Disappointed, because I respect Russell Barkley

What was most disappointing about Russell A. Barkley PhD’s story?

I have watched a number of Russell Barkley's videos, and as a speaker, he is interesting and engaging. This book seemed to be a dry recitation of research findings without much in the way of practical advice. It also seemed repetitive. The narrator was EXTREMELY dry.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Costanzo’s performances?

No.

Any additional comments?

It was kind of depressing to listen to the statistics about deficits that result from having ADHD. I couldn't bring myself to finish listening, so perhaps the practical advice that might give the listener some hope is at the end?

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  • Stevie S
  • 12-01-18

A must for adults with ADHD

I wish I had read this book
years ago. I have just been diagnosed with adhd in my 49th year. I may have avoided some major pit falls in life if I had came across this book in my twenties.

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  • Shirlie
  • 11-28-18

helpfull

For a person like me who have always been wondering about ADHD now i can be sure and get some help

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-19

I have learned nothing beneficial

If you have ADHD do not read this. It is a boring read for one, and two it is utterly negative and depressing. It will offer you no real world tools to improve your condition.

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  • Stephen Butler
  • 02-21-19

Changed my life

This book is so helpful for ADHD help. The expertise contained has really helped me as a newly diagnosed ADHD adult. The 8 rules are brilliant.

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  • FaeLLe
  • 09-15-19

Lot of knowledge but half the book is not useful

So it is from a renowned author and he says the rigyt things but almost half the book is stuff you can get from the internet from health agency websites of UK and USA.

Some useful content but the physical version would give more value as you need to be able to cross reference information to use it properly.

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  • Mr. Mark Jackson
  • 11-07-18

Excellent

I have ordered paperback. To enable a better understanding and to help me overcome my adult adhd

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-18-19

sales pitch for medication

struggled to listen to this. full of lists of 'defects', not a very positive book. would be helpful if you had never known you had adhd and had no coping mechanisms in place. may help to identify adhd but not done in the most helpful way for me. had to skip through many chapters that were lists of drugs or lists of places to get help. seemed like space fillers.

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