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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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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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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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Excellent content, not well suited to audio format

The content of this book is deeply researched, well organized, and immediately useful. Dr. Barkley clearly has immense experience in this area of study, and presents his findings and ideas in a straight-forward, easy to grasp manner. However, this particular work is very poorly suited to audiobook format. There are lists of medications, tables, and self-diagnostic tools which simply do not translate to spoken word at all. Numerous minutes reading off a list of medication types, generic and brand names, and side-effects is dull and unusable. If provided with a companion PDF of these resources, this would be an excellent offer. In its current state, however, I would advise those interested to simply pick up a print copy.

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  • 05-16-18

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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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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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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If you really have ADHD, then get a different book

This book is good if you want to diagnose ADHD, but if you have ADHD and you're looking for support and good advice then pickup, "The ADHD Advantage", or "the ADHD toolkit". This book makes ADHD out as a disease and not a neurological variation.

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Good, basic info.

A really good primer if you are new to the world of ADHD. The text version maybe a better choice, though, because some significant chunks of the audiobook involve reading out tables, which is hard to follow and boring.

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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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  • Ash
  • 10-20-20

OMG. Not a book a good audiobook! Read it!

The information behind this audiobook is really very good. Evidence-based, factual, and clearly presented. I think I probably wouldn't hesitate to recommend the print version of this audiobook. But my word, what a bad audiobook. The reader's tone is flat, monotonous, and uninteresting - not ideal qualities for listeners who may have ADAH. Also the format is better suited to print. Simply reading long lists of symptoms, medications, doses, and references are tedious beyond belief! The fact that this book has simply been read, rather than adapted to an audiobook does the author great disservice, as much valuable information is lost to tedious monotony!

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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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  • Samantha
  • 05-15-20

not great.

This book actually made me feel worse about myself, seemingly endlessly listing my shortcomings and difficulties faced, until I couldn't bear to listen any more and have deleted it. Not good at all, I wasted a credit.

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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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  • 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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  • Heavey
  • 06-06-20

Not helpful

All this book does is tell you to get diagnosed and medicated. Not helpful no

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  • Hamill
  • 08-11-21

Outdated perspective and advice

I never write reviews. Today I felt compelled. The author’s attitude towards ADHD is beyond negative compared with other, more current experts and their publications.

The utterly outdated perspective is in dire need of a thorough update and adoption of more modern practices, methodologies and understanding. Additionally, it is rather out of step with new approaches to neurodivergent capability and benefits, particularly in working environments, and the wider acceptance and appreciation of neurodivergence as a whole.

Quite possibly the most negative, depressing and longwinded ADHD publication that I have read. I do not advise anyone to spend/waste their time or money on it. Much better options out there.

This book provides a neurotypical plan on how to “take charge of adult ADHD”, definitely not an approach built for a neurodivergent, which rather defeats the object…

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  • Conor
  • 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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  • Greg
  • 04-04-21

Lecturing tone, pro norm, pro meds - go in with your eyes open

I’m new to my ADHD journey and I expected good things after reading the reviews. Very disappointed though.

The tone is horribly patronising, judgmental and professorial. Makes my skin creep tbh, also makes it very hard to get to the good intel.

It’s incredibly pro meds - spends several chapters convincing you about meds as an option, then mapping out the science of various options. Boring as hell, plus, this should be handled in a clinical setting with one on one input. I’m not anti meds, I am very open minded. I expected this book to have a much more nuanced approach, rather than wagging a finger at the reader for even considering not using meds, which is very much the vibe.

It takes 16 of its 31 chapters to actually get to the strategies, which are actually useful, but by then he’d lost me.

Most importantly, this is my biggest issue - there is a nasty underlying message that you should harness your impulsivity, so as not to offend polite society. This feels out of date and offensive. Society needs to deal with neuroatypical personalities better. Sure, there are strategies that can you help get along more easily day to day, but I hate the message that aspects of ADHD ‘offend’ society and the way this is delivered here makes it feel like it’s our problem and ours alone.

Maybe you’re OK with all those things. If so, hope this book helps, but go in with your eyes open and know you’re not alone if it doesn’t resonate.

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  • Tj
  • 06-16-20

Boring and not useful!

Boring and so repetitive in every chapter. Focused more on what’s wrong and what people experience with ADHD. Not focusing on how to control and master ADHD

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-17-21

only one section worth reading if you have adhd

don't buy this. the vocational stuff is complete bullshit. stuff re:executive functions us only cirtue

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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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  • Michael Jones
  • 07-10-21

Take Your Time, Listen and Learn

I am 68 years old. I was diagnosed with ADHD - predominately ADD when I was 53. I owe this breakthrough to our son who was diagnosed at age 15. And he has been treated really successfully. Less so, me, but things are definitely a lot better than they were 15 years ago.

When I was his age, ADHD and its associated mental conditions had not been described- and of course had no treatment.

I suspect my father suffered with ADHD too - and shared his suffering with my mother and myself. Alcoholism, excessive smoking and simmering violence, frequent job losses and the poverty that goes with these things, etc

So the stories recounted in this book are deeply resonant for me. And with 15 years experience with medication and cognitive therapy, I can say that this book covers the field very comprehensively and provides many many avenues for thought.

I cannot recommend the book highly enough.

As a fellow traveller, the author adds the authority of academic research to his own personal experience. The sad loss of his twin brother to misadventure from impulsivity is poignant and heartbreaking but it strongly reminds us that all kinds of dangerous antisocial behaviour demand we ask the question “How did it come to this ?”

The sooner we ask, the better.

This book is a ruly great contribution to the discourse.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-21

Narrator not great

They chose a terrible narrator for a book for people with adhd. He makes the book very hard to listen to :-(

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  • Tessa
  • 10-20-21

Informative read

Good base information if you think you have ADHD or have just been diagnosed. Gives a few checklists which help define characteristics and a long breakdown of medications available. As mentioned by others, although the narrator is appropriate for the book they are not the easiest to listen to. To get around this I listened in 1.5x speed and it worked pretty well.

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  • Lachlan
  • 05-17-21

Great introduction to ADHD

Provides a great overview of ADHD for the newly diagnosed. Essential reading for coping with ADHD

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  • fernanda franciele da silva
  • 03-01-21

Great Book!!

Great book in particular to who got diagnosed.
I got a lot of good information.