The Disorganized Mind

Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents
Narrated by: Virginia Wolf
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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For the millions of adults diagnosed with ADHD, The Disorganized Mind will provide expert guidance on what they can do to make the most of their lives. The inattention, time mismanagement, procrastination, impulsivity, distractibility, and difficulty with transitions that often go hand-in-hand with ADHD can be overcome with the unique approach that Nancy Ratey brings to turning these behaviors around. The Disorganized Mind addresses the common issues confronted by the ADHD adult:

  • "Where did the time go?"
  • "I'll do it later, I always work better under pressure anyway."
  • "I'll just check my email one more time before the meeting...."
  • "I'll pay the bills tomorrow - that will give me time to find them."

Professional ADHD coach and expert Nancy Ratey helps listeners better understand why their ADHD is getting in their way and what they can do about it.

©2008 Nancy A. Ratey; foreword copyright 2008 by John J. Ratey, MD; afterword copyright 2008 by Sam Goldstein, PhD (P)2017 Tantor

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"Ratey has produced a valuable resource for people addressing the daily challenges caused by the neurobiological condition of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." ( Library Journal)
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Love it, thank you

Thank you for creating this book. I was very young when I was diagnosed and my mom decided not to give me medication and not talk about it. I’ve been embarrassed of having it but didn’t really Now what it was. I’ve been so hard on my self for years and this book didn’t just liberate me but gave me solutions. I wish there was a section of school and College suggestions. That would really help

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Wish I had coaching before job loss

Very relevant ideas, many of which took me sixty years living with ADHD to discern.

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helpful

helps people like me with adult ADHD, and will help all understand more about it.

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how to deal with your ADHD: be rich!

the book doesn't start until like 4 chapters in, and a lot of the help involves things like "hire people to help clean up!". Some of it seems like good advice, but the majority of the time I felt like this was targeted to the wealthy.

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Good Info; Bad Narration

Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolf? I am. I will avoid audiobooks narrated by her in the future. It sounded like she was reading the book for the first time as she was recording her narration. I had to think about how else sentences could be said out loud in order for some portions of the book to make sense.

However, Ratey’s book is filled with great information for ADHDERs

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Good book

I have a serious struggle with ADHD. I have been searching for good books to help me. This is in my top three

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explains adhd/add perfectly

i loved it after the few first chapters due to boring me lol adhd lol HOWEVER after she gets into personal stories and helpful tips/homework lol its wonderful. thank you!!

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Great read for newly diagnosed adult with ADD

Gave excellent insight for me - an adult just diagnosed with ADD. Helped me Identify areas that I should focus on and what strategies I might use to help me in my day-to-day life.

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Awesome wisdom for self coaching!

Loved the simple matter of fact truth that we all relate to each day and solutions for our chaos! Highly recommend for adults with ADHD, their spouses, their bosses, peers and subordinates. The more we can understand ourselves and each other, the better off our world will be! Ready to listen again in a place where I can take some notes...

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Basic and Self Involved

The entire first chapter of this book is just the author telling you why coaching is so needed… Namely her coaching services. She always says what she does for her patients and doesn’t really speak from the perspective of her patients. She says that she has ADHD, but this feels more like just facts she’s telling about her life rather than an experience which is rich and relatable. The advice is super basic and I feel like this book doesn’t actually say that much of substance.

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