Compelling stories that present a new view of ADHD
Smart but Stuck offers 15 true and compelling stories about intelligent, capable teens and adults who have gotten "stuck" at school, work, and/or in social relationships because of their ADHD. Dr. Brown highlights the often unrecognized role that emotions play in this complex disorder. He explains why even very bright people with ADHD get stuck because they can focus well on some tasks that interest them, but often can't focus adequately on other important tasks and relationships.
Drawing on the latest research findings, the book describes strategies and treatments for getting "unstuck" to move on to a more rewarding and productive life.
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"Best Book on ADHD"
I take in a lot of books on ADHD and this is the first I've found to take seriously the emotional impact of the disorder. It also skips the pandering that other books often have about gifts in disguise and hidden talents while still maintaining a positive message about what it's like to live with ADHD.
"Is this a good book?"
This book is a collection of case studies covering people with ADHD.
While the stories themselves are somewhat interesting – but not particularly touching or engaging due to the clinical way they're presented – there are zero actionable advice in this book. Zero specific recommendations for treatment.
Yes, the author does describe at the end of each case what helped the person. BUT, all of those sections sound alike! He'll say something along these lines:
"I started Johnny on medication. He benefitted from the added focus the medication gave him. I also had weekly talk therapy sessions with Johnny. After a while, Johnny improved."
"I started Anne on medication. She benefitted from the added focus the medication gave her. I also had weekly talk therapy sessions with Anne. After a while, Anne improved."
And so on.
No specific details about *which* medications worked, and which didn't etc. In that sense, Daniel Amen's recently revised Healing ADD is a much better, more useful book.
And don't be misled by the title of this book. "Smart" gave me the impression it was about those with ADHD who are gifted with great intelligence, matching and even superseding non-ADHD people. Due to the high level of intelligence, their surroundings never saw, understood, or believed ADHD to be present in these people. Hence a life full of challenges. Add to that the fact that intelligent people (broadly speaking) tend to "think more" and therefore trouble and burden themselves with way too much stuff, every day, in every possible way... Then you'll have the kind of ADHD person I thought this book was about.
Rather, it's about regular teens, who are "smart" in the sense that they're not dumb, but need some treatment and care, to live a normal life.
... Which is also fine. Just not what I thought the book was about.
"As an adult who suffers from ADHD,"
I feel bad saying this, but it was an almost complete waste of time. Stories stories and more stories about this doctors patients. Perhaps some will lock on to a particular story in this book that titillates them and bestows insight, but not me. Furthermore, the abundance of clinical parlance made me zone right out. Which seems to allude to the fact that this book is meant to be read by folks who have loved ones w ADHD. Not people suffering from it. At the end there's a weak attempt to provide coping strategies, but it's so lame, it almost seems like an afterthought.
This book has so much information and explains so many areas about emotions and their relationship to ADHD that I recommend it. It is chock full of explanations of why ADHD sufferers do things. Everyone should read it.
"An enlightened & postive ADHD book. Finally!"
Loved it! Listening to this audio brought tears of joy with the new knowledge that ADHD is manageable. What gift this book is for anyone thinking they are broken and can't be fixed.
"Excellent!! Fast-paced, on point."
Thought this book was very well written. Author is a psycho-therapist and very well educated on the emotional restrictions placed upon someone with ADHD.
His clients had somewhat severe and complicated issues, but that was helpful is giving listeners the chance to see themselves or a loved one in these studies.
"Was hard to follow to many medical terms."
This book felt like it was written for an intern instead of for someone that has adhd. Felt that there was parts that did describe some of my behavior. But gave no clues or ideals on how to help the reason I am sure most people read the book. And gave no ideals how to try to rebuild relationship that were damaged. Which I strive to due because last time I tried to it didn't turn out so well. So I will continue to seek help and knowledge .
"Helpful in a practical way"
The examples of different people were helpful to see the issues of ADHD in a real way. The book gives hope to those with this disorder and their families. I highly recommend this book for those affected by ADHD.
"Many helpful take aways!"
This material is dry at best, so performance rating of 4 stars is solid. It's not a roadmap for every individual but anyone struggling w ADHD can likely find many excellent insights that pertain to them. Additionally, parents and loved ones of the ADHD person can gain a much better understanding of what is and is not helpful. I'm thankful to have found this book
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