Do you rule the realm of disorganization, clutter, and chaos? Are you constantly battling to get things done? Are you ready to give up and toss your day planner into the dungeon (otherwise known as your closet)? If so, you might just be The Queen of Distraction. And whether or not you've been formally diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you probably already know that something's got to give.
The Queen of Distraction presents practical skills to help women with ADHD achieve focus and balance in all areas of life, whether it's at home, at work, or in relationships. Psychotherapist Terry Matlen delves into the feminine side of ADHD, discussing the elements of this condition that are particular to women, such as relationships, skin sensitivities, meal planning, parenting, and dealing with out-of-control hormones. In addition this audiobook offers helpful tips and strategies to get your symptoms under control and outlines a number of effective treatment options for you to pursue.
©2014 Terry Matlen (P)2015 Tantor
"[T]his work is helpful for regaining focus and control over the events of everyday." (Library Journal)
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I was frustrated that so much of the advice involved hiring help or spending money. I had hoped for more information on how to change thinking patterns and habits.
"It is almost like reading a bibliography of myself"
It is almost like reading a bibliography of myself. I like that this book relates to women with ADHD. All subtypes are discussed. I wish there was more on the Primarily Inattentive subtype since I thought females generally have that type.
The book offers strategies for organizing your life but sometimes I think that the author forgets that we are ADHD because some of the suggestions require too much organizational thought. I think that if you have a spouse or a non-ADHD person to help you use these suggestions, it would makes sense. I can just see myself getting stuck trying to sort my "to do today" paperwork vs what can "wait until later" pile. I can sort tasks better than paperwork. I think that a lot of us find paperwork much harder to sort out. Some of is that have an OCD personality along with ADHD/executive function issues may find it even more difficult.
I find the narrator easy to listen to even at a faster playback rate. There were a couple areas that skipped like a broken record briefly but it may have been on my device rather than an Audible glitch recording.
the words made so much sense. I loved this book. I actually finished it! for a professional organizer with a adhd this book will not only help me but it will continue its usefulness with my clients! all of us here at TCBC want to say thank you.
Separate book or chapters into basic vs advanced information
I skipped the first chapter because I can't stand another book showing they understand my unique plight. Feels condescending now.Doesn't help to hear structural suggesting when you don't have options to buy or set up all of that special organizational stuff. Need to keep suggestions simple, cheap and generic?
"Fell even worse about having ADD"
Brutal, descriptions of what it's like to live with ADHD overshadowed the helpful passages for me.
Really liked the book. Great in helping the woman with ADD/HD feel understood, for once. Had very easy to understand tips to help in problem areas.
"The most validating information I've recieved!"
I have never understood myself so much! Now I can help my kids with THEIR ADHD STRUGGLES
Gives one a better understanding of ADHD in a positive, encouraging, manageable way. Great book!
I squirmed through almost 6 chapters before caving in to save my sanity. Imagine a sketch on SNL where a woman is playing a public service announcer or narrating a museum audio tour. Cloying, saccharine, affected narration. I am an adhd mom with adhd kids, and I'd rather live in chaos than listen to this.
"very helpful book, with a very soothing narrator"
This book really helped me to understand how my ADHD brain works and to stop shaming myself for having it. In addition to all of this it also gave me tips and tricks that actually did help me manage my disability and get on track to a more productive and stress free lifestyle!
"What a revelation!"
A real eye-opener for women with ADHD and their loved ones. Lots of great, achievable strategies for coping in real-life situations. Some aspects were very USA-centric, but the broader ideas and advice still apply in the UK and elsewhere.
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