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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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  • 08-05-2017

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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  • P.Ilesner
  • 21-05-2017

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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  • ClaraA
  • 11-07-2017

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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  • JoAnna
  • 06-01-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-02-2017

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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  • Oleg F.
  • 26-05-2018

Boring. impossible to listen by people with ADHD.

Completely impossible to stay focused while listening this book. If it is intended for people with ADHD, it should be written and read a certain way that contains methods of capturing attention of listeners and readers. I constantly caught myself thinking about completely different topics while listening to this audio book. Maybe others had a better luck but I hadn't.

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  • Esam El-Olemy
  • 12-03-2018

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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  • Chris
  • 07-03-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-2018

a must have for anyone dealing or diagnosed ADHD

I've known I've had an issue my whole life. but was only diagnosed ADHD 10 years ago. had I known all of this from the moment I was diagnosed... my whole life would be different. I highly recommend this book for any and everyone who are themselves dealing with ADHD or has a family member/Loved one dealing with ADHD.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-2018

I recommend

This book to any one who thinks they have adhd or knows someone who does. It was eye opening and help to me and my family.