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Taking Charge of Adult ADHD, Second Edition

By: Russell A. Barkley PhD,Christine M. Benton
Narrated by: William Sarris
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Summary

If you're among the millions of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you need the latest facts about the disorder and its treatment. You need practical strategies to help develop your strengths and achieve your goals, whether on the job, in family relationships, or in personal pursuits. 

From renowned ADHD researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this is the book for you. Dr. Barkley takes you through the process of seeking professional help, addresses frequently asked questions about medications and other treatments, and offers a wealth of advice and tips—all science-based. 

Featuring the latest resources and medication facts, the revised and updated second edition includes new or expanded discussions of mindfulness, emotional self-control, time management, building a successful career, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and more. 

Finally, an authoritative one-stop resource to help you take back your life from ADHD.

©2022 The Guilford Press (P)2022 Tantor

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very informative (and hurtful...err... helpful)

Beside the massive amount of information about how ADHD manifests in adults, I did like that the author made clear that medication is the most helpful tool.

I learned a lot about myself, or more so, that a lot is based on ADHD, and not me being lazy or stupid.

if you are (as me) somebody who was diagnosed rather late in life, listen to this. Grieve the possibilities we missed, and be amazed that there are still chances for us to succeed :)

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A complete manual!

rely good content, super happy with the learnings I got here. Narration is good, very engaging. only the parts that talks about the data could be a little bit better executed, I don't know how, but it was a bit exhausting

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Mostly good, but...

I'm middle aged and recently received a late diagnosis of ADHD -- something I kinda knew already, but thought I'd slipped through the net as a result of growing up in the 70s. Thankfully, the psychiatrist who picked up on it, told me my results were 'off the scale' and therefore fast-tracked me through the system and straight into treatment.

The book was helpful to the point of explaining the problem -- and there seriously is a problem -- but when it came to the section on working on solutions I found myself getting bored and losing focus -- and kinda giving up as I know my brain won't do any of these suggestions.

However, I wonder whether my response is typical, because I also have dyspraxia and they're currently querying autism, which could potentially make my diagnosis a little more complex than standard ADHD.

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Informative

A very informative, interesting and helpful listen so far!
I have picked up a-lot of new information that I haven’t heard before elsewhere.

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from a person with adhd

if this book is made for people with adhd. then the author put 91% in a coma, 5% in the general population. also a big fan of solving problems with drugs.
this was no help at all

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An invaluable resource

This is invaluable for any adult living with ADHD, diagnosed or undiagnosed. Packed full of facts, advice and guidance. Easy to follow along with as it's broken down into small chunks. Very ADHD friendly. The narrator's reading is clear and his voice fits the tone of the book very well.

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Very insightful

Learning about this brain is brilliant for helping everyone become more aware of ADHD and it’s problems

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  • 30-06-22

A veritable ADHD bible.

Such a useful and thorough read. I just adore Russell Barkley. Thank you, RB!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-22

Finding out you have ADHD as an adult kinda sucks.

It's okay if you have to back the book up every 5 minutes because your brain wants to think about a million other things.

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  • David
  • 30-11-22

Very frustrating to read when already diagnosed

It feels like the first half of the book is just a guide to getting diagnosed with ADHD for those who aren't diagnosed yet. For those who are though it is just relentlessly going over the bad memories of childhood for no good reason.

Yes we can skip these parts of the book but the irony here is that in this book it explains how people with ADHD tend to jump the gun and go through things without reading the directions fully or not fully understanding them. This then leads to the dilemma of what one might miss if they decided to skip a large part of the book. Ultimately I couldn't take it and decided to just completely skip to part 2 or 3 (can't remember which) and read on from there.

Overall it feels like these ADHD books are all the same and just go over the same exact things. The reason I keep reading them though is because every book has at least one single great piece of advice that the others will lack. In this books case it was

1) Put reminders around me of my goals and why I want to do them in the first place. For me this is my Silver YouTube Play Button and it reminds me I need to keep working towards my Gold Play Button

2) The lack of impulse control essentially removes your free will. Makes you not feel so bad for some of your childhood mistakes.

3) Constantly check your to-do list otherwise you won't ever actually use it. I've had one for years now but am just now getting into the habit of checking it multiple times per hour even though I know I haven't added anything new to it. This helps build the habit of checking it and hopefully means I won't forget about it anymore.

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  • Zach Hanks
  • 21-06-22

Required Listening for Adult ADHD

Dr. Russell Barkley is a treasure. If you or a loved one has (or might have) adult ADHD, start here.

The content is current as of Fall 2021, research-based, factual, deeply compassionate, and practical.

Advice for ADHD parents of ADHD children: start with this book before researching ADHD in children. I wish I had. Managing your symptoms is a necessary prerequisite to effectively helping your child manage theirs. Put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. :)

Narrator is good, and communicates the ideas effectively. 4 stars bc of a handful of errors missed by the narrator and QC. It’s a hard job, I know, and despite the errors, the narrator contributed to a lisyening experience that will no doubt have a profound effect on my ADHD life, my patient spouse’s, and my ADHD child’s, for which I am deeply grateful.

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  • jennifer t zerphy
  • 21-09-22

Not Accurate

So disheartening to those of us with adhd who mask. If you are gifted, yes, you can mask and internalize your adhd.

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  • Sidney Johnson
  • 09-12-22

ADHD for Beginners

This book was recommended by my therapist, but I found the first two parts of the audio book elementary and did not provide me any additional insight based on what I already knew about having ADHD. That said, part three was interesting with suggestions on further reading, potential methods of working with ADHD in different areas of your life, etc. I would have liked to see bulk of the audio book to have been practical solutions to areas of struggles over the "accept your ADHD" content. Been there, done that. I will however, take some tips with me from this.

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  • ET
  • 02-11-22

Very Insightful Read!

Fascinating book! It explains very thoroughly the disorder and all of its nuances, as well as illustrating the neurological causes for the various symptoms. Well written with great examples!

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  • Y-Yen La Isaguirre
  • 01-11-22

called out

this was another long book to get through that I can't seem to focus on without doing something else with my hands.

identified with almost all of the criteria for diagnosis and the coping mechanisms offered seem interesting! but also silly. but definitely worth a listen to if you're curious about potentially having the condition and other coping mechanisms

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  • Randall Rugg
  • 21-09-22

Basic review of ADHD

This book is best for individuals new to ADHD and those who need to short their understanding regarding the basic foundation and symptoms related to ADHD.

Definitely to elementary for clinicians unless the provider is uninitiated regarding this disorder.

For those with a solid understanding of ADHD there are still several valuable nuggets of information provided in this book but requires reading through the foundational material to find those nuggets.

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  • Nolan Cromwell
  • 22-06-22

Amazing

I'm sltrying to get a diagnosis as an adult of 33. there is so much useful knowledge in here that I never knew and has helped me in figuring out how to explain my symptoms and know other symptoms I didn't know where even related to adhd. thank you for this book.

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