Your Life Can Be Better. No. No. I’m not making any promises. I’m telling you about the best ADD/ADHD book I’ve ever read.
I stumbled across this book last year when I was searching for ADD/ADHD books on Amazon. I loved the title and the price ($1.99) and immediately downloaded it for my Kindle. Usually the inexpensive books written by people I’ve never heard of turn out to be a disappointment. They all sound the same and just rehash the same old stuff. But not this one! This is truly the best book on ADD/ADHD I’ve ever read.
Most of the books about ADD/ADHD spend a lot of time on the history of ADD and theories about why we have it. I normally like to know the reason why, but in the case of ADD, it doesn’t help me so I don’t care. The books also spend a lot of time explaining the different medications. I know that’s valuable information for people who take medicine or who are getting ready to take medicine but I don’t take medicine so I always skip those sections, too.
What I’m looking for when I pick up a new book about ADD/ADHD is practical strategies on how to cope with my ADHD. I want to read about what other people do and how they solve the problems ADD causes for them. I want to know how I can make my life better!
Doug’s book does just that. There are 12 sections which include:
I The Basics: Problems and Strategies
II Simplify, organize, take charge of your life
V Unpleasant states of mind (like overloaded, overwhelmed, rushed, pressured, stressed)
VI My friend, Richard
VII Personality Issues
VIII Special topics
IX More of the typical problems (disorganization, procrastination, short attention span, getting stuck, brain freeze)
X Interview with my friend, Tom
XI People with ADD
XII Doing Better (four s’s – structure & scheduling, sleep and some physical activity).
Douglas Puryear, M.D., is a recently retired psychiatrist who was diagnosed late in life with ADD. He wrote this book because he knows that life with ADD is HARD and he wanted to share with others some of the ways he’s learned to cope with the problems resulting from his ADD. He says: “Unlike most books on ADD, the focus of this book is on strategies: strategies that will make your life easier.” He goes on to say: “When we have ADD, we’re trying to live daily life with at least one hand tied behind our back. Our life will be harder than it has to be. We can use strategies and tools to make our life better. . . even small changes can make a big difference.”
And that’s exactly what this book does. It’s practical, easy to read and will make your life better!
What are you waiting for? Go to amazon and download a copy ASAP. If you don’t have ADD/ADHD, you’ll still benefit from the strategies in this book and it might also help you understand the people in your life who do have ADD.
Doug also came out with a second book called Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD, 365 Tips O The Day. Also $1.99 on Amazon and worth every penny.
And if that’s not enough for you, Doug has a blog called addadultstrategies.wordpress.com. I’ll warn you right now that if you’re looking for something high tech and slick, his blog isn’t it. Doug is the first to admit that he’s computer challenged, and as a result, his blog posts are sometimes pretty interesting looking. But he has great things to say and responds personally to comments. If you happen to check out his blog and see him mention “homey”, that’s me!
NOTE: I did not receive compensation of any kind for this review. I did this review because I believe that everyone who has ADD/ADHD would benefit from reading this book.
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