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Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

Second Edition
Proven Strategies to Succeed at Work, at Home, and in Relationships

Russell A. Barkley
With Christine M. Benton

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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.

“Barkley knows what works.”

ADDitude (on the first edition)


“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 (on the first edition)


“Powerful and essential! Your health, happiness, and future have long been a paramount concern to Dr. Barkley. Here he shares step-by-step guidance to get you where you want to be. Dr. Barkley's clear, compassionate voice makes you feel like you're in a private conversation with him. This updated second edition is worth its weight in gold.”

—Gina Pera, author of Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?


“The first edition of this book was excellent; the second edition is even better! Dr. Barkley is a foremost researcher who helps you understand and cope with impairments while also developing your strengths. He provides not only practical guidance about treatment, but also strategies to avoid difficulties in education, work, relationships, money management, and health. Dr. Barkley shares his genuine empathy and personal insights into the challenges ADHD poses. This book is a valuable resource for adults with ADHD and all those who love and care for them.”

—Thomas E. Brown, PhD, author of Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD


“The second edition of this wonderful book offers an insightful, fact-based description of how to obtain an accurate diagnosis and find appropriate help. Information is presented in a clear manner that will be helpful in guiding you through treatment. This book has earned its place as a mainstay reference.”

—Lenard A. Adler, MD, author of Scattered Minds

Table of Contents

Introduction

Step One. To Get Started, Get Evaluated

1. Is It Possible That You Have ADHD?

2. Can You Handle the Problem on Your Own?

3. Where Can You Go to Get Help?

4. What Do You Need for the Evaluation?

5. What Will the Evaluation Tell You?

Step Two. Change Your Mindset: Know and Own Your ADHD

6. Know Your ADHD

7. Resisting Impulses: The First Step in Self-Control

8. Self-Control: How to Get What You Want

9. Executive Functions: The Abilities That Make Up Self-Control…and More sample

10. The Nature of ADHD and How You Can Master It

11. Own Your ADHD

Step Three. Change Your Brain: Medications for Mastering ADHD

12. Why It Makes Sense to Try Medication

13. The Stimulants

14. The Nonstimulants

15. What to Expect from Treatment

Step Four. Change Your Life: Everyday Rules for Success

16. Rule 1: Stop the Action!

17. Rule 2: See the Past…and Then the Future

18. Rule 3: Say the Past…and Then the Future

19. Rule 4: Externalize Key Information

20. Rule 5: Feel the Future

21. Rule 6: Break It Down…and Make It Matter

22. Rule 7: Make Problems External, Physical, and Manual

23. Rule 8: Have a Sense of Humor!

Step Five. Change Your Situation: Mastering ADHD in Specific Areas of Your Life

24. Education

25. Work

26. Money

27. Relationships

28. Driving, Health, and Lifestyle Risks

29. Other Mental and Emotional Problems

30. Drugs and Crime

Appendix: A Closer Look at ADHD Symptoms

Resources

Index


About the Author

Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Dr. Barkley has worked with children, adolescents, and families since the 1970s and is the author of numerous bestselling books for both professionals and the public, including Taking Charge of ADHD and Your Defiant Child. He has also published six assessment scales and more than 300 scientific articles and book chapters on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, executive functioning, and childhood defiance, and is editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. A frequent conference presenter and speaker who is widely cited in the national media, Dr. Barkley is past president of the Section on Clinical Child Psychology (the former Division 12) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. He is a recipient of awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the APA, among other honors. His website is www.russellbarkley.org.

Christine M. Benton is a Chicago-based writer and editor.

Audience

Adults who have ADHD or are considering an evaluation; also of interest to mental health professionals.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 2010
ISBN: 9781606233382