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Journeys Through Addulthood: Discover a New Sense of Identity and Meaning with Attention Deficit Disorder Hardcover – Oct 2002

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  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802713769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802713766
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,502,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By happy on 26 April 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
cover everything you need to understand add, great read for those who have add or live with someone with the condition.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Jan 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is must have for ADDults. This book gives more than just the sympton of AD/HD. It give ADDults a better undetstainding of what they are and will be going through. I think this is probably the best written book about ADDults
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
I Only Wish I'd Bought It Sooner 10 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I haven't finished reading it, but already I can't say enough about how much this book has helped me. If you are an adult struggling with ADD/ADHD this book is a must have, because it's one of the few that deals with the post-diagnosis dilemma. And adult who's diagnosed with ADD experiences many things at once; relief because there is now a name for what have likely been life-long problems, anxiety because a diagnosis naturally brings with it a change in self-image and a potential identity crisis, frustration because there is "treatment" but no "cure for ADD, etc., etc. While any number of books do a wonderful job of explaining what ADD is, or offering strategies to cope with the symptoms of ADD, few if any deal effectively with the inner-life and struggle of the adult who is learning to cope with the symptoms of ADD while simultaneously trying to craft a new identity post-diagnosis, and put the past and the present into context. Basically, few other books give advice on how to effectively get on with life after diagnosis.
At first Solden's words may be hard to take. She matter-of-factly states that there is no "cure" for ADD, that it probably can't' be "fixed" and that the symptoms will probably continue to cause problems for the adult with ADD. To her credit, she puts this as gently as possible, and offers the promise that what she has to say will help the reader stop trying to "fix" himself or herself, and gain a balanced perspective of self that will help him or her to move forward and live his or her best life while continuing to live with and struggle with ADD.
Solden's central, and perhaps most powerful, message is simple: diagnosis is not identity. People with ADD, unfortunately, live in a world that reminds them of their difficulties and shortcomings on almost a daily basis. Solden sees how this distorts the self-concept of the adult with ADD and offers tools and methods to begin shifting that self concept from focusing on difficulties to a more balanced focus that looks realistically at individual difficulties and strengths.
I could say more, but I'll sum my opinion of this book by saying that were it in my power to do so, I would give a copy of this book to every single adult with ADD. In fact, it would be handed out with the diagnosis and first prescription.
38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
solden does it again 30 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Sari Solden wrote what I think is the best add book for adult women with her first book, especially those newly diagnosed and this book is just as good. Here, she is addressing primarily those of us (men and women) who have lived for a couple of years or more with a diagnosis of addult add (most likely not diagnosed as a child). She clearly explains, using examples, the how different people deal with the diagnosis over the years, what the stumbling blocks are in terms of career choice and home life, and how to overcome them. She speaks about how many of us may accept we have add, and dutifully take our meds, but still have problems because we don't think about the life changes we may need to make to best utilize our unique skills and the help we may need to be succesful. She talks about how to identify problem areas and think up solutions. Excellent book for the add adult--though not the best "intro" book.
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Hits the Mark! A Must-Have for the AD/HD Bookshelf. 29 Jan 2005
By Terry Matlen, Acsw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ms. Solden has opened the door to new territories in this book. Unlike other books on AD/HD that seem to repeat much of the same information over and over again, Journeys into ADDulthood gently leads the reader into the next stage of one's ADD self-discovery and growth. It is a refreshing look at "what happens next"- after one is diagnosed and treated.

The author breaks up the book into three main sections, or journeys: The Crisis of Understanding, The Crisis of Identity, and the Crisis of Success. She gently walks the reader through each stage, offering insights and gems of wisdom. Each chapter ends with an "Exploration"- a short self-help exercise to help you think more about how you can use the material in a personal way for self-growth.

Both practical, sensitive and emotionally packed with wisdom from this pioneer in the field of AD/HD, I highly recommend this not only to those touched by AD/HD, but to those who work with them.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Very helpful 15 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The author recounts the experiences of the adult with ADHD extremely well. It's reassuring to know that others have the same issues and challenges, the same doubts, fears and frustrations that I have been experiencing. It's encouraging to see how many adults with the disorder become happy, succesful, relatively well adjusted human beings--the author being a good example of this.
After receiving my official diagnosis almost 2 years ago, I read Sari Solden's first book. It was surprising how well she described my life! It gave me some comfort to know I was not alone in this experience. When I discovered her new book, I was able to recapture that sense of relief and comfort in knowing that there were "others" in the same boat.
I am in the process of completing a graduate degree in Psychology (emphasis in neuropsychology), so I was not terribly concerned about technical jargon, etc. Fortunately, this book does NOT read like a text book (a nice break). It is very easy to understand and a pleasure to read. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone interested in adults/women with ADHD.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Great Book For Dealing With The Emotional Pain of ADHD 22 Jan 2005
By tomh777 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a male not diagnosed with ADHD until my early 40's, I've found this book extremely helpful. Most books dealing with ADD/ADHD describe the symptoms and treatments but this is the first book that I've read that helps me face and deal with my extreme sense of loss and grief over growing up with ADHD without knowing what on earth was wrong with me! The author also provides exercises that help gain an new sense of self and acceptance. Additionally there is a section on dealing with practical issues such as organizational skills, getting along with others, etc. I highly recommend this book.
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