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A great book for Combined-type adult ADHDers
on 19 March 2013
Dr Barkley is without doubt one of the worlds great authorities on ADHD and most of this book is backed up by scientific research rather than just anecdotes. He gives excellent guidance and basic strategies for coping with the condition and I found the book easy to read and often inspirational.
However, 2 things :
First, it is very much centred around hyperactivity/impulsivity and if you have only inattention there are large parts that are pretty much irrelevant. Dr Barkley's non-identical twin brother had seriously hyperactive aADHD and I think this informs a lot of his involvement with this subject. Early on in the book he states that the book does NOT cater for inattentive types but this should be stated on the cover so people don't waste time and money. He also mentions that recent research seems to indicate Inattentive Variant Adult ADHD might be a totally separate condtion called SCT but then fails to offer any pointers as to where you could go for further help.
Second, he does disclose the fact that he is sponsored by several drug companies but I can't help feeling that this must compromise his integrity a little. He is VERY enthusiastic about drug therapies but even though I personally know many people whose lives are transformed by them, his writing is undermined because of this financial vector.