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on 31 March 2013
RECOMMENDED FOR EVERYONE, PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM ADHD, ACADEMICS, DOCTORS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, PARENTS WITH CHILDREN WITH ADHD, ROMANTIC PARTNERS WHO WANT TO HELP THERE PARTNER ON HIS PROBLEM, TEACHERS, TEACHERS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. It's probably the most useful book ever read. Ari tuckman describes ADHD through every aspect using a scientific explanation to understand the roots, causes, symptoms, feelings and functions of an ADHD person. It gives a throughly explainable and realible diagnosis for ADHD, giving also the innovative part of diagnostic criteria for adults.It provides various scientifically proven medical 100% succesful treatments for ADHD while explaining potential options to peak the treatment that fits you most. It also offers some alternative functional treatments for people who cannot use common ADHD medication. It explains in a fashionable and really understandable way the functionality of the brain of a person suffering from ADHD while it emphasizing to the explanation of the problem. It continues with various different examples of an ADHD person through his daily life and explains the difficulties he faces in every single situation giving substantial tangible examples. It explains non-medical treatments that an ADHD person should follow in order to organize and manage his life in a more effective way. It suggests tips that can help develop skills which will help an ADHD person to follow its commitments without being disorganized. This is done by tips which can help memorize things to do, organize meetings and helping starting and finishing boring jobs. It generally provides many tips that teach skills whereas pills do not. Moreover, it emphasizing on the ineffectiveness of non-traditional treatments which an ADHD person should avoid. Also, Ari Tuckman mentions various ways of practicing thinking in order to build an ADHD person self-esteem and therefore believe to himself that can do more than he can imagine, this is the most inspirational part of the book. Following, the writer gives several solutions for an ADHD person to organize and manage his memory. The same thing happen within the chapter of organizing time but with a more detailed way. It continues by giving various effective solutions how an ADHD person can stay consistently organized. Some of these solutions include using technology gadgets like watch reminders or more simple things like keeping a calendar and notes.It also explains how to complete a work that requires continuous uninterrupted mental effort, a REALLY GREAT STRUGGLE for ADHD persons. Moreover, it says how to organize your life at home, meaning, for example, how to do the boring housework and stay organized on paying your bills, check your e-mails and do the necessary shopping by keeping a list. After all, it elaborates with the struggling life part of a person suffering from ADHD, relationships and friendships. This part, in my opinion, has a direct impact on the feelings and the general psychology that the ADHD person develops which is interconnected with the rest of his (maybe insurmountable) problems. About academic performance, the book describes ways how to be more effective regarding the studythat the ADHD person must do and especially how to be more EFFICIENT. Many strategies are mention in the book concerning this issue. The same thing happens about job giving more emphasis if the job fits your interest or not, or how to find the job that interest you most or if you must find a new job. Finally it gives a list of various official, reliable and helpful websites whereas you can find anything regarding ADHD,like therapy groups, learning centers, publications etc.
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on 5 September 2015
The best book on adult ADHD by far. Would strongly recommend Ari Tuckman's podcasts too. If, like me, you were diagnosed late in life after many years feeling stupid and blaming yourself for your symptoms, reading this book will make you much kinder and more forgiving towards yourself. It's also refreshingly free of cloying, sugar-coated goo and rambling anecdotes that swell the pages of so many self-help books from the US. Highly recommended.
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on 14 September 2016
bored as soon as i opened it - was full of optimism but it is hard to get in to - not ADHD friendly in my opinion. sent it back
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on 28 December 2010
I absolutely love the way this book is written with ADHD readers in mind - sounds so obvious, but a great many books are not! I have ADHD myself, and struggle to maintain both attention and interest when faced with unbroken pages full of densely worded text - but this book isn't like that. Most paragraphs are relatively short - but even better, not only is the book divided up into sections and chapters, it is also then subdivided into Articles (189 of them!) on various subjects - thus giving bite-size chunks of information, and the ability to easily dip in and out of the book as you wish!

I bought the Kindle version - which I highly recommend, and as it gives me even smaller and easily readable blocks of text - but the original print version looks excellent too, and I am sorely tempted to buy a copy to leave lying around, in the hope that my family will read it and gain a little more insight into why I behave as I do! (The first chapter, on Executive Functions would be fantastic for this!)
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on 28 May 2010
I have read a whole heap of books on ADHD since being diagnosed and none of them have ever given me what I wanted. They tend to focus on case studies of suffers, lack information for adults with ADHD, have too much information on what to do if you think you might have ADHD, be outdated, focus on pseudo-science/'natural remedies', contain loads of fluffy talk such as 'ADHD is really a gift' and they quite often lack any real helpful information on what you can do to begin to address the issues that you're faced with as an adult with ADHD. More Attention, Less Deficit is very different.

Dr Tuckman's book is split up into 4 sections: 'Understanding ADHD in adults', 'Start with effective treatment', 'Build the necessary skills' and 'Improve specific areas of your life'. The book is wonderfully accessible and it's designed to be read however you like - you can read it right through or just dip into it when you want to read about a particular topic. Personally I read it right through, but I still find myself dipping into it all the time as I try to put new skills into action or try and remind myself where I went wrong.

If you want a concise, up to date, accessible and authoritative book explaining what adult ADHD is, how to live with it and that is packed with scientifically sound information (rather than dodgy new age weirdness)then look no further. If you're like me and struggle with reading anyway don't waste any time or money on any other book. Once you have read and adsorbed this one any further information you could possibly want is on the web anyway.
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on 11 September 2010
the strategies are simple yet very effective. The book is also written in a very ADHD friendly manner, like so(this is just an example and only shows around a quarter of the table of contents, have only posted to give a better idea of the books structure)

1. Executive Functions: It All Flows from Here

2. Diagnosing ADHD: Accurate Diagnosis Guides Effective Treatment

3. The ADHD Brain: Wired a Little Differently

4. ADHD Affects Everything: No Wonder My Life Was So Hard!


5. Medication: Improve Your Batting Average

6. Nonmedical Treatment Providers: Pills Don't Teach Skills

7. Nontraditional Treatments: Miracles or Snake Oil?

Section IIi: build THE NECESSARY skills

8. Self-Esteem and Effectiveness: I Can Do This!

9. Memory Management: What Was that Again?

10. Time Management: What Should I Be Doing Now?

11. Get Organized, Stay Organized: Wrestle the Avalanche

12. Using Tools and Technology to Stay on Top of Your Life: Gizmos

13. Achieve Your Goals: Take the Long View

Section Iv: improvE specific areas of your life

14. Household Management: Stay on Top of the Boring Stuff at Home

15. Relationships and Friendships: Strive for Balance

16. College and Beyond: Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

17. Work: Hopefully More than Just a Paycheck
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on 3 March 2012
To be fair this is a really well written book. Its clear and the writer has a very good knowledge of what adult ADHD is all about, except for one large thing.

It does not make any sense though, he sits in the Barkley camp. I dock him one star for this. He is clearly a disciple of Russell Barkley, he says it openly. And thus he tries to incorporate some of Barkleys outrageous views into the book.

So Mr. Tuckman, disagrees with Barkley with hyperfocussing. Don't think there is another ADHD expert who agrees with Barkley on that. Barkley sneeringly states "They say that hyperfocussing occurs in ADHD, that is purely the domain of Aspergers, this is untrue, there is lack of inhibitory control. He then states that ADHD can only hyperfocus on something inane like video games".

Mr. Tuckman gets round this issue, in an unusual way. He states rather patronisingly, how people with ADHD sometimes try to be perfectionist in one area of their life, so that they feel that they are good at something, but this gets in the way of all the others. O.K. that may be true, but its still hyperfocussing.

I kind of admire Mr. Tuckmans honesty in a way. So he agrees with Barkley that there is absolutely no benefits from having adult ADHD, but then states that he wishes those who do express the opinion that there are good things about having adult ADHD would shut up as they run the risk of ADHD not be classified as a disability anynore and the research grants would be stopped and disability benefits that people with adult ADHD enjoy will be stopped. I might have missed the pooint here, but there are obviously benefits from having aspbergers or bipolar, so do they get stopped being called disabilities. He then states as Russell Barkley does that all the large research studies looking at benefits of adult ADHD have shown nothing. Well its obvious the reasons for that, is that the large-scale research wont pick up the hyperfocussing as those with ADHD, will choose to hyperfocus on completely different things, playing a musical instrument, internet, even being a homemaker. Ari Tuckman states that some people say ADHD makes you better at certain careers than others, like being an entrepreneur. However, he feels that you are just lass bad at these jobs than others. So. there is one of these high-flying entrepreneurs with ADHD sitting around at home and they are thinking to themselves, OK i am rubbish at everything, what am i going to do with my life, shall i be a refuse collector or a road sweeper, no, i've got it i will be an entrepreneur.

O.K. if Ari Tuckman has got ADHD, i take it all back. But why is it every ADHD book written by a psychiatrist or psychologist with ADHD (and there are heaps) gives a positive slant on it, and it is only the ones written by people without ADHD like Russell Barkley (who seems to be severely obsessional)slag it off. But please dont say something like, we don't need a book written by someone with learning difficulties or schizophrenia to understand the condition. How many entertainers and multi-millionaire entrepreneurs (i have 2 in my clinic) are there with learning disabilities and schizophrenia.

If Ari Tuckman wants to stay in the Barklay camp, he should go the whole hog, and state that anyone is succesful in their career and has a good education, automatically cannot be diagnosed as having ADHD as they are doing better than average in 2 of the 3 domains of functioning. So the lawyer who is addicted to shoplifting and runs the risk of being struck off if he gets caught will be denied treatment, the businessman who spends all his money on prostitutes will be denied treatment, the professor who cant invite anyone to his house, because it is so unhygienic it is classified as a health hazard would be denied treatment. That to me is more outrageous than ADHD being classified as a disability.
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