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The ADHD Advantage: What You Thought Was a Diagnosis May Be Your Greatest Strength Hardcover – July 28, 2015
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For decades physicians delivered the diagnosis of ADHD to patients as bad news and warned them about a lifelong struggle of managing symptoms. But The ADHD Advantage explodes this outlook, showing that some of the most highly successful entrepreneurs, leaders, and entertainers have reached the pinnacle of success not in spite of their ADHD but because of it.
Although the ADHD stereotype is someone who can’t sit still, in reality people with ADHD are endlessly curious, often adventurous, willing to take smart risks, and unusually resilient. They are creative, visionary, and entrepreneurial. Sharing the stories of highly successful people with ADHD, Dr. Archer offers a vitally important and inspiring new way to recognize ADHD traits in oneself or in one’s loved ones, and then leverage them to great advantage—without drugs.
As someone who not only has ADHD himself but also has never used medication to treat it, Dr. Archer understands the condition from a unique standpoint. Armed with new science and research, he hopes to generate public interest and even debate with his positive message as he guides the millions of people with ADHD worldwide toward a whole new appreciation of their many strengths and full innate potential.
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—Marilyn Wedge, PhD, author of A Disease Called Childhood
“This book changes the conversation about ADHD by focusing on strengths rather than deficits. With a healthy mix of research findings, real-life stories and observations, Dale Archer convincingly shows that in the right context, ADHD symptoms can be leveraged and provide advantages. I feel particularly satisfied that he acknowledges the linkages between ADHD and entrepreneurship. The book provides me and other academics with ideas and inspiration to delve deeper into the topic.”
—Johan Wiklund, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University
"By trying to suppress and medicate ADHD out of existence, we risk suppressing the gifts that are part of the package. Dale offers an array of useful and insightful alternatives for leveraging these strengths without the aid of a pill. Overmedicating...could dim the light that could be the next great business leader, explorer or innovator."
—From the Foreword by Allen Frances, MD, Chair of the DSM-IV Task Force, author of Saving Normal
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- Publisher : Avery (July 28, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1594633517
- ISBN-13 : 978-1594633515
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.29 x 1.22 x 9.29 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #770,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Contrary to the surprising negative reviews, the book is not anti-medication. Dr. Archer states that meds can be considered as a last resort, just not a knee jerk reaction first resort. However that is really not what this book is about. I found that more than anything it provided hope. Hope that just because you or your child has ADHD you are not sentenced to a life of misery. In the final analysis this book needs to be read just to understand that ADHD (like many things) is not black and white. So read it with an open mind, you can decide for yourself whether you believe in the strengths, but you at least need to understand this point of view.
If you have ADHD, are a parent of an ADHD child or just want a completely different and refreshing take on the condition I highly recommend this book.