Adventures In Fast Forward: Life, Love, and Work for the ADD Adult 1st Edition
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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
From the Back Cover
For all adults with ADD, this book is designed to be a practical guide for day-to-day life. No matter where you are in the scenario - curious about ADD, just diagnosed, or experiencing particular problems - this book will give you effective strategies to help anticipate and negotiate the challenges that come with the condition. And, for those who don't have ADD but know someone who does, the insight and guidance will provide clarity and, it is hoped, options for better ways of relating. Adventures in Fast Forward is filled with important tools and tactics for self-care and success, and also includes many personal stories from others that tell how and why these approaches have worked for them. Easy-to-read and packed with information, this book will help to make understanding and living with ADD so much easier.
About the Author
Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D., is Director of Chesapeake Psychological Services, Bethesda, Maryland.
- ASIN : 0876308000
- Publisher : Brunner/Mazel; 1st edition (April 1, 1996)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780876308004
- ISBN-13 : 978-0876308004
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.9 x 0.51 x 9.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2000
I can recommend this book very highly to those already diagnosed with ADD and somewhat familar with the disorder. I would not recommend it to someone who is looking for information about whether or not they might have this disorder and/or are looking for an explanation of what it involves - I think that Dr Ned Hallowell's "Driven to distraction" would be a better introduction. This is more of a nuts and bolts workbook with very practical advice for trying to anticipate the pitfalls of ADD and looking for strategies to avoid falling into them. I can pretty much guarantee you that if you read the book you will find at least one bit of helpful advice that will justify your investment in it. As an example, advice that helped me involved the use of a daily planner - this seems obvious for someone who is extremely disorganized and forgetful; however my level of disorganization and distraction has always prevented me from getting any use out of them. Dr. Nadeau lays out a strategy which involves gradually building up your reliance on it, with the first month dedicated to merely making sure you always take it along with you - nothing else. As to the criticism voiced below that Dr. Nadeau is condecending, I was unable to find any evidence of it although I was looking for it. She seems to put no value judgement on those with the disorder at all; neither " Oh you poor things " nor "Isn't ADD Great!" which I've come across in some works on the subject. After a brief introduction to the disorder and some of the treatment options the chapter topics focus on: Learning life-management skills, Building a strong marriage, Family Life: stresses and Strategies, Improving social skills, ADD in the Workplace,Continuing your education, Women and ADD, Self-Advocacy for adults with ADD: evaluating and creating resources. The book is short and should only take a few hours to read - all unnecessary verbiage seems to have been removed so that almost every line seems to provide usefull information (she knows her audience).
189 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2010
This is a great fundamental book for understanding ADHD and learning new ways of building new habits. Many examples are given from all ages and situations that can be put into practice that will change the difficult stuggles an ADHD Adult deals with.
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Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2004
As an adult with ADD myself, I have read a lot of the books that are out there, especially the ones that are about practical ways of dealing with the situation (I refuse to call it a "condition," like some kind of disease). This one was disappointing. I envy the earlier reviewers who found this book helpful--apparently they saw something in here that I did not. For example, for me, most traditional ways of getting organized, such as using day-runners or electronic schedulers, simply don't work--I leave them behind, and I forget to enter information into them, and then I feel terrible about my disorganization. (I currently have about 5 dusty, outdated dayrunners in a box, adding to the clutter--and the guilt.) Then when I read the section about relationships in this book, I ended up feeling kind of uneasy. There is a bit of an unspoken message that anyone who puts up with ADDers is a virtuous and worthy soul (i.e. a martyr). Years ago I worked in the social services field, running a program for mentally retarded folks with behavior management problems, and somehow the tone of this book is very reminiscent of the tone the social workers used when talking to our clients--a little too simplistic, a little too patient, a little too patronizing. Maybe I just respond much better to books written by people who have ADD themselves than to ones written by social workers or psychologists, or to books that steer clear of value judgments, even unspoken ones. I would recommend "View From The Cliff," "Healing ADD," "Conquering Chronic Disorganization," and even "The Kitchen Sink Papers" as offering much more practical information on dealing with the difficulties ADD can create in life, and that recognize that people with ADD don't like being "managed." We just want concrete ways to adapt our style of doing things to cope with the demands our current society makes.
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