ISBN# 9781886941748
More Attention, Less Deficit

Publication Date: 2009
Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA
 

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About the Author

Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA, is a psychologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in children and adults and is the Vice President of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association. He is the author of Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD: A Practical, Easy-to-Use Guide for Clinicians. He practices in West Chester, PA.

Summary

This is the only book on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) written in a structure that caters to the tendency for adults with ADHD to jump around. This essential guidebook begins by describing how the ADHD brain processes information and how that leads to typical challenges that people with ADHD experience, as well as why certain strategies are effective and others aren’t. This lays the foundation for everything that follows, from getting diagnosed to an overview of the research of how ADHD affects people’s lives.

A thorough explanation of standard treatment options-including medication, therapy, and coaching-as well as alternative treatments, helps guide adults with ADHD to get the most from their healthcare providers. From there, the book provides an extensive collection of practical strategies to overcome common struggles in the areas of self-esteem, work, relationships, friendships, parenting, and everyday life. It covers everything from time management to getting organized.

Brief, ADHD-friendly articles can stand alone or be read in sequence, making it the perfect book for the busy adult with ADHD who wants rock-solid information that is easily digestible.

CHAPTERS
INTRODUCTION: A Million Things to Make Your Life Better

SECTION I: UNDERSTANDING ADHD IN ADULTS
Executive Functions: It All Flows From Here
Diagnosing ADHD: Accurate Diagnosis Guides Effective Treatment
The ADHD Brain: Wired a Little Differently
ADHD Affects Everything: No Wonder My Life Was So Hard

SECTION II: START WITH EFFECTIVE TREATMENT
Medication: Improve Your Batting Average
Non-Medical Treatment Providers: Pills Don't Teach Skills
Non-Traditional Treatments: Miracles or Snake Oil?

SECTION III: BUILD THE NECESSARY SKILLS
Self-Esteem and Effectiveness; I Can Do This!
Memory Management: What Was That Again?
Time Management: What Should I Be Doing Now?
Get Organized, Stay Organized: Wrestle the Avalanche
Using Tools and Technology to Stay On Top of Your Life: Gizmos
Achieve Your Goals: Take the Long View

SECTION IV: IMPROVE SPECIFIC AREAS OF YOUR LIFE
Household Management: Stay on Top of the Boring Stuff At Home
Relationships and Friendships: Strive for Balance
College and Beyond: Teach An Old Dog New Tricks
Work: Hopefully More Than Just a Paycheck

EPILOGUE: The Suffering of ADHD

APPENDIX: RESOURCES

REFERENCES

Praise for More Attention, Less Deficit

More Attention, Less Deficit is outstanding. Written in a clear and easy-to-under -stand style, the book brings together a vast amount of information, ideas,suggestions, and research. Dr. Tuckman’s energy and empathy sustain the bookthroughout. All adults with ADHD can benefit from this book, as well as all people who care about them. Superb!

Edward Hallowell, MD, author of various books and founder of The Hallowell Centers in New York and Massachusetts

Dr. Tuckman has provided us with a richly detailed discussion of ADHD in adults and especially how it should be managed, directly written for the adult with ADHD in mind. Wonderfully supportive and informative, this book provides countless recommendations for addressing the myriad symptoms of poor self-control and time management, in attention and disorganization, and impulsive and careless behavior that afflicts nearly every major domain of life activities for adults. The book should prove enormously instructive for both adults with ADHD and for clinicians who specialize in its diagnosis and management.

Russell A. Barkley, PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston) and Research Professor of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse)

More Attention, Less Deficit is a great “life manual” on how to live successfully with any, and all ADHD challenges. It is full of great strategies and helps the reader to understand the underlying issues so the strategies can truly stick. Dr. Tuckman’s book is comprehensive, practical and easy to read—just what the adult with ADHD needs and wants!

Nancy A. Ratey, EdM, MCC, SCAC Strategic Life Coach, Author, The Disorganized Mind

Dr. Tuckman has done a fantastic job at providing a virtual smorgasbord of information for adults with ADHD. By using the menu provided at the beginning of each chapter, the reader can select articles specific to their situation resulting in greater reader interest and satisfaction. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for all adults with ADHD. It’s like getting an individualized consult with Dr. Tuckman!

Patricia O. Quinn, MD Director, The Center for Girls and Women with ADHD, Washington, DC www.addvance.com

More Attention, Less Deficit is the new “Bible” of ADHD. Dr. Tuckman brilliantly maps out strategies and tips while peppering it with facts in a way that makes it interesting and easy for the adult with ADHD to devour in bite-sized pieces. A must-read for all who are touched by ADHD.
Terry Matlen, ACSW Author of Survival Tips for Women with ADHD, Director, www.addconsults.com