Smart but Stuck

  • by Thomas E. Brown
  • Narrated by Joe Bronzi
  • 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Compelling stories that present a new view of ADHD
Smart but Stuck offers 15 true and compelling stories about intelligent, capable teens and adults who have gotten "stuck" at school, work, and/or in social relationships because of their ADHD. Dr. Brown highlights the often unrecognized role that emotions play in this complex disorder. He explains why even very bright people with ADHD get stuck because they can focus well on some tasks that interest them, but often can't focus adequately on other important tasks and relationships.


The first book to explain and illustrate the crucial role of emotions in the daily functioning of those living with ADHD
Brown, Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders, is an internationally known authority on ADHD
Drawing on the latest research findings, the book describes strategies and treatments for getting "unstuck" to move on to a more rewarding and productive life.

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Is this a good book?

This book is a collection of case studies covering people with ADHD.

While the stories themselves are somewhat interesting – but not particularly touching or engaging due to the clinical way they're presented – there are zero actionable advice in this book. Zero specific recommendations for treatment.

Yes, the author does describe at the end of each case what helped the person. BUT, all of those sections sound alike! He'll say something along these lines:

"I started Johnny on medication. He benefitted from the added focus the medication gave him. I also had weekly talk therapy sessions with Johnny. After a while, Johnny improved."

"I started Anne on medication. She benefitted from the added focus the medication gave her. I also had weekly talk therapy sessions with Anne. After a while, Anne improved."

And so on.

No specific details about *which* medications worked, and which didn't etc. In that sense, Daniel Amen's recently revised Healing ADD is a much better, more useful book.

And don't be misled by the title of this book. "Smart" gave me the impression it was about those with ADHD who are gifted with great intelligence, matching and even superseding non-ADHD people. Due to the high level of intelligence, their surroundings never saw, understood, or believed ADHD to be present in these people. Hence a life full of challenges. Add to that the fact that intelligent people (broadly speaking) tend to "think more" and therefore trouble and burden themselves with way too much stuff, every day, in every possible way... Then you'll have the kind of ADHD person I thought this book was about.

It's not.

Rather, it's about regular teens, who are "smart" in the sense that they're not dumb, but need some treatment and care, to live a normal life.

... Which is also fine. Just not what I thought the book was about.
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- Oliver Nielsen

Best Book on ADHD

I take in a lot of books on ADHD and this is the first I've found to take seriously the emotional impact of the disorder. It also skips the pandering that other books often have about gifts in disguise and hidden talents while still maintaining a positive message about what it's like to live with ADHD.
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- Catherine Conklin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios