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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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By garyewebster on 04-18-16
Very little meat and a lot of fluff.
Book was okay. There were many times I was exasperated with the repetitive stories. Book is not really a helpful guide; it's more of a feel good, you can do it book. It was nice that it pertrayed ADD/ADHD in a positive light. I am so glad the book is now over.
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By Oliver Nielsen on 02-25-16
This guy doesn't understand ADHD – at all
I has a hunch this book would be a bad purchase.
The author, while well-meaning, seems to have no clue about ADHD and its implications.
The problem is that this book is REALLY written for the people who are in the over-diagnosed camp. People who don't have true ADD / ADHD, but think they do.
No, being very talkative and energetic does not make you ADHD. No, being easily bored does not make you ADD.
ADHD is a real life-challenge. It's defined by impairments and the degree to which the person is damaged or is damaging, his or her own life.
The reason book won't be very helpful to most people with ADHD, is simply because: you can't. If you could, you would have, already. Look up Russell Barkley on YouTube, see what he has to say on Point of Performance.
A times, it feels like the author could be a member of Scientology. He goes off any possible tangent he can, touting the wrongs of medication and "big pharma". But hey, in order to be fair, there's a chapter devoted to ADHD medications. My issue with it? It's the most superfluously useless chapter ever written about ADHD meds. It lists every countless generic and brand name med after the other, not describing the individual differences or effects, but only listing its possible side-effects. Huh??
The most useful book on ADHD I've found, is Russell Barkley's Taking Charge of ADHD. It's not available as an audiobook though, which I wish it was. Then I'd listen to it regularly. Russell Barkley actually understands ADHD, and offers up-to-date advice, going far past the typical stuff found in most ADHD books.
Another great book on ADHD, though more literary than practical, is Gabor Mate's Scattered. It just came out as audiobook, which I have hope it would for years now. No one has written about ADHD as Gabor has. None.
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