After a lifetime of being analyzed by many psychiatrists and educators who specialize in the field, I can say with a tremendous amount of confidence that I do not have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. However, I have spent a great deal of time around individuals who do and suspect that some of my relatives might. Therefore, I’m always curious when I see a book on the subject.
Accordingly, ADHD Adults: The Ultimate Success Manual caught my attention. What I found was a competently written, well-structured, compassionate piece that could serve as an enormous help to anyone who struggles with this unique situation.
The book is intended for adults, but it would not be a stretch to say that parents of children with ADHD can extrapolate some of its insights to help their offspring. The author writes in a confessional manner documenting his struggles with ADHD and the means he has used to manage it in a productive way that have allowed him to emerge as a success in life.
He gives a detailed, illuminating, and quite interesting breakdown of what ADHD is, how it affects those who have it, the challenges it presents, and the ways it can be utilized to achieve positive things. (I could not help but think of Michael Phelps and Tom Cruise when reading about its beneficial effects.) He also demonstrates deep empathy for his readers by showing how hard it can be to live with ADHD through various examples.
Finally, he presents to his readers the strategies, tactics, and methods that he has employed that have been helpful to him in making his ADHD work for him in a good way, which he believes they should use and which can offer them a great deal of hope.
There was truly nothing wrong that I could find with ADHD Adults: The Ultimate Success Manual. It is well thought out and seems to achieve its aims very well. But, I do wish it were a little longer because it appeared that there were some intriguing areas that it could have delved deeper into. Furthermore, as with all self-help books, one should not pick it up believing that it is the gospel or the be all, end-all answer to living with ADHD because nothing in this world is. Still, the book can serve as an extraordinary resource and whatever deficiencies it might contain do not detract from that.
So, if you are an adult who suffers from ADHD, you should read this book. It is almost bound to help you. If you’re a friend or relative of one who might benefit from this book, you should read it too and recommend it, because it could certainly help him or her. Or if you’re just one who is curious about ADHD and what those who have it can do to make their lives better, you should read it as well. It could be a great aid to a great many people.