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Survival Strategies for Parenting Your ADD Child: Dealing with Obsessions, Compulsions, Depression, Explosive Behavior, and Rage [Paperback]

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Book Description

Sept. 1 1996
Children with ADD can have severe and very challenging behavioral problems. Research has shown that some children are "born" difficult to parent. These kids may be unmanageable, have no friends, be full of rage, or take dangerous or destructive risks. They may carry any number of psychiatric labels: "ADD, " "ADHD, " "Tourette Syndrome, " "Obsessive Compulsive, " or "Depressed" and their extremely stressful behavior can destroy family unity.
In our society these children are frequently medicated or placed in mental hospitals. But this doesn't have to happen. Author and therapist George Lynn works with "difficult" kids in his practice and he has addressed these problems on "National Public Radio." Writing from his experience as both a parent and a counselor, he provides parents with methods which can heal the fractures and pain that occur in families with these problems. He believes these "troubled" children are invariably giftedin unusual ways.

George Lynn describes six essential strategies parents can use to deal with their own distress and rage as a result of a child's provocation. He also addresses the problems confronting single parents with ADD children.

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This unique book addresses, and helps parents find solutions to, the more severe aspects of ADD - something no one else has done.

From the Author

This book comes out of my life. My son Gregory is now 13 years old. Though already well trained as a psychotherapist I was not prepared when his neurologic-based misery emerged nine years ago. I had already raised two daughters and was a successful family therapist at the time.

Suddenly I found myself faced with the immensity of Gregory's problems -- his night terrors, obsessionality, rage, and powerful hyperactivity -- that I felt helpless to prevent. As I turned my personal interest and professional focus toward kids like Gregory, I discovered that I was not helpless. I learned to listen and look closely to what was happening and began to see the patterns formed by stress, brain chemistry, and social experience and what could be done.

This book is the product of my journey down this path. It is the chronicle of the wisdom of my clients' struggles and my own learning. It is the acknowledgment that more than excellent, loving parenting is needed to bring up some kids. It is a survival manual for parenting and parent self-care. It is a book that I would have liked to have found years ago when Gregory was first facing the challenges of his neurobiology that could have given me some answers about what we needed to do to take care of ourselves and Gregory so that he could grow up to fully realize his gifts and life joys.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Parents, you can do it! March 10 2001
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This is a wonderful book that can literally change the lives of despairing parents of children with attention problems. It doesn't just present coping strategies, it addresses the heart of the problems by exploring two main questions: how can parents move from seeing their child as an terrible trial to seeing him/her as a challenge that can be met? And how do they move from seeing only the child's behavior to understanding what's going on inside? After these two central underlying issues are addressed, parents can move on to strategies to help their child learn new behaviors, such as identifying when stresses are building, practicing relaxation and focusing techniques, and finding satisfying activities. The book also helps parents understand the strains on their marriage and their other children, and find ways to regain some peace and pleasure. I came away from this book feeling more equipped to be an appropriate teacher for my child, helping her to identify and meet her own needs, rather than another adult voice telling her to "behave properly." The book could use a little editing, but the ideas and strategies can help any parent move from feeling helpless and desperate to feeling capable of supporting, loving, and helping their child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle Hand Reaching Out Jan. 5 2001
After coming to your site today to order yet ANOTHER copy of this book, it dawned on me that I need to write a review also! I probably should just order a CASE of them next time as I am continually recommending this book to others. When you receive a diagnosis that your child has one or more of the "differences" that George Lynn writes about, it can be so frightening and you often feel hopeless and very much alone. This book is like a gentle hand reaching out to you in the darkness. He not only gives you the important clinical information you may need to move forward, but more than that, when you come to the end of the book you feel affirmed, encouraged, empowered and with the deep belief that "yes, my child may have these issues, but just look at his wonderful gifts as well!" In my work as a pastoral counselor I time and time again find mysaelf sharing this book with weary and often very frightened parents. I too know this feeling of despair as I am the mother of one of these wonderful, wild children! Thank you George Lynn for reaching out your hand to me and to my son through this healing book. You have saved our lives, and I am eternally grateful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
"Survival Strategies for Parenting Your ADD child: Dealing
with Obsessions, Compulsions, Depression, Explosive
Behavior & Rage" by George T. Lynn, M.A., C.M.H.C.

George Lynn is a Certified Mental Health Counselor in
Bellevue, Washington, and parent of a child with Tourette
Syndrome and ADD.

Don't let the title fool you; this book isn't exclusive to severe
ADD. If you're a parent of a child with Tourette Syndrome or
Bipolar Mood Disorder, you've come to the right place. Are
you looking for strategies for dealing with a myriad of
behaviors like obsessions, compulsions, and explosive
behavior? Welcome home. In "Survival Strategies" you'll
find information to help you unravel the complexities of how
these children feel and think, including numerous tips,
diagrams and charts to help you get out of the loop and into the
problem-solving mode.

Though Mr. Lynn is a counselor, you won't find "disorder" or
"pathological" expertise. Lynn gives the reader solid reasons
for celebrating the precious gifts these children have, while
strengthening and empowering the family. Children with these
attention different diagnoses are not easy to live with, and he
doesn't view them as "problem" kids, but uniquely different.
George Lynn takes you into their world to see the "why" of
their behavior, instead of medicating the answer away. As a
result, he uses attention difference (A.D.), instead of
"disorder," defines common stressors, skips over medication
and leads us to practical problem-solving techniques.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is a True Blessing!! April 2 2002
I am a single mom , and both my sons have been diagnosed with ADHD. This book is truly a survival guide. It is very well written and understandable. It has answered all the questions that I had that no one else seemed to fully explain. I now have an incredibly deeper understanding of how my sons perceive this world of ours. I highly recommend this book to any parent looking for answers. It is like a bible and I am so grateful that I found it. The tips,charts,helps, and personal experiences make this book a must!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most helpful ADD book I've read June 23 1998
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It's been a year since I read this book and it still sticks in my mind. This book put into words some of the things I always knew in my gut about my daughter's behavior. Among other things, Dr. Lynn explains how a child's explosion of rage is often a reaction meant to ensure the child's emotional/mental safety - - - the child has well surpassed her capacity to process input and must slam on the brakes. Imagine how this changes your perspective to consider this behavior as a matter of the child's safety rather than a spoiled kid or bad parenting or .... Of course, Dr. Lynn does more than provide an explanation, he suggests some excellent approaches and exercises for helping your child and your family to deal with and change the difficult behavior. The background information on how we process different types of input, and how AD(D) people process input differently was the most meaningful - and sensible - explanation I had ever read. It appears to be medically valid (to this lay reader) and at the same time just plain fits with what I observe. I will be digging this book out tonite to read it again.
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