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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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Sept. 1 1996
A handbook of essential stress management skills for families with ADD children, from the publisher of Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception. These 40 powerful stress management techniques for both parents and children help manage the most problematic behaviors of ADD children, including rage, self-righteousness, oppositionality, obsessions, and depression. 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 gifted in unusual ways. 10 charts. Line drawings.

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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 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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of positive, useful information. Oct. 9 1999
Finally, a book that explains ADHD and all related disorders in one book. I appreciate the simple, easy to understand language, as well as, the techniques the author suggests. This book is the best one that I have read on the subject! A must for one's personal library!
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2.0 out of 5 stars unecessarily technical - real work to get through July 25 1999
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Though this book dealt with all the right issues, it was so fogged with psycho-techno-terminology, one has the sense it is written for professionals rather than parents. Though I am an educated person, I found this book to be very off-putting, where I'm sure it was intended to be warm and helpful. I can't recommend this, I'm afraid.
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