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You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!: The Classic Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder Paperback – Apr 25 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (April 25 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743264487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743264488
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Ratey, M.D. coauthor of "Driven to Distraction" A much needed addition to the ADD bookshelf.

About the Author

Kate Kelly is an advanced practice mental health nurse with twenty-two years’ experience as a family, group, and individual therapist. She has specialized in working with AD/HD adults for the past thirteen years and is the founder of the ADDed Dimension Coaching Group. Kate and Peggy Ramundo are the coauthors of the bestselling books, You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! and The ADDed Dimension. Both Kate and Peggy are nationally known speakers and workshop leaders, offering topics related to AD/HD. Currently, Peggy and Kate are revising the Lazy Crazy book and writing a third book on AD/HD and relationships.

Currently in private practice as an ADD and Life Coach, Peggy Ramundo,BS, A.C.T., STCL, DT, SCAC has been coaching adults with ADD for twelve years and has been working professionally with ADD adults for twenty-five years. A senior Tele-Class leader for the world’s first ADD coach training program with The Optimal Functioning Institute, Peggy also served as OFI’s Director of Training. Peggy and Kate Kelly are the coauthors of the bestselling books, You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! and The ADDed Dimension. Both Peggy and Kate are nationally known speakers and workshop leaders, offering topics related to AD/HD. Currently, Peggy and Kate are revising the Lazy Crazy book and writing a third book on AD/HD and relationships.


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Format: Paperback
Oh my God what a book. I was shocked to learn that I have many abilites and not disabilites. I now have a positive outlook on ADD. This book has changed my life and I came back to Amazon to order 4 more for some of my freinds that struggle with ADD. I now can have my sons teachers read this and they will finnally understand my sons. I am so moved by this book and if you have ADD or know someone who does you should order this book today. I have read other ADD books but this is HANDS DOWN THE BEST EVER!!!
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This book is one of the first, if not the first book written specifically with the ADHD adult in mind. I received a copy of this book as a gift years before I was even diagnosed as being ADHD, and was reluctant to and possibly unable to read it at that time. So this book sat on various shelves for several years, until I was actually diagnosed. When I finally picked it up and began reading it again post diagnosis I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and could not for the life of me recall what had turned me off the book initially. It's another one of those books written for individuals with ADHD by people who work in the field, but also have ADHD themselves. This book begins with the typical what is ADHD (a la intro 101) but moves on to cover more interesting and practical ground. You Mean I'm Not Lazy Crazier Stupid is laid out in an ADHD friendly way that makes locating in retrieving information simple. The book is a mix of case studies, personal stories, useful advice, and lists out a wide variety of treatment options and approaches. If you are already well read on the topic of adult ADHD and are on a tight budget you might want a pass on this one, otherwise it's a good addition to any ADHD adult library. If you are newly diagnosed and are struggling with your ADHD symptoms this book is filled with useful tips and information that can help get you started on the road to better ADHD management. I almost forgot, another great thing about this book is that it's also available as an audio book, for those of you who prefer to listen then to read. I myself have both the hardcover and audiocassette versions of the book, and use them both regularly.
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I found the book rather practical.
First three chapters talk a lot about the symptoms and describe the nature of ADD. For a person who is not well acquainted with attention deficit disorder these three chapters would be a great jump-start.
The rest of the book gives very common-sense, down-to-earth recommendations and ideas on how to "get used" to living an ADD life. A lot of time is spent on dealing with depression and anxiety thoughts. Various portions of the book are devoted to issues like ADD vs. work-place environment, family relations, and social interactions.
I personally do not believe you have to be an MD or a professional of any other kind to have a sound and solid opinion on a subject as some of the reviewers have mentioned here. On the contrary - the most brilliant, the most ingenious, if you wish, ideas frequently come from "outsiders" who are not caught in the "routine thinking pattern" of a discipline or a field of studies. I express this opinion as a professional who worked with "outsiders" a lot and found their fresh thoughts very encouraging and breaking-through.
Read this book and let it challenge you to think over the ways you live your ADD life, let it open some doors you were scared to open before, and find peace in acting in the ways you never thought you would ever act.
Would make an intricate and a valuable gift for a person with an ADD! Will not offend your buddy in any way.
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Format: Hardcover
I first bought this book strictly because of it's title. Having spent 45 years feeling crazy & stupid and being accused of laziness most of my life, I decided this book was for me.
I didn't realize how very right I was! When I started to read I realized I was reading about myself. I identified with many of the descriptions of ADD from childhood through to adulthood.
It was incredible to learn I was not alone in my daily frustration. This wonderful, informative book started me on a road of self-discovery. I was subsequently tested and diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder.
The authors describe this "disability" as an "ADD-ed dimension" and they are so right! I now have self-esteem and self pride. My intelligence has been tested and verified .. I'm not lazy, crazy or stupid and I thank
the authors of this book for that discovery. This book has changed my life. I can now read a page without losing my place. I don't forget what I'm saying or lose things as often. I have learned that I am one of many who
use an additional area of my brain & must therefore learn to "process things differently". I no longer feel timid, ashamed, afraid or just plain different. I can now accept and like myself for the first time in my life.

This book is written in a very "easy-reading" style. There is a wonderful blending of research facts and referenced stories and quips. As an adult diagnosed with ADD at the age of 45, I can attest to the value of this book.
I highly recommend "You mean I'm not lazy, stupid or crazy" to anyone who has ever felt they were!
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