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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]

Kate Kelly , Peggy Ramundo , Ned Hallowell
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Book Description

April 25 2006
With over a quarter million copies in print, You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! is one of the bestselling books on attention deficit disorder (ADD) ever written. There is a great deal of literature about children with ADD. But what do you do if you have ADD and aren't a child anymore? This indispensable reference -- the first of its kind written for adults with ADD by adults with ADD -- focuses on the experiences of adults, offering updated information, practical how-tos and moral support to help readers deal with ADD. It also explains the diagnostic process that distinguishes ADD symptoms from normal lapses in memory, lack of concentration or impulsive behavior. Here's what's new:

  • The new medications and their effectiveness

  • The effects of ADD on human sexuality

  • The differences between male and female ADD -- including falling estrogen levels and its impact on cognitive function

  • The power of meditation

  • How to move forward with coaching

And the book still includes advice about:

  • Achieving balance by analyzing one's strengths and weaknesses

  • Getting along in groups, at work and in intimate and family relationships -- including how to decrease discord and chaos

  • Learning the mechanics and methods for getting organized and improving memory

  • Seeking professional help, including therapy and medication

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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 has had a love affair with books her entire life. Writing came in fits and starts, and she didn’t take it seriously until her forties. Now she can’t get along without it. She finaled in the RWA Golden Heart contest, 2001, and won the Daphne du Maurier (unpubbed) 2006. She has the good fortune to live on the east coast of Canada with her husband. She writes, grows herbs and perennials and sails when the wind blows her way.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a new leash on life!!! March 13 2004
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely great place to start! Jan. 2 2004
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God--I thought it was just me! June 7 2004
By A Customer
Finally, someone has written a book on this. For the longest I just thought I really had something mentally wrong with me, but after reading this, I don't feel like I'm the only one in the world that can't concentrate on things or that has trouble getting started. If only we (as a society) had known this stuff ten, twenty years ago when a lot of us were in school, we could have been saved a lot of heartache. And saved our parents and teachers a lot of suffering and frustration also. There are a few books out there now even on this and other types of "disorders." One that comes to mind is "The Curious Incident" which is told from the point of view of an autistic teenager. Another is "The Bark of the Dogwood" where the main character either suffers from DID, ADD, BPD, or Aspergers (or any combination thereof). But as far as self-helps, this one takes the cake. The good news is this: We now know what is "wrong" with us. The bad news? We now have to get others to believe it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must have for those living with Adult ADHD. July 24 2014
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The title says it all. If you have Adult ADHD like me this makes you realize the things that shaped your life and how you can deal with the disappointments and cope for the future. Made me cry and laugh at myself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Self-help for ADD March 29 2014
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There is a lot of good information in here. I like that you can hop, skip and jump around the book to find information. While going through the book, the lightbulb above my head went on several times when I would come across explanations on behaviours that I had no explanation for previously. Wish there was a way I could get everyone I know reading this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars this book saved my sanity, maybe my life Jan. 8 2014
I'm a mother of two, with what seemed like failure everywhere, I indeed thought I was going crazy. This book saved me. It seemed like it was written to me. At last the missing piece of the puzzle.I simply cried with last...answers to all my questions. Better late than never. Thank you ladies.

I'd like to also say how unhelpful Dennis Dodge's comments are, and for a so called intelligent man, I can see no intelligence in your 2 cents worth. Old dogs and new tricks describe his capacity to appreciate this book and the probability that he sits quite comfortably in his 'ivory tower'. Maybe he learnt something from this book, and felt quite uncomfortable with that feeling instead mistaking it for a bowel movement. As this was were his 2 cents worth must of come from. Yuck!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Jan. 8 2014
By pk
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this book is a must for people with kids who have ADHD or even other issues, it simply makes like easier to understand and cope with teen who made be showing sides of problems, and very well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice as always! Dec 25 2012
By Cleo
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This series of books are what should be taught in school in order to inform at an age when good habits can be taught and learned before we get into debt in the first place!
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