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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 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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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
By Angela
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book exemplifies what the public and the medical community needs to know to clear up the grave misconceptions of ADD as a problem only encountered in childhood. As a medical student, I found the book incredibly informative, easy to read, and of incredible depth.
Not only will the public benefit from reading this book, doctors themselves will likely gain a better understanding of the true nature of the ADD process. Unfortunately, ADD is largely overlooked in society, and surprisingly so within the medical community itself.
This well written, easy-to-read book will improve the lives of countless people by preventing misdiagnoses and by providing potential ADD patients with information and a plan of action.
Frankly, this true classic primer on ADD belongs on every physician's bookshelf, not to mention every person who may be touched by ADD.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Includes useful, easy-to-implement strategies to enable those with ADD...
Very insightful; people with ADD will definitely be able to identify with the content. Includes useful, easy-to-implement strategies to enable those with ADD to use their unique... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trinity Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have for those living with Adult ADHD.
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. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven B. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Self-help for ADD
There is a lot of good information in here. I like that you can hop, skip and jump around the book to find information. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Barbara K
4.0 out of 5 stars this book saved my sanity, maybe my life
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. Read more
Published 9 months ago by laura emms
5.0 out of 5 stars great
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... Read more
Published 9 months ago by pk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice as always!
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!
Published 22 months ago by Cleo
4.0 out of 5 stars First line of attack!
This book was very helpful in that it was the first book that I read on the subject of Attention Deficit Disorder. Read more
Published on March 19 2012 by jellopop1
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it and you will too!
Before I bought this book I heard great reviews on it and I just knew I had to buy this book. So I ordered it and here I am on Chapter 6. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2012 by shelladhd
5.0 out of 5 stars Reassuring, Empowering and Helpful
I've discovered that as far as ADD'ers go, I are one.

This book (I listened to the cassette) is entertaining, enlightening and very helpful both to the person afflicted... Read more
Published on June 5 2011 by Bart Breen
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!
This book is a must read for those newly or in the process of being diagnosed with adult ADD or ADHD. Read more
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