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Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  235 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
For adults with ADHD, problems with attention, planning, problem solving, and controlling emotions can make daily life an uphill battle. Fortunately, effective help is out there. No one is a better guide to how to get the best care—and what sufferers can do for themselves—than renowned ADHD researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley. Dr. Barkley provides step-by-step ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published July 22nd 2010 by The Guilford Press (first published July 21st 2010)
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Feb 26, 2013 Kcatty rated it liked it
Shelves: r-done, science, school
This took me way too long to get through, considering I borrowed it in November and it's almost March. Ah, ADHD, don't you just love it?
Aug 11, 2016 Keith rated it did not like it
This book is a good example of lying with statistics. The author ignores the known obvious causes of ADHD and comes up with unproven claims that ADHD is caused by brain development problems or general chemical unbalances. At the same time he's a big fan of diagnosing ADHD with the "evaluation process", but he fails to mention that these questionnaires claim over 85% of people have ADHD. So by his logic over 85% of people have a chemical imbalance or an underdeveloped brain. He doesn't put these ...more
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Jan 23, 2013 Ashley Pichman rated it really liked it
Very insightful for me, an adult with ADHD. I just wish he didn't push being medicated as such a strong course of action. I also don't agree with the theory that it's caused by an underdevelopment in the brain, a chemical imbalance, while it might be considered an underdevelopment, is much more comforting. Otherwise it answered several questions and life experiences that had been left a mystery, for me, for years. For example: ADHD is a form of blindness...time blindness.
Aug 01, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it
Very insightful book for adults with ADHD. However, I find it a double edged sword as I desire to implement the ideas as an adult with ADHD which makes the task daunting, overwhelming and of course very half hazard....what is one to do?
Jun 15, 2016 rob rated it it was amazing
This is so far the most useful book I've read on ADHD. I should have started with this one. The chapters were short, which was nice.
Simon Peacock
Dec 18, 2010 Simon Peacock rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
Best book I've read on Adult ADHD so far.
Nov 21, 2016 Ramona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Een erg interessant boek dat veel inzichten biedt en me behoorlijk aan het denken gezet heeft. Ik heb veel geleerd dankzij dit boek en ben erg blij met de nieuwe kennis over ADHD. Veel dingen kan ik toepassen in mijn eigen leven en dat van mijn kinderen.
Jan 15, 2016 Jaclyn rated it really liked it
(Review originally posted at The ADHD Homestead .)

Dr. Russell Barkley’s Taking Charge of Adult ADHD provides a rundown of adult ADHD basics that’s comprehensive, yet easy to read.

That said, I took it at a sluggish pace. It’s informative, conversational, and approachable, but the language often feels overwordy. I’m okay with this because the book’s true value isn’t in a one-time, sequential reading, but in the many times I’ll pull it off the shelf for reference. Taking Charge offers a wealth of
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Oct 06, 2016 emilee ashline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Insight

I chose this rating because this book gave me a good idea and understanding of why I do the things I do as a person's with adhd. I liked how it was very informative and had wonderful suggestions about coping with adhd
Heidi Belleau
I wasn't so keen on this book. There were a few helpful suggestions and I liked the breakdown of medications and explanation of how they work, but a lot of the book just wasn't relevant to my experience. There was a huge portion dedicated to "do you have adhd" and how to be diagnosed, which is a stage I am already past, and then there was a significant amount of time spent on much more severe effects of impulsiveness such as drug use, criminality, being unable to manage your temper/speak to ...more
Nov 09, 2015 Aust rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
Some slow sections but some useful tips as well and written in bite-size chunks. I miss proper referencing in the text so I could check what was based on the authors opinions/research and on other researchers material, but then again most popular science books do.
The beginning was mostly informational and stressed the importance of getting a diagnosis and access to medication, which was an incredibly slow read and I ended up skipping large parts of it (since it's not a viable option for me), an
Jun 21, 2011 Brandon marked it as to-read
Shelves: attention, adhd
The most comprehensive book I have read from an ADHD research/statistic standpoint. There are others better for how you can take action, but to understand the neural underpinnings of the disease this is a fantastic book.
Jul 13, 2012 Lubi rated it liked it
The book made me more skeptic about legitimacy of ADHD as a real health issue. Though, I highly appreciate the effort of covering that much of scientific studies in such a short and easily readable book.
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Russell A. Barkley (born 1949) is a clinical psychologist who is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina and an author of books on ADHD. Involved in research since 1973 and a licensed psychologist since 1977, he is an expert on attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and has devoted much of his scientific career to studying ADHD and related problems ...more
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