I’m studying for my first advanced Certificate of Study (Level II in Chronic Disorganization) from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. Dr. Brown’s book Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults is on the study list. This is not the first book I’d recommend to laypeople: it’s dense with references to the latest peer-reviewed medical studies, carefully-evaluated statistics about the prevalence of ADD in modern life, focuses less on individual case studies and is generally a more clinically-oriented work than Edward Hallowell’s Distraction series, Sari Solden’s Women with Attention Deficit Disorder, Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo’s You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! or Kathleen Nadeau’s ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life. Which means it may be the perfect first resource for a skeptic who refuses to acknowledge the validity of ADD, or someone with the scientific background to find this orientation more approachable. I would always give it to medical professionals involved in an ADD-abled person’s care if the provider isn’t familiar with ADD.
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