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Is interesting to begin with but becomes more and more irrelevant as you read on as has a very North American outlook. The supplement section is ridiculous and completely unscientific. The section on helping your child at college (In Uk- University) would not be very difficult in the UK as seems overly controlling and would be rejected. I wouldn't be able to put all this in place very easily as I have ADHD to!
Really disappointed, as this book was recommended by SO many people!!! It's OK, but not great. For people utterly ignorant about ADHD I might tepidly recommend, but, for anyone with real insight into the topic, it's a mega-chance missed. The author is far more interested in talking about himself - always annoying - than about his topic, and it drifts into every byway without nailing salient facts. I don't want to blast it - there are MANY worse - but I can't understand the hype here. Not at all what I expected, and very expensive for a handful of insights not easily found online.
Great book - seller sent it as expected. The print is super small and more pale than the other volume in the series - makes it harder to read. Especially if you have ADHD. This is the punliahers fault I expect not this sellers.
I would give this book 2.5 stars if possible. The book is very thick when it could have been much more condensed and I personally found it very fluffy, gushy and patronising. Lots of the information is superfluous and tenuous in the extreme. Aimed more at the American market..
Dr. Hallowell's earlier book, <i>Driven to Distraction</i>, was a benchmark book for many people, myself included; but it presented ADHD as essentially a disability. Here he tries to recast ADHD as an asset in the rough. Unfortunately, it really isn't, so there's a lot of encouragement here, but not much actual content. The most useful statement in the book is that if you have ADHD, your two most important coping strategies are to marry the right person (someone who is organized and willing to be the organizer) and go into the right profession. That's sound advice. (I have ADHD, the right spouse, and the wrong job, so I know.) But there's disappointingly few specifics, especially about choosing professions. What do you look for? How do you recognize it? What are examples? Has Dr. Hallowell or anyone else actually studied this? The author's intentions are good; I'll be very interested in the follow-through...when it appears.
I enjoyed reading a lot of this - it helped me come to grips with my ADHD diagnosis. Reading the specificity of the disorder's characteristics and how well they matched up with me was very shocking. He nailed certain behaviors to the point where I was laughing out loud.
But when he gets into the treatment section he starts pushing antioxidant products and other expensive dietary supplements but acknowledges that there isn't evidence that they necessarily work for ADHD. And with regard to antioxidants, several studies show that antioxidants lose their properties in pill form. So it's a little irksome when Hallowell names specific brand names. He also lists the myriad of supplements he takes daily and basically says, "We still don't know if these help, but what's the harm?"
Well, first of all, the cost of daily spirulina, fish oil, grape seed oil and antioxidant supplements adds up. The Omega-3 supplement he mentions at the dosage he recommends would cost you over $1,000/year. More importantly, I'm pretty sure that the omega-3 fatty acids are the only supplement he cites that has shown to have a positive effect on ADHD. It's irresponsible to encourage people to take treatments that don't have clinically proven benefits.
Aside from that and some touchy feely mentions of spirituality, it's a pretty good read (I had to do the audiobook) with some inspiring individual stories. It's a valuable book for anyone interested in the subject, but read it with a grain of salt.