I’m very excited to announce a new “book club” as a weekly feature of this ADHD Roller Coaster blog. The first book in the series is the one I know best: Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? This book club will be free, fun, and illuminating—plus there is a chance each week to win a copy of the book. It will be helpful if you have read or listened to my book first (so you can better contribute!), but it’s not necessary.
The goal is simple: To provide a far-flung forum for discussing book-inspired epiphanies and broadening everyone’s understanding of Adult ADHD. My book covers a lot of ground, and it’s a very dense book—no fluff! Contrary to the common perception, it is not a book about ADHD and relationships. I designed it to be one-stop shopping for adults with ADHD and their loved ones for “stopping the roller coaster” of ADHD fallout in their lives. (See chapter list at the end of this post.)
A book fan-turned-friend has offered ringlead, and you will be hearing more from Dotty soon. She’s a fantastic writer, and she knows this topic from many personal angles.
Book Giveaway: Each week, anyone making a comment will be eligible for a book giveaway contest. (Yes, one copy of my book will be awarded each week!)
Briefly, the way it will work is this:
1. Each week, we will explore one chapter of the book. (There are 23 chapters plus the intro and three appendices.)
2. Dotty will choose a passage from the week’s chapter, and explain how it has affected her understanding of ADHD, offering examples from her life and that of her friends and family members who also face ADHD-related issues in their own lives and relationships.
3. To that, Dotty will add perspectives from a dozen or so individuals who have ADHD or are in a relationship with someone who has ADHD (and, in some cases, both!). These folks, along with Dotty, belong to a well-seasoned and quite remarkable Adult ADHD discussion group, so expect some interesting insights.
4. Now comes your part: Share your comments about anything in the chapter or in Dotty’s post.
If you’d like to more fully participate by reading or listening to the book first, here are links to sources for purchasing the paperback and audio version:
BN.com: paperback and Nook (also available at Barnes & Noble Stores)
Audible.com: audio download
Tantor.com: CDs, Mp3 on CDs, and downloadable Mp3
Thank you, Dotty, for helping to make a long-held wish come true!
And now for the preview of the week-by-week lineup: the book’s table of contents.
From the Tunnel of Love to the Roller Coaster:
Could Your Partner Have ADHD?
1 Who Has a Ticket to Ride? Spotting ADHD’s Surprising Signs
2 Laying the Track’s Foundation: What Is ADHD, Anyway?
3 Deconstructing Your Coaster: Why Each Is Unique
4 Financial Loop-the-Loops: “It’s Only Money, Honey!”
5 Driving While Distracted: The Roller Coaster Hits the Road
6 Peaks and Valleys: ADHD in the Bedroom
7 More Mystifying Twists and Turns
Roller Coaster Whiplash and G-Force Confusion:
How Many Plunges Before You Say, “Whoa!”
8 First Plunge: Explaining the Inexplicable
9 Second Plunge: Managing the Unmanageable
10 Third Plunge: Breaking Down in Illness—Or Through to Truth
Your Relationship and the Art of Roller Coaster Maintenance:
Four Success Strategies
Success Strategy #1: Taking Care of Yourself
Introduction: The Amusement Park’s Emergency Room
11 Strategies for Right Now
12 Solving ADHD’s Double Whammy
Success Strategy #2: Dealing With Denial
Introduction: Roller Coaster? What Roller Coaster?
13 Psychological Denial: The FEAR Factor
14 Biological Denial: Not Unwilling to See—Just Unable
15 New Ways to Broach “The Conversation”
16 More Solutions and Strategies
Success Strategy #3: Finding Effective Therapy
Introduction: Calling in a Consultant to Help Retrofit Your Ride
17 Why the Wrong Therapy Is Worse Than No Therapy
18 Therapy That Works for ADHD
19 More Solutions and Strategies
Success Strategy #4: Understanding Medication’s Role
Introduction: Tightening the Brakes on the Roller Coaster
20 Making Connections Between Brain and Behavior
21 Rx: Treatment Results That Last
22 Maximizing Lifestyle Choices, Minimizing Rx Side Effects
23 Catch Your Breath and Take Five
Adult ADHD Evaluation and Diagnosis
“But I Heard That…”: More Background for the Unconvinced
Three Views from Decades on the ADHD Roller Coaster