As I sit at this desk, day after day and week after week, working hard on my next book (a professional guide for couples therapists treating ADHD-affected couples), I’m encouraged to see that my first book is #1 today in Amazon’s ADHD category and #8 in counseling. Not bad for a book published in 2008, after many years of work and asking my husband, “Do you really think anyone will read it?” (Bless him, the answer was always “Of course!”)
One of the topics covered in the new book is the importance of helping adults with ADHD to build incremental rewards into their goals. This is helpful not just for people with ADHD but for their partners—and everyone else. Even Dr. Russell Barkley wrote in Taking Charge of Aduilt ADHD that he sometimes rewards himself one Hershey’s Kiss after completing a page of writing. (That is a great book, by the way, full of down-to-earth strategies for getting real traction in your life.) So, this morning as I tangle with a chapter whose unwieldy parts are defying my executive function’s capacity to organize, it’s nice to have this bit of encouragement.