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The ADHD Advantage: What You Thought Was a Diagnosis May Be Your Greatest… (edição 2016)

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"Why ADHD could be the key to your success For decades physicians delivered the diagnosis of ADHD to patients as bad news and warned them about a lifelong struggle of managing symptoms. But The ADHD Advantage explodes this outlook, showing that some of the most highly successful entrepreneurs, leaders, and entertainers have reached the pinnacle of success not in spite of their ADHD but because of it. Although the ADHD stereotype is someone who can't sit still, in reality people with ADHD are endlessly curious, often adventurous, willing to take smart risks, and unusually resilient. They are creative, visionary, and entrepreneurial. Sharing the stories of highly successful people with ADHD, Dr. Archer offers a vitally important and inspiring new way to recognize ADHD traits in oneself or in one's loved ones, and then leverage them to great advantage--without drugs. As someone who not only has ADHD himself but also has never used medication to treat it, Dr. Archer understands the condition from a unique standpoint. Armed with new science and research, he hopes to generate public interest and even debate with his positive message as he guides the millions of people with ADHD worldwide toward a whole new appreciation of their many strengths and full innate potential"-- "For decades physicians delivered the diagnosis of ADHD to patients as bad news and warned them about a lifelong struggle of managing symptoms. But The ADHD Advantage explodes this outlook, showing that some of the most highly successful entrepreneurs, leaders, and entertainers have reached the pinnacle of success not in spite of their ADHD but because of it. Simply put, ADHD is a diagnosis of boredom. Although the ADHD stereotype is someone who can't sit still, in reality people with ADHD are endlessly curious, often adventurous, willing to take smart risks, and unusually resilient. They are creative, visionary, and entrepreneurial. Sharing the stories of highly successful people with ADHD, Dr. Archer offers a vitally important and inspiring new way to recognize ADHD traits in oneself or in one's loved ones, and then leverage them to great advantage--without drugs. As someone who not only has ADHD himself but also has never used medication to treat it, Dr. Archer understands the condition from a unique standpoint. Armed with new science and research, he hopes to generate public interest and even debate with his positive message as he guides the millions of people with ADHD worldwide toward a whole new appreciation of their many strengths and full innate potential"--… (mais)
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Título:The ADHD Advantage: What You Thought Was a Diagnosis May Be Your Greatest Strength
Autores:Dale Archer MD (Autor)
Informação:Avery (2016), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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I loved the premise of the book, and his argument is valid, but he is focusing on a small subsection of the ADHD population, and I did not find a lot of his insights to be helpful at all. It was a good read, but his argument is by no means all-encompassing or comprehensive. ( )
  Absolution13 | Oct 6, 2020 |
As the mother of a grown son who was diagnosed with ADHD, I have read quite a few books and articles over the years on the subject. I do not by any means consider myself an expert or even highly knowledgeable about ADHD other than my own experience. That said, I found this book to be a good encouragement for both those who are diagnosed or suspect they have ADHD as well as those of us who share their lives, whether parent, teacher, friend, or spouse.
Many books on ADHD focus on data and symptoms along with treatment options. Dr. Archer touches on some of that and also does the frequent current lament about the over diagnosis and treatment of children as well as the inability of schools to find adequate ways to adapt to different styles of learning. However, a large part of the book focuses on showing how the individual and those wishing to help them can turn the traits of ADHD from a disadvantage into an advantage. The author tells the stories of many people, including himself, who have learned to parlay these challenges into real success, often achieving high levels of recognition or satisfaction in their lives and careers. There are some specific tools that he identifies to help in different areas. I found many of these to be spot on with my experiences with my son. Thankfully, my son discovered some of these on his own, and through teachers and mentors along the way who encouraged some of his best qualities. One of his skills is the resilience that Dr. Archer describes as a frequent trait in the ADHD individual that comes from their recurring "failures" and can be transposed into a powerful strength. My son also shows a high degree of compassion which is another of the traits on which the author focuses.
Because Dr. Archer covers a broad range of current information, it is a great overview of what is known about ADHD. It is written particularly for the young adult or adult who is dealing with it, but is very helpful as well for parents and others who want to better understand. I recommend it for both. It brings a positive and uplifting outlook to something that is all too often incorrectly looked at as a disadvantage.
I thank the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this title. FYI: Although I share the last name of the author, I have no relation to him. ( )
  c.archer | Aug 13, 2015 |
The ADHD advantage is both frustrating and admirable, which would be the case for an ADHD educational/ self-help book! I thoroughly appreciated the positivity of the book, which focuses on the advantageous attributes of ADHD and nonlinear thinking such as the ability to be the 'Calm in Chaos' while at times hyper-focusing, multi-tasking with boundless energy and possessing the traits of Resilience, Sense of Humor and Charisma. When conversing about ADHD, it seems the negative is always the focus, such as restlessness, easy boredom, forgetfulness, etc., so this was a refreshing change. The toolkit at end of each section is fabulous, especially for those of us with ADHD relationships, and those of us with ADHD ourselves! Real life, personal stories & examples throughout the book lend to a flow, and keeps it interesting.

As a daughter of, and mother of, a 10+ ADHDer, I have seen the miraculous transformation of their psyche with medication. I would have liked to have seen something more on the positivity of an appropriately dosed medication regimen. As a country are we over-medicating? Absolutely, but that 's not in every case, and in those who are 10+ers, their lives are dramatically, and advantageously changed when they are able to focus long enough to employ strategies that help them live with their ADHD to their upmost ability. There is a time and place for medication, as many of your examples have stated, but a less judgmental view would have been nice for those of us who have experienced the torment of those who cannot function without it.

The strategies and mechanisms for functioning with ADHD that many use are imperative in order to survive and thrive in daily life, and have lent many successful situations, as I have personally witnessed along with the examples in the book. Bravo! If teachers and parents would employ some of these strategies with their students and children, many of the inferior feelings would disappear and a greater understanding of the advantages of this condition would shine through.

Finally, I agree with Dr. Archer that much more needs to be done in the realm of females and ADHD. Having experienced it, on a dramatic 10+ level with my mother and daughter, I can tell you there is a whole lot more to it than your textbook ADHD tale. I would implore anyone who works with ADHDers to delve more thoroughly into this topic, as it would save many in this half of our population.

In all, a worthy book, touting the positivity and advantages of ADHD which will lead to a greater understanding of the condition for those who read it.
  KimMcReads | Aug 10, 2015 |
There are many points that I agree with Dr Dale Archer in his book, The ADHD Advantage. I agree that it is over diagnosed, I agree that big Pharma is making a bucket full of money off of this diagnosis and I agree there is so much systemic change that can be made in schools, for example, to turn ADHD into a neutral condition rather than a detriment. What we need is the political, and therapeutic, will to do so. We should be able to celebrate difference's rather than punish and castigate. That's where my agreement ends. Otherwise, I thought this book was fairly shallow, muddled and at times, unprofessional. It seems inappropriate to diagnose yourself or make medication recommendations to others without seeing them personally. I have too many family members who have used medication that has helped, not hurt them. They didn't become zombies or robots but were able to become more productive and socially skilled; make friends, do their school work, etc. This was life-changing for them. Some of them talked about how grateful they were for it. For others, they hated being on medication and stopped taking it. In other words, it is complex and this book is too simplistic. At times I felt like I was reading the diaries of the rich and famous who have the means to make certain types of big changes while ordinary people do not. The chapter on schools seemed so superficial.. Has the author been in a typical city public school? They look nothing like the one he described and I think it is more important to put our collective wisdom together and make systemic change for all of our children that are not getting their needs met than the few who can pay for special schools. Dr Archer's assertion that ADHD is a gift, an advantage while ignoring the realities on the ground is unscientific, potentially dangerous and very simplictic. Let's look to see what political and therapeutic changes can be made around doctors and Big Pharma, end the over diagnosis of ADHA and also let's make sure that ordinary, everyday people who need intervention, medication and otherwise (especially in school) receive it without dramatizing how special and advantageous it is to have ADHD. I suspect most people with ADHD would do without all that specialness and just want to live a fulfilling, ordinary live like every one else.

Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to review this book for an honest opinion ( )
1 vote Karen59 | Jul 28, 2015 |
A comprehensive contribution to the discussion of ADHD with role models who rose above their limitations and descriptive diagnostic with action plans for various character traits. Very useful for parents who have gone through the travail of ADHD with their children who are now ADHD adults... ( )
  mcdenis | Jul 23, 2015 |
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"Why ADHD could be the key to your success For decades physicians delivered the diagnosis of ADHD to patients as bad news and warned them about a lifelong struggle of managing symptoms. But The ADHD Advantage explodes this outlook, showing that some of the most highly successful entrepreneurs, leaders, and entertainers have reached the pinnacle of success not in spite of their ADHD but because of it. Although the ADHD stereotype is someone who can't sit still, in reality people with ADHD are endlessly curious, often adventurous, willing to take smart risks, and unusually resilient. They are creative, visionary, and entrepreneurial. Sharing the stories of highly successful people with ADHD, Dr. Archer offers a vitally important and inspiring new way to recognize ADHD traits in oneself or in one's loved ones, and then leverage them to great advantage--without drugs. As someone who not only has ADHD himself but also has never used medication to treat it, Dr. Archer understands the condition from a unique standpoint. Armed with new science and research, he hopes to generate public interest and even debate with his positive message as he guides the millions of people with ADHD worldwide toward a whole new appreciation of their many strengths and full innate potential"-- "For decades physicians delivered the diagnosis of ADHD to patients as bad news and warned them about a lifelong struggle of managing symptoms. But The ADHD Advantage explodes this outlook, showing that some of the most highly successful entrepreneurs, leaders, and entertainers have reached the pinnacle of success not in spite of their ADHD but because of it. Simply put, ADHD is a diagnosis of boredom. Although the ADHD stereotype is someone who can't sit still, in reality people with ADHD are endlessly curious, often adventurous, willing to take smart risks, and unusually resilient. They are creative, visionary, and entrepreneurial. Sharing the stories of highly successful people with ADHD, Dr. Archer offers a vitally important and inspiring new way to recognize ADHD traits in oneself or in one's loved ones, and then leverage them to great advantage--without drugs. As someone who not only has ADHD himself but also has never used medication to treat it, Dr. Archer understands the condition from a unique standpoint. Armed with new science and research, he hopes to generate public interest and even debate with his positive message as he guides the millions of people with ADHD worldwide toward a whole new appreciation of their many strengths and full innate potential"--

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