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Review of the Book ‘Adult ADD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed’

Author: Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, Ph.D.

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Updated March 18, 2012

Review of the Book ‘Adult ADD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed’

I am a fan of each of Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis’ books including her most recent, Adult ADD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed. Dr. Sarkis is an adjunct assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida where she also has a private practice specializing in ADHD counseling and coaching. She is the author of three other very practical and well received books on adult ADHD -- 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD: How to Overcome Chronic Distraction & Accomplish Your Goals, Making the Grade with ADD: A Student’s Guide to Succeeding in College with Attention Deficit Disorder, and ADD and Your Money: A Guide to Personal Finance for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. In addition, Dr. Sarkis is an adult with ADHD herself.

If you are an adult recently diagnosed with ADHD or if you are a family member or loved one of someone who has ADHD, one of the first steps after diagnosis is to become educated about ADHD. You may have many questions -- and maybe even a few misperceptions about ADHD -- so it is important that you actively educate yourself to better understand ADHD and how to best manage it.

Fortunately, we have learned a lot more about adult ADHD over the past 10 to 15 years. When you were growing up, you may have thought of ADHD as simply a childhood condition. Your vision of ADHD may have been that of the stereotypical hyperactive boy running around and disrupting the classroom. ADHD, however, is much more complex. It is a chronic condition that is often quite misunderstood. Symptoms can present very differently from person to person. Approximately 50 percent of children with ADHD retain symptoms into adulthood and these symptoms can be expressed in changing ways as a person ages and moves through adulthood.

Adult ADD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

There are many wonderful books and resources available to help you along your journey in learning more about adult ADHD. Sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming, however, and it may be hard to know where to begin! Adult ADD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed is a great starting point.

In her clear, concise and practical way, Dr. Sarkis guides you step-by-step through the process of understanding how ADHD affects your quality of life, provides you with information about how to put together a treatment team and how to navigate treatment options. She recommends lifestyle changes, supports, and accommodations that can make things easier for you. She also includes information about the different concerns such as substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders that can come up more frequently when you have ADHD and what to do if any of these issues are a concern in your life.

Below is an outline of the chapter listings in Adult ADD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

Book Chapters

  • Chapter 1: Overview of ADD
  • Chapter 2: Finding a Treatment Team
  • Chapter 3: Diagnosis
  • Chapter 4: Treatments for ADD
  • Chapter 5: Additional Concerns When You Have ADD
  • Chapter 6: Lifestyle Changes
  • Chapter 7: Getting Support
  • Chapter 8: ADD and the Workplace
  • Chapter 9: The Positives of Having ADD

The book also includes a section with resources you can use to find support, as well as a listing of recommended reading.

A Recommended First-Step Guide to Adult ADHD

One of the unique aspects of this book that I particularly like is its conciseness. At 150 pages long yet filled with what you need to know, it is truly a “pocket guide” -- an easy-to-read and accessible first-step manual to expanding one’s knowledge about ADHD.

To learn more about Dr. Sarkis and her books, visit www.stephaniesarkis.com

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