A central source of frustration for most adults with ADHD is that they know what they need to do but they have difficulties turning their intentions into actions. These difficulties also interfere with their ability to use self-help books and to get the most out of psychosocial treatments that provide coping strategies that promise to improve their functioning. Drs. Ramsay and Rostain are experts in the assessment and treatment of adult ADHD and are leaders in the development of effective psychosocial treatments for this group of patients. Their newest book, The Adult ADHD Tool Kit: Using CBT to Facilitate Coping Inside and Out is a coping guide for adults living with ADHD, one that does not just present useful coping strategies but also provides specific tactics designed to help readers implement these skills in their daily lives and brings them to life in a user-friendly format. The authors discuss many different settings in which ADHD may cause difficulties, including work, school, matters of physical health and well-being, and the issue of excessive use of technology. Although written for consumers, clinicians will find the book to be a clinically useful tool for their adult patients with ADHD, serving as a companion to the newly updated and expanded second edition of Drs. Ramsay and Rostain’s professional treatment manual, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Integrative Psychosocial and Medical Approach.
Ramsay, J. Russell/ Rostain, Anthony L.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This review is for paperback (eBook might be easier to use). I *really* wanted to give this book a good review, because content is great, Ramsay is a legend, the authors clearly know their stuff from actual experience on what works with adult ADHDers, and there's a big need for a practical ADHD workbook.
However, the excellent content doesn't matter much because I found the physical book itself was aversive and difficult to read (even worse as a workbook, or when you want to find a part again). The thought of reading micro-text that runs together like this is exhausting, and I couldn't go more than a page or two at a time. Plus, it's relatively expensive. The irony is that the target readers (people with ADHD) are those who most need a "user friendly" format, which this definitely is not-- think "printed denser than a graduate school textbook". I don't know what the publisher was thinking.
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This is a heck of a book. It's apparent the authors have worked with adults with ADHD. They do a really nice job of providing practical "in the moment" tools that they hope will become "sticky" for readers. They also do a great job of using CBT, but specifically for those with ADHD/brain issues. My only complaint is I wish it were not quite so expensive.
Good book. Could be condensed by 30-40%. A lot of repetition. But good information.
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