Book Review: The Disorganized Mind, Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time Tasks and Talents, by Nancy A. Ratey

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ratey herself has ADHD, and is a professional ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) coach. As the title indicates, this book explains coaching methods that address the problems caused by ADHD. To get the full benefit of the book, you should plan to commit some time and effort to follow the program Ratey lays out.
• The book explains her methods in a logical and empathetic way that still allows for individual flexibility. It will help you to establish routines that address your specific needs.
• It is written for adults who can self-coach. Some people may need external support in order to get through their plan.
• Coaching is different from therapy. Some people benefit from either coaching or therapy, others need a combination. Coaching is great if you have some broad goals but don’t know how to achieve them, or if you have already defined the problems you want to address. Therapy works at a more fundamental level, addressing trauma, and the emotional root of problems. Many people who suffer from ADHD also have early trauma, and have experienced shame from early and repeated “failures”. Sometimes working on goals can stir up these emotional wounds.
• People who have ADHD often benefit from having a multi-pronged approach, which addresses nutrition, medication, behavior, and inner experience.  For example:

Resource or professional

Nutrition                  Book -The Mood Cure, by Julia Ross, nutrition and health coaches

Medication              Medical doctor or psychiatrist who specializes in ADHD meds

Behavior                   ADHD coach and/or The Disorganized Mind

Inner experience    Psychotherapist

The book has an extensive appendix of resources that should help lead you to the resources you need.
One of the big takeaways from this book is that there are good solutions for those with ADHD. Just knowing this can erase the frustration and sense of helplessness often associated with ADHD.

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