Smart But Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD

Smart But Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD [PDF] ✓ Smart But Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD Author Thomas E. Brown – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Compelling stories that present a new view of ADHD Smart but Stuck offers true and compelling stories about intelligent, capable teens and adults who have gotten stuck at school, work, and or in soci Compelling stories that present Stuck: Emotions PDF Å a new view of ADHD Smart but Stuck offerstrue and compelling stories about intelligent, capable teens and adults who have gotten stuck at school, work, and or in social relationships because of their ADHD Dr Brown highlights the often unrecognized role that emotions play in this complex Smart But PDF/EPUB ² disorder He explains why even very bright people with ADHD get stuck because they can focus well on some tasks that interest them, but often can t focus adequately on other important tasks and relationshipsThe first book to explain and illustrate the crucial role of emotions in the daily functioning of those But Stuck: Emotions PDF ´ living with ADHD Brown, Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention Related Disorders, is an internationally known authority on ADHDDrawing on the latest research findings, the book describes strategies and treatments for getting unstuck to move on to a rewarding and productive life.


10 thoughts on “Smart But Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD

  1. Christy Christy says:

    After an evaluation by an ADHD specialist, I was diagnosed last year at the age of 33 with ADHD Inattentive Type Along with the shock and validation came a litany of skeptics, friends and family and even therapists who fail to understand that not everyone with ADHD fits the hyperactive, loud, chaotic stereotype I have always lived in quiet chaos, hidden from the rest of the world thanks to an intelligence that allowed me to coast through high school I didn t succeed because I could pay att After an evaluation by an ADHD specialist, I was diagnosed last year at the age of 33 with ADHD Inattentive Type Along with the shock and validation came a litany of skeptics, friends and family and even therapists who fail to understand that not everyone with ADHD fits the hyperactive, loud, chaotic stereotype I have always lived in quiet chaos, hidden from the rest of the world thanks to an intelligence that allowed me to coast through high school I didn t succeed because I could pay attention in class, I succeeded because I could do my math homework in the half hour before it was due, or read an entire book the night before and retain most of the information People look at my academic and personal achievements, my career and my degrees and they see a very different person than the one I am inside It s easy to blame my insecurities and feelings of failure on childhood abuse, depression, PTSD and all the other crap I ve had to manage, but ADHD was the one missing piece.It s almost impossible to find books that address Inattentive Type non hyperactive in any way Few speak about ADHD in high achieving individuals and even fewer talk about comorbid psychological problems such as anxiety or depression I read some of the classics, such as Driven by Distraction, and I couldn t relate much When I read Smart But Stuck, the pieces finally clicked together The book focuses extensively on young people with executive function problems alongside comorbid diagnoses such as depression and anxiety The author talks at length about how emotional processing is affected by the ADHD brain, and man, could I relate to these kids Kids who coasted through high school and hit a brick wall in college, finding their inability to function without structure had a direct exacerbating impact on their depression I was hospitalized as an undergraduate at 19 because I couldn t stop thinking about hanging myself I had to withdraw from school for over a year When I said I had trouble managing my coursework and felt constantly overwhelmed, therapists said, Yeah, depression will do that Yeah, you have all this trauma Nobody, including me, ever thought to look deeper.I have lived my entire life with executive functioning problems and the belief that my inability to keep up, or pay attention, or get my stuff together, was all a result of depression and deep character flaws This belief was challenged when the depression entered a state of remission and I still found myself struggling every single day Like most intelligent people with ADHD, I found ways to adapt, to fake paying attention in conversations, to use hyperfocus to its fullest advantage I m a novelist Without structure and deadlines, I am a complete mess, and I finally understand that it s not just because of depression it causes depression During bouts of unemployment, my attempts to find work generally took a year or longer, which caused no small amount of conflict with my partner I couldn t explain why the resumes weren t getting written, why the chores weren t getting done, it s like I d wake up in the morning and blink my eyes and the day would be over, wasted in the next second.Dr Brown explains specifically how emotional processing in the brain is affected by ADHD We are driven to focus not on what is most important, but on what emotionally hooks us, which is why I can look at a 20 item to do list and have no clue how to prioritize what s on it, and then spend two hours writing a review for a book about ADHD Speaking of writing this review Holy crap, it s 9pm and I forgot I was in the middle of making dinner Also, my laundry is only half done Some people choose not to do work I forget to do it My time disappears into a vortex of passionate distraction.This book understands me, and that s the greatest gift I could have asked for when trying to make sense of my diagnosis Other people may be skeptical, but I ve finally been able to let go of the shame that has permeated every facet of my life, I ve been able to find a medication that really, truly helps, and I am able to rest in a deeper andcompassionate understanding of myself than I have ever had in my life.So if you are like me, a generally neurotic person capable of acing your classes but not finishing dinner on time, read this book, understand that you are not alone, and then go see a specialist


  2. Jenni Link Jenni Link says:

    After an introduction that explains the different facets of executive functioning and how ADHD deficits in EF may manifest themselves, this book uses case studies of teens and young adults to illustrate how even smart people can become stuck, or even fall apart completely, when those deficits keep them from meeting certain challenges of everyday life The focus on emotion is what makes this book different from many others on the topic All the explanations and practical tips in the world can fai After an introduction that explains the different facets of executive functioning and how ADHD deficits in EF may manifest themselves, this book uses case studies of teens and young adults to illustrate how even smart people can become stuck, or even fall apart completely, when those deficits keep them from meeting certain challenges of everyday life The focus on emotion is what makes this book different from many others on the topic All the explanations and practical tips in the world can fail to be useful to someone who is bound by shame and frustration over repeated failures to do what he she should be able to


  3. Suzanne English Suzanne English says:

    This is a great book, especially if you are trying to understand a young adult with ADHD, who is struggling with adult life after a successful childhood Dr Brown does not have a magic bullet answer, but does shed light on how and why very intelligent people hit a point especially in university when they fall apart He also, gives examples of how he or she can, through therapy and medication, become successful or not in managing their ADHD I enjoyed how Dr Brown illustrated his position u This is a great book, especially if you are trying to understand a young adult with ADHD, who is struggling with adult life after a successful childhood Dr Brown does not have a magic bullet answer, but does shed light on how and why very intelligent people hit a point especially in university when they fall apart He also, gives examples of how he or she can, through therapy and medication, become successful or not in managing their ADHD I enjoyed how Dr Brown illustrated his position using using case studies to illustrate how ADHD can be either missed or control when very intelligent people are younger, but become stuck when life becomes less structured


  4. Summer Summer says:

    It was interesting and enlightening to hear these case studies of people with ADHD However the level of privilege everyone had was really distracting to me They were all about college Not even normal college but competitive out of state private colleges Where they do that at There were folks who wanted to be treated by Dr Brown but they didn t live near his office so they RENTED APARTMENTS NEAR HIS OFFICE What kind of world is that So, ya, it was Ok to listen to and I think it will incr It was interesting and enlightening to hear these case studies of people with ADHD However the level of privilege everyone had was really distracting to me They were all about college Not even normal college but competitive out of state private colleges Where they do that at There were folks who wanted to be treated by Dr Brown but they didn t live near his office so they RENTED APARTMENTS NEAR HIS OFFICE What kind of world is that So, ya, it was Ok to listen to and I think it will increase my empathy towards people with ADHD, but it might have been nice to hear a case study of a regular not rich person


  5. Heather Long Heather Long says:

    Psychiatrist shares stories about bright people who are struggling to cope with ADHD Most of them are diagnosed as a teenager or adult, and discusses how intelligence and ADHD aren t related These stories were very relatable and I can see some patterns I ve fallen into There are some good suggestions and I have some ideas on how to better manage my ADHD Recommended for anyone with ADHD.


  6. Monika Van Zyl Monika Van Zyl says:

    This feels like a biography of my lifeThis was truly insightful, intelligent and compassionate So muchthan the usual bullet point issues regarding ADHD I want everyone in my family to read this as I recognized all of them in these study cases Myself, my mother, my father, my brother, my husband and now my two step children The issues regarding social anxiety was especially insightful for me as I look at my own life, and for my brother.The hidden issues of OCD was so enlightening in reg This feels like a biography of my lifeThis was truly insightful, intelligent and compassionate So muchthan the usual bullet point issues regarding ADHD I want everyone in my family to read this as I recognized all of them in these study cases Myself, my mother, my father, my brother, my husband and now my two step children The issues regarding social anxiety was especially insightful for me as I look at my own life, and for my brother.The hidden issues of OCD was so enlightening in regards to my husband Thank you so much for this


  7. Kate Kate says:

    Not as useful as I had hoped Which is irritating because I accidentally bought two copies welcome to my world Although the chapter that related to my personal circumstances was affirming, I think I m far enough along in my journey of acceptance and understanding that I didn t need this.The thing I most remember is that in every instance it seems that he asks the subject of the chapter to move to a location near his office so he can undertake a detailed analysis and intervention And that jus Not as useful as I had hoped Which is irritating because I accidentally bought two copies welcome to my world Although the chapter that related to my personal circumstances was affirming, I think I m far enough along in my journey of acceptance and understanding that I didn t need this.The thing I most remember is that in every instance it seems that he asks the subject of the chapter to move to a location near his office so he can undertake a detailed analysis and intervention And that just seems odd, especially if you re not upper middle class and can t afford this kind of thing I ended up donating both copies to professional libraries as I am not thinking I need to dip back into them in the future Which is pretty unlike me and self help self discovery books, as I typically go back to them time and again over a period of years if not decades


  8. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    A book of case studies of bright individuals with ADHD, many who have a failure to launch Interesting, as I have a bright child who very much struggles with executive function The book helped me to think of preparations as he completes high school and enters college The difficult part of the book is that Brown clearly works in a wealthy area of the country, and his solutions for many of the families he works with are not attainable for the average person such as moving to another town for th A book of case studies of bright individuals with ADHD, many who have a failure to launch Interesting, as I have a bright child who very much struggles with executive function The book helped me to think of preparations as he completes high school and enters college The difficult part of the book is that Brown clearly works in a wealthy area of the country, and his solutions for many of the families he works with are not attainable for the average person such as moving to another town for therapy, or taking a gap year


  9. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    This was not as helpful as some other ADHD books I ve read The cases mentioned all required intensive therapy and medication While I understand that may be required, I was looking for tools that I could use and implement in addition to medication and therapy.


  10. Emily Emily says:

    ADHD is not a death sentence or something to cause hopelessness in life This is a great resource to help you reach your potential.


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