Compelling stories that current a new see of ADHD

Smart yet Stuck supplies 15 true and compelling stories around intelligent, qualified teens and also adults who have obtained "stuck" at college, occupational, and/or in social relationships because of their ADHD. Dr. Brvery own highlights the often unrecognized function that eactivities play in this complicated disorder. He describes why also incredibly bright civilization through ADHD obtain stuck bereason they deserve to emphasis well on some tasks that interest them, but often can"t focus adequately on other essential tasks and also relationships.

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The first book to explain and illustrate the vital function of eactivities in the everyday functioning of those living with ADHD Brvery own, Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders, is an globally well-known authority on ADHD

Drawing on the latest research findings, the book explains techniques and also therapies for obtaining "unstuck" to move on to a more rewarding and also fertile life.


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THOMAS E. BROWN, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, assistant clinical professor of psychiaattempt at Yale University School of Medicine, and also associate director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and also Related Disorders. He is the writer of numerous books consisting of the award-winning Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unconcentrated Mind in Children and Adults (Yale University Press, 2005), which has actually been publiburned in seven languperiods. Visit him at

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Table of Contents

The Author ix

Acknowledgments xi

Summary 1

1 ADHD and the emotional brain 7 A new knowledge of ADHD and emotions; why emovements can be so troubling in the stays of those through ADHD; just how the ADHDbrain procedures eactivities differently; the impacts of temperament and experiences on eactivities and motivations.

2 Eric 43 “I’m in an excellent university where I want to do well, yet I just can’t get myself encouraged to perform the work. I did really well in high school; nowmy grades have actually tanked. I’ve been spending as well a lot time hanging out with my girlfrifinish and cigarette smoking weed. I’ve tried some ADHD drugs, but they make me as well jittery.” —20-year-old university student

3 Karen 65 “My parents always taught me that I have actually an responsibility to behave and accomplish in means that would certainly not lug shame on my household.When I failed out of college, they helped me prepare to try aobtain. I wanted incredibly a lot to do it, however on that important day once I was meant to start the last two courses I necessary to gain readmitted, I was as well afraid to walk in the classroom door.” —22-year-old university student

4 Martin 81 “I’m in Mensa, but I earned no credits in my initially two years at college—I was too baked to gain myself to course.Now I’mdoing well in a couple of courseswhere the professors are really interesting, but I can’t obtain started on composing files and frequently skip class. . . .With my miserable academic document, what’s the usage in my trying to graduate?” —23-year-old university student

5 Sarah 103 “I’ve been married twenty-five years, have 3 great children, and also had actually a decent career as a journalist, but I just acquired fired because I couldn’t prioritize and save up with my work. Sincemenopause I’ve hadtrouble keeping track of things and also acquiring work done. I’ve always had some trouble via these things, but it’s recently been obtaining worse.” —50-year-old homemaker and mother

6 Mike 119 “My dad always sassist that I’m smart yet just lazy;maybe he’s appropriate. I acquired put on scholastic probation, and currently I have to drop out. I’m always spacing out and can’t acquire myself started on anypoint till the last minute. I tried my friend’s ADHD medicine and also it assisted a lot, butmy dad doesn’t wantme obtaining evaluated for ADHDbereason he says themeds are choose steroids.” —21-year-old university student

7 Lisa 137 “Other youngsters don’t seem to gain my jokes and also aren’t interested in that I am. I try to make friends, however no one ever before calls me ago once I contact them. I try to talk with my paleas around it, yet my dad doesn’t understand children and also my mom’s always yelling at me. ADHD meds aid me acquire schooloccupational done, yet they don’t help through social stuff.” —15-year-old high school student

8 Steve 155 “My wife divorced me three months ago, and then a month later I obtained fired from my job—both because of my ADHD! Meds aid some, yet not enough. I obtain stuck doing some things and also don’t get approximately to doing what’s really necessary. I procrastinate, and also whatever takes me method as well long. I’m excellent at programming computer systems, however not at programming myself.” —32-year-old computer system programmer

9 Sue 169 “Until I acquired right into middle school, I always obtained really great grades and never acquired right into trouble. Now everybody thinks I’m hopemuch less just bereason I dress Goth and don’t do much homework-related. My parents and also teachers all look down on me simply bereason of the friends I hang out through. They don’t really recognize me or my friends!” —14-year-old high institution student

10 Matt 185 “When I remained in high college, I had friends.When I obtained to college, I didn’t understand anyone and also was also shy to make friends. I simply preserved to myself and also nearly never left my room except to go to course or get meals. I got pretty depressed, and also after a while my sleep acquired messed up. I’ve quit going to some of my classes.” —18-year-old college student

11 Lois 203 “I teach unique education, so I’ve taught many youngsters through ADHD, however never realized I have it. I have actually trouble organizing my stuff and also finishing paperjob-related on time, and periodically I’m forgetful. I got through college and also I’ve been teaching for ten years, yet over the previous year I’ve had a harder time, and those ADHD problems are obtaining worse—especially because difficulties at home began.” —37-year-old institution teacher

12 James 219 “If I don’t end up 4 papers this month, I’m going to be put on probation at school. I just can’t obtain myself to finish. I’ve had this problem for a lengthy time, but now it’s worse than ever prior to. I’ve done the research for the majority of of my records, yet I can’t getmyself previous the first paragraph in any type of among them. I’m stuck!” —20-year-old college student

13 Getting Unstuck 235 How perform the emovements of these teens and also adults impact their education and learning, work, household interactions, and social relationships? What therapies are beneficial for helping civilization with ADHD obtain unstuck from these difficulties? What have the right to household members, friends, teachers, clinicians, and also counselors perform to help?