Winner of four national book awards, including Foreword Magazine’s Psychology Book of the Year!
The science has been clear since 1994, when Adult AD/HD was declared a medical diagnosis. Still, the public harbors misconceptions, and that means millions suffer needlessly. And that includes millions of couples who can’t understand why their lives together are so hard — sometimes despite many attempts at couples therapy.
Everyone knows someone with adult AD/HD. Yet we misattribute the symptoms to anxiety, depression, or even laziness, selfishness, or moodiness. Moreover, we assume AD/HD means “little boys with ants in their pants.” In fact, childhood hyperactivity goes “underground” as the person matures, resulting in a mentally restless state. (By the way, the former, and still better-known, official term is ADD, plus or minus Hyperactivity. The new term, AD/HD, uses a slash mark to indicate that hyperactivity is not central to the diagnosis.)
Meticulously researched by award-winning journalist Gina Pera, Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? is a comprehensive guide to recognizing the behaviors where you least expect them (on the road and in the bedroom, for example) and developing compassion for couples wrestling with unrecognized ADHD symptoms. It also offers the latest information from top experts, plenty of real-life details, and easy-to-understand guidelines for finding the best treatment options and practical solutions. The revolutionary message is one of hope for millions of people–and a joyous opportunity for a better life.
Insightful, helpful, witty, and very practical. This book can change your life.
—Daniel G. Amen, M.D., author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
… contains information that is just not available anywhere else. This book is sure to become the authoritative guide for couples dealing with ADD.
—Patricia O. Quinn, M.D., Director, The National Center for Girls and Women with ADHD
…We expect this book will be the bible for all of us dealing with adult ADD.
— Elizabeth Weathers and Diane Hartson, moderators, ADD Spouse support group
… I can safely predict it will become as much an ‘industry standard’ as Driven to Distraction.
—David Edelberg, M.D., Medical Director, WholeHealth Chicago
… The book is well researched, reader friendly, and includes insights and perspectives from a Who’s Who of professionals. For couples struggling with ADHD, it’s the season’s new must-have book and bound to become a classic.
—Michele Novotni, Ph.D. Psychologist, Coach
Confirmatory brain neuroscience answers this speculation about Adult ADHD: It s a real problem with real and painful challenges, not a belief system.
— Charles Parker, DO, Medical Director, CorePsych, author of Deep Recovery
… Gina Pera has combined a real feel for the disorder with sound reporting skills and the spice of those who tell the story best: the couples themselves.
— Margaret D. Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., Head, Provincial ADHD Program, British Columbia, Canada
… Gina Pera has been there and has authored a guide that offers understanding for the confused, practical strategies for the frustrated, and hope for the despondent. This book will be a lifesaver for both partners.
— Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., M.B.A., author of Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD