May We Have Your Attention Please? will help you to conquer your adult ADHD -- in a way that's right for you.
This practical and engaging workbook uses cutting-edge research and lessons from working with thousands of adults with ADHD, as shared by specialists with extensive professional -- and sometimes personal -- experience managing the disorder.
Through digestible chapters and practical exercises you will:
Learn how your brain works to leverage your ADHD for strength.
Discover practical, hands-on activities to separate yourself from your symptoms.
Find an approach to treatment that works for you.
You'll share your journey with Jason, Candace, Tim and Amy: four characters embarking on different journeys through ADHD. Each will inspire you to see past mental health symptoms and boldly take ownership of your personal wellbeing. They represent resilience, growth, optimism and strength.
Life is not linear: neither is working through ADHD. May We Have Your Attention Please? will lead you to a place of clarity and purpose, to live with, not in spite of, your ADHD.
May We Have Your Attention Please? is brought to you by Springboard Clinic: offering innovative approaches to ADHD care since 2009. Looking to stay on track or enhance your reading experience? We're creating online courses to accompany readers through this process! Visit springboardclinic.com to find out more.
"This book is a gem and long overdue addition to the ADHD library, written by seasoned clinicians with compassion and good sense. Many books explain ADHD-related concepts. Some offer first-person essays, too. May We Have Your Attention Please? does all that--and in highly readable fashion--but then goes one better. Throughout you find abundant worksheets, thoughtfully designed to help readers sort through their individual experiences of and reactions to this highly variable syndrome. The goal throughout this guide is 'separating myself from my symptoms, ' identifying strengths, and thriving in life. Five stars!"
--Gina Pera, educator, Adult ADHD expert; author of Is It You, Me, or Adult ADD?
"Feeling overwhelmed? Springboard Clinic's SELF model is a lively, approachable way to befriend your ADHD and locate the strengths that will help you thrive! If you're ready for a happier direction in your life then this workbook, and its optional workshop, are the places to start. Thank you, Springboard, for making this incredible journey of self-discovery available to all!"
--Melissa Orlov, founder of www.ADHDmarriage.com, author of award-winning The ADHD Effect on Marriage and The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD
"These experienced clinicians share their strategies for building resilience, as patients struggle to find themselves in a way that moves them forward beyond their ADHD. Using characters that reflect the full spectrum of ADHD and worksheets, this book is filled with hope and a patient perspective that encompasses the full range of challenges someone with ADHD may face."
--Dr. Margaret Weiss, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance
"This excellent guide to understanding and managing your ADHD is packed with sensible advice for patients beginning their journey on understanding ADHD. It is written by very experienced clinicians who emphasize managing the everyday challenges that our patients face. It is written in a clear jargon free style and encourages the reader to change outdated negative scripts about themselves and develop collaborative scaffolding relationships to better manage their ADHD challenges. The authors encourage the reader to recognize their strengths as well as their personal challenges with ADHD. The stories of different patient experiences provide good examples of the ways in which our patients can develop a more balanced and integrated view of themselves. The book encourages the reader to see that they are more than their ADHD. This will be a helpful book for anyone beginning to better understand ADHD."
--Dr. Laurence Jerome, MD, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Western Ontario
"Learning to better live with ADHD is an extraordinary journey that can lead to wonderful results when you understand why and how. May We Have Your Attention Please? is a toolbox that will allow you to discover different avenues on this journey--and remember to focus on the road, not the destination, which will add even more fun to the process."
--Annick Vincent MD, author of My Brain Needs Glasses and My Brain Still Needs Glasses
Table of Contents:
DEAR READER 6
CHAPTER 1: THE FINDING YOURSELF MODEL 8
CHAPTER 2: THE HIDDEN YOU 22
CHAPTER 3: YOUR BRAIN AND ADHD 46
CHAPTER 4: YOUR HEALTH AND ADHD 68
- PHYSICAL 70
- SOCIAL 82
- EMOTIONAL 96
- ACADEMIC/OCCUPATIONAL 108
CHAPTER 5: TAKE THE LEAD WITH ADHD 122
CHAPTER 6: YOU ARE NOT YOUR ADHD 140
CHAPTER 7: YOU AND YOUR TEAM 154
CHAPTER 8: YOU AND YOUR ENVIRONMENT 176
CHAPTER 9: MEDICAL CONSIDERATIONS AND IDEAS 190
A FINAL WORD 202
About the Authors:
Laura MacNiven, M.Ed., is Director of Clinic Services at Springboard Clinic: a leading multidisciplinary clinic specializing in ADHD awareness and treatment in Canada. Focusing on health literacy and learning resources, she is the founder of the Finding yourSELF program that leads to long-term behaviour change for adults. As a professional who experiences ADHD symptoms herself, she is deeply passionate about sharing a message of hope-and effective tools to meet the challenge. She enjoys outdoor sports, writing and exploring the world through the eyes of her two children.
Dr. J. Anne Bailey PhD, CPsych is a Clinical Psychologist and the Head of Treatment at Canada's Springboard Clinic. She is passionate about helping individuals of all ages learn ways to work with a variety of mental health, emotional, learning and behavioral challenges. After completing an undergraduate degree in geophysics and physics, she fell in love with psychology and has dedicated her career-and her doctorate-to it. Her research interests include neuroplasticity and the effects of early experience on the brain. She enjoys cooking and eating out, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Ainslie Gray, MD, is a family physician who has specialized in ADHD and related learning challenges for more than 25 years, and the Medical Director of Springboard Clinic-an established mental health clinic in Canada. She is a leader in treating a variety of attention/learning and mood issues across all ages, and has been an appointed board member of the Canadian Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Resource Alliance (CADDRA) for multiple terms. Dr. Gray holds a special interest for furthering medical education to improve ADHD awareness and treatment by family physicians. In her spare time, she loves to swim, spend time with grandchildren and connects with new friends everywhere she goes.