Winning with ADHD: A Playbook for Teens and Young Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Get the real inside scoop on thriving as a teen with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Drawing on her own experiences living with the disorder, college student Grace Friedman--along with pediatric neurologist Sarah Cheyette--offers valuable tips and tricks to help you face the unique challenges of ADHD.
If you're a teen with ADHD, you care about academic and social success just as much as your peers do, but you may also experience difficulties keeping up in school and maintaining good relationships with friends and family. In addition, you probably find it challenging to stay organized, articulate your struggles to others, and cope with overwhelming pressure--especially as college approaches. This workbook will give you solid skills for addressing the challenges of ADHD so you can live up to your true potential.
In Winning with ADHD, you'll learn powerful and proven-effective cognitive behavioral strategies for coping with overwhelm, staying organized, tackling assignments, preparing for exams, dealing with emotions, communicating effectively with adults, and maintaining strong friendships. You'll also find valuable information about ADHD medication, how your brain works, as well as self-advocacy skills to help you get ahead in high school, college, and beyond.
As a teen with ADHD, you may face many unique challenges. This workbook will give you everything you need to get one step ahead of your ADHD and thrive in all aspects of life.
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About the Author
Grace Friedman was diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at twelve years old and has experienced all the life-challenging effects it presents. Grace is an advocate for young people with ADHD, author, speaker, and blogger and founder of the ADDYTeen.com community, which is visited by people around the world daily. She is a blogger at The Huffington Post, and at fifteen wrote Embracing Your ADHD, a guide for teens which has been downloaded by thousands from her website. Now twenty-two, after recently graduating with a BA in Psychology, she works with teens for the State of Washington, mentors others with ADHD, and has plans to become a clinical psychologist. Grace, now thriving with her ADHD, brings a spirit of generosity and purposefulness to everything she does.Sarah Cheyette, MD, graduated from Princeton University, and then UCLA Medical School. She did a fellowship in pediatric neurology and has been in private practice since then. She treats kids and young adults with ADHD, not just with medication but also with non-medication strategies such as those she outlined in her book, ADHD and the Focused Mind. She brings a powerful professional perspective on the benefits and limitations of ADHD medication, and the many behavioral adaptations young people with ADHD must embrace to thrive with their condition. She and her husband have four kids and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Foreword writer Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, is professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley; professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco; and author of The ADHD Explosion.
--Lara Honos-Webb, PhD, author of The ADHD Workbook for Teens--Lara Honos-Webb, PhD
"Grace Friedman and Sarah Cheyette have joined together to create the perfect playbook for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This book speaks directly to teens and young adults with ADHD from Grace's (a young adult with ADHD herself) perspective of knowing exactly what it's like to deal with and thrive with ADHD. Written in the style of a playbook for sports, it combines ADHD-specific 'plays' (which help readers break big tasks into smaller steps) with concepts to better understand ADHD and guidance on making wise choices that those without ADHD never have to make. It is full of straight talk from the authors and other teens about managing ADHD and winning and thriving personally, at home, in school, and with friends. Readers will immediately feel understood while being coached and encouraged to make changes that lead to creating the life they want."
--Debra Burdick, LCSW, author of Mindfulness for Teens with ADHD and ADHD--Debra Burdick, LCSW
"Winning with ADHD is a truly extraordinary book for teens with ADHD. Written by a young woman with ADHD who has clearly walked the walk, every page is filled with warmth and wisdom. It covers all the important aspects for teens to know about ADHD: from understanding the diagnosis to self-care, medications, and specific strategies for conquering the challenges that arise at school, at home, and with friends. Practical advice is buoyed by real-life examples and heartfelt optimism. This book affirms, guides, and inspires, and most of all gives hope to the many teens struggling with ADHD. Winning with ADHD is a grand slam!"
--Linda Pfiffner, PhD, professor in residence, and director of the hyperactivity attention and learning problems program in the department of psychiatry at the Weill Institute for Neurosciences at the University of California, San Francisco--Linda Pfiffner, PhD
"Wow, a book that is written for teens with ADHD, not about them or at them--in other words, a book that they will actually read. Most of. Okay, some of. But still. And they will be so much better off for spending some time with this gem, since the better they understand themselves, ADHD and all, the more successful and happier they will be. (You will also be happier, but don't tell your teen that.)"
--Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA, psychologist, author, public speaker, advocate, and ADHD expert--Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA
"This book for teens is refreshingly honest and practical. It provides kids with relatable situations and no-nonsense advice. I especially like the section on controlling the controllable things in life. When kids feel overwhelmed or frustrated, they will learn what they can focus on so that they can feel more in control and better able to manage their challenges."
--Cindy Goldrich, EdM, ADHD-CCSP, parent coach, teacher trainer, founder of PTS Coaching, and author of 8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD and the video Executive Function, ADHD, and Stress in the Classroom--Cindy Goldrich, EdM, ADHD-CCSP
"The combination of an author who has ADHD plus a pediatric neurologist who specializes in it packs twice the effectiveness in one book. Friedman presents her own experiences to the reader, while Cheyette provides the research. The book is written in a format that is palatable to people who may have found other books on ADHD a challenge to read through."
--Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, author of Natural Relief for Adult ADHD and 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD--Stephanie Sarkis, PhD
"Winning with ADHD speaks directly to teens with positive, practical help for key challenges--from study habits to managing depression. It's a winner!"
--Katherine Ellison, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Buzz--Katherine Ellison
"In Winning with ADHD, Grace Friedman and Sarah Cheyette show adolescents how to take ownership of their ADHD, their brains, and their behavior with positivity and encouragement. Full of compassion, clarity, and kindness, the authors normalize living with ADHD and help teens acknowledge their challenges while showing them how to accomplish goals and succeed in life. Friedman's refreshing honesty about her own experience and Cheyette's professional insight and clinical examples ground the book's information and useful suggestions in real-life examples of change and success. Winning with ADHD is a must-read for teens, their families, and professionals!"
--Sharon Saline, licensed clinical psychologist with more than twenty-five years' experience empowering children and teens with ADHD and executive function challenges, and author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew--Sharon Saline
"So many wonderful strategies in Winning with ADHD! A great guide for any student looking for practical, implementable tips. The combination of Sarah's expert advice and Grace's real-life strategies make this book a terrific resource."
--Ana Homayoun, author of That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week--Ana Homayoun