A Personal History of ADHD

Book - 2014
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The first book of its kind, this compelling and moving memoir about what it's like to be a child with ADHD also explains the history of the diagnosis and how we have come to medicate more than four million children today. Riveting, thought-provoking, and deeply intelligent, this is a remarkable book both for its sensitive portrait of a child's experience as well as for its ability to illuminate a remarkably complex and controversial mental condition.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2014
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781476702575
Branch Call Number: 616.8589 DEN NVD
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 20, 2015

(pg.222)..."the biological approach of general medicine was broadly applied to the field of mental illness, a shift that has caused 'psychiatry to focus so exclusively on the brain as an organ that the experience of the patient as a person has receded below the horizon of our vision.' <Eisenberg> The results are what we're seeing now: misdiagnosis and over-diagnosis, and a reliance on drug therapy as the primary line of defense against disorders that, because of their nature, demand a multifaceted approach."

Jul 20, 2015

(pg.196).."if ADHD doesn't determine you, it does tend to limit your second chances---a reality that, at the very least, places a premium on the moments in which you're conscious of deciding what happens next."

Jul 09, 2015

(pg.169) Sometimes I like to think of ADHD - as a space that exists between desire and reality. This space is largest when you're younger and tends to diminish as the years pass. But does it close up entirely?


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Jul 06, 2015

pg. 159 " ...Which is one of the problems with a medication meant to address that point where personality and biology meet: if the drug really does work, its benefit can feel unmerited; and if it fails, well, your fate is confirmed--there's something so deep and irreversible at the heart of you that even a pill can't reach it. Either way you're struggling to distinguish the things you can change from all those you can't."

JCLLisaJ Mar 09, 2015

A well written, easy to read, journey of one man’s experience living with ADHD and the history of the disorder. Parents may see their child in Denevi’s story and adults may see themselves in the childhood stories that are shared here.

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