FAST MINDS is an acronym for common symptoms that are often seen in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Millions of adults have ADHD or some of its traits, but they are under-recognized, under-treated, and often under-supported.
This book empowers people with ADHD, or some of its characteristics, to adapt and thrive. By working through the program in this book, you will develop personalized strategies to take control of your life.
Forgetful. Achieving below potential. Stuck in a rut. Time challenged.
Motivationally challenged. Impulsive. Novelty seeking. Distractible. Scattered.
If any or all of these symptoms are making it difficult for you—or someone you know—to live life to the fullest, then the clinically proven, cutting-edge program in this book will help you understand your struggles and challenges. Whether you have been diagnosed with ADHD, think you may have it, or just exhibit many of these traits, FAST MINDS will help you:
Figure out what isn’t working in your life, and the keys to fixing it. Build personalized strategies for managing your time, tasks, and relationships. Learn organizational habits that work for you. Stop communicating poorly, making impulsive choices and taking pointless risks. Eliminate negative thinking patterns that waste your mental energy. Create environments that support your challenges. Make the most of both medical and nonmedical resources (medication, coaching, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, support groups, lifestyle change).
With inspiring stories of real people who have adapted and thrived using the methods in this book, FAST MINDS will help you create the kind of life you want to live.
Attention deficits aren t just for kids approximately 4% of adults around the world suffer from some form of attention deficit disorder. Canadian psychiatrist Bilkey, Harvard professor and neuropsychiatrist Surman, and science journalist Weintraub (coauthor of The Autism Revolution) insist the real hurdle for people with Fast Minds ( Forgetful/ Achieving below potential/ Stuck in a rut/ Time challenged/ Motivationally challenged/ Impulsive/ Novelty seeking/ Distractible/ Scattered ) is maintaining consistent engagement. This optimistic and thoroughly practical guide is packed with techniques, therapies (including both traditional ADHD medications and nonmedicated solutions), worksheets, and resources aimed to transform a difficult life into a fulfilling one. There are also inspiring stories of people who ve found their way despite their condition, such as James, who became so distracted that he accidentally set his car on fire in a frightening manifestation of the metaphorical fires in his life ; Maria, who learned to go a little easier on herself and build her self-confidence; and Carlos, who used exercise, medication, and list making to focus his energy. I realized there are thousands of me, he tells the authors, an astounding revelation that made him think differently about his Fast Mind: A disorder? Sure. A defect? No.