The following are excerpts and reviews from this controversial and game changing book for doctors and patients on a new approach to the pharmacologic treatment for Adults with ADHD.
The more time went on, the more it became clear to me that this “two sided coin” aspect of A.D.D. was a crucially important step forward in the understanding of A.D.D. and in the building of a new and dynamic conceptual model. Moreover, this model directly lent itself to a very clear treatment protocol that eventuated into dramatically improved treatment outcomes. I was helping more and more people with not just better results but frequently transformational results – quantitatively and qualitatively.
" The ADHD Game is the most clinically important book I have ever seen for both adults with ADHD and the doctors who want to provide them with the highest level of care.”
— Robert Pal. ADHD Coach
Of course, some people will only want to address the problem two or three decades from now, when the few studies that are finally done in the area have been widely disseminated. But most of the people who have read this book have done so because they don’t want to wait twenty or thirty more years to address the vast gulf between where they are and where intuitively they know they can and should be. And they don’t have to.
"REVOLUTIONARY TREATMENT MODEL, BY A TRUE ADULT ADHD SPECIALIST. Recommended for patients & physicians. (Reads quickly & easily) I've tried everything. Will my anxiety/depression ever go away?" Does this sound like you, or someone you know?Do you wonder what life would be like if you didn't procrastinate, stress out, or lose focus as easily?
Well, as Dr. Hoffer points out in this book: eliminating your bad habits/impulses is easier than you think. And yes, your anxiety and depression CAN go away as a result. All you need is a physician who understands how to treat adult ADHD. I've been bounced around from therapist to therapist, trying everything from CBT to SSRIs to get my anxiety under control.
When I ask if it's possible that I have adult ADHD, the answer is always "That's not my area." Since my own psychiatrist and GP couldn't help me, I decided to take matters into my own hands and purchase this book.
It confirmed my previous suspicions: our health care system is unequipped to recognize and treat adult ADHD. Every year, patients like myself fall through the cracks, diagnosed with "anxiety," and rarely improve.
If your situation sounds like mine, do yourself a favour: purchase this book, and beg your doctor to read it. It flows very nicely and recounts the stories of ADHD patients who turned their lives around with his treatment. The book explains the patients' background, treatment plan, and outcome. There were many patients to whom I could personally relate, so I felt astonishing relief and optimism to learn that other people like myself are now leading happy, functional, anxiety-free lives! It also elicited a sense of empathy for my brother with ADHD, who previously frustrated me with his poor decisions and lack of self-control. I now have a better understanding of how the ADHD brain works in the areas of attention, motivation, and functionality. And for the first time, I was able to understand the pharmacology, uses, and effects of different medications.
I have an inkling suspicion that my own psychiatrist will have a large "aha!" moment when she reads this book. Not just about me, but also about so many other patients suffering anxiety and depression.
One thing is for sure: you NEED to be proactive about getting treatment. Arm yourself with as much information as possible: symptoms, medications, adult ADHD treatment centres, etc. And of course, get your doctor to read this book!
Most of my adult psychiatric colleagues still will not diagnose ADD and will not treat ADD. Sounds a bit crazy, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, lots of doctors feel a great deal of pressure to appear like they know everything about everything. In particular, my psychiatric colleagues can get very nervous, prickly, and combative when they are confronted by their patients asking them questions about Attention Deficit Disorder. Most of them don’t know too much about the area and are nervous about their lack of knowledge and familiarity.
I had a very unusual and, for me, characteristic conundrum. I was helping a lot of people achieve unimagined improvements in their overall treatment results while being vilified and derided by colleagues as a quack and by gossip mongers in the community as a pill-pushing mad man.
Consider the following. If you have ADD (untreated, usually undiagnosed), you are 5-6 times as likely to not finish high school, twice as likely to be involved in a serious car accident, twice as likely to have obesity, 3-4 times as likely to be a habituatal smoker, 3 times as likely to be divorced and 4 times as likely to have had a psychiatric hospitalization. Reviewing studies and discussion with other experts, you are 3-4 times as likely to be incarcerated and 3-4 times as likely to develop a substance abuse (drugs and/or alcohol) disorder.From a socio-economic perspective the adult with ADD will have an annual salary 60% of his or her matched age cohort, lower occupational levels, and poorer work performance.
Stop & Think
You intuitively know that there is far more to the challenges one faces than just inattention. It may be hard sometimes to put one’s finger on it but, if you stop and think about the overall “deficiency” of the ADDer, it is almost precisely that – they often cannot just “stop and think.” It is like they have a defective “pause button” on their own personal internal remote control. When faced with a situation requiring a decision, they cannot find and access and hit their pause button; they can’t pause, assess the situation, think things through, weigh out consequences, and then decide on a course of action. Instead they ignore or avoid or overreact or under react.