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Saturday
Jan312015

Stopwalking on Eggshells: Taking your life back when someone you love has Borderline Personality Disorder

By: Paul Mason, MS and Randi Kreger

The Second Edition of this wonderfully insightful and helpful book is required reading for anyone who is living or interacting with a loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder. This is the book that I recommend the most to clients when it is apparent that they are dealing with somone suffering from BPD. This read offers numerous accounts of cases with individuals with BPD and documents how the disorder presents itself. Whether you have a child, spouse, parent or friend with BPD this information will be very beneficial in helping you understand what occurs in the mind of someone with BPD. The book helps you identify if someone you know has BPD by documenting examples of each of the 9 symptoms that make up the diagnostic criteriain the DSM 5 for this personality disorder. The authors also provide direct instructions on how to interact with those with BPD, and they how important it is to create firm and consistent boundaries with these individuals to help protect yourself from further trauma and drama, which is often the consequence of interacting with those with BPD. This book will become a lifeboat for those that are stuck dealing with loved ones that exhibit BPD symptoms and characteristics. 

 

Saturday
Jan312015

Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child

Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child

 

By: Edward Hallowell, MD and Peter Jensen

 

Dr. Hallowell is the leading expert in the world on the subject of ADHD. He has written several very informative and educational books on understanding ADHD. This book offers a more positive stance on ADHD and helps parents to understand how the mind of their ADHD child works and offers suggestions on how to engage the child based on the child's personal interets and passions that help to motivate them in life. Dr. Hallowell, who also has lived with ADHD his whole life, offers a unique perspective into this ADHD world. His insight helps to bridge the gap that often exists between parents and children who suffer in isolation from ADHD. He and Jensen offer positive reframes on the usual negative characteristics associated with the disorder. This more positive outlook helps to create a more supportive and understanding environment for those that already feel worlds apart from the rest of society. ADHD does not have to be a devastating blow when diagnosed. There are many gifts that come with ADHD that are highlighted in this book. The first step to helping and reaching these children is to offer their parents the knowlege they need about understanding ADHD so that they can help foster the type of environment and upbringing that is going to direct these children down the right path in school and life. Living with someone with ADHD can be challenging but also can be very rewarding if you know how to help them reach their full potential. If you have a child with ADHD and want to understand their inner world pick up this quick read and find ways to connect!

Saturday
Jan312015

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead

By: Sheryl Sandburg

 

This book is a must read for all women, men in leadership positions that hire or manage women in the work place and for husbands who want to understand how to support and appreciate the strong, independent, hardworking women in their lives, including their wives, mothers and daughters. This read is all about empowerment and finding that leader within. Lean in encourages women to find ways to engage in the areas of their life that they might be holding back from out of fear or self consciousness. Sheryl has a way of creating a call to action that is hard to resist. It is an important read for young women who need to hear the message that leaders come in all sizes, shapes, personalities, intellectual capacities and genders! She gives women important advice on how to present themselves in job interviews, how to gain respect in the work place and how to approach topics with employers regarding raises, promotions and family planning issues that arise over the course of a woman's lifetime. These are issues that are not talked about enough in society, and Sandburg offers a platform for these conversations to start taking place. She is giving women permission to take more control over their lives, their marriages and their careers. She sets a wonderful example for current and future generations of women who are entering the workforce and who need strong female role models. She offers tips on how to juggle work and family as well as this is something that she has had to address during many stages of her career. This book covers every area and topic that women need to consider and address when preparing to enter the work force to build a lifelong career.

Saturday
Jan312015

ADD Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

By: Judith Kolberg & Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D.

 


This book is absolutely perfect for helping ADHD individuals find simple and easy ways to organize every aspect of their life. The entire book is full of effective and productive tips on how to start tackling those messes that clutter up your mind and your environment. Regular organizing books are of no help to those who suffer from ADHD as they fail to consider just how differently the ADHD brain works compared to the rest of the world. This book is a must for those that are feeling overwhelmed by clutter but have no idea how to start to declutter their life. This read offers so many options to help declutter rooms, households, work spaces, children's rooms, and school environments to help create more conducive spaces for studying or spaces that allow you unwind and relax in after a long day at the office. They offer tips on how to create to do lists that are more reasonable and lead to more productive days, which helps you stop wasting valuable time daily.  If you are ready to tackle that clutter and find ways to regain control over your life, then this is the first step for you. Once you start reading you can start to see how easy it is to master your domain and to no longer feel trapped in your clutter. Free yourself from mental and physical clutter and stress today!

Friday
Sep162011

Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

 

Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

By: Edward Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D.

Review by Dr. Hardison: Hallowell provides a wealth of information on all aspects of ADHD. He covers diagnostic procedures, medications, therapeutic treatments, links between ADHD and other conditions, tips on how to deal with and manage ADHD, etc. If you are looking to read only one book on attention deficit disorder then it should be Delivered from Distraction. The format of the book is genius. Hallowell has organized the information in such a way that you can easily find the specific information you are looking for without needing to read the entire book. One chapter is comprised entirely of answers to questions from readers of his earlier books on ADHD. These questions cover most of the frequently asked questions from clients, parents and clinicians. He presents the material in such a way that you immediately understand ADHD from a new perspective. He not only focuses on the negative consequences of having this condition, but he also reveals the strengths that accompany ADHD such as creativity, high energy, intuitiveness, tenacity, etc. Hallowell himself has ADHD and dyslexia and he is now a medical doctor who treats mostly ADHD individuals to help them manage their condition. He makes this condition more relatable by describing his personal experience with the symptoms and his struggles. Make sure to pick up the 2005 edition as it has the most updated information. He wrote a previous book in 1994 called Driven to Distraction and much of what we know about ADHD has occurred in the past 10 years!