A central source of frustration for most adults with ADHD is that they know what they need to do but they have difficulties turning their intentions into actions. These difficulties also interfere with their ability to use self-help books and to get the most out of psychosocial treatments that provide coping strategies that promise to improve their functioning. Drs. Ramsay and Rostain are experts in the assessment and treatment of adult ADHD and are leaders in the development of effective psychosocial treatments for this group of patients. Their newest book, The Adult ADHD Tool Kit: Using CBT to Facilitate Coping Inside and Out is a coping guide for adults living with ADHD, one that does not just present useful coping strategies but also provides specific tactics designed to help readers implement these skills in their daily lives and brings them to life in a user-friendly format. The authors discuss many different settings in which ADHD may cause difficulties, including work, school, matters of physical health and well-being, and the issue of excessive use of technology. Although written for consumers, clinicians will find the book to be a clinically useful tool for their adult patients with ADHD, serving as a companion to the newly updated and expanded second edition of Drs. Ramsay and Rostain's professional treatment manual, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Integrative Psychosocial and Medical Approach.
J. Russell Ramsay, PhD, is cofounder and codirector of the Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program and an associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry in the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. He is cochair of the professional advisory board for the Attention Deficit Disorder Association. Anthony L. Rostain, MD, is cofounder and codirector of the Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program and a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics in the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, where he is also director of education for the department of psychiatry. He is currently president of the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD).
Preface 1. Introduction 2. What Do You Have to Do?--The To-Do List: 3. How Do You Spend Yourself: The Daily Planner 4. Define, Prioritize, and Choreograph What You Do: Time and Task Management 5. Putting the Plan Into Motion (or "Once I get started...") 6. Keeping the Plan Going (Part 1)--Motivation, Emotions ,and Energy 7. Keeping the Plan Going (Part 2)--Attitudes, Beliefs, and Self-Esteem 8. Outsourcing Coping Skills 9. Data Management--Recording, Organizing, and Managing Information 10. Materials Management--Organizing and Managing Your "Stuff" 11. Environmental Engineering: Managing Your Surroundings 12. Problem Management--Putting Skills Together to Navigate the World 13. Managing College with ADHD 14. Managing the Workplace with ADHD 15. Relationships, Family, and Adult ADHD 16. Health, Well-being, and Adult ADHD 17. Your Relationship with Technology--Good Servant, Poor Master 18. Committing to Undoing the Effects of Adult ADHD 19. The Role of Medication in the Treatment of Adult ADHD 20. Conclusions Appendix A: Online Resources and Organizations Appendix B: Recommended Readings for Consumers Appendix C: Recommended Readings for Professionals Appendix D: Adult ADHD Clinics Appendix E: Useful Tools and Apps Appendix F: Medications for Adult ADHD References Index