I ALWAYS WANT TO BE WHERE I'M NOT: Successful Living with ADD and ADHD

 

A Boot Camp for Young (and not-so-young) Adults on How To Manage Their Condition...

AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK AND ON KINDLE
HARDCOVER LIBRARY EDITION
Audiobook Release: July 1, 2014


Wes Crenshaw, PhD, Board Certified Couples and Family Psychologist (ABPP), offers thirteen principles for living with ADD and ADHD drawn from twenty-two years of experience and 23,000 hours of clinical conversation. Written in an entertaining, conversational style for readers aged fifteen and up, Dr. Wes pulls no punches in confronting the cognitive, social, emotional, and academic pitfalls people with ADD face every day. He also helps families, friends, and romantic partners understand a diagnosis of ADD not as an excuse for difficulties, but as a first step on the path to a better tomorrow.
Dr. Wes Crenshaw offers thirteen principles for successful living with ADD and ADHD drawn from twenty-two years of experience and 23,000 hours of clinical discussions with hundreds of interesting clients. Written in an entertaining, conversational style for readers aged fifteen to thirty, Dr. Wes pulls no punches in confronting the cognitive, social, emotional, and academic pitfalls people with ADD face every day. He also helps families, friends, and romantic partners understand a diagnosis of ADD not as something to fear or an excuse, but as a first step on the path to a better tomorrow.

Dr. Wes's principles include accepting here and now, living intentionally, making mindful decisions, recognizing and taking the right path and not just the easy one, wanting rather than wishing, finding and following life's instructions, managing crises, taking responsibility, attaining character through radical honesty, and creating sustainable happiness through organized thinking and living. Finally, Dr. Wes guides you and your loved ones in how to better manage relationships, seek a good diagnosis, utilize therapy, and become your own expert on medication management.

 

* Have you been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD or do you suspect you should be? Do you really want to start solving your many riddles and living a more successful and productive life? This book is for you.

* Does your partner, child, roommate, or friend have ADD? Do you wonder what's going on in his or her head, and you really want to understand the secret code so you can better love him or her? This book is for you.

* Are you a little scattered or organizationally challenged? Do you struggle with details, follow-through, or in converting ideas into results? Do your people see you as fun and energetic, but uncommitted and difficult to pin down. Maybe you're an "ADD-leaner." This book is for you.

 

Dear Dr. Wes...Real Life Advice for Parents of Teens

A Unique Book of Advice and Commentary for Parents of Teenagers...

...combining Dr. Wes Crenshaw's nineteen years of clinical experience as a board certified family psychologist with the natural wisdom and empathy of eight really sharp sixteen- to eighteen-year-olds, each of whom spent a year writing for the Double Take advice column. Though entertaining in tone, the book offers serious, honest and practical guidance to parents on real world adolescent issues: sex, contraception, pregnancy, sexual identity, mental health, cutting, falling in love, breaking up, friendship, divorce, the future, teen technology, parent-child conflict, suicide, foster care, school success and failure, fear and hope and many other issues in the middle and high school years. Most of the advice was written in response to letters sent by parents and teens to ask@dr.wes.com. The rest were written on topics selected by the authors based on teen trends and current events. In addition to specific suggestions on each problem, the authors share a thoughtful social commentary on how the world influences the next generation, and vice versa. Have teens read the companion volume: Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Teens.

Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Teens

Good advice for teenagers. Everyone has some...

...or thinks they do. Friends, family, the Internet. The problem is that for advice to be really good, it must be equal parts empathy and wisdom. To make sense of your world, the giver must feel things the way you feel them and see things the way you see them, before offering up an opinion.

The advice in this book is unusual because the folks pushing it aren’t hip middle-aged experts talking to you in what they imagine to be cool teen voices that they vaguely remember from 1977. Well, okay…one of us is. I’m a board certified family psychologist. But the other eight co-authors are really sharp teenagers, or were at the time they wrote for Double Take, a weekly advice column that has been published in the Lawrence Journal World since 2004.

Read it cover to cover or use it as a reference tool. Either way by the time you’re out of your freshman year of college, you’ll have found your way through just about every topic in this book. If we’ve missed something, email us and we’ll answer your question in the column.

 

 

 

What Others Are Saying...

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., co-author, NY Times bestseller Driven to Distraction

"A valuable and comprehensive guide on living with ADHD. I Always Want to Be Where I'm Not is a brilliant compilation of stories of people living with ADHD followed by tips on how to 'tap into your special power.' It's a life-saver of a book that can change your ADHD life for the better."



Melissa Orlov, author The ADHD Effect on Marriage

"Quite simply one of the best books I've read about ADHD! With warm and humorous prose, Crenshaw provides principled, actionable advice for young adults who need to integrate ADHD symptoms into the growing pressures of adulthood. I Always Want to Be Where I'm Not should be the handbook for successfully growing up and into life with adult ADHD."



--Susan C. Pinsky, author, Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD

"A chart for the therapeutic journey that ADHD sufferers must embark on with their therapist or mentor if they are going to achieve the success in relationships, schooling, and jobs that we all desire. The thirteen principles and their practical solutions provide a therapeutic game plan for tackling the challenges of this condition."

 

Linda Daugherty, playwright, The Secret Life of Girls, Eat (It's Not About Food), dont u luv me? and hard 2 spel dad (written with Mary Rohde Scudday)
"I loved these two books--real questions from real people. The answers provided by Wes and the teen writers are always compassionate, always on everyone's side--thoughtful, blunt and sometimes raw in their honesty. These books should sit side by side on the shelf. If you're a teen, you might see where your parents are coming from and how much they care. If you're a parent, you'll remember what you were like at fifteen, and more importantly, glimpse how challenging, how really challenging, it is these days to grow up healthy and happy."