Book: Smart but Stuck

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Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD

Thomas E. Brown, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry

(Jossey-Bass)

Despite decades of research into the condition known as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD is often considered as a problem of hyperactivity, even of misbehavior. The stereotype of a person with ADHD — fidgety, with a short attention span, and even an inferior intellect — reflects an outdated conception of this complex disorder, according to Thomas E. Brown.

 “Smart but Stuck” features 15 true stories about intelligent, capable teens and adults who have gotten “stuck” at school, work, and/or in social relationships because of their ADHD. Brown highlights the often unrecognized role that emotions play in this complex disorder. He explains why even very bright people with ADHD get stuck because they can focus well on some tasks that interest them, but often can’t focus adequately on other important tasks and relationships.

Expanding on previous research findings, the book describes strategies and treatments for getting “unstuck” to move on to a more rewarding and productive life.

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