ADD Myth, The: How to Cultivate the Unique Gifts of Intense Personalities [Paperback] [DMGD]

ADD Myth, The: How to Cultivate the Unique Gifts of Intense Personalities [Paperback] [DMGD]

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*This is a new, never read book. It has a few blemishes such as a crease or edge-wear on the cover, remainder mark, but it is still crisp and new on the inside and it makes for a great reading copy.*

Martha Burge (Author)

More than 5 million children in the United States take stimulant medication to treat ADHD. Yet, there is no objective method of diagnosis for ADHD. And, many of these medications can cause serious side effects including amphetamine psychosis.

In The ADD Myth, ADHD coach Martha Burge proposes that what is commonly understood as ADHD is actually five intense personality traits: sensual, psychomotor, intellectual, creative, and emotional. Once properly understood, People with these intense personality traits can develop them into gifts.

The ADD Myth shows:

The five intense personality traits: sensual, psychomotor, intellectual, creative, and emotional
Why all personalities exist along a "neurodiversity" spectrum
Where intense people fit on the spectrum
Why the medical profession should seek alternative explanations for ADHD
Stories, practical steps, and daily practices for developing one's intense nature with the least amount of suffering.

Burge includes her own story of having both of her children diagnosed with ADHD, the serious reactions they had to drug treatment, and how she began her search for an alternative approach to help them. The ADD Myth will raise awareness of the underlying condition of intensity, and help people who previously thought of themselves as broken develop more fulfilling lives.
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The ADD Myth
Prior to reading this book, I thought of the ADD diagnosis applying to those who could not sit still and pay attention. Looking at the traits described by the author in each of the five "SPICE" categories of "intensities" opened my eyes to understanding a greater range of intensities; briefly summarized as: Sensual (sight, sound, touch, smell...); Psychomotor (I can't sit still...); Intellectual (misses details, but able to concencrate long periods on single project, needs info, disorganized,...); Creative (easily distracted & bored, needs to be in creative activity, vivid imagination...), and Emotional ( fluctuating moods, unpredicatble emotions, anger management issues, highs & lows,...). Never given such a diagnosis, my husband and I (in our 60's) display many of these traits, and have few friends, except for those with also some of these traits. I believe we have flourished over the years because of our great tolerance for each other's oddities, without ever having defined it. And many of the coping mechanisms described in the book have been employed by us leaving us with gifts rather than a disorder. A worthy book for anyone to read who may feel that they don't quite fit in but don't really know why.
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