Creating New Behaviors - a Resource

There are two new resources that I want to make you aware of.  One is a new book by Nancy Ratey that provides a really interesting and useful approach to finally changing the ADHD behaviors that have seem so entrenched.  The other is an upcoming conference about ADHD, sponsored by ADDA.

Nancy Ratey is both an educator and a coach, and has been a leader in the development of ADHD coaching standards.  Her new book, The Disorganized Mind: Coaching your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents provides some real insight into what has worked for her and for her clients.  She acknowledges that many ADHD behaviors seem intractable, and then shows the reader why they aren't.  No messing around - her method takes lots of work - but she tells you how to set up a structure to support long-term engagement and to get enough immediate results so that you will be inspired to continue.  She feels you are ready to use her book effectively if you can answer "yes" to many of the following questions:

  • Am I willing to let go of old patterns and habits in order to replace them with new ones?
  • Am I able to identify at least one or two things I would like to change?
  • Am I flexible enough to try new approaches to old ways of doing things?
  • Am I willing to put the time and energy into the self-coaching process to get the results I want?
  • Am I willing to be honest with myself in terms of what my effort level really is, rather than what I wish it would be at any given point?
  • Do I have the courage to ask help from others?

A second resource is an upcoming ADDA conference in Minneapolis from July 10-13.  Keynote speakers include Ned Hallowell, John Ratey and Sari Solden.  Sari Solden has an interesting topic for her speech "A Whole New View of Success - Aiming for Wholeness Instead of Perfection" and Nancy Ratey will be talking about the information in her new book mentionned above.  To see the full program, go to this link.


Another resource

Hi Melissa. I don't know too many details, but with my web surfing I think I read that Jen Koretsky and Terri Matlen have teamed together to offer a Virtual ADD Conference. Jen might have info about it on her site.

Ms. Rately's book

But what do you do when you cannot even concentrate on reading the book. I've had it several weeks and have only gotten thru a few pages. My local county MH clinic has given me the "bum rush" because I've gone thru DBT ( 4 months, 3 days a week) individual counseling and art therapy over the course of 3 years. I've begged for someone (MSW and Psy) to help me specifically w/ the ADD to no avail.. and no returned phone calls from written messages I've left there. I have no where to turn now except to dryly written books that can't hold my attention. I've contacted the research DR. asked to be considered for deep brain stimulation trials. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Other options beside books

If you do better with things that are audio, there are some other options for learning about ADHD.  These include free teleseminars that are given by phone - try as one resource.  In addition, some of the ADHD books, including Dr. Hallowell's, can be purchased in abridged audio versions.  Go to Amazon for more details about these, or ask your library if they might purchase them.

Melissa Orlov