Synopses & Reviews
Do you rule the realm of disorganization, clutter, and chaos? Are you constantly battling to get things done? Are you ready to give up and toss your day planner into the dungeon (otherwise known as your closet)? If so, you might just be The Queen of Distraction. And whether or not youve been formally diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you probably already know that somethings got to give. The Queen of Distraction presents practical skills to help women with ADHD achieve focus and balance in all areas of life, whether its at home, at work, or in relationships. Psychotherapist Terry Matlen delves into the feminine side of ADHDthe elements of this condition that are particular to women, such as: relationships, skin sensitivities, meal-planning, parenting, and dealing with out-of-control hormones. In addition, the book offers helpful tips and strategies to get your symptoms under control, and outlines a number of effective treatment options for you to pursue. From getting dressed in the morning, to making it to a job interview, to planning dinnersometimes just getting through the day can be an ordeal for a woman with ADHD. If youve been accused of getting lost in your own world, maybe its time to make a change. If youre ready to start getting organized and stop leaving your groceries in the car, this book can help. Its more than just a survival guide; its an ADHD how-to to help you thrive!
“As usual, Stephanie Sarkis has done a masterful job of assembling a countless number of tips and strategies to improve the lives of adults with ADD. Whether you’re brand new to the diagnosis or an experienced old-timer, you will find plenty of useful ideas. Don't let this book's small size fool you—it's loaded with great stuff.”
—Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA, author of Understand Your Brain, Get More Done; More Attention, Less Deficit; and Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD
“Sarkis combines her wealth of information with the latest research findings for an enriched second edition of this popular book. The book is concise and to the point on issues that challenge adults with ADD and their families. Skills offered in this book will enhance daily productivity and self-confidence, leading to a more satisfying life. Buy the book and use what she has to offer. It can only help.”
—David W. Goodman, MD, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and director at Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Center of Maryland
“Stephanie Sarkis has given me a terrific guide for the next phase of my life as I enter medical school. She dispels the myths about ADD and presents the latest research in a way everyone can understand.”
—Blake E. S. Taylor, author of ADHD and Me and medical student at Columbia University
“Adults with ADD want and need a simple, practical plan that works to help tame the chaos in their lives, and that's exactly what Stephanie Sarkis gives them in the second edition of 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD. Expanded to include the latest technology and research, Sarkis includes easy-to-follow strategies for everyday problems from remembering to take your medication to tiding up your closet. I know I’ll continue to recommend this book as a must-have for all adults with ADD.”
—Patricia O. Quinn, MD, director of the National Center for Girls and Women with AD/HD
“Stephanie Sarkis shows you how to jump-start your life and plow through any obstacles in 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD. These easy-to-read and easy-to-use tools will take your life to the next level. An eloquent and engaging guide to thriving with adult ADD.”
—Lara Honos-Webb, PhD, author of The Gift of Adult ADD
“Part roadmap and part condensed travel guide, 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD hits the highlights of medication, organization, and self-care. Sarkis’ to-the-point prose and realistic strategies help keep you on track.”
—Gina Pera, award-winning journalist and author of Is It You, Me, or Adult ADD?
“10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD is a straightforward, honest book jam-packed with valuable tips and strategies. Stephanie Sarkis writes as if she is standing right with you, coaching you through various aspects of the ADD life. Each chapter stands alone and is filled with techniques that you can start using right now to achieve the balance that is essential for a happy, healthy life.”
—Roberto Olivardia, PhD, clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and clinical associate in psychology at McLean Hospital
The Queen of Distraction
strikes gold! It is the mother lode of wisdom, practical nuggets, humor, and insight. Terry Matlen is a true veteran of the ADHD saga. This book is authoritative, yet warm; up-to-date, yet timeless. Terrys masterful guide will help you feel less stressed, more successful, and happier in pursuit of your goals. I recommend it most highly.”
Edward Hallowell, MD, coauthor of Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction
The Queen of Distraction
is an oasis of acceptance and practical ideas for women with ADHDcompassionate and approachable.”
Melissa Orlov, author of The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD
As a woman who suffers from ADHD herself, Matlen has personally walked the talk. Professionally, shes worked with countless others with adult ADHD through her coaching and consulting practice. Matlens new book serves as an ADHD primer and introduction to all things ADHD. Keep it by your bedside, handy for when you feel low, confused, or alone. Terrys warm, knowledgeable voice will shine through like a beacon, guiding you with a voice that is supportive and accepting, knowledgeable and practical. Use it as a roadmap and companion as you navigate your journey with adult ADHD.”
Zoë Kessler, BA, BEd, author of ADHD According to Zoë
Terry has done an exceptional job bringing together what is known about the science of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults as it applies specifically to women, making it live with numerous case examples of women with ADHD telling their own personal stories, and chock-full of sound advice for how to manage the symptoms, deficits, and impairments that are often associated with this disorder in adults. It is among the best and certainly the most current book on the topic of women with ADHD and will be exceptionally valuable to not only women with the disorder but those wishing to better understand it. It is certainly a must-read for therapists and coaches who assist such women through their practices.”
Russell A. Barkley, PhD, clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Medical University of South Carolina, RussellBarkley.org and ADHDLectures.com
The Queen of Distraction
is a must-read book for understanding how to deal with all the critical problems women with ADHD face daily. It is an appealing, practical, and easy-to read book written with insight, humor, and honesty. The real-life stories and examples provide the optimism and motivation to use the work/life tips to overcome ADHD-related challenges. Matlen provides a gift to women with ADHD. If the goal is managing difficulties such as transitions, clutter, time, emotions, relationships, or parenting, then Matlen provides a critical guide to greater productivity and life satisfaction.”
Geraldine Markel, PhD
Terry Matlen has learned the hard way how to live a good life with ADHD. Fortunately for her readers, she is smart and funny enough that they can benefit from her experience and wisdom. She does an excellent job of explaining how ADHD impacts the specific demands women face today and offering solutions to make their lives better. This book will make your life easieryou need it!”
Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA, author of Understand Your Brain, Get More Done; More Attention, Less Deficit; and Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD
Like most of my colleagues, I read each ADHD book that comes out, comparing the usefulness of one to the other. Terry Matlen has hit it out of the ballpark with this one. From the unique and relatable cover, which hints at humor, yet promises content, Ms. Matlen delivers to the reader a most thorough and helpful
handbook for living inside a female, ADHD body (my personal favorite chapter: Clothing Loathing). Not only does this book lighten the guilt of how we all feel in our clutter, chaos, and lack of measuring up to Sally Struthers next door, it also takes each symptom and breaks it down into practical, easy steps to living a more productive and comfortable
life! What a concept! Bravo to Matlen for this treasure, which will no doubt become the most worn-out book in any womans ADHD library.”
Wilma Fellman, MEd, LPC, career counselor, ADHD coach and trainer, and author of Finding a Career That Works for You and The Other Me: Poetic Thoughts on ADD for Adults, Kids and Parents
Terry Matlen gives the royal treatment to the topic of women with ADHD in her new book, The Queen of Distraction
. Weaving together a combination of stories from her professional work and her own experience of living with ADHD, Matlen takes readers through all the struggles confronted by women with ADHD in todays world and provides useful coping tips for tackling them. Whether you are a woman with ADHD or you want to understand the impact of ADHD on the life of your mother, sister, daughter, partner, or any other woman in your life, this book is for you.”
J. Russell Ramsay, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry, codirector of the Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Adult ADHD Tool Kit
Many books offer advice to adults with ADHD about how they might cope more effectively with difficulties of daily life. This book is unique in its empathic understanding of emotional needs and stresses of women with ADHD who struggle to manage the complex demands of their daily life. It offers many very practical suggestions from an understanding friend who has been there and has learned from her experience.”
Thomas E. Brown, PhD, associate director, Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders, Yale University School of Medicine, and author of Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD
Its a fact! Women with ADHD are overwhelmed and hurting. Dial 911 and along comes Terry Matlens The Queen of Distraction
to the rescue, offering a prescription to help these women overcome chaos, clutter, and other everyday challenges. Like a skilled surgeon, Matlen cuts to the core of the problem and offers relief. I would recommend this book to every woman with ADHD. It doesnt matter whether she has an acute issue needing immediate attention or a chronic problem, is newly diagnosed or an old timer looking for practical tips: help can be found within these pages.”
Patricia O. Quinn, MD, Center for Girls and Women with ADHD, Washington, DC
In the second edition of 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD, Stephanie Sarkis offers the latest research and information on effective new attention deficit disorder medications and treatments. This new edition also expands on the original ten simple solutions to include more information that can help adults with ADD get organized and manage their symptoms.
Managing attention-deficit disorder (ADD) as an adult is a constant challenge. You may notice that your mind sometimes wanders during conversations. Maybe you keep misplacing your keys. Or your ADD may be causing bigger problems in your life, making it difficult to keep in touch with friends and family and leading you to procrastinate on important projects.
10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD offers ten easy ways to better manage your symptoms and live better with ADD. Written by noted author and acclaimed psychotherapist Stephanie Sarkis, who has used these solutions to personally overcome her ADD symptoms, this concise and clear new edition offers the latest treatment information to help you sharpen your focus, improve your relationships, and manage your time and money.
A professional ADD coach offers simple tools and tips for adults with ADD on how to heighten concentration and memory retention, lessen anxiety, cope with anger and frustration, deal with social situations, handle finances, and perform successfully at work.
People think of ADD as a kid's problem. But kids grow up. Many adults also struggle with ADD. If you or someone you live with has ADD, you probably know that there are books on the market for this condition. But they are often too long. Or too complicated. Or too dry and clinical. You need straightforward tools for coping with real experiences. 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD offers exactly what you need.
Each chapter takes up an issue pertinent to adults with ADD: 'My mind wanders.' 'I'm always misplacing things.' 'I have trouble keeping friends.' 'I have a hard time getting started.' In no more than five to seven pages, the book outlines strategies for each problem that are simple to put into practice.
Get immediate and lasting rewards:
- Better concentration
- Sharper memory
- Richer relationships
- Improved money and time management
- Greater self-confidence
Visit her the author's web site at www.stephaniesarkis.com.
From getting dressed in the morning, to making it to a job interview, to planning dinnersometimes just getting through the day can be an ordeal for a woman with ADHD. The Queen of Distraction presents practical skills to help women with ADHD achieve focus and balance in all areas of life, whether its at home, at work, or in relationships. More than just a survival guide, this book will help women with ADHD thrive.
About the Author
Terry Matlen, MSW, is a psychotherapist, consultant, writer, and coach. She is the author of Survival Tips for Women with ADHD and founder of addconsults.com. Matlen has been interviewed by National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, the New York Times, US News and World Report, Newsday, Today, CBS This Morning, The Jane Pauley Show, Ladies' Home Journal, Glamour, and others.Sari Solden, MS, LMFT, is a psychotherapist and consultant in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who has counseled adults with ADHD for over twenty-five years. She is the author of the pioneering books Women with Attention Deficit Disorder and Journeys Through ADDulthood, as well as a prominent keynote speaker at national and international ADHD conferences. She serves on the professional advisory board of the National Association for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADDA) and was a past recipient of their award for outstanding service by a helping professional. Solden's areas of specialization include women's issues, inattentive ADHD, and the emotional consequences and healing process for adults who grew up with undiagnosed ADHD.