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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.

Martha Burge is an ADHD coach, mother to two sons diagnosed with ADHD, and a very intense person. She holds a BA in Psychology, an MA in Organizational Development, and coaching adults with ADHD, gifted adults and parents of intense and gifted children. She speaks to groups including the Celebrate Your Life conference in Chicago in June, 2012. She is active in the Mensa community and is a trusted coach to Mensa members. She lives in Orange County, CA.
 
So what are my thoughts? I`ll be honest, I decided to get this book on behalf of my mom for my sister. My sister suffers from a rare missing chromosome (you can read her story here) which results in her having epilepsy, ADD/ADHD, brain damage, etc. She takes multiple medications to try and get things under control, yet as far as we know there is no cure for her particular disorder. My hope I wanted my mom to get out of this book was maybe get new ideas on how to handle some situations she may come in occurrence in every day life. Like I said, this book won`t be the answer to her particular problems, but it does involve the ADD part of her life.

My personal opinion of the book was that it was informational. It was well written and an easy read, easy to follow. One thing I particularly liked was that Martha included exercises for you to try in her book. While my daughter is not ADD for me to give these exercises a try, I do respect that she shared her experiences and ideas for others. I know just being a parent in general we all get those moments when we learn something new from another parent and have to wonder "wow, why didn`t I think of that?"  Some of these may be just the key to what you`re looking for.
Also, something else I like about her book, she has "important points for the impatient" written after the end of each chapter. Obviously with children it can be hard to sit down and enjoy a good read. So what if you`re a parent particularly looking for information, especially on this topic? Martha made it easy for you. If you found a particular point of interest as the end of the chapter, then you will know what chapter to take the time to read, rather than forcing and stressing yourself to read everything at once for one tip of advice. Needless to say I definitely checking out this book if you or someone you know knows someone with ADD, even if you`re a friend of someone or just want to learn and be informed for yourself. It`s a great book with a lot of information and easy to read. 
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