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The Disorganized Mind

Written by: Nancy A. Ratey,John Ratey MD - foreword
Narrated by: Virginia Wolf
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Publisher's Summary

For the millions of adults diagnosed with ADHD, The Disorganized Mind will provide expert guidance on what they can do to make the most of their lives. The inattention, time mismanagement, procrastination, impulsivity, distractibility, and difficulty with transitions that often go hand-in-hand with ADHD can be overcome with the unique approach that Nancy Ratey brings to turning these behaviors around. The Disorganized Mind addresses the common issues confronted by the ADHD adult:

  • "Where did the time go?"
  • "I'll do it later, I always work better under pressure anyway."
  • "I'll just check my email one more time before the meeting...."
  • "I'll pay the bills tomorrow - that will give me time to find them."

Professional ADHD coach and expert Nancy Ratey helps listeners better understand why their ADHD is getting in their way and what they can do about it.

©2008 Nancy A. Ratey; foreword copyright 2008 by John J. Ratey, MD; afterword copyright 2008 by Sam Goldstein, PhD (P)2017 Tantor

What the critics say

"Ratey has produced a valuable resource for people addressing the daily challenges caused by the neurobiological condition of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." ( Library Journal)

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Highly recommend this for people with ADHD

I have been reading about ADHD for a couple of years now and because I struggled with so many things in my daily life and not having any support from my family or a specialist in this area close by, I needed to find ways how to deal with it myself. I wasn't able to have a full-time job or find the right medication or coach and was desperate for information and ways how to make my life better without getting crazy. I have heard the narrator Virginia Wolf before and she is a suitable voice for this topic. I have listened to John Ratey's audio book Driven to Distraction as well a few years ago but I felt that this book helped me more. Nancy gives so much information that I had to listen to it in parts. And you really have to listen to it more than once and if possible while doing nothing else, just to be truly focussed on the topic. I learned very much and many ways to handle certain daily things for work and relationships and I wished I had found this book 30 yrs ago when I was a young adult, it would have helped me a lot and have given me more confidence in life. If she was ever to write another book about this topic I would not hesitate to buy it again. She gave me the confidence that I lacked for over 40 years and I regret that so many family doctors wouldn't work a little harder for people living with this disorder that makes your life daily a nightmare. It sucks all life and energy out of you and I am confident that many others dealing with this rollercoaster life will be enjoying Nancy's tips to make your life going smoother, more organized, getting more accomplished and earn a little bit more respect from others. Thank you, for bringing this book out in Audio, it's especially appreciated by people with ADD! I could not remember the last time I finished reading a book until the end! She really understands how it feels and the effect of it mentally.

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is this a cover letter?

After 3 chapters, there are very few actual tips or tricks on ADHD and paragraph after paragraph about the author's professional resumé and accolades. I could not role my eyes further into my head hearing yet again the phrase "this will change your life"

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Lengthy “Intro”

About an hour and a half of the book is about the background of the author and how good ADHD coaching is. As someone with ADHD you’d think the author would know an ADHD person would just want to get on with the how. Maybe this is easier to skip/breeze through when reading a physical book but it’s a miracle I got through the first part and kept listening.

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Full of useful strategies

Nancy Ratey provides a framework of clear, pragmatic steps to develop personal agency and productivity for people who have ADHD. It's up to the reader to implement these strategies, but everything is broken down into clear, accessible parts, and each component is useful on it own. I recommend keeping a notebook, and pausing to do the written exercises as they are described. Completing the little bits of "homework" in the early chapters is enjoyable, and ensures that you get maximum benefit from the rest of the book. I'm so glad I read this!

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Fantastic!!

I have just recently been diagnosed with ADHD, and I will go through this book a few more times, because there is no way I caught everything (wandering brain 😂) but let me say, this has not only helped me learn more about my brain, but also helped me already see bad habits, and I’m learning to change them! I 100% recommend this book!!

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This lady KNOWS what she is talking about

I loved this book. The advice is sound and useable. Very encouraging to find anywhere

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Good tips, not for everyone though

This was an enjoyable listen and there are great tips for coaching yourself. There are great suggestions and workthroughs for finding where you struggle and suggested exercises for finding out the best way to personally manage.

The biggest flaw is the assumption that everyone listening to this will have the foundational executive functioning skills that are required for self-coaching. So, in that regard, this is not for every ADHD person.

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Eye opening

I did not know this book is about ADD. I picked up this book for help to "organise" my brain. What I've learned from this book explains why I do what I do and what I can do about it. I recommend it for someone like me who never researched ADHD. Very engaging to listen to.

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  • Matt Brummett
  • 2018-12-23

how to deal with your ADHD: be rich!

the book doesn't start until like 4 chapters in, and a lot of the help involves things like "hire people to help clean up!". Some of it seems like good advice, but the majority of the time I felt like this was targeted to the wealthy.

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  • Alex
  • 2018-06-19

Good Info; Bad Narration

Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolf? I am. I will avoid audiobooks narrated by her in the future. It sounded like she was reading the book for the first time as she was recording her narration. I had to think about how else sentences could be said out loud in order for some portions of the book to make sense.

However, Ratey’s book is filled with great information for ADHDERs

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  • Liza
  • 2017-10-14

Love it, thank you

Thank you for creating this book. I was very young when I was diagnosed and my mom decided not to give me medication and not talk about it. I’ve been embarrassed of having it but didn’t really Now what it was. I’ve been so hard on my self for years and this book didn’t just liberate me but gave me solutions. I wish there was a section of school and College suggestions. That would really help

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  • Adrienne Moore Baxter
  • 2018-04-07

Wish I had coaching before job loss

Very relevant ideas, many of which took me sixty years living with ADHD to discern.

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  • hooterwah
  • 2018-01-12

self aggrandizing garbage

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

people who like making money of those who have ADHD

Has The Disorganized Mind turned you off from other books in this genre?

YES if this is one of the highest rated books on adhd i can't imagine what the other titles are like

How did the narrator detract from the book?

monotone and disinterested

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Disorganized Mind?

all of the we did this and we invented the universe claims

Any additional comments?

i wish i could get a refund this was a complete waste of my credit and time

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  • Constance Li
  • 2019-08-29

Basic and Self Involved

The entire first chapter of this book is just the author telling you why coaching is so needed… Namely her coaching services. She always says what she does for her patients and doesn’t really speak from the perspective of her patients. She says that she has ADHD, but this feels more like just facts she’s telling about her life rather than an experience which is rich and relatable. The advice is super basic and I feel like this book doesn’t actually say that much of substance.

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  • Bob
  • 2017-08-01

Useful Teaching Stories creatively insightful

For the many adults who would be diagnosed if evaluated or who are receiving medical treatments of primarily medication, the behavioral coaching offered here in is very valuable information. The style is well explained by the stories of single emphasis focus. This is an excellent style for self improvement. Get it!

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  • JakeTheSnake
  • 2017-09-13

helpful

helps people like me with adult ADHD, and will help all understand more about it.

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  • Shanon
  • 2019-03-08

Good book

I have a serious struggle with ADHD. I have been searching for good books to help me. This is in my top three

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-05

explains adhd/add perfectly

i loved it after the few first chapters due to boring me lol adhd lol HOWEVER after she gets into personal stories and helpful tips/homework lol its wonderful. thank you!!

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