Embracing A.D.D. a healing perspective
By Dr Lynn Weiss. A Graph Review well balanced read, 55 throughout
Taylor Trade Publishing. 978 158979837 3
P32: ‘There is no doubt in my mind: Attention Deficit Disorder is a diversity issue.’
This is a self-help book for adults who are diagnosed or suspect they have elements of ADD/ADHD and wish to establish an understanding and find best ways of working with their approach to life.
Throughout the book Lynn Weiss highlights the fact and need for the diversity of functioning mind-frames with all the variations of those differences working together. Whether one’s way of working is focused (linear), multifaceted or particularly analogue then ‘teamwork’ can produce terrific results.
An Analogue (ADD/ADD) style is better at kinesthetic learning (practical), is empathetic and sensitive.
Analogue, Bridge, Linear brainstyle, are the terms used throughout. If the reader is particularly ADD/ADHD then steps may have to be learned to be used or aid sought. The book helps with examples and suggests where and who to ask. She notes that linear and analogue participants have similar ADD frustration responses in attempting opposite position’s tasks. A Bridge may do either style’s tasks but extra time may be needed. The opposite extreme, not the aim of this book, would probably benefit from a degree of ‘analogue’ style help too.
ADD brains work in empathetic, practical manner see the BIG picture (the result required) in looking for ways to get to the results. They usually have a kinesthetic approach to learning and ‘doing’. Linear brains work by initiating or breaking down to the smaller steps required to get to ‘target’ and working on those details incrementally towards the big picture. Hence each ends of the scale may benefit from ‘assistance’ from the central ‘bridging’ or more opposite positioned brainstyle.
?interestingly, Autism spectrum brains (a very wide scale) work to ‘smallest picture/detail’ and may not see much of a wider picture. Social awareness is also often affected. Think of an even more inward ‘looking’ centred brain in the limited picture. Again it is a scale of huge variation which can be check-listed right through to extremes which would include ADD/ADHD. Child/educational psychologists may also have the job of sorting out the nurture/nature problems.?
The author was an adult, already working in this field, when she realised she had a style of ADD herself and that it had been with her throughout childhood. This prompted her to find and develop techniques within and outside herself to counter(support) and cultivate her own abilities. With this insight she improved her understanding and development of therapy techniquies to help ‘kinesthetic brainstyles. She also works to highlight the general understanding that ADD brainstyle for many people remains into adulthood and does not necessarily fade into the more linear style with time. The adult may learn to adjust but could still find difficulties.
You may discover that you are, or not, affected by ADD or ADHD but it is interesting to tick through the questionnaires included to discover where you might be placed on the line of analogue to Bridge to Linear ‘brain style’. Linear being the, shall we say, majority or at least the apparent majority; for the style of teaching, planning and organizing in this world. Because linear brain style is the more ‘organised and structure-based’ it is perhaps more natural that this is the way the world goes. ( ie the organisers do the organising!!). However without the analogue side of the brain we might not have made some giant strides and without the Bridge natured people, the ‘meeting of minds’, the progress, would be much more fraught with difficulties than it already is. Definition of progress should be designated by yourselves. Most importantly the author is continuously reinforcing the fact that people all have varying facets, degrees, of linear through to analogue brain style. Plus the fact that literally everyone is different and has to find their own pattern of living, if needed with self-help, a form of mentoring or therapy, depending on personal expectations and needs.
This book offers guidance on understanding a person’s place within the ADD (includes ADHD) with help from several checklists which need to be honestly completed, ideally with help from a close person or mentor.
Lynn is at pains to establish that having elements of ADD is a difference of style, methodology not an illness.
?Not in this book but something I have picked up is that the term ‘Neurotypical’ is used within an American educational psychologists methodology (no doubt others too.) for helping children with many different levels of special educational (learning/developmental) needs such as the SCERTS method (developed by Emily Rubin et al). In my eyes Neurotypical equates to a bridge/average Linear as it scientifically links to the majority( an unscientific me). It would be interesting to read in Lynn Weiss’ book if any specific research identified different brain patterns along the way. But then I don’t have all the attributes of Linear brain styles to worry that much! ?
In itself this book argues that you need to find your True Self and offers suggestions and real-life examples to understand and help progress to where you want to be. A very laudable aim and if you follow her suggestions you may well succeed, or at least understand your different way of doing ‘things’ to others’.
The author usefully includes a website address and an offer of help for those that contact her.
? I add a caveat that if you are prone to grabbing excuses for your own behaviour you may find it here. However this is where having mentor or close family member to go through the multiple choice lists also should help pinpoint your position on the ‘brain line’
And as lecturers in children’s challenging behaviour might say: an ADD/ADHD diagnosis is an explanation not an excuse. As an adult reading this book it may add perspective to the past and possibilities for the future. ?
An instructive, supportive and constructive self-help book for any adult with or suspecting themselves of having an ADD/ADHD working brain and wishing to understand themselves.
Me? I am not a specialist, I am continually curious and veer from the big schemed idea or pedantic nitty-gritty. But now I understand myself a little better with the help of Lynn Weiss and her book and if you read the book: I regularly embrace the popcorn popping model of working ( page216-8) but never contemplated myself as ADD to any degree. But now I have food for thought!