November Author of the Month: Kathleen G. Nadeau

Kathleen G. Nadeau, author of The ADHD Guide to Career Success, is our Routledge Mental Health Author of the Month for November! Read our exclusive interview and learn more about his fantastic new book!

Just as the classroom poses the greatest challenges for children and teens with ADHD, the workplace is the arena where Adult ADHD poses the greatest threat. And while adults with ADHD are likely to face professional challenges, it is possible to cultivate a work environment that enables them to thrive and uses the strengths of this unique condition to their advantage. Featuring a large open format with summaries at the beginning of each chapter and designed with the ADHD reader in mind, this newly revised and updated edition offers an easy-to-follow progression of useful information interwoven with practical strategies for career success.

My original book, ADD in the Workplace, was written nearly 20 years ago and grew out of a recognition that workplace issues are as critical to adults with ADHD as school concerns are for children with ADHD. It's what adults do all day, and yet there was almost nothing written about how ADHD affects workplace performance. Surprisingly, it is still extremely difficult to find career counselors or HR professionals that have an in-depth understanding of ADHD and how best to help them function well in the work environment. My new book, the ADHD Guide to Career Success, is a long-overdue update on how ADHD affects adults in the workplace and a guide to help them minimize their challenges and focus on their strengths. ADHD is an extremely common condition. At least 1 in 10 adults are affected by ADHD to some degree, and yet very few psychotherapists or career counselors have any training in how to assess and assist adults with ADHD as they struggle to find the right career and to function well on the job.

There are two important messages. The first is that the challenges of ADHD can be understood and managed in the workplace, and that there is much that an individual can do for himself, even without accommodations from his employer, to minimize any negative impact of ADHD. The second take-home message is that ADHD traits can actually become an asset when used in the right environment. The key to career success is to understand your brain and the environment in which you function best, and then seek to either find or create that environment.

ADHD is seen in a very negative light because it is defined as a "disability" and a "disorder." The focus for many years has been on "treating" a "disordered" brain. Only now are we beginning to see a small amount of research on the positive aspects of ADHD - that ADHD individuals are often highly creative and that there is a high proportion of ADHD among entrepreneurs.

Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D. received her doctorate in psychology from the University of Florida and has been practicing in the Washington, DC area for over 40 years. Her work began to focus exclusively on issues relating to ADHD when the original public education laws were put into place in the late 1970's mandating that services be provided by for students with learning and attention disorders. The author of over a dozen books related to ADHD, she has devoted her career to expanding the understanding of ADHD and the awareness of the diversity of individuals who are affected by itr. She was the editor of the first book for professionals on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults. Later, she was recognized for her ground-breaking work on girls and women with ADHD, a long-ignored but very significant portion of the ADHD population. Her writing on girls and women has been a major force in shifting our view of  ADHD as a disorder that almost exclusively affected males, to our current understanding that ADHD affects makes and females in nearly equal numbers. Dr. Nadeau continues to actively practice full-time and greatly enjoys working with her group of highly trained and experienced colleagues in the Chesapeake ADHD Center which she founded 20 years ago. Her work with clients inspires and brings depth and clarity to her writing about ADHD. Her approach in treating ADHD has always been focused on pragmatic problem-solving, helping individuals to understand the complexity of their brains, and to understand that ADHD brings with it not only challenges, but also gifts that can flourish in the right situation. Her current interests are related to giftedness and ADHD and also to ADHD in retirement - an area for which almost no research exists, but for which there is great need as the Boomer generation is retiring at the rate of over 10,000 per day in the United States alone. Dr. Nadeau is a frequent lecturer and is recognized both nationally and internationally for her expertise in ADHD.

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The ADHD Guide to Career Success

  • The ADHD Guide to Career Success

    Harness your Strengths, Manage your Challenges, 2nd Edition

    By Kathleen G Nadeau

    Just as the classroom poses the greatest challenges for children and teens with ADHD, the workplace is the arena where Adult ADHD poses the greatest threat. And while adults with ADHD are likely to face professional challenges, it is possible to cultivate a work environment that enables them to…

    Paperback – 2015-11-17
    Routledge

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