Recognizing Adult ADHD: What Donald Trump Can Teach Us About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Recognizing Adult ADHD aims to bring awareness to issues surrounding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by focusing on the causes of the illness and suggesting coping strategies. The author uses Donald Trump as an example of someone who presents many of the symptoms of this disease. He explains his reason for this diagnosis in Chapter Four, where he further reveals the characteristics involved in determining whether a patient meets the required criteria of ADHD.
This work helped me understand that ADHD results from a biological brain condition, but it is incredibly complex and complicated, likely appearing in childhood. Before reading this, I had assumed patients suffered from being unable to concentrate. I did not realize that they suffered what the authors terms executive dysfunction. As he explains, they are unable to plan effectively and focus on things of importance. Instead, they concentrate on what is of immediate interest. I was also surprised that, because they are often risk-takers, these patients have a higher risk of injury or death. Dr. Kruse does a good job explaining how the patient’s condition affects those around them.
Using Donald Trump as a case study, he is able to point out behavior patterns and explain why they might have occurred. As someone who often finds Trump’s behavior baffling, I found the focus on him very interesting and useful. He covers instances and issues where Trump seems to lack interest in planning and executing policies. I have also wondered why Trump uses the same simple words repeatedly, and this book went some way in explaining that to me. As Dr. Kruse points out, the behavior patterns of this person affect the nation as a whole. Therefore, understanding this disease is more critical today than ever.
I also found Chapter Seventeen especially interesting. As our brains evolve and make new connections, it is essential to see that we may all be affected by the changes in our environments and should, therefore, mind how we take in information from social media, the press, or television. It certainly made me think I should slow down and be more mindful in the future.
In short, I learned a great deal from this informative study. I felt more sympathetic to those who have ADHD after having read about the condition as a whole and how it affects almost every area of their lives. This easy-to-read, thoroughly researched book is, no doubt a must for those who have ADHD, know someone who suffers from it, or for those who want to know more about this complex disease.
|Author||John Kruse, MD, PhD|
|Page Count||285 pages|
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|Category||Health, Fitness & Dieting|