This week marked the official launch of Fast Minds: How to Thrive If You Have ADHD (or Think You Might).
FAST MINDS builds on Dr. Bilkey’s pioneering work that impressed me so much in the first place. I got to know Tim Bilkey several years ago when I interviewed him for my book about women and ADHD. I was impressed by his depth of knowledge, and delighted to find that much of his work focuses on women and ADHD.
Dr. Bilkey has developed a unique way of diagnosing adults with ADHD which focuses on how the traits turn up in our lives as adults. Fast Minds is based on this nationally accredited educational program that he developed in 2009.
He’s also produced an educational documentary called Her Fast Mind (featuring stories from women with a wide variety of experiences with ADHD, as well as in-depth interviews with me and Karen O’Donnell, two women with very different ADHD traits.) Dr. Bilkey recently founded one of the world’s first (and frankly the only one I’ve ever heard of) ADHD clinics for women.
His new book is co-authored with Craig Surman, M.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the scientific co-ordinator of the Adult ADHD Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, along with Karen Weintraub, an award-winning journalist.
When Fast Minds was officially launched this week, the Toronto Star (one of Canada’s largest daily newspapers) interviewed Dr. Bilkey and me (part of my story also appears in the book).
The comments from the public (at the time of this writing there are 40 of them) to this article are at once sad, funny, infuriating, uninformed, biased, enlightening, inflammatory, touching, inspiring, and overwhelming.
Reading them, I wanted to both back away from trying to educate others about ADHD, and to double my resolve to keep going. If you don’t think ADHD exists, you’ll find a comment to support that opinion. If you think it’s a gift, you’re not alone. If you think it’s a manageable challenge, you’ll find someone who agrees with you. If you’ve suffered enormously from undiagnosed ADHD, you will find a kindred spirit.
If nothing else, the broad spectrum of comments, beliefs, misunderstandings, and personal stories shows us how confused we are as a culture about this baffling thing known as adult ADHD.
From my perspective, the true value of books like Dr. Bilkey’s and other books about ADHD is that they can dispel the myths and stereotypes, and replace misinformation with facts.
Most importantly, books written by adhd experts who work with those of us with the condition help us to locate ourselves along the spectrum of ADHD traits.
We’re not all the same. It’s important for us to identify which ADHD symptoms we have and to what severity, and at the same time to find practical ways to manage or minimize these while freeing up our ability to apply our many strengths.
With this in mind, I welcome Drs. Bilkey and Surman’s new book, Fast Minds: How to Thrive If You Have ADHD (Or Think You Might) into the world.
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Last reviewed: 12 Feb 2013