Play is the pathway to being an ADHD superstar! Consider all of the famous people who have ADHD- Einstein, Adam Levine, Michael Phelps, Jim Carey, Malcomb Forbes and Shane Victorino, to name a few. All known for being playful in their own way. If you are an adult with ADHD, this book is your prescription to play. This book focuses on how developing a more playful mindset and habit of engaging in playful activities can actually help you to manage symptoms and excel with ADHD. It’s likely that you were never encouraged to play to meet your potential, much less to have fun in an effort to be more creative, happy, energetic, and productive. After a lifetime of being urged to "stop goofing off" and to "take things more seriously," Dr. Milliken offers scientific evidence that play is actually what you need to better manage your difficulties with attention. ADHD is a serious problem. But your approach to it doesn’t have to be. PlayDHD: Permission to Play...A Prescription for Adults with ADHD is written for adults with ADHD as well as for those who just want to remember how to play more. This is one book you will actually be able to say you read all the way through! With scientific evidence, humorous anecdotes, playful activities, short passages, and color graphics, this book captures and holds the attention of even the most unfocused mind.
If a traditional environment is not conducive to activating our ADHD brains and making us feel good, why then as adults do so many of us choose work settings that perpetuate this same problem? We work at 9-to-5 jobs, with short lunch breaks, having to sit at our desks, attend meetings, fill out reports, follow protocol, do things the way everyone else does, and—heaven forbid—maybe even work in a gray cubicle! We don’t take breaks and don’t make time for fun because we have to work longer hours to keep up with our co-workers. We choose to work hard. The consequences for adults who ignore their need for play and do not take into account how their brain functions best can be apparent in failed relationships, difficulty sustaining employment, depression, anxiety, financial problems, substance abuse, and other addictions. What if you choose to do things the way that turns your brain on, rather than trying to just do what seems to work for everyone else? What if you could stand at your desk and dance while you worked instead of sitting on your butt all day? What if rather than being serious and “working hard” you could be more productive by returning to your naturally playful state of being? Do you remember what it felt like to be playful? To enjoy learning? To feel like your brain was turned on, your thinking was clear and focused, and you felt motivated and happy to be productive?
READ WHAT ADHD EXPERTS ARE SAYING ABOUT PLAYDHD
Our society underestimates the importance of play in improving our well-being, Kirsten Milliken in PlayDHD helps to rewrite our cultural norms to create a place for strategic uses of play.
Shawn Achor ~NYTimes bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage
“Kirsten knows how to have fun–and she knows why having fun is so important. If you have ADHD, it’s too easy to feel like too much of your time is spent on getting things done and then there is no time left for fun. Kirsten has the secret for you–having more fun will actually help you get more done, too. Which then leaves you more time for other fun. Wow, you really need this book!”
Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA ~ ADHD expert, author, speaker