The Disorganized Mind

Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents

Nancy A. Ratey, Ed.M., MCC

St. Martin's Press

Part 1

“Who are you, and what do you love?” a close friend once asked me. I’m outgoing and talkative by nature, and I’m rarely at a loss for words, but I was stunned into silence by my friend’s question. I had no idea how to respond.

“Don’t worry,” she said, sensing my discomfort. “I didn’t expect you to answer. I only wanted you to imagine the possibilities of who you might be.”

It’s hard to know what different roads any of us might have traveled had we early on imagined our lives shaped by our loves, by our bone-deep passions and beliefs. But I don’t think that when we begin to imagine is what matters. What matters is that it happens finally, that we come to believe such a life is possible, and that we determine, at last, to live it.

It has been awhile since my friend posed her question, and I’ve thought about her words a lot. Today I can answer confidently, “I’m Nancy Ratey, and I love the same things that most of us love: family, friends, some modicum of personal success.”

But I can also answer another way: “I’m Nancy Ratey, life coach, and I love that the ADHD that once might have devastated me has translated into my life’s passion and work: helping others with ADHD cope.”

This is a book about possibility for those struggling with the symptoms of ADHD. It’s about the possibility of taking control, of maintaining control, of loving the way that you live. It’s about how I did it, and it’s about my belief that you can do it, too.
Copyright © 2008 by Nancy A. Ratey. All rights reserved.