Book excerpt

The Disorganized Mind

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

Nancy A. Ratey, Ed.M., MCC, SCAC

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.

Nancy A. Ratey, Ed.M., MCC, SCAC, is a Strategic Life Coach who specializes in coaching professionals with ADHD. She earned her Masters Degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is certified as a Master Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation and a Senior Certified Coach by The Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching.  In addition to her private coaching practice, she lectures at conferences and symposiums worldwide, and writes on the subject of ADHD.  As one of the founders of the ADHD Coaching field, Nancy is internationally recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the topic.  Her work has been featured in The NY Times, News Day, Wired, Vogue; on ABC, CBS and NPR.

Nancy currently practices in Wellesley, MA, where she resides with her husband, Dr. John Ratey.