ADD and Zombies: Pre-Order the eBook Today

ADD and Zombies: Pre-Order the eBook Today


ADD and Zombies: Fearless Medication Management for ADD and ADHD is now available for pre-order. Just go to this link and get your copy when it comes out June 15.

If you want to be on the list to be notified when the paperback, hardcover, and audiobook are ready, email me at ask [@] You’ll have to drop the brackets and spaces, of course. Trying to keep those spammers guessing.

In the meantime you can catch an audio preview from the February 20, 2020 segment of All Sides with Ann Fisher on WOSU in Columbus Ohio, a favorite public radio program of mine and really one of the best in the nation. You can click here to listen to the podcast. Advance to 32:34 to hear the interview.

And now for the first time anywhere, the chapter list. If you’re my age, you remember David Reuben’s book Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask. When it comes to the medication and treatment of ADHD, this is pretty much the same thing, except we hope you aren’t too afraid to ask.

Should I Read This Book?

Chapter 1 From Zombie to Expert

Becoming Your Own Expert

Chapter 2 Yes, ADD Does Exist

The Big Conspiracy


ADD is Overdiagnosed

Everyone Improves on a Stimulant

Treating ADD Leads to Stimulant Abuse

These Medications Are So New That We Can’t Be Sure They’re Safe for Long Term Use

Kids Eventually Grow Out of ADD

I Want to Let My Kids Wait Until They’re Old Enough to Decide About Medication

Let’s Try Therapy and Coaching Before Doing Meds

Diagnosis. What Is It Good for?

Diathesis-Stress Model

Caring Too Much or Too Little

People with ADD

Anxious People

Anxious-ADD People

Hydraulics and Zombies

Chapter 3 Brain Journey

You Are Not A Diagnosis

Getting to Know You

Step 1: Seek A Highly Qualified Professional

Step 2: Psychiatric Interview

Step 3: Testing

Step 4: Rule Out Alternative Hypotheses

Step 5: Get A Referral For Treatment

Buyer Beware

Big Ticket Assessment

Chapter 4 Co-Occurring Diagnoses

What Else Could Go Wrong?

Bad Sleep

ADD-Related Insomnia (ARI)

Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome

Stimulant Related Sleep Disruption



Depression Leads ADD

ADD co-exists with Depression

Bipolar Disorder



Personality Disorders

Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

The Wisdom of Uncertainty

Chapter 5 Finding the Right  Prescriber

Wither We Go For Meds?

The Doctor is Not In


Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners

Primary Care Physicians (PCPs)

A Team Effort (Or Not)

Chapter 6 Inside the Medicine Cabinet

Not-So-Scary Science Stuff

Adderall vs. Ritalin

Which is Best?

Going, Going, Gone

Amphetamines: The Adderall Types

Methylphenidates Types

Give Me a Boost


Generics Anyone?

Medication for Co-Occurring Disorders

Anxiety and Depression

Bipolar Disorder


Chapter 7 You Are the Guinea Pig

The Scientific Method and You

What We’re Going For Here

Preliminary Assessment

Step 1: Pharmacogenomic Testing

Step 2: Selecting A Trial Medication

Step 3: Testing a Trial Dosage

Step 4: First Five Days

Step 5: Second Five Days

Step 6: Second Appointment

Step 7: Find Your High End

Cost-Benefit Analysis

Managing Your Medications

Dealing with Insurance


Prior-authorization (PA)


Health Savings (HSA) and Flex Spending Accounts (FSA)

Discount Cards


Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs)

Chapter 8 Side Effects and  Workarounds

Is This Really Me?

Low Appetite


Sleep Disruption

Tics and Habits

Physical Side Effects


Chapter 9 Stimulant Tolerance

Maxing Out

Yet Another Controversy

What Doesn’t Work

Give Yourself A Break

Chapter 10 Bad Stimulant Ideas

What Not to Worry About

What to Worry About

Study Drugging

Sale and Distribution


Stimulant Fouls

Exceeding Dosage

Staying Up

Double Dipping


Crossing Stim ulants and Other Substances




Other Stimulants

Chapter 11 Alternatives To  Medication?

What Makes a Treatment Conventional?

Evidenced Based: More, Less, and Snake Oil

Keep the Faith


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