I’m delighted to announce the publication of my book Finally Focused: The Breakthrough Treatment Plan for ADHD today! I’ve written Finally Focused like a book-length prescription that provides health professionals, parents and patients with all the background information and practical guidelines they need to effectively treat ADHD.
The book has already been endorsed by several of my esteemed colleagues in the field of integrative medicine:
Daniel Amen, MD, psychiatrist, brain health advocate, founder and CEO of the Amen Clinics, and a New York Times bestselling author, wrote this about the book:
“Finally Focused is one of the smartest books on ADHD in many years. It is filled with a clear, effective, science-based program that gives you all the building blocks to treat ADHD naturally and effectively. I highly recommend it.”
David Perlmutter, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain and The Brain Whole Life Plan, wrote:
“Finally Focused offers up a powerful and compassionate alternative to the current reality that two thirds of ADHD patients are taking powerful medications, the long-term consequences of which have never been evaluated. James Greenblatt’s work honors the notion of ‘above all, do no harm,’ and does so while achieving impressive results.”
As an integrative psychiatrist, I don’t limit myself to prescribing medications for ADHD. I look for and detect underlying causes of the disorder and I address those causes, using natural treatments first and medications only when necessary. If I prescribe medications, I do so with nutritional support that will minimize medication side effects.
I don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment because it doesn’t work! Every person with ADHD – child, adolescent or adult-has a unique pattern of deficiencies and excesses. Correcting these deficiencies and excesses-adding what is needed and subtracting what isn’t-is the heart of the book: the Plus-Minus Healing Plan.
Having successfully treated thousands of people with ADHD using this Plus-Minus approach, I’m still frustrated that there are millions of people with ADHD who are searching for answers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11% of children ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD-more than six million kids. Another eight million adults have the disorder, with only about one in five treated.
Untreated, children with ADHD do poorly in school, with nearly 50% of ADHD kids being suspended at some point. They have more problems with their family and fewer friends. They’re relentlessly criticized for their behavior, and their self-esteem plummets.
Untreated, adolescents with ADHD tend to engage in risky behavior. Compared to their peers without ADHD, they’re more likely to smoke, use illegal drugs, drive recklessly and get into accidents, and have sex earlier. Thirty percent drop out of high school, compared to 10% of non-ADHD kids.
Untreated, adults with ADHD can be inattentive and distractible, and find it hard to get organized and on track. They often do poorly at work. They’re twice as likely to get separated or divorced from their spouses. They experience more anxiety and depression. And they’re more likely to be addicted to tobacco or illegal drugs.
I wrote Finally Focused to bring relief to as many people with ADHD as possible-and new insights and options to the health care professionals who treat ADHD.
Part I of the book is composed of the eleven elements of the Plus-Minus Healing Plan. All of the eleven treatments in my Plus-Minus Plan are simple and well-documented. Each treatment is followed by a “Step-by-Step Action Plan” that shows professionals and readers how to use the treatment, step-by-step. There’s nothing included in the Plus-Minus Plan that has failed to prove its effectiveness over three decades of treating children and adult ADHD. Part II includes unique guidance about medication and behavior therapy, the two main conventional treatments for ADHD.
If you’re a health professional, parent/caregiver of a child with ADHD, or adult with ADHD – I hope Finally Focused works for you.
For focus and full potential,
James Greenblatt, MD