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The ADD Myth (How to Cultivate the Unique Gifts of Intense Personalities) by Martha Burge – The ADD Myth reveals the underlying condition responsible for most if not all diagnoses of ADD/ADHD both for children and adults.  Although the book is written for adults, it has proven to be valuable for parents as well.  Until you understand the real underlying condition, you’re only treating symptoms.

Orientation (The School for Gifted Potentials) by Allis Wade – This easy and interesting read follows a student through his orientation at a school for the gifted.  The intensities are presented one by one within a story that is bound to keep you interested.  I recommend this for pre-teens and teens who are interested in understanding their intensity.

Starbright – Meditations for Children by Maureen Garth – This is just one in a collection of bedtime meditations for young children.  It’s pure gold for the child who has trouble settling into a good emotional space before sleep.  She first wrote these stories to help her own daughter settle into sleep and eventually shared them with others.

The Courage to Create by Rollo May – Just one of many great reads by Dr. Rollo May.  Rollo May was an American existential psychologist.  I love to settle down with one of his books.  It feels like an opportunity to visit with an old friend.  You may also be interested in The Discovery of Being and The Meaning of Anxiety.

Creativity – The Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly – The results of a four year study of 91 contemporary creative individuals.  Dr. Csikszentmihaly explores the nature of creativity by comparing the similarities of the study respondents from their early years to creative aging.  He looks at the surroundings which supported them and the process they follow.  My only problem with his findings is his determination that ADHD works against the ability to follow through with results.  I believe that he is unaware of the gift of hyper-focus.


Five Major Mental Disorders Share Genetic Roots – Overlap Blurs Diagnostic Categories – NIH-funded Study  – Science Update • March 1, 2013 This is an overview of the study of genetic variations in autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia.  “For the first time, specific variations significantly associated with all five disorders were among several suspect genomic sites that turned up.”  Within this link is a video of Bruce Cuthbert, Ph.D., director of NIMH’s Division of Adult Translational Research, which explains the significance of the Consortium study findings for diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses.

Overexcitabilities and ADHD in the Gifted: An Examination  – Anne N. Rinn & Marilyn J. Reynolds (2012): Overexcitabilities and ADHD in the Gifted: An Examination, Roeper Review, 34:1, 38-45 This study compares Overexitabilties (Intensities) to ADHD scores using eith the DSM IV criteria or the Conners’ rating scale to find which of the intensities are most often related to ADHD symptoms.  The results may surprise you.

Can Giftedness be Misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder? Empirical Evidence Jillian C. Gates, Marcia Gentry – Purdue University – 71 gifted adolescents at summer camp were tested to see if they would be diagnosable with ADHD.  The percent is astonishing.  What is even more interesting about this study is that the same group were administered the Overexcitabilities Questionnaire – Two, which is an open ended question type test to determine the degree of overexcitabilties present (in our terms, intensity).

All Things Dabrowski Bill Tillier has collected and published more of Dr. Kazimierz Dabrowski’s material than any other person.  He was a student of Dabrowski and has obtained the permission of the Dabrowski family to make these papers available to the public.  He’s not in it for a profit.  He just wants to keep the valuable work of Dabrowski alive.  I highly recommend his website and his CD of the collected works.  He also keeps up on all the related research and makes it available on his site.

Newborn Immune Activation May Have Long-term Negative Impact on Brain Function – Neuroscientists have found that even a brief episode of immune system activation within days of birth can cause persistent changes in sleep patterns concurrent with increases in epilepsy-like brain activity — a combination of symptoms common in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental conditions.