#353 – Thriving with Adult ADHD with Craig Surman, MD

Craig Surman


Dr. Craig Surman, co-author of FAST MINDS: How To Thrive If You Have ADHD (Or Think You Might), is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Scientific Coordinator of the Adult ADHD Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, which has helped develop several current treatments for ADHD that are widely in use.
Dr. Surman has directed or facilitated more than forty studies related to ADHD in adults. His work has demonstrated the broad impact of ADHD on daily life, including its effect on sleep, eating patterns, and emotions. He has studied several treatments for ADHD with his colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital, including medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, and nutritional supplement interventions. He teaches courses on management of ADHD, and presents his research nationally and internationally.
Dr. Surman recently organized an international collaboration to educate clinicians on best treatments for adult ADHD, which will result in a book titled A Practical Guide to the Management of ADHD in Adults that will be published in spring 2013.

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  1. Posted June 2, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Really fantastic interview. I am currently reading the book and getting a great deal out of it. What is really wonderful is that it looks at ADHD from multiple dimensions including practical solutions without either glorifying it or over-pathologising it. We (people with ADHD) are just different and we need different tools to manage some of the difficulties we have. This book helps a person to identify what strengths we have as a group and as individuals and how we can harness those strengths to make the rest of our lives more manageable.
    I think it is really important that if we are to tackle these issues that we need to take the shame out of association of having ADHD. This book does a great deal to help with that through being straight up, practical and looking at some of the reasons behind why we are the way we are.
    The final comment I would like to make is that it is very well designed in the layout of the text. Rather than being a book with one big block of text divided into chapters, it is really well visually divided up and ideal for people who would otherwise get bored and distracted.
    The interview is a great lead in and also a really nice addition to reading the book to get further insight into why the book was written and other insights into the authors.
    Thanks Dr Dave for doing such a great interview and for bringing this fantastic text to my attention.

  2. Dr. Michael Ocana
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Throughout my training in psychiatry, (I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist), I tended to find discussions about ADHD about the most uninteresting of all possible topics.

    I suppose this has something to do with my lack of enthousiasm for the DSM and it’s symptom counting ways of identifying “diagnoses”.

    To summarize the speaker: 1) these meds help “compensate” for these symptoms, 2) we can talk about other problems that “correlate” with these symptoms, and 3) we can motivate people to learn about organizing their lives.

    That’s it.

    Why am I feeling sleepy?

    But thanks for covering the topic… it allows you to be seen as “well rounded”.

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