How The Disorganized Mind will help people with ADHD and those that live and work with them

The Disorganized Mind will help people with ADHD and those that live and work with them take control of their time, their tasks and their talents.
ADHD is a condition marked by inattentiveness, difficulty getting work done, procrastination, and organization problems that affects approximately 4-6% of the US population.

The very nature of ADHD dictates that the brain’s executive function—its ability to screen out distractions and consider consequences—is not working as well as it should. Simple tasks like paying the bills, getting enough sleep, taking medication consistently, and remembering to perform household chores can be incredibly difficult for people with ADHD—as well as their family, friends and co-workers. Ms. Ratey knows those feelings and wants to help others realize that ADHD is not a character flaw. They are not destined to disappoint themselves and others.

During her fifteen years coaching clients with ADHD, Ms. Ratey noticed that there was a profound need for general life strategies to manage the symptoms that affect their every day lives. The Disorganized Mind combines real life anecdotes with Ms. Ratey’s proven coaching strategies to illustrate ways in which adults can compensate for the specific attention inconsistencies of their ADHD minds. The book coaches people with ADHD to self-initiate change and reduce the burden on their lives. It also provides those who live or work with someone with ADHD with communication and organization tips that will break down the barriers.

The Disorganized Mind helps in the development of an overall plan to address the symptoms of ADHD that interfere with living life fully. Among the common symptoms are:


Ms. Ratey’s plan for overcoming the individual challenges of ADHD can be easily summarized with A-N-S-W-E-R, an acronym for the six basic steps necessary to initiate self coaching.

  • Acknowledge and accept your ADHD and associated challenges
  • Narrow in on one or two issues on which you initially want to work
  • Strategize a plan of attack using strength based structures
  • Work and follow the plan
  • Evaluate your progress on a regular basis to see what is working and what is not
  • Repeat the process so your guard does not let down

To illustrate how the A-N-S-W-E-R works for specific ADHD symptoms, Ms. Ratey presents five client stories, each highlighting a different ADHD problem and specific strategies to address it.

The Disorganized Mind offers possibility to those struggling with the symptoms of ADHD—possibility of taking control, possibility of maintaining control, and possibility of loving the way they can live every day life.