ADD Is A Gift





 "The Gift Of ADHD" is brilliant, soulful, and insightful. Thank you for writing it!"
 - Benny Rietveld ‏@bennyrietveld - Grammy-winning bass player and Musical Director for Santana


“This book will encourage your brain and your soul.  Dr. Honos-Webb will show you how to find the promise in ADD and powerful tools for managing the pitfalls.”

Daniel G. Amen, MD Amen Clinics and author of Healing ADD

 Dr. Lara Honos-Webb is a worldwide ADD expert and offers ADD coaching.  

Dr. Lara Honos-Webb is a clinical psychologist and author of

  • The Gift of ADHD,
  • The Gift of ADHD Activity Book,
  • The Gift of Adult ADD,
  • The ADHD Workbook for Teens 
  • Listening to Depression: How Understanding Your Pain Can Heal Your Life.

 Her work has been featured in Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Prevention Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and Publisher's Weekly as well as newspapers across the country and local and national radio and television. Honos-Webb completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at University of California, San Francisco, and has been an assistant professor teaching graduate students. She has published more than 25 scholarly articles.

Each day you have the choice to define yourself by strengths or weaknesses. By focusing on gifts you will gain motivation and confidence for overcoming your challenges.  Some people with ADD have lives that work well, others don’t. Dr. Lara Honos-Webb will show you strategies that lead to success.

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      " I know this sounds super corny but if everyone with ADD could learn what you've written about, the stigma will change towards people with ADD. I just finished chapter 4 of your book and I can already see myself improving in my professional and personal life." - Reed W.

" I can't explain just how well targeted your instruction was for me.  
You helped me to forgive and understand myself.  
You gave me permission to be handicapped without compromising my potential.  
Seriously . . . I can't thank you enough for changing my perspective.
Just an update.  Working out again, think I have a job, have stopped caring what others think.  
It's ok to be me.  :-). "
Doug R.

 "Just wanted to write you because it's been an enlightening weekend for me
and it fits along with everything we talked about on Friday. I'm really
excited about a really simplified  plan to make things easy. You were
right about reaching out to this particular group... this is MY group of people.  
Effortless to connect.  Kinda feel human again.  Good to have that
 human connection again.    First time in a long time I'm really
excited about learning more.  
Moving energy.  Thanks for the help.  You da' best"
-Francis K.

 “Dr. Lara Honos-Webb shows us how the demands of a global and digital culture may make the signature traits of ADD – inventiveness, need for stimulation, and interpersonal intuition – in high demand.”          Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind

 "I came across your book "The Gift of Adult ADD" at Barnes an Nobles and connected with the title instantly. The thought process that I may have just discovered a gift, instead of a life long affliction inspired me to purchase the book instantly.

       I want to thank you from the deepest parts of my soul. Your perspectives and insights on ADD communicated to me a sense of home. A feeling that all of those pieces of me that always felt disconnected with the world may have had a purpose and commonalities with others after all.
      Specifically speaking, I have always been highly intuitive to other people's emotions. I have always wanted to share what I find in others just by being around them. Most of the time, I don't have the words to describe what I am feeling. Other times I would express these feelings and completely get laughed at or dismissed as a loon. It has been very painful and confusing at times to feel so strongly about something and have it denied.

 It feels completely amazing to know there are others out there like me.    

 I also always swim in the deep end of human interaction. This has led me to the quiet state most people observe and comment about. It is not that I have nothing to say or that I am arrogant, I just always end up going way to deep for other person. Whether by asking questions that attack the core of whatever mood I believe them to be under or just by discussing non-"hows the weather" topics. I quite literally am incapable of small talk.

      I find the passages in your book about authenticity and how it connects to this incredibly helpful. Part of me just can't believe how many people don't want a deep connection with everything around them. It is probably just as taxing for them as paying attention to anything uninteresting is for me.      

So here I am. 34 and in need of some repairs. Mostly to my self esteem.

     Your book no doubt will be the cornerstone of the unencumbered reentrance of me into my future.

It is a beautiful world in which a soul can reach out and change another's life with paper and ink. I am on the road to figuring out what my paper and ink is.
 Deepest thanks,
 John Emerson

"Thanks Lara. Your suggestions today were so good and have really paved the way for this thing to get done in time and with great quality. You're one hell of a coach! You see things that are right in front of my face, but I can't see to save my life."  Jack R.

This book by Dr. Lara Honos-Webb, helped me, as much as the intuitiveness of the person who diagnosed me. It was one of the first things I read and it was by happenstance…or perhaps it was a “God” things as I am not one who really believes much in coincidences. It resonated in ways that made me feel smart and creative when I had recently…. and for the first time ….come out of a job situation where I was fired where I can now say, I was not to blame but set up for failure at every turn by another ego, arrogance, and cult like leadership style. I realized that my career, which defined me in every way, (more than it should have), was not what made me special or unique. The book unpacked for me various gaps I had in understanding my “sensitivity” and shed a new light on what benefits come from being extremely intuitive versus all the negatives you hear repeatedly throughout your life. ....
But this book was beyond beneficial and the best place I ever could have started to learn about how I am uniquely wired. And to view that uniqueness with not only its challenges, but with all the special privileges it provides as well. It is truly more of a blessing than a challenge and has been most of my life. ..... Thank you so much for providing a viewpoint that allowed me to not shut down, be hurt, feel “found out”, ....Read the book. And read it again. And then internalize it. And then Thank God. Then look at your life and DO something to get from point A to point B and for God sake, ask for help for once in your life. Because help exists.-- posted by LuvYourselfMore

"What a gem, what a prize… What a sparkling bauble I have placed in my glitter bag of shining HOPE! This, folks, is what I have in my new life legacy walk to remember with Dr. Lara Honos-Webb!! A confidant, a guiding Light, and another cosmic Spiritual sojourner, riding high atop that creative wave with me... and one that truly sees the Light of HOPE, radiating from deep, within, my Visionary Soul — but also a true friend, for What Matters Most!  I owe you SOOO much… for seeing that special “gift” of Acquired Divine Direction in me, Lara. 

Especially when others… saw so, so much less. 

 YOU... are a national treasure with your passionate, heart-driven efforts in helping others find that special "Light" that lives and breathes deep within their Visionary Soul, too!

 JUST like you did with me!"  Kevin James Richardson

I just wanted say that I read your book of "The gift of ADD for Adults" which made a very positive impact on my life so I can move forward.  It was the at the end of the book, the part of feeling guilty and ashamed of having ADD, after being diagnosed 3 yrs ago and having to give your self permission to live in a world that fits you not you having to fit in some environment which I was trying to do.  I felt like I was compressing myself and was sucking a lot of energy out of me and also caused health issues.  But literary once I accept that I have to make my own environment fit me is when I felt my energy come back to a optimal level. Also another thing was why I have emotional outburst which know I can be aware of and deal with it better. Andy Doucette

 Couldn't wait to FINALLY get this book primarily because of it's positive angle! "The Gift of ADHD," by Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D, will be at the top of my stack for a while WOW! I can only imagine what it would do for the self-esteem of ADHD kids everywhere, if the adults around them began looking at their issues in a positive light.  Better go read this book........still pondering how to get this into the hands of EVERY educator and discouraged parent out there!! Hmmm  Charlotte Meitzler Engelhart

  • I recently read your book "The Gift of Adult ADD".
    Excellent book. In fact, it answered questions I've been asking myself
    for almost a decade.  despite the scattered thought processes (thank you ADD),
    your book has opened my eyes to many things I've always wondered and it
    has explained in more depth those that I have already answered.
     At any rate, I just felt compelled to "sprinkle" praise upon you for an
    excellent job on your book that I previously mentioned.
  • I wanted to thank you from the very bottom of my heart. You have given me a different perspective of my chaotic world by helping me identify the singular obstacle that has been a roadblock for me achieving my potential successes: myself.I've been very open about my ADHD and I've heard from many parents of children with ADHD as well as adults with the 'disorder' and I know your insight could spare them years of pain and frustration.
  • I would like to react to your book The Gift of ADHD, which I am reading.  Over the past six months I have gone though the last 15-20 years of research on ADD and your book has saved me a lot of wasted time and a lot of mistakes.  I really feel as if I have found what I have been looking for.  At last I can feel that what I have got is an advantage rather than a handicap.  I have spent 30 years of my life in and out of pschotherapy wondering what was wrong with me.  Then came the diagnosis of ADD and somehow I thought that explains everything and I can't really change very much.  Now your book has given me a welcome boot up the behind to exploit my creativity, which for me is particularly drama, and also my sensitivity which has always been a severe handicap, both personally and professionally.I now realise that everyone can benefit from your suggestions, not only AD(H)D kids, and but especially the teachers.  Your suggestions for teachers or ideas that can be adapted by them will benefit every child and every teacher.  We don't have to single out the AD(H)D kids, just give positive feedback to everyone. 
  • I have been diagnosed with add as a child and did take medication that changed me a bit but stopped after 3 years, now, as an adult, I mean to say your Book is SPOT ON!! that was remarkable. Everything you mention I do- your book boosted my confidence in self. because of this 'gift' I have struggled in almost every setting you mention to the exact level of the struggle- like only you would believe I am textbook, like clinically certified example lol! But I do want to tell you that 'you' as a dr, and a writer you helped me, immensely and I wouldn't even know the extent, until I apply everything I've learned, well finish the book, and than apply- but I need to remember to get the workbook I seen you did!! That looks like fun. I hope you continue to guide the lost many of us to victory in a world designed for traditional thinkers, the very ones who tell me I need help- but I think my music, and lifestyle will lead me to a very fruitful endgame when I do finally tie all my interest, ideas, and experiences together! Thank you and GOD Bless.
  • As someone with both ADHD and dyslexia thank you. I fortunately was also blessed with an extraordinary intelligence so I didn't struggle in school nearly as much as someone with both issues. My parents elected not to tell me until I was much older so that I would never doubt my ability to succeed. I never have and I learned on my own that my strange quirks were actually an asset. It didn't occur to me until I was learning in detail about both disorders that I said wait a min. that's me! I graduated college 3 years ago with a 3.74 and a double major, I will be going to graduate school in the fall. I have witnessed others who were told of their disorders and disabilities, the words: I can't or It's too hard, often enter their vocabulary. Giving them that label of learning disabled crippled them and became an excuse. Yes, later having full knowledge of both my issues became very useful to understand how to manage them better and deal with the problems they can cause. But when I was younger and made a mistake due to dyslexia I never said to myself that I was dyslexic and couldn't do it, I came up with creative options to not make the mistake again on a test or quiz. You spread a message that we are capable, we can succeed and we can do so on our own terms.
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