By SAMANTHA HEARN
A Brentwood psychotherapist will host a presentation at the Cool Springs Barnes & Noble on Sept. 10 about adults living with ADHD.
Terry Huff, Brentwood psychotherapist and author of the new book Living Well with ADHD, will speak at the bookstore at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 to talk about how adults with ADHD, sometimes called ADD, can not just survive but thrive, despite the challenges posted by their neurological difference.
ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a neurodevelopmental and mental disorder where there are problems paying attention, excessive activity or difficulty controlling behavior. The symptoms begin as early as age six to 12 and is one of the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children and adolescents, and it can continue into adulthood.
Huff, who grew up in Brentwood in the 1950s and 1960s, will be signing copies of the book immediately after his presentation, which is free to attend.
Written for those with ADHD, their family members and professionals who work with them, Huff’s new book offers a “mindfulness perspective” on managing ADHD, ad offers breakthrough strategies for living skillfully with it. Living Well with ADHD illimunates an empowering “ability perspective,” rather than the common and disempowering “disability perspective.”
Chapters in the book include topics like how to active attention and sustain effort, attentive listening and mindful speaking, ADHD in relationships, creativity, success stories and ADHD support groups.
“You may have problems listening attentively to others, or speaking with mindful consideration of the listener,” the book says in Chapter Three. “While those differences contribute to tendencies, tendencies do not have to become actualized. Old habits can be supplanted by new, competing habits.”
Huff’s passion for helping adults with ADHD springs from his years of personal experience with the disorder, and from his decades as a psychotherapist helping others skillfully deal with it. He is the founder and leader of ADDNashville, a support group that has met for more than 10 years at the Brentwood United Methodist church. He also provides workshops for couples whose marriages are affected by ADHD.
Huff received is bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology at Middle Tennessee State University. He worked in mental health and developmental disability services in Tennessee and California during the early years of his career. He went back to graduate school at the University of Tennessee College of Social work to complete a second master’s degree.
After obtaining his license for independent practice, he worked at Vanderbilt and Family & Children’s Service in Nashville before beginning his own private practice in 1996. He was diagnosed with ADHD himself in 1994, and from then on began to specialize in serving other adults with attention disorders.
For more information about Living Well with ADHD and Huff’s professional services, visit www.terrymhuff.com.
The event will take place at the Cool Springs Barnes & Noble, located at 1701 Mallory Lane.
Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @samanthahearn.