This edition is no longer for sale. However, the Third Edition is available.

All you need to know about attention deficit disorder, with or without hyperactivity: what it is and what to do about it. This classic resource for young people, their parents, and professionals is now revised and expanded, covering:

  • What is going on in the brain?
  • What are you feeling?
  • Getting support
  • Getting organized
  • Making friends
  • Understanding medication
About the Authors

Patricia O. Quinn, MD, is a developmental pediatrician in Washington, DC. Dr. Quinn obtained her medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School. She completed a pediatric internship at Georgetown University Medical Center, a pediatric fellowship in Developmental Pediatrics and Pediatric Psychopharmacology at Georgetown Hospital, and a Pediatric Level 2 residency at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Dr. Quinn is a well-known international speaker and conducts workshops nationwide about ADHD, and has authored several best-selling and groundbreaking books on the topic. In the last decade, she has devoted her attention professionally to the issues confronting girls and women with ADD (ADHD) with a particular interest on the relationship of a mother and child with ADHD. She also feels a strong commitment to working with teenagers and college students with ADHD, helping them to identify and manage issues specific to their age group. In 2000, Dr. Quinn received the CHADD Hall of Fame Award.

Judith M. Stern, MA, is an educational consultant in private practice in Rockville, Maryland, specializing in work with children who have AD/HD and learning disabilities. She is also the author of several books for young people with attention and learning disorders, and she lectures nationally to teachers, parents, and students.

Reviews & Awards

Praise for the first edition

This is the book that so many parents and professionals have asked for. Down-to-earth in style and upbeat in tone, it contains a wealth of important information about ADHD along with practical suggestions for coping with the problems ADHD presents.
—Barbara D. Ingersoll, PhD, author, Your Hyperactive Child: A Parent's Guide To Coping With Attention Deficit Disorder

Required reading for hyperactive children of all ages and their parents, teachers, and practitioners. This book is superb in every aspect.
—Alan Zametkin, MD, senior staff psychiatrist, National Institute of Mental Health

Putting on the Brakes does a marvelous job addressing the issues likely to arise in counseling children ages 8 to 13 about ADHD, its nature, and its treatment. I am sure it will prove of value to those who counsel this age group and to these children themselves in their pursuit to better understand their disorder.
—Russell A. Barkley, PhD, author of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment

Shows parents how to help children help themselves.
Detroit Free Press

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