about blake taylor

Blake Taylor

Blake Taylor, a University of California, Berkeley, sophomore, is the author of ADHD & Me — what i learned from lighting fires at the dinner table, (New Harbinger Publications, Feb. 2008) the first book of its kind in the U.S. Written when he was only 16 and 17 years old, Blake’s memoir, is a day-to-day account of what it is like to live with the common neurological condition that affects over four million young people. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterized by distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, on one hand, and by creativity, high energy, intuition, and intelligence on the other. Blake strongly believes that ADHD should be considered a difference – not a disorder — and that young people can learn to harness its many gifts to become successful.

Since he is originally from Weston, Connecticut, half of his book takes place in the New York Metropolitan Area. During 6th grade, Blake moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where the rest of the chapters take place.

Blake is planning to double major in Molecular & Cell Biology and French at Berkeley and hopes to pursue a career in neuroscience. He is a recipient of the UC Berkeley Alumni Association Leadership Award for two years in a row.

Blake enjoys skiing, sailing, working out, classical piano, and going out with his friends. Since 7th grade, he has done extensive work for a local greyhound rescue group promoting adoption for the thousands of young dogs released from racing each year. He lives with his family and two former racing greyhounds.

Blake’s website is www.youngwithadhd.com. He can also be reached through New Harbinger Publications.