Resources

Below are some books and Web sites my clients and I have found helpful. The list is not at all exhaustive. It merely offers places to begin a quest for greater understanding and the empowerment that follows.

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Books

"It only takes one idea in one book to take your life to a new level. Someone, somewhere has been through what you are going through. Be wise and learn from them." (Author Robin Sharma)

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About ADHD

You are not alone in your struggles! The following three books are informative, practical and useful. The authors are both psychiatrists who were diagnosed with ADD as adults.

More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD , by Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA.

ISBN: 1886941742

Tuckman covers all the bases when it comes to providing practical strategies for living successfully with ADHD. He also provides useful, research-supported information about ADHD. The book is reader-friendly, with concise articles that can be read in any order.

The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents , by Nancy A. Ratey, Ed.M., MCC.

ISBN: 0312355335

Master coach Ratey offers a self-coaching guide for people with ADHD. Whether or not you opt to fully coach yourself, there is much to glean from her tell-it-like-it-is, practical approach to personal growth and change.

Permission to Proceed: The Keys to Creating a Life of Passion, Purpose and Possibility for Adults with ADHD , by David Giwerc.

ISBN: 9781450761376

Master Certified Coach David Giwerc is the founder and president of the ADD Coach Academy. He clearly communicates his vision that all people with ADHD can maximize their strengths, minimize their weaknesses, and achieve their life purpose. Giwerc offers his readers a positive perspective, practical exercises, and an enormous amount of hope.

Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood, by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D.

ISBN: 0684801280

One of the first books about adults with ADD. Truly a classic. A great book for starting your quest for understanding.

Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder, by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D.

ISBN: 0345442318

More about how to live a successful life with ADD. Pick and choose what you want to read.

Answers to Distraction Answers to Distraction, by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D.

ISBN: 055337821X

Very user-friendly, written in a Q and A format.

You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!, by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo

ISBN: 0743264487

Full of how-to's and moral support. One of the classics about and for adults with ADD.

Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults, by Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.

ISBN: 0300119895

This book dispels the myths of ADD/ADHD and provides scientifically based recommendations for its management. Brown views ADD as chronic difficulties with executive functions in the brain.

The Attention Deficit Disorder In Adults Workbook The Attention Deficit Disorder In Adults Workbook, by Lynn Weiss, Ph.D.

ISBN: 1589792483

Many practical ideas, self-quizzes, exercises and step-by-step methods to help manage daily living with ADD. Weiss helps you better understand how your own ADD manifests and offers techniques for reducing frustration.

Fidget to Focus--Outwit Your Boredom: Sensory Strategies for Living with ADD Fidget to Focus—Outwit Your Boredom: Sensory Strategies for Living with ADD, by Roland Rotz and Sarah D. Wright.

ISBN: 0595350100

A fascinating book about ways to stay focused and on track while doing dull, tedious and boring tasks.

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About Work and ADHD

ADD in the Workplace: Choices, Changes, and Challenges ADD in the Workplace: Choices, Changes, and Challenges, by Kathleen Nadeau (1997).

ISBN: 0876308477

Fresh, open, easy format, with key points bulleted and collected in summaries. Includes an ADD Workplace Questionnaire that helps you think systematically about the effects of your own version of ADD at work.

Finding a Career that Works for You Finding a Career that Works for You, by Wilma Fellman (2000).

ISBN: 1886941637

A guide to better understanding key components in choosing a career, including determining one's interests, aptitudes and values. Includes guides for resume writing and job interviewing.

ADD on the Job ADD on the Job, by Lynne Weiss.

ISBN: 0878339175

Written from a positive perspective about managing ADD traits on the job. The last chapter is a list of 101 useful tips for living successfully with ADD.

The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need, by Daniel Pink (2008).

ISBN: 1594482918

This is the first business book for a western audience in the Japanese comic format known as manga. According to Business Week, Pink's book is probably intended for Gen Y, those in their 20s, who have grown up by visually learning through "enlightainment." However, it's packed with wisdom and fun for visual processors.

Making ADD Work: On-the-job Strategies for Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder Making ADD Work: On-the-job Strategies for Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder, by Blythe Grossberg (2005).

ISBN: 0399531998

Based on hundreds of interviews of adults with ADD, including CEOs, entrepreneurs, office workers and others. Each chapter ends with "Highlights" that succinctly summarize the key information.

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About Marriage and ADHD

Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?: Stopping the Roller Coaster When Someone You Love Has Attention Deficit Disorder , by Gina Pera

ISBN: 9780981548708

Despite good intentions, people with ADHD usually have challenges navigating the demands and nuances of relationships. Both members of romantic partnerships tend to struggle when one or both have ADHD. Pera offers insights and practical strategies for taking charge of the ADHD and maintaining a strong, loving relationship.

The ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps , by Melissa Orlov.

ISBN: 1886941971

No one with ADHD or married to someone with ADHD will be surprised to discover that ADHD symptoms impact their relationship. Approaches that work for partners when no ADHD is present often do not work when one or both partners have ADHD. Orlov helps couples learn how to work effectively without judgment or blame to reestablish a healthy relationship.

Married to Distraction: How to Restore Intimacy and Strengthen Your Partnership in an Age of Interruption , by Edward M. Hallowell MD, Sue Hallowell, and Melissa Orlov.

ISBN: 0345508009

A psychiatrist specializing in ADHD, a couples' therapist, and a couples' consultant teamed up to write this book of strategies for richly connecting with one's spouse in our age of overload and interruptions. This book is useful for all couples, whether or not ADHD is in the mix.

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About and by People with ADHD:

Positively ADD Positively ADD, by Catherine A. Corman and Edward Hallowell.

ISBN: 0802789889

Success stories of people with ADD/ADHD with a huge range of interests and life circumstances. Pick and choose those that resonate for you.

Copy This!: Lessons from a hyperactive dyslexic who turned a bright idea into one of America's best companies Copy This!: Lessons from a hyperactive dyslexic who turned a bright idea into one of America's best companies, by Paul Orfalea (Kinko's founder)

ISBN: 0761137777

Orfalea's personal story of resilience and hope, from flunking second grade to building a billion dollar company. A fun, inspiring read.

The Little Monster: Growing Up With ADHD The Little Monster: Growing Up With ADHD, by Robert Jergen

ISBN: 1578861047

A great description of what it's like to grow up with ADHD and how to use it as a major asset. A story of struggle, pain and success. Highly readable.

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About Women and ADHD

Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life, by Sari Solden.

ISBN: 1887424970

This book gives insight as to how and why ADD/ADHD affects women differently than men. Several of my female clients reported that this book helped them change their negative self-perceptions and feelings of shame.

Understanding Women with ADHD Understanding Women with ADHD, edited by Kathleen Nadeau and Patricia Quinn.

ISBN: 0966036646

Choose the articles that interest you. This book includes a useful chapter on the college experience.

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About College and ADHD

Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen With ADHD or LD for College , by Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, PhD, and Patricia O. Quinn, MD.

ISBN: 1433808919

This excellent book provides a practical guide for promoting the skills teens need for succeeding at "life on their own" in college. It includes readiness surveys and worksheets that help teens move through the transition process. Of particular benefit is the coaching perspective offered to parents to use as they interact with and empower their teens as they prepare for the increased demands of college.

ADD and the College Student: A Guide for High School and College Students with Attention Deficit Disorder ADD and the College Student: A Guide for High School and College Students with Attention Deficit Disorder, edited by Patricia O. Quinn, M.D.

ISBN: 1557986630

A readable handbook with practical suggestions for successfully managing your ADD.

College Confidence with ADD College Confidence with ADD, by Michael Sandler

ISBN: 1402212518

Sandler is a remarkable, accomplished young man who biked across the United States to increase awareness of ADHD. He conquered his own ADD in college and with two master degrees on his resume, speaks, coaches and writes about his proven techniques for success.

Making the Grade with ADD: A Student's Guide to Succeeding in College with Attention Deficit Disorder Making the Grade with ADD: A Student's Guide to Succeeding in College with Attention Deficit Disorder, by Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, Ph.D.

ISBN: 1572245549

Practical, insightful suggestions for navigating college with ADD.

Survival Guide for College Students with ADD or LD Survival Guide for College Students with ADD or LD, by Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D.

ISBN: 0945354630

A 56 page, easy to access guide with valuable suggestions ranging from considerations for choosing a school to how to thrive once enrolled.

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About Organizing

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D.

ISBN: 1583913580

A professional organizer and psychologist focus on the special organizational conundrums and needs of adults with ADD/ADHD. It is filled with easy-to-implement strategies and tools.

Organizing from the Inside Out Organizing from the Inside Out, by Julie Morgenstern.

ISBN: 0805075895

A professional organizer helps you work WITH your priortities and personality to organize just about anything.

Time Management from the Inside Out Time Management from the Inside Out, by Julie Morgenstern.

ISBN: 0805075909

While not written specifically for adults with ADD/ADHD, this book offers great tools for thinking about and managing your time.

Survival Tips for Women with ADHD: Beyond Piles, Palms and Post-its Survival Tips for Women with ADHD: Beyond Piles, Palms and Post-its, by Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW.

ISBN: 1886941599

Humorous and inspiring, this book offers practical solutions to everyday challenges.

Organizing Solutions for People with Attention Deficit Disorder: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of your Life and Get Organized Organizing Solutions for People with Attention Deficit Disorder: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of your Life and Get Organized, by Susan C. Pinsky.

ISBN: 159233234X

Colorful photos of organized spaces make this a winner for some of my clients. The book offers tips and bulleted lists that make it a manageable read and a practical home reference.

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About Parenting

Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential, by Peg Dawson, EdD, and Richard Guare, PhD.

ISBN: 9781593854454

It is confusing and frustrating to watch your bright, talented child struggle with the typical daily tasks of home and school. With ADHD, it is likely that your child has some weaknesses in executive functioning. Executive skills are fundamental brain-based skills necessary for planning, organizing, staying on task, and much more. This book offers many techniques for helping your child to improve executive skills and fully reach his or her potential.

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents, by Russell A. Barkley. (See comments below.)

ISBN: 1572305606

 

Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior, by Russell A. Barkley.

ISBN: 1572303212

Both books are excellent resources for parents of children with ADHD. Barkley is well known for translating scientifically validated information into practical tools and advice. The books are well organized and readable. They provide step-by-step methods for managing children with ADHD in a range of everyday situations.

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About Learning

A Mind at a Time A Mind at a Time, by Mel Levine.

ISBN: 0743202236

We all learn differently and should not be penalized for it! This book offers a clear, comprehensive discussion of learning differences and specific ways parents and teachers can encourage a child's strengths and bypass their weaknesses.

The Myth of Laziness The Myth of Laziness, by Mel Levine.

ISBN: 0743248651

No child is lazy. We all want to be productive. Levine describes various types of output-failure, such as difficulties organizing thoughts to express orally or in writing, and specific ways to help children succeed.

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For Students

Putting on the Brakes: Young People's Guide to Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Putting on the Brakes: Young People's Guide to Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), by Patricia O. Quinn, M.D. and Judith M. Stern, M.A. (See comments below.)

ISBN: 1557987955

The 'Putting on the Brakes' Activity Book for Young People with ADHD The "Putting on the Brakes" Activity Book for Young People with ADHD, by Patricia O. Quinn and Judith M. Stern, M.A.

ISBN: 0945354576

These books are designed to give children between the ages of 8 and 13 a sense of control in their lives. Quinn and Stern reassure young people with ADHD that their problems are not unique and that there are many ways they can help themselves. The books address homework, keeping organized, following directions and maintaining self-control with clear, encouraging instructions, pictures, puzzles, checklists and other activities.

Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD, by Kathleen G. Nadeau.

ISBN: 1591471559

Written from the child's perspective (approximately ages 6-11), this book provides tips for organizing, and managing schoolwork, friends and more. It is colorful and engaging, with easy-to-read text.

Organizing From the Inside Out for Teens: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Room, Your Time, and Your Life Organizing From the Inside Out for Teens: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Room, Your Time, and Your Life, by Julie Morgenstern and Jessi Morgenstern-Colon

ISBN: 0805064702

"Analyze, strategize and attack" to organize your space and manage your time. Co-written by Morgenstern, author of the excellent Organizing from the Inside Out (1998) for adult readers, and her daughter, this book offers workable solutions for disorganized teenagers.

Get Off My Brain: A Survival Guide For Lazy Students Get Off My Brain: A Survival Guide For Lazy Students, by Randall McCutcheon.

ISBN: 1575420376

While not written specifically for students with ADHD, this book is relevant and highly useful for any high school student who often finds school boring and irrelevant. In a humorous, irreverent way it offers proven strategies for taking charge and succeeding in school. My high school (and some middle school and college) students have enjoyed and benefited from strategies described in Get Off My Brain.

Teaching Teens With ADD and ADHD Teaching Teens With ADD and ADHD, by Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, M.S.

ISBN: 1890627208

An excellent resource for parents, filled with useful information about attention deficit disorders and school success during middle and high school years. Dendy offers many practical interventions and strategies for addressing behavioral and academic struggles.

Internet Links

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Organizations

ADDA — Attention Deficit Disorder Association. ADDA provides information, resources and networking to adults with ADHD. Their annual May conferences are life changing for many people.

CHADD — Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder. A national organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADD/ADHD. Check to see if they have a local chapter near you. Their annual conferences are excellent.

ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA) — ADDCA offers in-depth coach training teleclasses for both new and experienced coaches who want to work with individuals with ADD/ADHD. It was founded by David Giwerc, Master Certified Coach and former President of ADDA. This is where I received my coach training. I was honored to have David as my instructor.

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Other ADHD Resources

About.com: ADD/ADHD — A great resource for information about ADHD. It includes articles, blogs and videos. The editor, Keath Low, based one of her articles entirely on an article I wrote, crediting me all the way!
(http://add.about.com/od/adhdinadults/a/runninglate.htm)

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources — A national non-profit organization that provides information, resources and support for individuals with ADD/ADHD.

ADDitude Magazine — A consumer and lifestyle magazine for people with ADD/ADHD. Full of helpful strategies, advice, and encouraging personal stories. I subscribe and suggest my clients do the same.

Attention Research Update — From the National Resource Center on ADHD. A free monthly e-mail newsletter that helps us all stay informed about important new research on ADHD. Look for the What We Know Info Sheets for key information.

LD Online — An information and advice packed web site about LD and ADHD.

All Kinds of Minds — This site features hundreds of tips/resources/articles about learning differences and ways to help children experience success. It is based on Dr. Mel Levine's (author of A Mind at a Time and The Myth of Laziness) work and research.

ADDvance — Patricia Quinn and Kathleen Nadeau provide answers to a vast range of questions about ADD/ADHD in children, teens and adults. Quinn and Nadeau are highly respected authorities and authors in this field.

ADD Consults — An online "ADHD Clinic" with multiple resources, including articles, an ADD store, email access to experts, and much more.

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Organizing and Planning

FlyLady — An online organizing system and support group for the most disorganized among us.

Online Organizing — Find a professional organizer in your area, organizing tips and links to other resources. Good checklist of questions to ask before hiring, including, "Do you work with ADD/ADHD clients?"

ADD Planner — An exciting tool for technophiles who spend lots of time at their computers. Audio and visual cues keep you on task and on time. Check this out!

Busy Body Book, Personal and Family Organizer — Reasonably priced (under $20) and versatile.

Planner Pad Organizer — The open 2-page weekly spread provides room for monthly and weekly to-do lists as well as for daily appointments. Available in 3 sizes and 4 quarterly start dates.

Thinkbin — Large family wall calendar designed by two moms. Many useful features. Under $20.

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Gadgets

Time Timer — An excellent tool for those of us who have difficulty sensing the passing of time. This timer shows time "going away." I use it during coaching sessions and when working on projects. My clients find it handy to keep on their desks at work or at school. A new wristwatch version is now available.

Watchminder — This gadget looks and wears like a watch and has the capacity to send you up to 30 reminders a day through vibration and/or text messages. It was invented by a psychologist who works with children and adults with attention disorders. It's very useful as a reminder to take medications, start and stop tasks, monitor your own attention, and much more.

MotivAider — A small electronic device that helps us change habits by keeping us focused on the change we want to make. Clever idea. Great tool for making positive behavior changes.

Invisible Clock — A small personal timer with a silent vibration or beeping alarm. Features 12 alarms, countdown timers and more. Wear it like a pager to keep you on track throughout your day.

Time Tracker-Visual Timer & Clock
— A programmable task timer with a digital clock, 6 sound effects, and lighted green, yellow and red sections that flash as time runs out.

(This site had the best price when I ran a search.)

Aroma Therapy, Peaceful Progression Clock
— Awaken more easily to both sound and scent. Choose a nature sound and aroma to gently ease you into wakefulness. These products come with a range of options and prices.

(Can be set to include ambient light along with a range of scents and sounds.)

Sonic Boom Vibrating Alarm Clock — A vibrating attachment clips under your mattress and shakes you awake. The clock has a large digital time display and loud alarm, as well.

Clocky — Believe it or not, this clock rolls off your nightstand and drives around your room when it's time to get up. You must chase it and catch it to silence the alarm.

Flying Alarm Clock — This clock launches an attachment that flies around the room until you catch it. The alarm sounds until you return the rotor to the clock's base.

Fun Wake-up Service — Wake up to a phone call telling you a joke or a quote of the day. Snooze options available.

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Buying Green

Environmental Defense Fund
 — Environment Defense's List of Green Gifts

Green America
 — Coop America's Top 10 Green Toys

Union of Concerned Scientists
 — LED Christmas Lights


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