Recommended Books

Delivered From Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

Hallowell and Ratey embrace the idea that success in life comes more from playing to your strengths than overcoming your weaknesses.  The authors insist that, while medication and other treatments can sometimes work wonders in reducing limitations, surrounding yourself with people who promote an ADDer's positive traits (often including unusually high levels of creativity, charisma, intelligence, and energy) is the single most important element to living well with ADD. As both Hallowell and Ratey are not only experts in the field, but "ADDers" themselves, the tips and stories they share for how to do so are fresh, funny, and far more helpful than tired arguments over drugs verse no drugs or whether there’s even such a thing as ADD at all.--Patrick Jennings

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Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the Six Types of ADD

Using breakthrough diagnostic techniques, Dr. Daniel Amen has discovered that there are six distinct types of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), each requiring a different treatment. With recommendations for prescription drugs, nutraceutical therapy, cognitive reprogramming, parenting and educational strategies, biofeedback, self-hypnosis and more, this revolutionary approach can lead sufferers of ADD to a normal, fully-functional life.

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ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life deals with the greatest challenge that adults with AD/HD face: disorganization. Once considered a disorder of childhood, we now know that AD/HD is a lifespan disorder and achieving quality of life in the wake of this disorder requires organization. The authors offer clear organizing habits that are musts for adults with AD/HD.
Three main areas of organizing are included: organizing things; organizing papers; and organizing time. Solutions, both conventional and innovative, offer the AD/HD adult options on how to implement the text into his or her own life. Critical to the AD/HD adult is support, and Recommended Levels of Support are included that enable the reader to implement the solution and continue to make it work over time. Each chapter closes with a Chapter Review and this feature shows the level of understanding of the audience by these authors.


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Journeys Through ADDulthood

Even years after diagnosis, many adults still feel discouraged because treatments tend to focus exclusively on managing or overcoming the symptoms of ADD rather than on teaching patients to lead a fulfilling life despite these differences. There are no quick fixes-Solden takes a longer view of the challenges and sees living with ADD as an ongoing internal process. Journeys Through ADDulthood is a step-by-step guide through three stages, or journeys: toward understanding your brain and your primary symptoms; toward discovering your true identity and embracing your uniqueness; and toward learning to share your true self to connect with others. Illuminating her points based on the real-life journeys of two men and two women, Solden offers self-help exercises at the end of each chapter to point the way around common roadblocks on the road to empowerment, self-fulfillment, and the realization of long-buried dreams and goals.

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Women With Attention Deficit Disorder: Embracing Disorganization at Home and in the Workplace

Women with Attention Deficit Disorder addresses the millions of withdrawn little girls and chronically overwhelmed women with ADD who go undiagnosed because they don't fit the stereotypical notion of people with ADD. They are not fast-talking, hyperactive, non-attentive, and they are not male. Though the book focuses on ADD, much of what is said also applies to women with ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Introduction by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo, authors of You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Crazy or Stupid? Foreword by John J. Ratey, MD, co-author of Driven to Distraction.

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YOU MEAN I'M NOT LAZY, STUPID OR CRAZY?!:
A Self-help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder

Straightforward, practical advice for taking control of the symptoms, minimizing the disabilities, and maximizing the advantages of adult ADD.

You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! focuses on the experiences of adults, offering accurate information, practical how-tos and moral support to help readers deal with ADD. It explains the diagnostic process that distinguishes ADD symptoms from normal lapses in memory, lack of concentration or impulsive behavior, and it addresses:

* Achieving balance by analyzing one's strengths and weaknesses
* Getting along in groups, at work and in intimate and family relationships -- including how to decrease discord and chaos
* Learning the mechanics and methods for getting organized and improving memory
* Seeking professional help, including therapy and medication

Widely used by support groups around the country, You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! is the indispensable reference for anyone who faces the challenge of ADD on a daily basis.


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Understanding Women With AD/HD


This landmark book brings together a broad field of experts to create a much needed and long-overdue book on the issues unique to women with AD/HD. Whether you are a woman who suspects that she has AD/HD, or a professional that wants to better diagnose and treat women with AD/HD, this book is designed with you in mind. In this unique blend of the professional and personal, the reader will come away with a broad-ranging, in-depth understanding of what it means to be a woman with AD/HD, and how to help women with AD/HD face their unique challenges.


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Beyond Ritalin : Facts About Medication and Other Strategies for Helping Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders

While not updated to include the newest meds, like Strattera (and surprisingly, Adderall) this book gives a nice overview of the pros and cons of medications and alternative therapies - good info about what works and what doesn't as treatment for ADHD.


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Finding a Career That Works for You

Taking the time to find a career that works for you can cut down on the need for accommodations.  This book helps readers better understand their interests, aptitudes, personality, and goals as the first steps in choosing a career. Then, it provides practical tips in how to find a job in a chosen field. The author instructs readers in where to search for available jobs, the best ways to prepare a resume, how to write a cover letter, and how to make the best impression during a job interview. Filled with personal stories of people who love their work, this book will become your road map to finding a career that works for you.


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