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Reading/Book List for ADHD

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Ways to Read Digitally:

This reading list is recommended by a Licensed counselor and is designed to be an ever-growing and changing suggestion. If you have books that have helped you or have impacted your mental health, make sure to let us know so that we can recommend them to others.

"A revolutionary new approach to ADD/ADHD featuring cutting-edge research and strategies to help listeners thrive, by the best-selling authors of the seminal books Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction

“An inspired road map for living with a distractible brain . . . If you or your child suffer from ADHD, this book should be on your shelf. It will give you courage and hope.” (Michael Thompson, PhD, New York Times best-selling co-author of Raising Cai)

World-renowned authors Dr. Edward M. Hallowell and Dr. John J. Ratey literally “wrote the book” on ADD/ADHD more than two decades ago. Their best seller, Driven to Distraction, largely introduced this diagnosis to the public and sold more than a million copies along the way.

Now, most people have heard of ADHD and know someone who may have it. But lost in the discussion of both childhood and adult diagnosis of ADHD is the potential upside: Many hugely successful entrepreneurs and highly creative people attribute their achievements to ADHD. Also unknown to most are the recent research developments, including innovations that give a clearer understanding of the ADHD brain in action. In ADHD 2.0, Drs. Hallowell and Ratey, both of whom have this “variable attention trait”, draw on the latest science to provide both parents and adults with ADHD a plan for minimizing the downside and maximizing the benefits of ADHD at any age. They offer an arsenal of new strategies and lifestyle hacks for thriving with ADHD, including

  • Find the right kind of difficult. Use these behavior assessments to discover the work, activity, or creative outlet best suited to an individual’s unique strengths.

  • Reimagine environment. What specific elements to look for - at home, at school, or in the workplace - to enhance the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit inherent in the ADHD mind.

  • Embrace innate neurological tendencies. Take advantage of new findings about the brain’s default mode network and cerebellum, which confer major benefits for people with ADHD.

  • Tap into the healing power of connection. Tips for establishing and maintaining positive connection “the other Vitamind C” and the best antidote to the negativity that plagues so many people with ADHD.

  • Consider medication. Gets the facts about the underlying chemistry, side effects, and proven benefits of all the pharmaceutical options.

As inspiring as it is practical, ADHD 2.0 will help you tap into the power of this mercurial condition and find the key that unlocks potential."

"A relationship breakup can often cause adults with ADHD to feel depression, anger, low self-esteem, and other symptoms of a mental health disorder. At its worst, these emotional problems can lead to substance abuse or self-harm.

The best way for an adult with ADHD to cope with break up is by telling others what they are experiencing. Self-reflecting awareness on the part of the person involved will help them realize that their feelings are valid and not a personal failure. This awareness will help them move past their feelings on to find peace in their lives again. Perhaps one day they'll be able to say goodbye once more without breaking down into tears in between each letter they write the ex-partner whom they miss dearly.

This book contains the following topics:

  • What Is ADHD

  • What Is It Like To Be In A Relationship With Someone Who Has ADHD?

  • What Relationship Problems Might An Adult With ADHD Have?

  • What Is It Like Dating Someone Who Has ADHD When You Do Not Have ADHD?

  • What Is The Best Way To Treat ADHD And Relationships?

  • What Are The Benefits Of Being In A Relationship With Someone Who Has ADHD?

  • How Does ADHD Affect Relationships?


  • Tips For Increasing Understanding In Your Relationship With A Person Having ADHD

  • How The Partner With ADHD Often Feels

Another helpful step to take after a relationship break up is beginning to appreciate the positive aspects of having ADHD. Yes, it will be difficult at first. But it may be easier for them to see how they challenge their relationships in ways that are unique and special. It may not seem like it at first, but they will become more useful and productive as a result of their ADHD characteristics.

Finding support through mental health counseling is another way for adults with ADHD who have been dealing with relationship problems can help cope with the difficulties they encounter when ending relationships.

An ADHD therapist will help a person learn more about their ADHD and how to handle relationship problems. This also helps the person realize that they have support from others who know how it feels to have mental disorders and experience relationship problems."

"Indistractable provides a framework that will deliver the focus you need to get results." (James Clear, author of Atomic Habits)

You sit down at your desk to work on an important project, but a notification on your phone interrupts your morning. Later, as you're about to get back to work, a colleague taps you on the shoulder to chat. At home, screens get in the way of quality time with your family. Another day goes by, and once again, your most important personal and professional goals are put on hold.

What would be possible if you followed through on your best intentions? What could you accomplish if you could stay focused and overcome distractions? What if you had the power to become "indistractable"?

International best-selling author, former Stanford lecturer, and behavioral design expert, Nir Eyal, wrote Silicon Valley's handbook for making technology habit-forming. Five years after publishing Hooked, Eyal reveals distraction's Achilles' heel in his groundbreaking new book.

In Indistractable, Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices: Abstinence is impractical and often makes us want more.

Eyal lays bare the secret of finally doing what you say you will do with a four-step, research-backed model. Indistractable reveals the key to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of us.

Inside, Eyal overturns conventional wisdom and reveals:

  • Why distraction at work is a symptom of a dysfunctional company culture - and how to fix it

  • What really drives human behavior and why "time management is pain management"

  • Why your relationships (and your sex life) depend on you becoming indistractable

  • How to raise indistractable children in an increasingly distracting world

Empowering and optimistic, Indistractable provides practical, novel techniques to control your time and attention - helping you live the life you really want."

"If you're among the millions of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you need the latest facts about the disorder and its treatment. You need practical strategies to help develop your strengths and achieve your goals, whether on the job, in family relationships, or in personal pursuits.

From renowned ADHD researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this is the book for you. Dr. Barkley takes you through the process of seeking professional help, addresses frequently asked questions about medications and other treatments, and offers a wealth of advice and tips—all science-based.

Featuring the latest resources and medication facts, the revised and updated second edition includes new or expanded discussions of mindfulness, emotional self-control, time management, building a successful career, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and more.

Finally, an authoritative one-stop resource to help you take back your life from ADHD."

“I always advise starting treatment with behavioral interventions. Some parents struggle to find the right book to help them develop a behavioral parenting plan, but now they have the perfect book! —Dr. Keith Seibert, pediatrician

With the right tools, kids can learn to think positively about their ADHD and see it as a special asset. Thriving with ADHD is filled with easy exercises to help your child with the many facets of ADHD, from self-control and organization to getting tasks done and making friends—so they can flourish at home, school, and beyond.

Written by a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist, this workbook offers a strength-based approach to help your child gain a better understanding of themselves, their ADHD, and the simple things they can do to feel more confident and in control.

This ADHD workbook for kids includes:

  • An overview of ADHD—Teach your child about common symptoms, different ADHD types, and how ADHD can be an advantage.

  • Skill-building exercises—Establish key executive functioning skills, like dealing with anger and frustration, staying focused, controlling impulses, and communicating effectively.

  • Action-oriented learning—Help kids learn to reframe the way they think about ADHD with fun lessons for creating a morning routine, making a homework chart, expressing themselves when they’re upset, and more.

Show your child how to harness their own unique talents and live life to the fullest with their ADHD—this practical workbook will help guide the way."

"A veteran psychologist presents a proven road map to help ADHD kids succeed in school and life

You’ve read all the expert advice, but despite countless efforts to help your child cope better and stay on track, you’re still struggling with everyday issues like homework, chores, getting to soccer practice on time, and simply getting along without pushback and power struggles.

What if you could work with your child, motivating and engaging them in the process, to create positive change once and for all? In this insightful and practical book, veteran psychologist Sharon Saline shares the words and inner struggles of children and teens living with ADHD - and a blueprint for achieving lasting success by working together.

Based on more than 25 years of experience counseling young people and their families, Dr. Saline’s advice and real-world examples reveal how parents can shift the dynamic and truly help kids succeed. Topics include:

  • Setting mutual goals that foster cooperation

  • Easing academic struggles

  • Tackling everyday challenges, from tantrums and backtalk to staying organized, building friendships, and more

With useful exercises and easy-to-remember techniques, you’ll discover a variety of practical strategies that really work, creating positive change that will last a lifetime."

"Daniel H. Pink, the number one best-selling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human, unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home.

Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork.

Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science.

Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married?

In When, Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a fascinating narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give listeners compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives."

"These lessons are designed to hold a student attention. ADD/ ADHD students are referred to as “inspired writers” in this curriculum due to their creative abilities. These lessons will inspire ADD/ ADHD students to write in a more directed way.

The aim of this course is to get inspired writers excited about the writing process and is designed with very little teacher preparation. Parents/ teachers merely have to read the lesson and the materials portion to see if they need to acquire any materials. Most of the materials have been kept to a minimum or are general household items, such as flour or salt.

This lesson can be done during the Lesson without your supervision and reinforce skills that were learned in the main assignments. Inspired writers will want to do these assignments on their own as they began to enjoy the writing process."


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Lyosha Varezhkina
Lyosha Varezhkina
Jul 28, 2023

wonderful list! I am sure it is helpful for both people with ADHD and for the people who have loved ones affected. Thank you for making such a helpful list. Lyosha


Tttt Nnnn
Tttt Nnnn
Jul 28, 2023

Hi, thanks for taking the time to write a valuable post. I'm doing music therapy. So I'm related to these types of topics more..I love audiobooks too. Thanks for sharing.

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