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12-15-08, 04:42 AM
Hi all!
I have recently self-diagnosed my ADD. I have had my diagnosis tentatively confirmed by my clinical psychologist, (but it's not an area she specialises in and she did not do any actual diagnostic tests) and am awaiting 'official' diagnosis from a psychiatrist, who I can't get in to see until Jan 22.

Anway......I have already read a couple of books and am about to purchase the Nancy Ratey book (The Disorganized Mind).

I would also like to find something that contained some more specific guidance/suggestions/info for mothers and/or women. I am a 38 single mother of a 1 and 3yr old.

I was thinking maybe the Sari Solden book - Women with ADD.

Anyone think that would be the go, or can suggest something even better?

Thanks in advance!

12-15-08, 05:20 AM
Me again! A couple more I've seen:
Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD; Terry Matlen
Understanding Women with AD/HD; Kathleen Nadeau
Moms with ADD; Christine Adamec

Anyone come across these?

12-15-08, 08:40 AM
Ok, well if I had of spent more time reading around this site properly, I would have found that I have pretty much already hit upon the best and most popular books for women! :o

Anyways, if anyone thinks any in particular might be slightly more appropriate for my specific circumstances, that feedback would be great.

12-15-08, 10:24 AM
For parents of ADHD children, two of the best books in my opinion are:

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents (Revised Edition) by Russell A. Barkley (Paperback - Sep 1, 2000)
Buy new at Amazon: $19.95 $13.57, 93 Used & new from $7.25 as of last look at it.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
Around 11.00 at Amazon

Used copies are available for both.

Good luck.


12-15-08, 10:25 AM
Sorry, you may have misread my post. I am not a parent of a child with ADHD (well not yet, anyway). I have ADHD myself. I am looking for books for me.

12-15-08, 11:47 AM
Sorry, you may have misread my post. I am not a parent of a child with ADHD (well not yet, anyway). I have ADHD myself. I am looking for books for me.

OK, you mentioned info for mothers and I made a slight misinterpretation. Mea culpa

Here then is what I suggest:
It is not a book but is instead is a transcript of a workshop by Russell Barkley. Some, including myself, consider it to be the best write up on ADHD available on the internet. It is dated 2000 but most of the data is still basically pretty good. I do warn however that this is forty pages long and Barkley is information dense. It can be a bit of a struggle to work though but it is very often described as being extremely helpful.

This can give you a lot of good information on the nature of ADHD and he discusses the effects of both children and adults. Can't think of a better place to send you.

BTW: The book "How to Talk so Kids will Listen" is quite good also for ADHD parents trying to deal with their children. I do highly recommend it based on experiences with parents feedback.


12-16-08, 06:44 AM
My psychiatrist recommended this:

It's very well written, positive and enjoyable.

12-30-08, 08:02 AM
My favourite book of all time ADD related is Attention Deficit Disorder: The unfocused mind in children and adults by Thomas E Brown.

I think the book is really well written with case studies throughout to illustrate the point, something I think is important as psychiatric terminology alone sometimes, make it hard to relate. It is a big book, but one that I think is really worth reading.

I am also going to read Driven to Distraction which I have heard lots of +ve feedback on as well.

Back to the Unfocused.... I think it's an amazing book with just the right amount of detail- when I see my doc again, I am going armed with the info from this book- but I am well aware of the ADD tendency for passive reading- so if you're looking for a quick read this is not it- although individual sections on co-morbidity and medication would come in really useful.

12-30-08, 11:58 AM
I bet most libraries have some of these books too, and mine's on the net so I can just ask for them to be set aside online, go in grab them and check them out, doesn't take five minutes!