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Books on ADD

 

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Here's a list of books on ADD. Most of them are related to Adults with ADD.

If you click on the books, you'll be taken to Amazon.ca where you can read more about them. You also can purchase them and add them to your Library.

The books are organized into the following topics:

ADD and Work

ADD & Getting Organized

Books by Thom Hartmann

Books by Kathleen G. Nadeau

Books by Lynn Weiss

Books by Other Authors

ADD and Work

 

ADD in the Workplace: Choices, Changes, and Challenges

ADD in the Workplace: Choices, Changes, and Challenges

A comprehensive book, explaining the positives and negatives of ADD in the workplace. The book is written for people who are already working and does not include job hunting informaiton. Personal coping skills and accommodations for employers are described. The book covers possibilities for self-employment, telecommuting, an other ways of "customizing" your own job. Two combinations are covered in separate chapters: women with ADD and people with ADD who also have learning disabilities."

 

ADD on the Job

ADD on the Job

Being ADD herself, the author shows ADD people how to identify their type of ADD and what difficulties each type has in the workplace and then suggests ways to solve their problems. This is a valuable book for anyone with ADD or related to an ADD person. In light of the fact that ADD does not necessarily go away in adolescence and that many adults are challenged by ADD, this book is a positive and instructive review of important issues.

 

Adventures in Fast Forward: Life, Love, and Work for the ADD Adult

Adventures in Fast Forward: Life, Love, and Work for the ADD Adult

Consumer health guide on Attention Deficit Disorder for laypersons diagnosed with ADD. Discusses common concerns and questions, including causes, diagnosis, treatments, strategies, and accommodations.

 

ADHD Secrets of Success: Coaching Yourself to Fulfillment in the Business World

ADHD Secrets of Success: Coaching Yourself to Fulfillment in the Business World.

This new book, ADHD SECRETS OF SUCCESS will help ADHDers understand and overcome the symptoms of their condition that may hold them back, and take advantage of the traits marking them for success. Thom Hartmann shows ADHDers how to:

*Choose an appropriate profession and a rewarding work situation

*Use practical techniques for overcoming forgetfulness, reaching goals, and countering procrastination

*Harness ADHD symptoms to inspire new ways of problem solving

 

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ADD and Organization

 

Add-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

Add-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

Three main areas of organizing are included: organizing things; organizing papers; and organizing time. Following the stories are sets of solutions, both conventional and innovative, that 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.

 

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Allen, a management consultant and executive coach, provides insights into attaining maximum efficiency and at the same time relaxing whenever one needs or wants to. Readers learn that there is no single means for perfecting organizational efficiency or productivity; rather, the author offers tools to focus energies strategically and tactically without letting anything fall through the cracks. He provides tips, techniques, and tricks for implementation of his workflow management plan, which has two basic components: capture all the things that need to get done into a workable, dependable system; and discipline oneself to make front-end decisions with an action plan for all inputs into that system. In short, do it (quickly), delegate it (appropriately), or defer i

The Power of Focus: How to Hit Your Business, Personal and Financial Targets with Absolute Certainty

The Power of Focus: How to Hit Your Business, Personal and Financial Targets with Absolute Certainty

Canfield, Hansen, and Hewitt have taken the best ideas from their own successful careers (seventy-nine years of combined business expertise), and distilled them into ten powerful focusing principles. The result is a treasury of insights that is enjoyable to read and easy to understand. At the outset, the book identifies the three most important fundamentals for consistent success: developing unusual clarity; understanding that habits determine your future; and using a "no exceptions policy" approach to focus on what you want. Numerous anecdotes and inspiring stories help to reinforce each principle.

View from the Cliff: A Course in Achieving Daily Focus by Lynn Weiss

View from the Cliff: A Course in Achieving Daily Focus by Lynn Weiss

As Weiss points out, ADD people - or so we're labelled by society - are big-picture, bottom-line people. She wastes no time getting to the point. Each chapter is bulleted as: Here's the problem; here's why; here's what TO do; what NOT to do; challenges you might face while attempting this. Perfect.
She also notes in the introduction that each reader is designed differently, and in putting the book together she realizes that no one is going to identify with ALL of the troubles she seeks to address. She recommends that each person use the book as s/he needs and not get hung up on anything there that might seem another label or that might not fit the individual. Actually, the introduction is one of the best parts of the book - it deals the most inclusively with the psychology of ADD; the rest deals with tools to handle it day-to-day.

 

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Books by Thom Hartmann

 

ADD Success Stories: A Guide to Fulfillment for Families with ADD

ADD Success Stories: A Guide to Fulfillment for Families with ADD

The first specific guidebook for how to be successful in the world as a teenager or adult with ADD - from the author of Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception. Inspiring real-life stories show how people with ADD can succeed in school, at work, and in relationships. This book tells children and adults from all walks of life how to reach the next step - a fulfilling, successful life with ADD.

 

ADHD Secrets of Success: Coaching Yourself to Fulfillment in the Business World

ADHD Secrets of Success: Coaching Yourself to Fulfillment in the Business World

This new book, ADHD SECRETS OF SUCCESS will help ADHDers understand and overcome the symptoms of their condition that may hold them back, and take advantage of the traits marking them for success. Thom Hartmann shows ADHDers how to:

*Choose an appropriate profession and a rewarding work situation

*Use practical techniques for overcoming forgetfulness, reaching goals, and countering procrastination

*Harness ADHD symptoms to inspire new ways of problem solving

 

Beyond ADD: Hunting for Reasons in the Past and Present

Beyond ADD: Hunting for Reasons in the Past and Present

Learn how ADD-related traits have served to further human evolution. Author Thom Hartmann spotlights how modern life contributes to ADD, including a toxic environment, nutritional deficiencies, our quick-fix consumer culture, and the effects of television and overpopulation. Hartmann also documents the difficulties gifted children encounter in our educational system, and the hardships visual learners encounter in an auditory environment. As he discusses brain chemistry and physiology, he examines the pros and cons of the controversial drug Ritalin.

 

The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of ADD

The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of ADD

According to Hartmann, ADHD is a trait (referred to here as the Edison gene, because the inventor Thomas Edison is believed to have had the trait) rather than a disorder, because it once provided useful skills for functioning in a hunter-gatherer society. The hunter abilities contrasted sharply with the farmer trait, which carried the skills required in farming societies. For example, hunter children have a short attention span, beneficial in a dangerous world where the environment had to be constantly monitored. The innovative but impatient hunter child is usually placed in special ed classes and is looked on as a disciplinary problem; but Hartman believes that ADHD children should be thought of separately.He provides specific guidelines for parents, partly based on the work of Alfred Adler, which encourage mutual respect between parent and child. Hartmann is not an advocate of drug therapy, and he argues for educational reform and alternative schools or home schooling as better learning situations for ADHD children. Hartmann believes that creative outside-the-box thinking, characteristic of those with ADHD, is a real asset to solving many of the world's serious problems.

 

Healing ADD: Simple Exercises That Will Change Your Life

Healing ADD: Simple Exercises That Will Change Your Life

This book offers practical exercises that will change the way educators look at ADD as well as how they work with their students. The suggestions and exercises in the book were helpful, not only to my ADD students but to all my students. It offers a healing peaceful way to relate to and assist students in the classroom. Wish I had read it years ago. The class met each new exercise with a real sense of adventure and discovery, taking the the exercises home to share with their parents. Soon parents were involved and asking questions. It was wonderful!

 

Think Fast: The ADD Experience

Think Fast: The ADD Experience

This is the book inducted into the Smithsonian. It's a collection of short essays on ADD/ADHD by Thom Hartmann, Russell Barkley, Edward Hallowell, John Ratey, Peter Wright, George Lynn, Dave deBronkart, Janie Bowman and others, edited by Thom, Janie, and Susan. It's an excellent overview of the whole spectrum of thought of ADD/ADHD.

 

Thom Hartmann's Complete Guide to ADHD: Help for Your Family at Home, School, and Work

Thom Hartmann's Complete Guide to ADHD: Help for Your Family at Home, School, and Work

In this volume, the acknowledged pioneer in attention deficit disorder research combines the best of his previous books with important new information. In the new chapters (about 25 percent of the book), Hartmann looks at how and why America's school system fails to assist children diagnosed with ADHD and urges parents to find alternative means of educating their children when this happens.

 

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Books by Kathleen G. Nadeau

 

ADD in the Workplace: Choices, Changes, and Challenges

ADD in the Workplace: Choices, Changes, and Challenges

A comprehensive book, explaining the positives and negatives of ADD in the workplace. The book is written for people who are already working and does not include job hunting informaiton. Personal coping skills and accommodations for employers are described. The book covers possibilities for self-employment, telecommuting, an other ways of "customizing" your own job. Two combinations are covered in separate chapters: women with ADD and people with ADD who also have learning disabilities."

 

Adventures in Fast Forward: Life, Love, and Work for the ADD Adult

Adventures in Fast Forward: Life, Love, and Work for the ADD Adult

Consumer health guide on Attention Deficit Disorder for laypersons diagnosed with ADD. Discusses common concerns and questions, including causes, diagnosis, treatments, strategies, and accommodations.

 

Understanding Women with AD/HD

Understanding Women with AD/HD

"Understanding Women with AD/HD" is a compilation of articles by various medical professionals. Kathleen Nadeau and Patricia Quinn have taken these articles (many of which they contributed to) and put them into a logical order and format so that it is easy for the non-professional to gain a comprehensive understanding of AD/HD as it relates to women.
Of all the books on AD/HD I have read this one provides most comprehensive coverage while still being highly approachable. Subjects covered include why the DSM-IV diagnosis may be inadequate, a self-assessment, hormonal influences, depression, deprogramming, women's life stages, and other issues relating to women with AD/HD.
Easy to follow, the editors make a complex subject understandable. "Understanding Women with AD/HD" is a highly recommended, authoritative read for anyone desiring an understanding of AD/HD and of particular interest for those whose interest is in the unique problems of women.

 

Survival Guide for College Students with ADD or LD.

Survival Guide for College Students with ADD or LD.

Chesapeake Psychological Services, Maryland. Brief text for high school or college students with attention deficit disorder or learning disabilities. Topics include choosing a college, campus and community resources, and self-help tips.

 

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Books by Lynn Weiss

 

A.D.D. and Success

A.D.D. and Success

An acclaimed A.D.D. expert tells the stories of 16 individuals who have learned to incorporate A.D.D. attributes positively into their lives.

 

The Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults

The Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults

The first book to address adult ADD, Dr. Lynn Weiss's bestselling Attention Deficit Disorder In Adults has sold over 125,000 copies since its publication in 1991. This updated volume still contains all the original information--how to tell if you have ADD, ways to master distraction, ADD's impact on the family, and more--plus the newest treatments available.

 

ADD on the Job

ADD on the Job

Being ADD herself, the author shows ADD people how to identify their type of ADD and what difficulties each type has in the workplace and then suggests ways to solve their problems. This is a valuable book for anyone with ADD or related to an ADD person. In light of the fact that ADD does not necessarily go away in adolescence and that many adults are challenged by ADD, this book is a positive and instructive review of important issues.

 

ADD and Creativity: Tapping Your Inner Muse

ADD and Creativity: Tapping Your Inner Muse

Written by the author of Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults, this book is the only one available that addresses the relationship between A.D.D. and creativity. With real-life stories and inspirational affirmations woven throughout, A.D.D. and Creavity will motivate those with the disorder to find the courage to apply their creative assets and become happier, more confident people.

 

View from the Cliff: A Course in Achieving Daily Focus

View from the Cliff: A Course in Achieving Daily Focus

Many adult ADD self-help books claim the "you're not damaged, you're just different" philosophy -- and then proceed to prescribe ways to "fix your problem" with conventional time management and organizing methods. Fortunately, Weiss's approach is more creative, constructive, and strengthening. The author's tone reflects an acceptance of what's generally pathologized and "handled" as a limiting or disabling condition. Noting both strengths and challenges, Weiss succinctly covers many different areas affected by adult ADD, also acknowledging some of the underlying personality issues and emotional aspects. These plusses more than outweigh the inevitable and relatively innocuous happy-talk/pop-psych quotient. I was diagnosed last year, and have taken a great deal of useful support from the book.

 

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Books on ADD by Other Authors


Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life With Attention Deficit Disorder
by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell and Dr. John J. MP Ratey

This follow-up to the authors' 1994 manual, Driven to Distraction, has the advantage of personal testimony regarding adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)—the authors themselves have ADD—as well a very readable presentation of the latest research in the field. Defining ADD as a collection of traits, some positive, some negative, the authors intend to encourage those who have this condition or are raising children with it and advise on how to maximize their abilities and minimize characteristics, such as procrastination, that may hinder them at school or work. In a comprehensive overview, Hallowell and Ratey provide a new screening questionnaire for adults and list methods that physicians, parents and educators can use to diagnose and treat the ADD child. Of primary importance to readers are the recommended steps for living a satisfying life with ADD; these include developing personal relationships and engaging in creative activities that will foster self-esteem. The authors also separate nutrition fads from what is known about how diet can affect brain functioning and discuss whether to take medication. Overall, this is an excellent resource.

Driven to Distraction

Driven to Distraction

Hallowell and Ratey offer a fine addition to literature on ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). The authors employ a broad, general definition of ADD ("high-energy, action-oriented, bottom-line, gotta-run-type people") and continually emphasize the special, positive qualities of people with ADD. They describe how ADD affects adults--many Americans mistakenly think of it as a childhood curse--and explain how the American temperament helps create ADD-like symptoms. Best of all are the stories and case studies of myriad folks who have dealt successfully with their diagnosis. A state-by-state list of support groups are included in this excellent approach to an intriguing subject.

 

Answers to Distraction

Answers to Distraction

After a careful and informative introduction to attention deficit disorder (A.D.D.), Ratey proceeds to answer questions posed by those who have A.D.D. or know someone with the condition. While the questions and answers are rehearsed, the presentation is appropriately slow, clear and thoughtful. Additionally, the questions and answers are divided into sections that address the concerns of parents, children, adolescents and women. Each section begins with an age appropriate definition of A.D.D. so that those looking for answers can start with the appropriate section, rather than having to search through the whole tape for relevant topics. Though this is a sequel to DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION by the same authors, ANSWERS TO DISTRACTION easily stands on its own.

 

The Added Dimension: Everyday Advice for Adults with ADD

The Added Dimension: Everyday Advice for Adults with ADD

In The ADDed Dimension, Kate Kelly, Peggy Ramundo, and D. Steven Ledingham offer insight -- with wise, clear eyes and well-developed senses of humor -- into every facet of the ADD experience, from issues of work, parenting, and relationships to those of organizational skills and stress. ADDers know enough about the "disadvantages" of ADD, and this is much more than just a guide to solving problems. At its heart, its aim is self-realization, the feeling of standing, feet firmly planted, on the common ground all ADDers walk. Along the way, it celebrates the good news about ADD: the fact that "different" doesn't mean "worse," and more often might mean "better," especially when energy, creativity, and humor are concerned.

 

Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD

Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD

Hard, visual data make a compelling case for the existence of attention deficit disorder (ADD) in this pioneering work by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. Using a nuclear medicine technique called "single photon emission computed tomography" (SPECT)--a controversial step, according to some of his peers--Dr. Amen scans patients' brains to identify various abnormalities. From more than 8,000 such studies and more than 12,000 patient evaluations, Dr. Amen concludes that six--not the formerly presumed two--different types of ADD exist. This book encompasses the full spectrum of Dr. Amen's work: from symptom identification to clinical evaluation, to diet and medication recommendations, to everyday strategies for living with ADD (whether the reader is a parent of an ADD child, or has been diagnosed with the disease.)

The Journey Through ADDulthood: A Guide A Guide to Living a Fulfilling Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

The Journey Through ADDulthood: A Guide A Guide to Living a Fulfilling Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

Solden reveals that years after diagnosis many adults still feel discouraged because their treatment focused exclusively on managing or overcoming the symptoms of ADD rather than on teaching them how to lead a fulfilling life. Her professional skill in helping others cope with ADD shines through in this well-organized, frankly stated work. The material is organized into three stages: understanding the brain and primary symptoms of ADD, discovering one's true identity and accepting one's uniqueness, and learning to share one's self with others. Examples of real-life journeys of two patients with ADD, and numerous self-help exercises at the end of each chapter, add value to this superior work, which is targeted to lay readers but will also be of use to mental health professionals.

Making ADHD a Gift: Teaching Superman How to Fly

Making ADHD a Gift: Teaching Superman How to Fly

"Making ADHD a Gift explains, in everyday language, what ADHD is, how it is diagnosed, and how this condition can affect people throughout their life span. It also outlines methods of developing and assessing teaching strategies that can help individuals with ADHD both at home and at school. Unlike other texts, this book takes a positive look at having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Rather than trying to repress the characteristics of ADHD, Making ADHD a Gift advocates that individuals with ADHD use their disorder to maximize attention span, improve social skills, harness impulsivity, and turn hyperactivity into periods of extreme productivity. In addition to providing teaching strategies and accommodations for ADHD students, the book also examines issues unique to children, adolescents, and adults who have been diagnosed with this disorder.

 

Living with ADD: A Workbook for Adults with ADD

Living with ADD: A Workbook for Adults with ADD

This highly readable book can benefit anyone who has ever struggled with his or her own behavior patterns --and who hasn't? Many of the problems encountered by people with ADD are non-specific and afflict a large percentage of "non-ADD" people as well, even if to a lesser degree. For this reason, "Living with ADD" deserves a closer look from a wider audience. Such headings as "Conquering the Internal Critic" --"Handling Criticism from Others" --"Ten Fallacies of Thinking" including catastrophizing, personalizing, and polarized thinking address most of us whether or not we fit into the diagnostic boundaries of ADD. The eminently practical advice given by the authors is offered in short paragraphs that even most ADD readers will find manageable; more imporantly yet, the advice is do-able!

 

Nature's Ritalin for the Marathon Mind: Nurturing Your ADHD Child with Exercise

Nature's Ritalin for the Marathon Mind: Nurturing Your ADHD Child with Exercise

Millions of children who are diagnosed with ADHD can reduce or eliminate their medication while vastly improving their quality of life-just by exercising more, according to Stephen C. Putnam, author of this landmark book on the subject.

Putnam emphasizes that "This is not an anti-Ritalin book.

In addition to explaining the scientific issues, the book provides details on how to determine the optimum amount of exercise and the optimal schedules, plus numerous suggestions of ways to motivate your children to take up appropriate activities. "Motivation is the tricky part for most kids," Putnam says. "They're not going to exercise just because a parent is nagging them. But once they start feeling the benefits, they'll want to keep it up.

 

Out of the Fog: Treatment Options and Strategies for Adult with ADD

Out of the Fog: Treatment Options and Strategies for Adult with ADD

Out of the Fog, written by the chief of the Adult ADHD Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, is written for a popular audience and could serve to "self-diagnose" readers by using "Self-Exploration Exercises." Murphy also gives lists for simplifying and improving life for the adult with ADD, using concrete examples of time management and organizational skills. Written from a personal perspective (Murphy also has ADHD), it provides much insight into the world of the hyperactive adult.

Scattered Minds: a New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorderby Gabor Mate M.D.

Scattered Minds: a New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder
by Gabor Mate M.D.

In one of the most comprehensive and accessible books about Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Mate, a Canadian physician and popular medical columnist, challenges many accepted notions about the condition, which afflicts more than three million children and a significant number of adults. An ADD sufferer himself, and the father of three children battling the disorder, Mate discusses its origins and development, drawing on four years of study, research and patient interviews. Since its discovery in North America in 1902, ADD has been characterized by a poor ability to focus, deficient control of impulses and hyperactivity. Taking a maverick stance, Mate doesn't believe it is purely a genetic condition, but rather one with a physiological component linked to culture and environment. He contends that it can stem from a variety of ordinary sources, from stress to marital woes, from school and peer pressures to substance abuse causing serious problems in academic achievement, employment and relationships. In chapters that include his patients' commentaries on the impact of ADD on their lives, Mate discusses its symptoms, ADD in the classroom and effective ways parents can handle and treat the unruly behavior of children with the disorder. In the closing pages of this well-documented but sure-to-be-controversial book, he effectively hammers home his suspicions about the possible over-prescription of Ritalin and other drugs to control rather than heal children, and proposes that, in some cases, emotional support, patience and love can be more powerful remedies than chemicals.

 

Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD

Terry Matlen has gone directly to the source to bring an outstanding compilation of practical solutions to everyday problems for women with AD/HD. Her contributors include a global network of clever, creative women with AD/HD, as well as premier AD/HD experts, coaches, and professional organizers. Readers will get a wide variety of ideas to help you:

• Organize your home and office
• Parent with patience and perseverance
• Take the anxiety out of meal planning
• Manage the endless stacks of papers
• Remember the priorities that deserve your attention

 

You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?

You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?

Straightforward, practical advice for taking control of the symptoms, minimizing the disabilities, and maximizing the advantages of adult ADD.
There is a great deal of literature about children with attention deficit disorder, ADD. But what do you do if you have ADD and aren't a child anymore? 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

 

What Does Everybody Else Know That I Don't?: Social Skills Help for Adults with ADD

What Does Everybody Else Know That I Don't?: Social Skills Help for Adults with ADD

There are so many clinical books about AD/HD, but this book is different. It goes behind the diagnosis, treatment and struggles to talk about an often missed area of problem...the social skills area. Without addressing this, the person continues to function without knowing how he comes across in the world. Even the brightest person can alienate others in the social settings and work settings too. I also love the very emotional book of The Other Me, Poetic thoughts on ADD for adults, kids and parents, by Fellman. It touched my heart so...I cried for all those painful times. Thanks to these two authors for addressing the feelings of ADD!

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

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

Offers proof that ADD affects as many women as men and shows women how to detect its symptoms, what special challenges they will face, what to expect from treatment, and how to live with the condition.

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