I see a lot of adults with ADHD, so I have given this matter a lot of thought and actually read many of the well-known books before coming up with the list below. Some of the most famous books have a lot of stories about patients with ADHD which can be helpful for some patients to realize that they are not alone. But, they have very few practical strategies that patients can apply on their own.
I was looking for books that would give patients practical advice of the type that an ADHD coach would give. Below is the list of five that I recommend to my patients.
Why five and not just one? Because they address different aspects of the problem. I ask my patients to start with buying the first two. Total cost? $30. The ridiculously low price for these books will provide a lifetime of priceless advice about coping skills for ADHD.
But, don’t patients with ADHD have difficulty reading books?
1. The books don’t have to be read cover-to-cover. They should be approached like an instruction manual or cookbook rather than like a novel to be read just once. I tell them to browse through them and find a “recipe” that they like and is relevant to what is bothering them right now. They should try that strategy and keep looking for another one.
2. Also, it is critical that at least one person who is supporting the patient should also be reading the book along with the patient so that they are both looking for strategies together.
Note: I have not included in this list a book about issues specific to women or to couples only because I have not read those and can’t vouch for any of them. Rather, the list applies to all adults with ADHD/ executive dysfunction.
The five books that have the most practical suggestions for patients are:
1.ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau.
2.The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents by Nancy Ratey.
3.Taking Charge of Adult ADHD by Russell Barkley.
5.The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD: An 8-Step Program for Strengthening Attention, Managing Emotions, and Achieving Your Goals by Lidia Zylowska
Excellent book with very specific and very practical guidance in how to practice various mindfulness-based meditations. The comments are customized for persons with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder though the practices are suitable for anyone.
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