Whether your child has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or you’re looking to have a better understanding of a condition you’ve suffered from your whole life, sometimes there is just no beating a well written and informative book.
Don’t get us wrong, there are some amazing ADHD blogs out there, but sometimes you might want a break from the screen or to have something that is a bit more linear and continuous. So with that in mind, we have put together seven of the best books about ADHD that have helped us in our own understanding of the condition and how we can treat it in our everyday lives.
1. Delivered from Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward M. Hallowell M.D., John J. Ratey, M.D.
Synopsis: In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of ADHD. Since then, it has been widely recognized as the classic in the field and the book has sold more than a million copies as a result. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADHD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder–all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated. In this new book, Drs. Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey build on the breakthroughs of Driven to Distraction to offer a comprehensive and entirely up-to-date guide to living a successful life with ADD.
Why we loved it: This book is a classic and it was also an eye opener with respect to how diet and exercise can act as a natural treatment for ADHD. We were also a fan of the no nonsense and clear cut approach they take to understanding the condition that is easily apparent in their writing.
2. Life at Full Throttle: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults by Catherine Avery, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Life at Full Throttle transports the reader into the unpredictable world of the ADHD adult in a manner that is highly engaging, while providing insightful and well-researched information on this topic. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Avery has evaluated over two thousand individuals for ADHD, and has developed a well-grounded understanding of the type of information that is most helpful to ADHD adults, as well as a style of delivery that is well received and appreciated by ADHD clients and their families. Having lived with this condition her entire life, and being a mother who has parented two children with attention deficits, Dr. Avery speaks of ADHD with both insight and humor.
Why we loved it: Of the millions of children with ADHD (see the global statistics for ADHD), it is estimated that 3/4 of them will carry their symptoms into adulthood. Despite this, adult ADHD only receives a fraction of the attention. Dr. Avery’s light hearted and humorous approach brings some much needed focus to the topic of adult ADHD, and her insights from personal and professional experience is refreshing.
3. Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents by Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.
Synopsis: A treasured parent resource since its publication, Taking Charge of ADHD provides authoritative information on ADHD and its treatment from one of the leading authorities in the field. Internationally renowned ADHD expert Russell A. Barkley delivered the book empowers parents by arming them with the knowledge, expert guidance, and confidence they need to face the challenges and obstacles presented by raising a child with ADHD.
Why we loved it: As anyone with a child with ADHD knows, the condition can add an extra degree of difficulty to the already formidable task of raising a child. Barkley is a world reknowned expert on ADHD and his research and work have exerted a great deal of influence in designing our ADHD Treatment app. We’ve also written about him fairly extensively here and here, so it’s no surprise that his work has also made it into the list of the best ADHD books.
4. More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD by Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., MBA
Synopsis: This is the only book on ADHD written in a structure that caters directly to adults with ADHD, and more specifically, to their tendency to jump around. This essential guidebook begins by describing how a brain afflicted with ADHD processes information and how that leads to the typical challenges that people with ADHD experience, as well as why certain strategies are effective and others aren’t. This lays the foundation for everything that follows, from getting diagnosed to an overview of the research of how ADHD affects people’s lives. A thorough explanation of standard treatment options-including ADHD medication, therapy, and coaching-as well as alternative treatments, helps guide adults with ADHD to get the most from their healthcare providers. From there, the book provides an extensive collection of practical strategies to overcome common struggles in the areas of self-esteem, work, relationships, friendships, parenting, and everyday life. It covers everything from time management to getting organized. Brief, ADHD-friendly articles can stand alone or be read in sequence, making it the perfect book for the busy adult with ADHD who wants rock-solid information that is easily digestible.
Why we loved it: What we loved most about this book was how it was catered specifically to adults with ADHD. Not only is all of the information covering adult ADHD, but it was written in a way were each bit size section can be read individually, or in sequence.
5. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Clinical Workbook by Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., and Kevin R. Murphy, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Updating and expanding Russell Barkley’s Handbook, this new second edition incorporates the latest findings on the nature, diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of ADHD. As in the previous edition, Dr. Barkley includes contributions from other leading scientist-practitioners, who report on their respective areas of expertise. Readers will find current, practical information on nearly every aspect of the disorder. In-depth assessment and treatment guidelines are supported by updated documentation on outcomes, and three new chapters focus specifically on adults.
Why we loved it: The second contribution of Dr. Russell Barkley on our list, this clinical handbook provides insights from a more medical and professional perspective. For anyone who likes a more objective and structured approach in learning about the condition, this book may be the one for you. We especially loved the inclusions of the most recent and influential research on the area.
6. 365 Ways To Succeed With Adhd: A Full Year Of Valuable Tips And Strategies From The World’s Best Coaches And Experts (Volume 1) by Laurie D. Dupar
Synopsis: 365 Bite-Sized Tips and Strategies to Help You THRIVE with ADHD. More than 80 ADHD co-authors of this book, all of them ADHD professionals, coaches and experts from around the world and from a variety of disciplines, experiences and expertise, gathered to answer the question, “What is the most valuable tip or strategy I know for succeeding with ADHD?” Each has contributed their own tips and strategies to help people with ADHD succeed. There is something for everybody: parents, teachers, adults, teens, etc. Within these pages is that one tip, strategy, resource or idea that is the answer you’ve been searching for.
Why we loved it: Laurie Dupar is one of the top ADHD coaches and her list of the top 10 tips for time management with ADHD featured on our blog. The book is both well respected and well read, perhaps because the tips really are helpful and easy to implement in your daily life.
7. Homework Success for Children with ADHD: A Family-School Intervention Program
by Thomas J. Power, James L. Karustis, and Dina F. Habboushe Harth
Synopsis: For children with ADHD in grades 1-6, problems with homework have been shown to contribute to academic skills deficits, underachievement, and significant levels of parent-child conflict. This manual presents the first empirically supported homework intervention approach specifically developed for families coping with ADHD. Grounded in a solid theoretical and empirical rationale, the book provides detailed instructions for setting up the program, recruiting and selecting participants, and conducting each of the seven sessions. Practitioners learn how to implement specialized instructional and behavioral interventions to facilitate collaborative home-school relationships, foster effective study skills and work habits, and enhance family functioning and children’s self-esteem.
Why we loved it: ADHD has always presented an extra challenge when it comes to the schooling of our youth, particularly in the realm of homework. The authors tackle this issue in a very structured and meaningful way that gives the reader very actionable tips and tasks.