Books on ADHD and ADD
The following books have all been recommended by other readers and have valuable information concerning Attention Deficit Disorder in children as well adults and couples. They also cover medications and Child Management issues. If you have a book you'd like to recommend, feel free to pass the information on to me and I'll add it to the list. Thanks. Email Brandi Valentine
I've been reading through Voices from Fatherhood, Fathers, Sons and ADHD. This book is filled with comments from fathers as well as adult sons about their feelings and experiences in dealing with this disorder and each other. I also realized that I didn't have to be a father to see some of the same feelings and questions I have had over the years reflected in this book. If you haven't had the time to take a look at this book, please do so. I think you'll find some very helpful and insightful information inside.
"VOICES FROM FATHERHOOD, FATHERS, SONS, AND ADHD". This book is written by Patrick J, Kilcarr, PH.D and Patricia O. Quinn, M.D. This book is published by Brunner/Mazel, Publishers, New York and is available for about $19.95. This book offers chapters on ADHD, what it is and isn't, How ADHD affects parenting, fatherhood and families, Managing ADHD, discipline, behavior mangement strategies, medication issues and living with ADHD, surviving adolesence, sons grown to men and also contains a list of resources. "Voices From Fatherhood, Fathers, Sons, and ADHD is an essential guidebook that helps fathers enhance and deepen their relationships with their sons and the entire family. Because it is highly supportive, factual, and practical, mothers will find it useful for understanding the complexity of the father-son relationship. Educators and mental health professionals will find it indispensable in helping families cope with the various aspects associated with ADHD."
I'm really excited about two new books that are coming out. Both Books deal with ADDults and are due out in July of 1997. THE ADDed DIMENSION, Everyday Advice for Adults with ADD.This book is written by the authors of YOU MEAN I'M NOT LAZY, STUPID OR CRAZY? Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo and D. Steven Ledingham with a forward by Thom Hartman. This book is available in hardback and has a publication date of July 10, 1997. It's 272 pages long and will cost you $20.00. This book is written specifically to provide inspiration and insight into all of the important issues, challenges, and rewards an ADD adult faces. The ADDed Dimension provides day-to-day advice showing how the traits and behavior of an ADD adult can become assets rather than liabilities. While adults with ADD appreciate books like You mean I'm not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy? and Driven to Distraction, they're tired of focusing on symptoms and problems. They know about their limitations and failings-what about a book that focuses on the positive aspects of ADD, the humor, the creativity, the energy? The ADDed Dimension has special typeface to accomodate reading difficulties in adults with ADD, The book is divided by subject. They include: difficulties in work, relationships, organization, money, communication, and anger. Each page is presented in the same appealing fashion: an inspiring quote relating to the issue, a description of the issue, and a new postive way to think about issue.
I like the size of the book, it's bigger than a paperback but much smaller than most hardbacks which makes this book perfect to stuff in your purse or briefcase and take with you. It consists of 10 chapters, Excess Baggage- The shoulds: Blame, Shame, Guilt, and other useless emotions, Coping with Differences, Emotional Roller coaster, From Chaos to Balance, Relationships and communication, Work, Work, Work, Work...., Organizing Time and space, Learning Memory, Stress and ADD: A disorder or an ADDed Dimension?. This book also contains a list of resources including internet resources.
The Link Between ADD and Addiction: Getting the Help You Deserve.
This book is available in paperback and is done by Wendy Richardson, MA. It has been estimated that 15 million Americans suffer from ADD and that as many as 50% of them use alcohol and other drugs to medicate their symptoms. The Link Between ADD and Addiction provides the information millions of people need to finally conquer their addiction whether they are hooked on crack, prescription drugs, gambling, compulsive spending, binge eating or sex. Untreated ADD, including impulsiveness, difficulty concentrating, communication problems in personal and work relationhips, lateness, and poor organizational skills can destroy one's life. These people may turn to drugs, alcool and other addictive behavior to control some of the problems caused by ADD.
This book is also convenient in size and includes chapters on: You can have a Better Life, The Link Between ADD and Addictions, What ADD looks and feels like, Genetics and the Brain, Checklists for ADD traits, Appreciating your Assests, Evaluating your relationship with Drugs and Alcholo, Self-medicating ADD with alcohol, drugs and food, Self Medicating with Addictive Behaviors, Practical Tools to help you cope, Help through medication Why and when it may be right for you, Preventing ADD and Addiction Relapses, Your unique challenges with 12 step programs and Healing the big five: Feeling your Feelings.
If you have any problems locating either of these books after July, let me know and I'll try to put you in touch with the publishing company.
New Books: WILLIE: Raising and Loving a Child with Attention Deficit Disorder by Ann Colin. "This tale of the discrimination, rejection, and misunderstanding that Willie faced is redeemed by a portrait of parents who persisted until they found the right slot for their son."
The Value of Tenacity-featuring Maurice Richard: On Education by Northrup Frye. Everything a person with ADHD needs to know to get through university including what to avoid and what to look for in a teacher and an ADHD friendly definition of relevance. A Comprehensive Guide to Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults by Kathleen Nadeau.
I want to thank Jeff at Simon and Schuster for sending me copies of the two new books that they offer on ADD/ADHD. Both books are beautifully done and I'm hoping to post a review of the books here soon. One is aimed at teachers and one is aimed at parents. Click here to find out more about these books.
I had several suggestions from readers on Books that are a must read, so here they are: Peterson's "Colleges with Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities" by MANGRUM AND STRICHART, and Colleges with programs or services for students with Learning Disabilities" by MIDGE LIPKIN, Published by Schoolsearch. This book gets high rating from Bruce, a children's group therapist. "Your Hyperactive Child: A Parents Guide to Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder" written by Barbara Ingersoll, PH.D.
A couple of book recommendations to add to our growing list: Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults, By Lynn Weiss. Taylor Publishing Comapny, 1992, 217. Covers what ADD is, society's perceptions, how to live with an add/adhd adult, treatment, restructuring your life, and special sections for family and friends of adult ADDers. Also covers sexuality and ADD in the workplace along with clinical stuff, diagnostic info, how to run support groups and list resources.
This book was recommended by Eric who has an ADD child. "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids will Talk". This is a general book on parenting techniques but is effective and straightforward and more at the root of how to communicate with kids, than most of the things in any of the umpteen books on ADD/ADHD/Challenging/Spirited kids I've seen.
I recently had the pleasure of being contacted by a book publicist concerning two new books being released about ADD/ADHD. The first book is titled " TAKING CHARGE OF ADHD" The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents. By Russell A. Barkley. Ph.D. This book is 279 pages and is broken down into 4 parts: UNDERSTANDING ADHD covers What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, A new theory about ADHD, Causes for ADHD, what to expect and family life with an ADHD child. Part II, TAKING CHARGE : HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL EXECUTIVE PARENT has information on Deciding to have your child evaluated for ADHD, preparing for the evaluation, Coping with the Diagnosis of ADHD, the 10 guiding principals for raising a child with ADHD, and a section just for parents, how to take care of yourself. Part III, MANAGING LIFE WITH ADHD: HOW TO COPE AT HOME AND AT SCHOOL includes 8 steps to better behavior, taking charge at home, the art of problem solving, gett through adolescence with an ADHD child, managing your childs education, enhancingeducation at school and at home, methods for success from kindergarted through 12th grade and keeping school perfomance in perspective. Part IV MEDICATIONS FOR ADHD has information about stimulants and other medicines for ADHD.
The second book is titled "YOU MEAN I'M NOT LAZY, STUPID OR CRAZY?" and is a self help book for adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. This book is authored by KATE KELLY AND PEGGY RAMUNDO, is 413 pages long, and covers many, many issues facing adults with ADD. A brief list of chapters include, UNDERSTANDING THE DISORDER THAT MAKES US FEEL LAZY, STUPID OR CRAZY, THE IMPACT OF GROWING UP WITH ADD, HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT?, THE NOT SO FINE ART OF COPING, I KNOW, I THINK, I HAVE ADD, WHAT DO I DO NOW?, ABOUT BALANCE, INTERFACING IN ACTION, GROUPS AND FRIENDSHIPS, GETTING ALONG ON THE JOB, THE DATING GAME AND THE FAMILY, THE HOW TO'S OF DECREASING DISCORD, PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT, FAMILY STYLE, DYNAMICS OF ADD, IN ORGANIZATION, MECHANICS AND METHODS, DYNAMICS OF ADD IN MEMORY, CRUTCHES, LADDERS AND THE DECISION TO SEE PROFESSIONAL HELP, MEDICINE AND MEDICINE MANAGMENT, THERAPY, and finally, FROM OBSTACLE TO OPPORTUNITY.
As I get the opportunity to read more of these two books I'll be sure to give you more input about them. I beleive these books will be available in January 1996. A big thank you to Phyllis Heller for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
The following, is a list of Books and Videos by Thomas W. Phelan, PH.D. When my son was initially hospitalized, I was introduced to Thomas Phelans material by my son's Counselor and I found them to be not only interesting and informative, but invaluable as well.
" 1-2-3 Magic." Who's in Charge at Your House? This is fantastic. I use the 1-2-3 Magic Program not only for my son, but for BOTH my children. I have even begun using it in the Learning Handicapped Class that my son attends during my volunteer time. What a life saver! Available in Book or Video.
"Surviving Your Adolescents" Adolescents Don't Have to Drive You Crazy. Book
"All About Attention Deficit Disorder" The Information, Tools and Emotional Support You Need. This was Great! I watched the video version of this and found it very informative at a time when I had ton's of questions about my son's disability. Very pleasant and entertaining to watch as well as informative. Available in Book or Video
"Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder". ADD is Not Just Kids' Stuff. Available on video.
" Medication for Attention Deficit Disorder" All you need to know. Available on video.
All of Thomas W. Phelan's works are available through CHILD MANAGEMENT INC. 1-800-442-4453.
"HELPING YOUR HYPERACTIVE/ATTENTION DEFICIT CHILD" by John F. Taylor PH.D. It's very informative and straightforward. Copyright 1994
"ZIT STIL" For Dutch People. Written by Cr. Compernolle. This book contains everything you need to know.
"ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER" by J. Michael Doyle
"ADHD AND TEENS" by Colleen Alexander-Roberts.
"HONEY ARE YOU LISTENING?" How Attention Deficit Disorder Could Be Affecting Your Marriage. By Rick and Jerilyn Fowler (1995)
"UNFULFILLED POTENTIAL: THE ADD CHILD AS AN ADULT" by Glen Hunsucker (1993)
"THE IMPOSSIBLE CHILD" by Doris Rapp, M.D.
"SOLVING THE PUZZLE OF YOUR HARD TO RAISE CHILD." William Crook. Random House or Professional Books, 1987
"ANSWERS TO DISTRACTION" by Ed Hallowell. (question and answer format of most frequently asked questions of DR. HALLOWELL)
"SUPER IMMUNITY FOR KIDS" by Leo Galland, M.D. Copestone Press, 1988
"DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION" by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D.
"ADD: A DIFFERENT PERCEPTION" by Thom Hartmann. This book is known as the "Hunter in the Farmer's World" book.
"OUT OF THE FOG". Recommended as an excellent source of information on organization and medications. Kevin R. Murphy (1995)
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