Attention Deficit (ADD / ADHD) Resources
NOTE: Although the standard medical term is "Attention Deficit Disorder" or "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder" (ADHD or ADHD), there is some discussion in the industry as to whether it is always a disorder (unless medication is needed to function effectively). Rather, it could be viewed as a form of "differently wired brain" that is often a characteristic of pioneering visionaries and risk-takers, who will thrive when teamed with a detail-oriented business partner or assistant.
ADHD Reference Books
Driven To Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood by psychiatrists Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey (who also have ADHD) has been a very influential reference for understanding this tendency, whether severe or merely a response to stress. It is full of entertaining case studies and valuable self-assessment tools.
Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder is a valuable sequel to Driven to Distraction by the same experts. This book includes a great collection of practical strategies for specific situations as well as more case studies and self-assessment tools.
John Ratey's latest book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain is another treat from one of the foremost experts in the field of ADHD. It's fascinating and describes how the attention system of the brain is linked to the motor system. He demystifies the process of learning in the brain as well as the impacts of stress, ADHD, and exercise.
Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates And What You Can Do About It by physician Gabor Mate comes highly recommended by one of our clients. This book combines research and personal storytelling to make a powerful case for the crucial role that the social and emotional environment plays in the genesis and healing of this disorder. Dr. Mate speaks from his own experience and that of his three children with ADHD.
Online ADHD Resources
ADDClasses.com is a educational organization helping people affected by Attention Deficit Disorder, whether for themselves or for someone in their life. Learn more about this kind of differently-wired brain and how to build on its strengths. They offer numerous resources including free teleclasses and an audio library.
ADDResources.org is a non-profit educational organization that offers free articles, a bookstore, and a lending library by mail for anyone in the United States with over 450 titles of ADHD books, audiotapes and videos. They also offer in-person workshops and support groups in the Seattle area.
CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a national non-profit organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. Besides their website, CHADD publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD. They also sponsor the National Resource Center on AD/HD, which can be found at help4adhd.org.
ADD/ADHD Mental Health and School is a program available at the University of Nevada, Reno associated with the online Masters in Social Work. For more detail see their very informative page that has a large amount of advice in supporting a child with ADHD.
ADHD and Relationships:
This article from the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers helpful advice on how to manage your ADHD in your romantic relationship.
Treatment Options for ADHD in Children and Teens: http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/ehc/products/191/1148/adhd_con_fin_to_post.pdf
Parents whose children are struggling with the disorder will find this printable guide to be rich with information on many of the treatment options available to your loved one.
Creating the Optimal Living Environment for a Child with ADHD: http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/creating-the-optimal-living-environment-for-a-child-with-adhd/#routine
This guide contains valuable information on creating a soothing home atmosphere, a key factor in fostering the focus and wellbeing of your ADHD child.
Coping with Adult ADHD:
There are many techniques you can implement into your daily routine to better manage your most troublesome symptoms.
ADHD in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights and Tips for Success: http://www.myfloridalaw.com/employee-laws-in-florida/adhd-in-the-workplace/
This article not only informs you of your legal rights regarding your ADHD at work, but also gives pointers on strategies to try at home and work that can help make your career aspirations a reality.
Tools for ADHD Minds
Clients with ADHD rave about Mindjet's MindManager for task lists and project management. This mindmapping software is perfect for spatial thinkers who feel limited by linear and list-based project management tools. Draft free-form diagrams that reflect your own creative process.
To learn more about ADHD, you are welcome to read Success Strategies for the ADD / ADHD Entrepreneur or contact Audrey to schedule a complimentary initial consultation. Imagine achieving the focus and followthrough you need to meet your objectives. Learn how to build systems that will build on your strengths and manage your vulnerable areas. We look forward to connecting with you!