ADHD And The Written Word; Books For Thought Part II
On Monday, at USC Trojan’s request, we went looking for books on ADHD and we mentioned three of them. Today we’ll talk about a couple more as well as some other resources.
♫♪♫ You can’t always get what you want ♪♫
While looking through my library, I realized that there’s lots of literature available. And the thing that it all has in common is an attempt to write directly to us, the people with ADHD. It’s a tightrope act, a little to far to the left and you’re writing something that will lose our attention in less than a page. Too far to the right and you start to sound condescending. And somewhere in between, on that thin, tight wire, is the style that hopefully appeals to enough of us that a book using that style will be a success. Many books could be written with a wealth of information and never be received well enough by the target audience because of our, shall we say, discerning tastes. If we can’t slog through it, it ain’t gonna sell.
There are a lot of good books out there that will give you an insight into which aspects of your life are part of the human condition, which are attributable to your ADHD and which ones are all you.
Still, there are a lot of good books out there that will give you an insight into which aspects of your life are part of the human condition, which are attributable to your ADHD and which ones are all you. Note that no two of us are alike, so while you’re reading any one of these literary offerings, try to be mindful of your life, yourself, and whether any one symptom fits into a description of you.
The list resumed …
While I have a personal dislike for the title of the whole series, I cannot deny the value of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Adult ADHD” so I will mention it here. I feel it is counter productive to have to read a book to help your self esteem if you must first allow that book’s title to refer to you in a degrading way. While looking for a link to this book, I also found “AD/HD For Dummies” … ‘Nuff said.
Linda Roggli’s “Confessions of an ADDiva: midlife in the non-linear lane” is a a romp through a life of distractions. It discusses ADHD symptoms, giving examples of the more “G” rated ones, and it’s written with feeling. Linda, the original ADDiva, is an ongoing enterprise with her website and her many initiatives.
Not a book, but …
Leaving the constraints of the book world behind, we find a video that should be on every ADHDer’s shelf. “ADD And Loving It” is the entertaining blast of fresh air from the totallyADD.com web site. There are words to describe this offering, but they fail to convey just how well the video mixes humor and tragedy in telling the story of the ADHD condition. Those of us with this disorder are well aware that there are times when we can’t decide whether to laugh or cry, this video is the definition of that paradoxical aspect of our lives.
What other uses are there for reference material?
If you’re looking for a way to describe ADHD to someone with or without ADHD, “ADD And Loving It” is likely your best first choice. If you need further details, based on the person you’re educating you can offer any one of the other books listed here. Combing through Zoë Kessler’s blog, ADHD from A to Zoë, will also help you find valuable reference material.
You can find most, if not all of the titles mentioned here, and others, at Amazon. Also, any local book store would likely be happy to track down a copy of any or all of them if you asked. If you want to “test drive” any one of them try your local library, though be prepared to have your name added to a waiting list. And remember that the people who have this material checked out already may not be able to return them in a timely manner.
Which reminds me, I have to go pay my library fines now, but I’m glad we had this little talk. Thanks once again to USC Trojan for the subject.
Babcock, K. (2012). ADHD And The Written Word; Books For Thought Part II. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 23, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2012/09/adhd-and-the-written-word-books-for-thought-part-ii/