Are you busy?
Sorry, stupid question. Are you doing important things right now or have you forgotten what it was you had planned on doing?
If you can spare the time, I have a wee suggestion.
Remember all those books about ADHD that you wanted to read?
Maybe … now would be a good time? Just sayin’, not telling you what to do. You might be in the middle of some tricky part of that nuclear reactor assembly we spoke of on Wednesday.
If you’re not tied up with something really important, this is maybe one of those things you could do that might make you feel good about your accomplishments.
And depending on the book, it might make you feel good about yourself as well.
Okay, yeah, I have a couple of them. They’re the big ones mostly.
And also, some of them don’t read like they have much of a plot, they’re more like … reference material. But if you find that’s the case, than I strongly advise you to treat them as such.
Hell, if I’m remembering correctly, I believe there’s actually a recommendation in this first book to do just that. The author knew you would likely feel that way.
Our first book is the very important work of Dr. Edward Hallowell and Dr. John Ratey titled Driven To Distraction. This book should be mandatory reading for all newly diagnosed adults. It deals with ADHD in all ages but for adults who have just had their eyes opened, this is the panorama you need to see first.
It is insightful, comprehensive, detailed, and in places witty enough to keep you moving forward or at least keep you between the front and back covers.
I learned, when I was fifty, who I was from this book, and I liked what I saw. Ned Hallowell has a way of telling you the truth about yourself without pulling any punches, but also without belittling you or making you feel wrong or bad. And Dr. Hallowell is one of us.
Don’t call me names!
Next up is the very important, You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, Or Crazy by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo. This one will not only tell you you’re not those things, but it will tell you why others have called you those things and why they aren’t true.
Kate Kelly has passed away, but not, thank goodness, before she and Peggy were able to compile this brilliant book specifically geared towards adults with ADHD.
And then there’s the junk drawer in your head …
The last book I’m going to mention is The Disorganized Mind by our friend, Nancy Ratey. She is a whirlwind of sanity in a crazy slow world. She will take you to a place in your head where you can find ways to get things done and you will end up being willing to follow her anywhere.
Nancy is a fun spirit who knows herself and her abilities and wants to help you with yours. Her book is a long read for people with ADHD, but trust me when I tell you it was a longer write for her, and it is what it was meant to be, a book about “coaching your ADHD brain to take control of your time, tasks, and talents.”
If you haven’t had enough, now that you’ve started reading about yourself, there are many authors who have insight into the way our minds work, and this is just a partial list of the best books I know.
A more complete list would include books by Ari Tuckman, Sari Solden, Russel Barkley, Stacy Turis, Linda Roggli, and the list goes on and on and …
And, though I don’t like to brag (seriously, I don’t, I’d much rather others do it for me), if a book is too long a commitment for you, my writing comes in small bite sized chunks here on Psych Central that can be read in a minute or two.
I mean, you know, if you have the time.