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Getting In Focus: Reads for ADHD Awareness Month


Getting In Focus: Reads for ADHD Awareness Month

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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Month is celebrated every October.  ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting both children and adults. It is described as a “persistent” or ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that gets in the way of daily life or typical development. Individuals with ADHD may also have difficulties with maintaining attention, executive function (or the brain’s ability to begin an activity, organize itself and manage tasks) and working memory.

This brain-based disorder affects about one in ten school-aged children. Symptoms continue into adulthood for more than half of those who have it in childhood. 

For more information on this condition, check out the websites of The Attention Deficit Disorder Association and Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

Here are some informative books and ebooks on the topic available with your Livingston Library card.  Also included are books  on the related and crucial ability of attention, that plays a critical role in almost every area of life including school, work, and relationships, and especially in current times, when our lives are ruled by distraction. 

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ADHD : What Every Parent Needs to Know by Mark Wolraich

Fully updated with the latest AAP recommendations, this award-winning guide offers parents balanced, reassuring information to help them manage this condition. Topics include: evaluation and diagnosis, coexisting conditions, behavior therapy, ADHD and academics, the role of medication, and complementary and alternative treatments. Parents will also find inspirational and relatable stories from other caretakers.

ADHD 2.0 : New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving With Distraction-From Childhood Through Adulthood by Edward M. Hallowell

This book presents a revolutionary new idea: What if we viewed impulsivity, distractibility, and hyperactivity as personality traits instead of symptoms? Furthermore, what if we learned to value and harness these traits for the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit they tend to breed? Introducing the bold new concept that ADD/ADHD is really the outward manifestation of what they call the Variable Attention Stimulation Trait (V.A.S.T), Drs. Hallowell and Ratey–who both have this trait–update the science, research, and treatments (when necessary) now available for this ubiquitous condition. Through remarkable case studies, they also detail the latest innovative strategies and technologies for thriving at any age.

Attention : A Love Story by Casey Schwartz

Schwartz gives us a comprehensive journalistic exploration of our culture’s flagging ability to pay attention, infused with the personal struggles and insights of a woman coming to terms with the demands and distractions of the information age. The average American checks their phone 150 times a day, but we touch our phones about 2,617 times in those same hours. Schwartz wants to understand this change in our lives that seemingly happened without our consent. From attention disorders and medications, mindfulness, psychedelics and creativity, to a brief history of distraction itself, Schwartz acts as our sympathetic and qualified guide. 

Attention Management : How to Create Success and Gain Productivity–Every Day by Maura Nevel Thomas

Discusses how old approaches to productivity just don’t work in today’s fast-paced, tech-driven workplaces. Attention management, not time management, is the solution that works. It’s a collection of behaviors –including focus, mindfulness, control, presence, and flow–that will support your success.

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Attention Span : A Groundbreaking Way To Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity by Gloria Mark

“We spend an average of just 47 seconds on any screen before shifting our attention. It takes 25 minutes to bring our attention back to a task after an interruption. And we interrupt ourselves more than we’re interrupted by others.” Psychologist Mark reveals these and more surprising results from her decades of research into how technology affects our attention. She shows how much of what we think we know is wrong, including insights such as: why multitasking hurts rather than helps productivity; how social media and modern entertainment amplify our short attention spans; what drains our mental resources and how to refuel them; the four types of attention that we experience every day and how to recognize them.

Dirty Laundry : Why Adults with ADHD Are So Ashamed and What We Can Do To Help by Richard Pink

In this book, life partners Rich Pink and Rox Emery unapologetically guide you through the ups and downs of life with ADHD. Every chapter starts with a common symptom of ADHD, like impulsivity or struggles with finances, and an earnest moment from their own lives to show you how they navigate the symptom together. Rox reminds you to be kind to yourself and love yourself for who you are; Rich offers tips on how he uses compassion and honesty instead of jumping to conclusions. Whether it’s helping your ADHDer with friendly time-checks before an appointment or reminding yourself to take breaks during hours spent hyperfocusing on a new project, Rox and Rich give you the tools to destigmatize and normalize life with ADHD.

The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids With ADHD, Anxiety, and More : What Parents and Teachers Really Need to Know to Empower Complicated Kids With Confidence and Calm by Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Parenting expert Taylor-Klaus, co-founder and CEO of, walks you through their proven coach-approach method, which shows all parents, in simple steps, how to identify challenge areas and how to use critical tools to parent simply, clearly, and effectively–for everyone’s benefit.

The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook : The Ultimate Guide to the Most Effective Diets by Pamela J. Compart

This cookbook provides a current review of the commonly used diets for the treatment of ADHD and autism, and recipes appropriate to specific diets. It also provides suggestions for feeding picky eaters, including those with texture issues. The authors share details about just how and why each diet works, examine specialty ingredients in-depth, and provide extensive resources and references.

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Look : How to Pay Attention in a Distracted World by Christian Madsbjerg

A fascinating exploration of how we pay attention that will transform the ways we connect with each other-at work, at home, and beyond. Listening carefully and observing intentionally are crucial human skills, yet we’re not born knowing how to do them. And thanks to the ubiquity of social media, increasing social isolation, and the use of empty imagery and ideology as stand-ins for direct observation, we’re losing our ability to interpret the world at a time when we desperately need to do that. Madsbjerg argues that most of us are stuck in bad habits of looking at the world without truly seeing it, and he guides us through the key observational skills we need to explain how we can recapture our ability to truly pay attention-what he calls “the meta-skill of observation.

The Mini ADHD Coach : Tools and Support To Make Life Easier : A Visual Guide by Alice Gendron

An inclusive guide to ADHD that explores its diverse types, symptoms, diagnoses, and misconceptions, and shares how to work with your ADHD brain to fully understand yourself.

Organizing Solutions For People With ADHD : Tips and Tools To Help You Take Charge Of Your Life and Get Organized by Susan C. Pinsky

Pinsky brings real-life experience to her topic. Not only is she a professional organizer and member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, but she is also the parent of a child with attention deficit disorder (ADD). These two roles led to her creating simplified organizational systems specific to the needs of those with ADD. The book’s first section explains her organizational methods; the second targets specific areas, rooms, or events that are common to almost everyone and typically present a challenge to organize and keep organized. Pinsky uses an abundance of before-and-after color photographs as well as yellow Post-its®–styled notes to highlight tips for organization.

A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD: Embrace Neurodiversity, Live Boldly, and Break Through Barriers by Sari Solden & Michelle Frank

The first guided workbook for women with ADHD designed to break the cycle of negative self-talk and shame-based narratives that stem from the common and limiting belief that brain differences are character flaws. In this unique guide you’ll find a groundbreaking approach that blends traditional ADHD treatment with contemporary treatment methods, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), to help you untangle yourself from the beliefs that have kept you from reaching your potential in life.

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Scattered Minds : The Origins and Healing Of Attention Deficit Disorder by Gabor Mate

Dr. Maté, d himself diagnosed with ADD, demonstrates that the condition is not a genetic “illness” but a response to environmental stress; explains that in ADD, circuits in the brain whose job is emotional self-regulation and attention control fail to develop in infancy – and why; shows how ‘distractibility’ is the psychological product of life experience; Allows parents to understand what makes their ADD children tick, and adults with ADD to gain insights into their emotions and behaviors; Expresses optimism about neurological development even in adulthood, and Presents a program of how to promote this development in both children and adults.

Self-Care For People With ADHD : 100+ Ways To Recharge, De-Stress, and Prioritize You! By Sasha Hamdani

When you have ADHD, it can be hard to stay on top of your wellness. This book can help you engage in some neurodiverse self-care–without pretending to be neurotypical. You’ll find more than 100 tips to accepting yourself, destigmatizing ADHD, finding your community, and taking care of your physical and mental health. You’ll find solutions for managing the negative aspects of ADHD, as well as ideas to bring out the positive aspects.

Stolen Focus : Why You Can’t Pay Attention–And How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari

Our focus has been stolen by powerful external forces, and the science shows that these forces have been ramping up for decades, leaving us uniquely vulnerable, when social media arrived, to corporations determined to raid our attention for profit. These forces have been so successful that our collapse in attention is behind many of the wider problems society faces. Hari embarks on a thrilling journey, taking readers from veterinarians who diagnose dogs with ADHD, to Silicon Valley dissidents who exposed social media companies’ furtive attempts to hack our focus; from a favela in Rio where everyone lost their attention in a particularly catastrophic way, to an office in New Zealand that discovered a remarkable technique to restore their workers’ attention.

Succeeding With Adult ADHD : Daily Strategies To Help You Achieve Your Goals and Manage Your Life by Abigail Levrini

This expanded and updated new edition of psychologist Levrini’s bestselling book offers realistic, proven strategies to help adults with ADHD lead more fulfilling and productive lives.

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12 Principles For Raising a Child With ADHD by Russell A. Barkley

From his decades of research and work with thousands of families, leading authority Barkley knows how overwhelming the everyday challenges of ADHD can be. This unique book guides parents to help their child or teen thrive and keep their loving connection strong, even in hot-button situations. Dr. Barkley presents 12 key parenting principles that address the most common problems that ADHD poses, such as family conflicts, difficult behavior, school problems, out-of-control emotions, and parental stress. He shows how cultivating a mindset of acceptance and compassion–together with an understanding of the executive function deficits of ADHD–gives parents powerful new tools for supporting their child’s success.

Taking Charge Of Adult ADHD : Proven Strategies To Succeed At Work, At Home, and In Relationships by Russell A.Barkley

Preeminent expert Barkley explains what ADHD looks like in adults, how to get an accurate evaluation, and how sufferers can manage symptoms and build the life they want. Readers get hands-on skill-building exercises plus clear answers to frequently asked questions about medications and other treatments. Dr. Barkley offers step-by-step strategies for overcoming challenges in specific areas, such as relationships, parenting, work, money management, and driving. 

A Thousand Ways To Pay Attention : A Memoir Of Coming Home To My Neurodivergent Mind by Rebecca Schiller

A memoir of one woman’s search to understand the land she farms-and her own experience with ADHD.

What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life by Dr. Sharon Saline & Laura Markham

A veteran psychologist presents a proven roadmap to help ADHD kids succeed in school and life.

Dr. Saline’s advice and real-world examples reveal how parents can shift the dynamic and truly help kids succeed. Topics include:  setting mutual goals that foster cooperation, easing academic struggles, and  tackling everyday challenges, from  tantrums and backtalk to staying organized, building friendships, and more.

Your Brain’s Not Broken : Strategies For Navigating Your Emotions and Life with ADHD by Tamara Rosier

Using the most current research and her approachable style, Dr. Rosier shows those with ADHD and their families how to create new thinking habits, identify unhelpful thought and emotional patterns, and apply strategies to change them.

Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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