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Recommended Workbooks for ADD/ADHD for adults

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message 1: by Anitha (new)

Anitha | 6 comments Hello!

I'm trying to find workbooks for adults (especially women in the US) dealing with ADHD and Executive Function challenges for a project I'm working on. I'm hoping to hear your suggestions for what workbooks worked and why or conversely, which workbooks failed to help and the wall you hit with them.

message 2: by Enid (new)

Enid | 7 comments Hello, I don't know of any workbooks for adult dealing with ADHD. But here a a couple of books that helped me: Delivered from Distraction by Edward Hallowel (he has a new book out I believe), ---10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD: How to overcome Chronic Distractions and Accomplish Your Goals, by Stephanie Moulton Sarkis---- And here are other books that might be helpful: Is it You, Me, or Adult ADD? by Gina Pera,--- The Queen of Distraction, Terry Matlen Good luck with your project!

message 3: by Enid (new)

Enid | 7 comments Hello Anitha,
FYI I've written an ebook called, Life with ADD Ain't it Grand . The book is in verse, humorous, and informative. It's especially helpful for partners and friends so they can get an understanding of what it's like having ADD or ADHD. The book is available on Amazon.

message 4: by Anitha (new)

Anitha | 6 comments Hi Enid, Thanks for sharing those titles with me and congratulations on authoring an ebook. Thats a big deal! It sounds interesting, however I am specifically inquiring about workbooks for adults with ADHD.

message 5: by Cathy (new)

Cathy (wiredonjava) Hi Anitha, I've looked on Amazon and see CBT type workbooks for depression. I did not try them out but have heard Dr. Russell Barkley's lectures on ADHD. I have tried several CBT courses for depression (commonly accompanying ADHD) and I am a big fan of it. "Taking Charge of Adult ADHD Paperback by Russell A. Barkley. ("...provides step-by-step strategies for managing symptoms and reducing their harmful impact. Readers get hands-on self-assessment tools and skills-building exercises...")

message 6: by Cathy (new)

Cathy (wiredonjava) Hey again, I keep looking but difficult to find resources for adults. Have you tried Ari Tuckman? He has a work book called "Understand Your Brain, Get More Done"

message 7: by Anitha (new)

Anitha | 6 comments He's definitely turned up in conversations when I ask about workbooks and that book will come up if you google "adult ADHD workbook."

Specifically, I'm looking to hear about people's experiences with them, not examples of workbooks out there. I'm able to search Google and Amazon myself. Perhaps I could have worded this question better :-)

message 8: by Tom (last edited Aug 16, 2018 11:33AM) (new)

message 9: by Anitha (new)

Anitha | 6 comments Tom, have you used any workbooks for adult ADHD? If so, what was your experience with them?

I think it's impressive that you chronicled your account of ADHD in a book. However, I'm looking for information about how people responded to workbooks. I didn't see anything in particular about workbooks or your experience with them in the book description...

message 10: by Cathy (new)

Cathy (wiredonjava) Anitha wrote: "He's definitely turned up in conversations when I ask about workbooks and that book will come up if you google "adult ADHD workbook."

Specifically, I'm looking to hear about people's experiences ..."

5 people reviewed this work book and gave it 4.18 stars. If you clicked on the link I sent you'd see it included a chapter to try for free. I have no desire to buy a work book, nor do I own a credit card to purchase it. I was just trying to help.

message 11: by Cathy (new)

Cathy (wiredonjava) Tom wrote: "Chasing Kites"

Thanks Tom. Looks good!

message 12: by Anitha (last edited May 21, 2020 12:10AM) (new)

Anitha | 6 comments Hi Cathy,

Thanks for reaching out and sorry, if I stepped on any toes! It sounds like I should clarify.

I can and have already found numerous titles, including Ari Tuckman's and read some of the reviews. I already had the sample of his workbook and read some of it. This is information that is admittedly tiresome to parse through but is available to me.

What I haven't seen a lot of is people making recommendations and sharing *why* certain workbooks helped. The why is helpful because not everyone with ADHD has the same needs and addressing these already met needs can actually undo a lot of acquired wisdom and skill.

The other part here is that going through workbooks is a lot of work. A lot of these efforts require the very focus many struggle to gather. Redundant efforts can cause a lot of needless suffering and discouragement.

Why go through the pain and expense of time, energy, and money if a particular book has not worked with anyone, or only for people dealing with relationship issues? Or if it was written so long ago, that it is culturally out-of-touch? Or if the activities were only appropriate for people with lots of money? Ultimately, we each decide if something is worth it, but it helps to assemble as much information from people who would seek out such a book.

People's personal experiences are not always available to me and the whys are peppered throughout the few reviews that are available. Even on Amazon, that book only has 38 reviews, which is low for a book over $100 published more than a year ago.

My hope is to assemble as much information on these workbooks as possible, and share it to spare others all the work that entails.

It's okay if you don't have any personal experience with Adult ADHD workbooks to share, hopefully someone reading this who does can chime in.

message 13: by E (new)

E (feedmewords00) | 6 comments there is a neat FB group called ADHD for SmartAss women you can look into. I found it helpful. Not a workbook but they may know of one.

message 14: by Anitha (new)

Anitha | 6 comments Thanks, Tracy is pretty cool. Good idea!

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