I remember when I first suspected that I might have ADHD. It was after reading a few books on how to help children with ADHD (I was looking for information to help my daughter), when I came across what, at that time- back in the early 1990s – was the only book out on adult ADHD… back when Amazon was known only as a rainforest. I think it was written by Dr. Paul Wender. Boy, what an eye opener that book was for me.
I was hungry for more but had to wait a few more years until people started becoming aware that ADHD existed in not just children, but in adults, too.
Then along came Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo’s, “You Mean I’m not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?!” which just blew me away. I followed that up with Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell and Dr. John Ratey’s, “Driven to Distraction” (‘OMG- I’m not the only one’) and finally- and most importantly – Sari Solden’s “Women with Attention Deficit Disorder” (‘She’s writing about ME!).
The rest is history. I wrote my own two books, “Survival Tips for Women with ADHD” and the award winning book, “The Queen of Distraction”. I’d found my muse. My calling.
You can find lots of excellent books on adult ADHD at Amazon HERE.
And books specific to women with ADHD HERE.
And…books on how to de-clutter and get organized HERE.
I’ve been working in the field for over 20 years now and what I’m most surprised about- after all these years- is how difficult it still is for adults with ADHD to find the help they need.
Here are some tips:
Read. Just like I did. Then read some more.
Visit GOOD websites, not hokus pokus ones that have no scientific or solid clinical basis to them. Start with mine! www.ADDconsults.com.
Go to support groups. You can find one local to you at CHADD’s website (www.CHADD.org )
Go to workshops, meetings, conferences. The next large ADHD conference- CHADD’s and ADDA’s is this coming November in Atlanta, GA. Start saving now- it will be worth every penny. Plus, I’ll be presenting on women’s issues and I would love to meet you in person! Details at www.CHADD.org.
If you think you might have ADHD, get evaluated by a mental health professional ** WHO UNDERSTANDS ADULT ADHD!! ** Search my directory for names, HERE. **
Get the appropriate treatment. This can include counseling, medication, working with an ADD coach and a professional organizer.
Did you know I run a number of Facebook groups for adults with ADHD? Here are some of them:
- ADD Consults (hang out with me!): www.facebook.com/ADDconsults
- The Queens of Distraction (I help you get organized!) www.QueensOfDIstraction.com
- Women with ADHD: www.facebook.com/groups/womenWithADD/
- Moms with ADHD: www.facebook.com/groups/momswithadhd/
- Professionals with ADHD:www.facebook.com/groups/ProfessionalsWithADHD
- Professionals who work with the ADHD population: www.facebook.com/groups/ADHDprofessionals
- ADHD Friendly Recipes: www.facebook.com/groups/ADHDrecipes
There’s more, of course, like finding people like you, who celebrate you for who you are and staying away from toxic people who enjoy bringing you down.
What has been the best thing for you in understanding and accepting your own ADHD? Please share in the comment section, below.