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ADHD Resources

One of the most successful ways to address ADHD is through education. By learning about the condition, something that becomes a lot easier when you tap into the wealth of ADHD resources available, you gain a greater understanding of how it affects you or your child. You also become more aware of what treatment options there are and may realize that you are not alone in your challenges.

There are many types of resources for ADHD.

Read on and explore everything from in-person support groups and conferences to websites and books—even resources you can turn to to learn more about the benefits you or your child are entitled to.

National Support Organizations

CHADD—Children and Adults with ADHD

CHADD (chadd.org) is the largest national support organization for ADHD. It provides education, advocacy, and support for children and adults living with ADHD and their families, as well as teachers and healthcare professionals.

CHADD offers programs and services locally and nationally. Every year CHADD hosts a conference where speakers talk about ADHD and the latest research findings.

The CHADD website has a resource directory where you can find ADHD professionals in your state. Examples of those listed are physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, learning center professionals, psychologists, coaches, education specialists, and camp professionals.

ADDA—Attention Deficit Disorder Association

ADDA (add.org) provides information and training resources for adults with ADHD, and promotes ADHD awareness. The organization also spearheads advocacy efforts (for example, advocating for ADHD treatment in correctional facilities).

They also have virtual support groups. You can connect with other people living with ADHD, even if you live in a remote location.

ADDA has a resource directory of professionals who specialize in ADHD, including coaches, bookkeepers, professional organizers, doctors, and psychiatrists.

ADHD Awareness Month

ADHD Awareness Month is held annually each October. It brings attention to a condition that is still misunderstood by many people. Each year has a theme. For example, ‘The Many Faces of ADHD’ highlighted that ADHD affects all ages, genders, and social and economic groups. The month also celebrates the positive aspects of ADHD. Many health groups and government agencies get involved. You can learn more at adhdawarenessmonth.org​.

Books

There are many helpful books about ADHD. Some people with ADHD struggle to read a book cover to cover. However, these books can be dipped into as a reference. Most are available in an audio version, so they can be listened to rather than read, if that is preferable to you.

 

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents 
by Russell A. Barkley, PhD
This book gives a detailed account of what ADHD is, its symptoms, and how it is diagnosed. It provides practical advice about working with your child's school and parenting strategies.

1000 Best Tips for ADHD: Expert Answers and Bright Advice to Help You and Your Child 
by Susan Ashley, PhD
This concise and easy-to-read book offers parents helpful solutions to some common challenges of raising a child with ADHD. Read our review.

ADHD: What Everyone Needs to Know
by Stephen P. Hinshaw and Katherine Ellison 
In this question and answer style book, the authors answer the most pressing questions people have about ADHD in children and adults. Read our review.

Books for Children with ADHD
Check out this list of books written specifically for children with ADHD to help them understand more about their condition and its symptoms: 20 Books for Children With ADHD

Natural Relief for Adult ADHD: Complementary Strategies for Increasing Focus, Attention, and Motivation With or Without Medication
by Stephanie Sarkis, PhD 
People are usually very curious about whether ADHD can be treated naturally.

In this book, the author offers a comprehensive overview of the different options, all backed by the latest research. Read our review.

The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done
by Terry Matlen, MSW
This book addresses the problems women have with ADHD, including how hormones affect ADHD symptoms and the different stages of life. Read our review.

ADD and Your Money: A Guide to Personal Finance for Adults with Attention-Deficit Disorder 
by Stephanie Sarkis, PhD
ADHD symptoms can make organizing personal finances very challenging. This book gives practical ideas and solutions so you can pay your bills on time and plan for the future. Read our interview with the author.

Fast Minds: How to Thrive if You Have ADHD (Or Think You Might)
by Craig Surman, MD and Tim Bilkey, MD
A practical guide to help you and your loved ones understand ADHD symptoms and develop strategies to put a stop to being chronically overwhelmed and underachieving. Read our review.

The ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps
by Melissa Orlov
ADHD symptoms can cause non-ADHD partners to feel unhappy, angry, and lonely. This book addresses these patterns and offers six steps to rebuild a relationship. Read our interview with the author.

The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD
by Lidia Zylowska, MD
Mindfulness can help adults with ADHD improve focus and attention. In this book, Dr. Zylowska explains the benefits and how to practice mindfulness in your life. Read our interview with the author.

Job Accommodations

If ADHD symptoms are causing problems for you at your workplace, you might be eligible to have job accommodations. In the United States, there are two laws designed to provide workplace protection for employees who have disabilities: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. 

If you need help understanding how these apply to you and your place of work, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) can help. This organization offers incredible, free services and is very approachable.

Accommodations for Students With ADHD

Federal law requires schools to provide equal education opportunities to students with disabilities. ADHD students are eligible for an individual accommodation plan under section 504. However, many parents have experienced problems getting these accommodations for their children.

In July 2016, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a report for school districts with guidance on how to create and follow section 504 plans for students with ADHD. Get a better understanding of what your child is entitled to by reading the office's Know Your Rights: Students With ADHD guide (PDF)

Summer Camps for Kids With ADHD

There are camps designed and run especially for kids with ADHD. They cater to the unique challenges that children with ADHD face, like building self-esteem and making/keeping friends. At the same time, they ensure the children have a positive summer experience.

Magazines About ADHD

ADDitude: Strategies and Support for ADHD and LD
This lifestyle magazine devoted to living with ADHD is published quarterly and is available in print and digital versions. It covers a broad range of topics on ADHD and learning disabilities, and is for children and adults. Topics include parenting children with ADHD, issues at school, medication, and alternative therapies. 

Attention! Magazine
This magazine is designed to keep parents and adults living with ADHD up-to-date about ADHD issues. It is published six times a year by CHADD and is available to the organization's members in both print and digital versions.

ADHD Documentary

The documentary "ADD and Loving It" follows comedian Patrick McKenna as he is diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. It uncovers many of the myths about ADHD and is informative, yet fun.

When it aired on PBS, many viewers recognized themselves in the description of the ADHD symptoms and, as a result, were diagnosed.

Podcasts

Podcasts are a great resource when you have ADHD. You can listen and learn about the latest ADHD research (even while performing another task, like housework). Here are five compelling ADHD podcasts:

ADDitude ADHD Experts Podcast
Leading experts in the ADHD world share their knowledge.

Distraction with Dr. Ned Hallowell
The Distraction podcast is hosted by Dr. Edward Hallowell, ADHD expert, author and psychiatrist.

See in ADHD
Hosted by ADHD coach Jennie Friedman.

ADHD reWired with Eric Tivers
Hosted by coach and therapist Eric Tivers.

Adult ADHD ADD podcast
Hosted by Bahman Sarram and ADHD coach Michael Joseph Ferguson. 

Websites and Blogs About ADHD

Blogs

There are many blogs about ADHD to choose from, and they can be a great source of information. Blogs often offer accounts of the blogger’s personal ADHD challenges. This list of 11 great ADHD blogs includes those written by a mom who is raising ADHD children, the partner of someone with ADHD, as well as adults with ADHD writing on all types of ADHD topics: 

Websites

Reputable websites can further education you on ADHD, and you can start right here with Verywell. We have an extensive library of articles on core topics, like symptoms, how ADHD is diagnosed in children and adults, how it is treated, and more. We also write on many of the lesser-known aspects of ADHD, such as how to help your ADHD child when he or she feels bored, and how to plan your meals.

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