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In the interest of time I’m cutting and pasting the contents of an email I sent to another person who asked for a layman friendly list of sources on ADHD. My lists always contain sources with good scientific backing but I did leave some of the more technical sources off this list at the request of person for whom I made it. If you want more technical sources let me know. The videos from Dr. Russell Barkley at the CADDAC site below and also at USC Berkley (Search YouTube for Dr. Barkley USC).

Best websites for Adult ADD:

http://totallyadd.com Makers of the best documentary “ADD and Loving IT” which will be broadcast on PBS December 10. Check ADD Meet-up message board for details. The site is very accurate and (more importantly) assembled in an entertaining way. The videos are excellent. Some funny; some serious; all informative.

http://www.caddac.ca/ Canada is much more advanced in their knowledge and acceptance of Adult ADHD. This site has loads of excellent info. In particular, check out the Videos section. Any video featuring Dr. Barkley will be very informative. He is one of the leading researchers currently on Adult ADHD and he is a very good public speaker (so no dry technical talk. Uses layman lingo).

http://www.add.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Resources US version of CADDAC: ADDA. Not as good as the Canadian site but some good links on the Resources page.

http://www.adult-adhd.com/ I just found this site recently so I haven’t explored it thoroughly but what I have seen seems accurate and informative. The site is logical and not too overwhelming.

Best Books:

“So I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?” Best first book to read for late diagnosed adults.

“Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? Stopping the Roller Coaster When Someone You Love Has Attention Deficit Disorder” Essential reading for you spouse. Written to help spouses and family understand ADHD, what it is, the tolls it takes on their loved ones, and how to deal with it. Offers techniques and advice for setting realistic expectations, how she can support and help you overcome your difficulties, how you both can work together, and things you can do to help her accept your neurologically caused difficulties and work to reduce the stress she is under because of them.

“Journeys Through ADDulthood: Discover a New Sense of Identity and Meaning with Attention Deficit Disorder” Great book to help deal with the emotional and psychological difficulties late diagnosed adults go through. She breaks it down into stages similar to the stages of grief most people are familiar with. This book will help you deal with the pain you are experiencing from the fall-out of this disorder.

“More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD” The best self-help book I’ve found. Dr. Ari Tuckman has taken the current science and built a logical and realistic treatment plan to help overcome the challenges of ADHD. This book is the self-help version of the technique he created for clinicians to use in treating their adult ADHD patients. I actually found that book to be as informative and helpful (and not too technical). If interested it is “Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD: A Practical, Easy-To-Use Guide for Clinicians”

“ADHD in Adults” A summary of the most recent scientific findings. This is somewhat technical but if you are interested in what is known and proven scientifically this is a good read. I summarizes in what is essentially a large pamphlet the findings of two major research studies he published in a large volume called “ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says” which was written for scientist and academics.

http://www.drthomasebrown.com/pdfs/Executive_Functions_by_Thomas_Brown.pdf” An excellent article by Dr. Thomas Brown describing the areas of Executive Function inhibited by ADHD, the areas of the brain affected, what they control in our behavior, and how they present themselves in adults with the disorder.