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Explores treatment and counselling options, and uses real-life case histories to examine the special challenges women with ADD and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) face, such as the shame of not fulfilling societal expectations. This book includes a chapter on friendship for women with ADHD.


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Explores treatment and counselling options, and uses real-life case histories to examine the special challenges women with ADD and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) face, such as the shame of not fulfilling societal expectations. This book includes a chapter on friendship for women with ADHD.

30 review for Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    This book has changed my life. If you are a woman, or know a woman who has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, read this book! I think it is especially important for women like me. I had a lifetime of dealing with issues, beating myself up, & feeling frustrated. This is not uncommon, because most women as young girls don't exibit obvious symptoms. I made good grades & didn't cause trouble. I was the daydreamer in class, unless it was a class I liked. I was a pleaser, who worked extra hard. We learn ho This book has changed my life. If you are a woman, or know a woman who has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, read this book! I think it is especially important for women like me. I had a lifetime of dealing with issues, beating myself up, & feeling frustrated. This is not uncommon, because most women as young girls don't exibit obvious symptoms. I made good grades & didn't cause trouble. I was the daydreamer in class, unless it was a class I liked. I was a pleaser, who worked extra hard. We learn how to compensate & hide our struggles. I was 37 when I was diagnosed. I read a little about ADHD, I was given medication, then decided I didn't need that & continued to struggle for years. I could not see how this medical issue impacted my life & those around me. This book has been a huge eye opener. What I really appreciate are the tools, strategies, & resources offered. This is not just a book that describes the symptoms, but offers impressive ways to live your life in a better way. It talks about the shame you feel when you just don't measure up. How hard you have to work to be preceived as "normal". What happens when you hit a wall, & things start to fall apart. Instead of beating yourself up for your issues, you begin to see how your struggles are a part of you, just like your strengths. You learn to communicate with others about what your needs are & ask for help in a non apologetic way. You are finally able to celebrate all of who you are.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marley

    This book was very helpful and totally nailed me. I've known for years that I had "something a bit like A.D.D." but always assumed that my low energy levels proved that I didn't have a disorder often referred to interchangeably as "hyperactivity". I was surprised to learn that the sluggish feelings and the inability to put thoughts into action are actually a symptom of one kind of Attention Deficit Disorder. I read the original version, which is possibly the only reason I'm giving this 4-stars in This book was very helpful and totally nailed me. I've known for years that I had "something a bit like A.D.D." but always assumed that my low energy levels proved that I didn't have a disorder often referred to interchangeably as "hyperactivity". I was surprised to learn that the sluggish feelings and the inability to put thoughts into action are actually a symptom of one kind of Attention Deficit Disorder. I read the original version, which is possibly the only reason I'm giving this 4-stars instead of 5. If I can get my hands on a new copy, I may upgrade my review. The book is occasionally very dated when it refers to sources of help. The author mentions a CompuServe support group and not a single web site. She also talks about email as a tool for getting work done while avoiding distractions like the telephone without acknowledging the distraction that the computer itself has now become. (Does anyone else have close to 200 unread emails in their inbox?) And sadly the support group organization that she lists as a great place for in-person meetings disbanded in my city two years ago due to -- no joke -- the organizers being overwhelmed by keeping up with the work of running it. The original printing also has a comical amount of editing errors. You know how you start to type one thing and change your mind mid-sentence and type something else and you think you've re-worded the sentence to make sense, but in reality you've inadvertently left a stray word in the middle of the sentence that doesn't belong there? You'll find those sorts of errors throughout the first edition of the book, which is almost adorable when you know the author herself has Attention Deficit Disorder. What I appreciate most about this book is that it is genuinely filled with content and not fluff. I've found that most self-help books are about a pamphlet's worth of good information padded out to book size through the use of large fonts, extra spacing, and a lot of meaningless blather. This book really had a lot to say. There were diagrams and case studies, but they didn't take over the book. The author also does not pretend the solution is easy. I might wish that the book ended with a promise that "If you just do X, then you will be cured," but I respect that the author didn't try to sell a magic system that will make it all better. Personally, the biggest thing I got out of this book was the validation that the coping mechanisms that I had already figured out years ago even without a diagnosis really are necessary and feel better able to stand up to friends who "helpfully" point out that my coping mechanisms are unnecessary. ("If you just tried harder, you wouldn't need to do that.") I've always felt guilty about being a "party pooper" because I can't stand to be in a room with multiple conversations going on at the same time. I also passively accepted a lot of the "toxic help" like the kind the author warns you about because I let people convince me that I deserved the condescending lecture about having made such a mess of things. I've always felt guilty about "wasting" money on a professional service when I "could" have done it myself for free. If you think you might have A.D.D. and have had trouble finding a source for the non-hyperactive version of it, I highly recommend this book (even if you can only get the outdated version).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    As I was reading this book I thought, "Oh my gosh, my WHOLE LIFE makes sense now!" No wonder I'm a disorganized librarian---I have adult ADD! I'm being treated for ADD now with medicine and I can't believe what a difference it is making!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    It was okay. Very informative in the beginning about the common misconceptions about what ADHD is and how it often goes undiagnosed in women because it often shows up as internal inattention but not external hyperactivity - aka daydreamers. But the rest of the book? I kept reading because I thought I would find hope. Instead I felt more hopeless about having ADD than I ever have before in my life. Acknowledging all my flaws didn't help me: it made me angrier at my current situation and feel vict It was okay. Very informative in the beginning about the common misconceptions about what ADHD is and how it often goes undiagnosed in women because it often shows up as internal inattention but not external hyperactivity - aka daydreamers. But the rest of the book? I kept reading because I thought I would find hope. Instead I felt more hopeless about having ADD than I ever have before in my life. Acknowledging all my flaws didn't help me: it made me angrier at my current situation and feel victimized by my past. I'd re-name this book, "How to Feel Sorry for Yourself to the Utmost Degree." On top of everything, the only solutions Solden seems to really propose are medication, therapy, getting a more prestigious job so you can pay little people to do all that work that you aren't suited for because you have ADHD, and making sure your family adjusts to your newfound identity and caters to your every need. I can't afford therapy or medication, a person doesn't just magically move up to a higher position in their field or make tons of money (or live off their husband's income and figure it out from there, this is the 21st century, Solden!!) - and no, by no means am I just going to demand that the people I live with and am close to change everything about our dynamics since I am SO DISABLED with SUCH A DISABILITY. You know what? I am fine. I am fine without this book and I am fine without this label of ADHD. I am now reading a book called "Refuse to Choose!" by Barbara Sher which is absolutely everything and more that "Women with Attention Deficit Disorder" is not. Sher doesn't call it ADD, she calls it being a "Scanner", liking everything, wanting to do everything, dreaming, having hyper focus some times and not having it other times, and suggests cost-effective ways of learning to work with yourself like using pieces of paper and crayons to make goals and write down things you've accomplished...... in short, Sher empowers you. Solden wishes she was empowering you, but no - I've reached the lowest low in my "disorder" from reading this book. I recommend only the introduction and maybe the first couple of chapters. After that, please put it away - don't subject yourself to the hopelessness that I've encountered.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    ADHD is criticized by many as an over applied diagnosis. I've heard someone say, "Oh everybody has that", and I've heard others say it's just an excuse for laziness or not trying hard enough. Frankly, I feel it is under diagnosed, especially in women. In 1995, I inquired into the possibility that I might have it and was almost immediately dismissed. I was 18 and maybe didn't have the surest footing into my own identity, but I was pretty sure something was different about me from most everyone els ADHD is criticized by many as an over applied diagnosis. I've heard someone say, "Oh everybody has that", and I've heard others say it's just an excuse for laziness or not trying hard enough. Frankly, I feel it is under diagnosed, especially in women. In 1995, I inquired into the possibility that I might have it and was almost immediately dismissed. I was 18 and maybe didn't have the surest footing into my own identity, but I was pretty sure something was different about me from most everyone else I knew. But hey- I wasn't the expert in the situation. I left the clinician's office and spent the better part of the last 20 years thinking that maybe I was going crazy. As a young child I was put into a gifted and talented program because I was so "smart". But if this was the case, why did I feel so stupid, inept, in so many parts of my life? Finally, a year ago, someone else saw in me what I did. I was asked if I had ever been evaluated for ADHD, and my response? I started to cry. I learned that although I do have a REALLY high IQ- which for the first time in my life feels very good to say- the gap between that and my executive functioning skills is huge. It was thought that copies of my old report cards might help in my diagnostic testing, but as it turned out, there was no gray area in the data to compare against my grades. One of the people I have been working with throughout all of this said that, despite all of my struggles, the fact that I have persisted through three attempts in college is remarkable. I am eternally grateful to have had this book recommended to me. Like reading an autobiography I did not write but could have, it tied in so many things I have perceived in my being to be faulty parts. With this book, I feel validated. Like I wasn't just screwing around for my whole life. I wish everyone who knows me would read this. Also, I highly, highly HIGHLY recommend this book to others I don't know. To anyone who knows a daydreamer, has trouble managing time, was repeatedly told "You just weren't looking" or was called selfish, scatterbrained, weird. To someone who read, "needs to apply herself" on report cards. To the person who struggles with finishing things. To the person who "just needs to try harder". To the person who maybe thought they had it all together until suddenly one day, for whatever reason- leaving the nest, marriage, parenthood, death of a loved one- they no longer did. ADHD is not encapsulated in the image of a boy bouncing off the walls in the classroom. It can also be the other, more quiet child in the classroom. Both are struggling to get by, but one is easier to see.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Helpful information, even if not all of the suggestions are practical (wouldn't we all love to be able to afford daycare so we can get the housework done, bookkeepers for our businesses, and professional organizers and coaches to help us set up systems that work for us? Not gonna happen, though, and getting a promotion/higher-level job while requesting extra accommodations and assistants just because it might work better seems like something that's probably never happened for anyone who wasn't e Helpful information, even if not all of the suggestions are practical (wouldn't we all love to be able to afford daycare so we can get the housework done, bookkeepers for our businesses, and professional organizers and coaches to help us set up systems that work for us? Not gonna happen, though, and getting a promotion/higher-level job while requesting extra accommodations and assistants just because it might work better seems like something that's probably never happened for anyone who wasn't employed by a parent.) Great ideas, but not exactly practical for most of us. But the information on the disorder and why women tend to go undiagnosed until adulthood is good, and there are helpful chapters on understanding things like why ADD might be misdiagnosed as another disorder and why we might accumulate psychological problems alongside our coping mechanisms as we struggle to keep our heads above water. As someone else said, it can be kind of depressing at times, and I wish there had been more focus on ideas that can help those of us who can't afford to hire a babysitter to watch the kids while we do the dishes. The writing style is often a bit more dense (and even confusing) than I'd have preferred, especially for this topic. But there is a lot of helpful information here that anyone can use, and I'm glad I picked this one up.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    OK, so maybe I didn't read the ENTIRE book but I did read a solid 65% of it until I just couldn't stand it any more. It wasn't until Chapter 11 that I found some remotely useful few pages and then it was back to downhill from there. I imagine that many of Sari Solden's professors often wrote comments about how general her writing is/was. In 188 pages, all she told the reader was that ADD is very stressful for women, it's real, and that you need to deal with it -- over, and over, again. I will de OK, so maybe I didn't read the ENTIRE book but I did read a solid 65% of it until I just couldn't stand it any more. It wasn't until Chapter 11 that I found some remotely useful few pages and then it was back to downhill from there. I imagine that many of Sari Solden's professors often wrote comments about how general her writing is/was. In 188 pages, all she told the reader was that ADD is very stressful for women, it's real, and that you need to deal with it -- over, and over, again. I will definitely be recycling this and finding something more substantial to educate me on ADD.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ginny

    Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life Many women think they are the only one who struggles with the demands of work, motherhood and other issues that women face in today's society. Quite frequently women are unaware of having ADHD much less, how it contributes to these struggles. However, Ms. Solden has written an excellent book discussing this topic. She not only shares examples of what other women are facing, but also explains why the strictures Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life Many women think they are the only one who struggles with the demands of work, motherhood and other issues that women face in today's society. Quite frequently women are unaware of having ADHD much less, how it contributes to these struggles. However, Ms. Solden has written an excellent book discussing this topic. She not only shares examples of what other women are facing, but also explains why the strictures of today's society has created an environment that influence these struggles with societal expectations, which often leaves them feeling alone and as if their lives are failures. She doesn't only create an awareness of the problem but also discusses various methods of assisting these women regain a sense of control in their day to day lives through various methods, such as behavioral modification, medication, and other types of therapy methods ADHD women find useful. While reading about the personal stories of her clients with ADHD I found it quite interesting to read about women discussing some of my own personal quirks, ones I have always been told "Women don't live that way, (do that), etc. You are the only woman who does that," were actually common for adult women with ADHD. I reccomend this book to all people regardless of whether or not you are male, female, have ADHD or not. For men and the non ADHD person reading this book they will gain an insightful look at the unique struggles women with ADHD face and perhaps an understanding that will be translated into the expectation of society at large. Ms. Solden has released at least one updated version, that I am aware of and there has probably been more, as more is learned about Adult ADHD, ADHD Women and also the release of new medications .

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Smalter Hall

    I was expecting to react very emotionally to this book, and was surprised when that didn't happen. Other women have said that this book changed their lives or finally made them feel understood for the first time in their lives. While I didn't have that reaction, that didn't stop this from being the best book about women and ADHD that I have found. Sari Solden really covers it all, from diagnosis to medication, treatment, the grief cycle, and redefining your core self-concept. It's breadth made it I was expecting to react very emotionally to this book, and was surprised when that didn't happen. Other women have said that this book changed their lives or finally made them feel understood for the first time in their lives. While I didn't have that reaction, that didn't stop this from being the best book about women and ADHD that I have found. Sari Solden really covers it all, from diagnosis to medication, treatment, the grief cycle, and redefining your core self-concept. It's breadth made it a bit harder for me to get through than the other books that I've read about ADHD, but that's exactly why I appreciate it so much. She takes concepts that I've only seen discussed in bits and pieces and puts them into a cohesive narrative with relatable stories and practical suggestions. And her tone is so warm and approachable. Sari Solden has ADHD herself, and her flavor of ADHD, as she describes it, is that she's very disorganized and struggles greatly with paperwork. My difficulties are a little different, which meant I didn't relate to her personal anecdotes as much. She also touches only briefly on the way protective factors like IQ can change the presentation of a woman's ADHD. She has decades of clinical experience working with ADHD women, though, and it was through these anecdotes about her clients that I finally did catch reassuring glimpses of myself. There were lots of moments where I found myself nodding my head and thinking, "yes, this, exactly this." This book covers so much about therapy and treatment that it could be a lot to handle for the casual reader, but I still think it's one of the better books out there to recommend to friends and family who want to learn more about what goes on in an ADHD woman's brain.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sheena

    It's rare that I read "self-help" books to begin with. It's even more unusual when a book reads like my autobiography. Sari Solden describes not only the "typical idea" about ADD, but differentiates between ADD and ADHD. She also expands on the concept, describing common traits that occur when a woman has only sort of dealt with having ADD. Solden explains that many women struggle due to familial expectations -- the expectation that women must keep their homes and lives (plus those of family memb It's rare that I read "self-help" books to begin with. It's even more unusual when a book reads like my autobiography. Sari Solden describes not only the "typical idea" about ADD, but differentiates between ADD and ADHD. She also expands on the concept, describing common traits that occur when a woman has only sort of dealt with having ADD. Solden explains that many women struggle due to familial expectations -- the expectation that women must keep their homes and lives (plus those of family members) organized. I do not currently own this book, but I intend to add it to my library as soon as I can.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    It's like the author is writing about ME. I've never felt so deeply understood as I do reading this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jonelle

    Sari took a microscope to my brain in this book. My only gripe is the assumption that we all have money to hire outside help. No ma'am.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Max

    the best!! The relationship/family parts don’t really acknowledge that lesbianism is a thing; she says “partner” but only really talks about straight relationships. Understandable since she’s drawing from her own life a lot but don’t be lulled by the p word ;) really helpful though esp if you haven’t read anything in depth about being a woman with add. Rereading it years later it was cool to see how much of the sad emotional stuff DOESN’T apply to me as much now that I have the framework she pro the best!! The relationship/family parts don’t really acknowledge that lesbianism is a thing; she says “partner” but only really talks about straight relationships. Understandable since she’s drawing from her own life a lot but don’t be lulled by the p word ;) really helpful though esp if you haven’t read anything in depth about being a woman with add. Rereading it years later it was cool to see how much of the sad emotional stuff DOESN’T apply to me as much now that I have the framework she provided on understanding add

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brynne

    So eye-opening. Although I don’t identify as a woman, I was raised as one and thus related to a lot of this book. It’s more aimed at women who have a spouse and a family than anyone else, but there was still so much useful info here for a single person like me. I feel much better about getting treatment for my own ADHD in a way that’s healthy and productive for me. Highly recommended for literally everyone, especially those who see ADHD as a thing that happens to only hyperactive white boys (and, So eye-opening. Although I don’t identify as a woman, I was raised as one and thus related to a lot of this book. It’s more aimed at women who have a spouse and a family than anyone else, but there was still so much useful info here for a single person like me. I feel much better about getting treatment for my own ADHD in a way that’s healthy and productive for me. Highly recommended for literally everyone, especially those who see ADHD as a thing that happens to only hyperactive white boys (and, of course, women or AFAB people who think they may have ADHD and are seeking info).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Bilbrey

    The best book I've read so far on the subject. Comprehensive, validating, challenging in places. May pick up a physical copy to have handy

  16. 4 out of 5

    Annemette

    I have always known I was different. I fitted in without really fitting in. I'm what most will qualify as being a good functioning ADHD person. Mostly because I am finished my degree, got a job I love and generally don't stand out as a ADHD prone person. That is, until you see how I am living and learn the way my mind works. Then there is absolutely no doubt. I've got ADHD. Some days it is the worst curse in my life and i hate it with all my heart. But most days it's just something that are a pa I have always known I was different. I fitted in without really fitting in. I'm what most will qualify as being a good functioning ADHD person. Mostly because I am finished my degree, got a job I love and generally don't stand out as a ADHD prone person. That is, until you see how I am living and learn the way my mind works. Then there is absolutely no doubt. I've got ADHD. Some days it is the worst curse in my life and i hate it with all my heart. But most days it's just something that are a part of who I am . Just like the fact that I have brown eyes or have a creative nature is a part of me. This book . I got it from my mom after she suggested I'd go to a psychiatrist to find out whether or not I did have ADHD. My mother was (all of three years ago - when I was 21) pretty positive that I indeed did have ADHD. And i do. After the diagnosis I was lost. in my head. in my heart. Who was i now? what was me and what was the ADHD? And where the two even two different things? This book became my bible. I don't read it all that often, but it gave me EVERYTHING I needed. both in answers but also in making me realize just how big a part of my life ADHD is and what to do about it. how to learn to live with it. in peace. and happily so. I would recommend EVERYONE to read this. even if they don't know a woman with a ADHD. It's a gold mine to understand what goes on in the ADHD mind.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Amazing insights This book is incredible — personal, narrative-based and informative. Even if you don’t have ADHD if you are a chronically disorganised woman this will resonate with you.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    I have torn had people jokingly say that I was " so add". I picked up this book at half price books and before the end of the evening had used all my post it page markers. Things that I had attributed to depression for years were mentioned specifically in this book. It would not have been helpful for me to have picked this book up after a diagnosis, but I think the information gleaned from the pages will help my therapist and I develop a plan for the future. I can't begin to describe how elated I I have torn had people jokingly say that I was " so add". I picked up this book at half price books and before the end of the evening had used all my post it page markers. Things that I had attributed to depression for years were mentioned specifically in this book. It would not have been helpful for me to have picked this book up after a diagnosis, but I think the information gleaned from the pages will help my therapist and I develop a plan for the future. I can't begin to describe how elated I was reading about myself in the pages. Nor how sad it made me to realize I am almost 44 years old and just now getting here. I will say that I self medicated for years smoking cigarettes and drinking tons of caffeinated sodas and since I stopped both, my life has been increasingly harder to manage.

  19. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn

    A little wordy, but a must-read for women with ADD. A comprehensive book on the non-attentive type of ADD, it specifically deals with womens issues and experiences and combines real life composite histories and treatment experiences with the latest clinical resarch. Also provides new information on medication, diagnosis, treatment, therapy, counseling, and support groups, work and family relationships.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This book is going to save my life. I have found the 'missing link' Hallelujah! Praise the Lord, I've been Saved! It's like someone took a magnifying glass to my life, it's been that powerful. Oh, and I just got it today to see if 'may' apply to me. It's been a Godsend. Have I praised it enough?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    A must read for every woman who has ADHD. Husbands would learn a lot about their wife also.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    Every woman who struggles with organization, ADHD or not, should read this book. Life is defined by more than being neat and/or orderly but it is easier when you can find your keys.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Freeman

    That awkward moment when you’re a month away from 38 years-old and your whole life suddenly makes sense. Great book clarifying what ADHD (inattentive type) looks like in women (and girls).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Wow, what a book. The TL;DR of my review is: If you are a woman with ADHD, or a parent, friend or partner of one such woman, I highly recommend this comprehensive guide. It's been about a year since I discovered I have ADHD. Embarking on this journey has been a whole lot of a lot but has offered me a better understanding of myself and how I navigate the world. In this I have been able to forgive myself for shortcomings, as well as find more effective ways to manage and talk about them. This has Wow, what a book. The TL;DR of my review is: If you are a woman with ADHD, or a parent, friend or partner of one such woman, I highly recommend this comprehensive guide. It's been about a year since I discovered I have ADHD. Embarking on this journey has been a whole lot of a lot but has offered me a better understanding of myself and how I navigate the world. In this I have been able to forgive myself for shortcomings, as well as find more effective ways to manage and talk about them. This has been incredibly freeing as I–to a degree unknowingly–let my issues with time management, memory, emotional dysregulation, impulsivity, etc fuel my anxiety and occupy a negative space in my identity. I now better embrace these aspects of me, alongside the more positive aspects of my life with ADHD: my creativity, humour, passion, ability to problem solve, hyperfocus, etc. With the stigma, assumptions and misinformation that come with ADHD, I feel so lucky to live in a time where a comprehensive resource like this exists. I have been raving to all my friends and family about this wonderful book, and recommending it wholeheartedly to the women in my life who have/are likely to have have ADHD. I listened to the audiobook read by Sari Solden herself and enjoyed it while pottering around the house and on the long walks I've been privy to during these times of COVID–19. But I am going to pick up a paperback to scribble in (sorry I know that can be blasphemy) and maybe a couple extra copies to share around.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I listened to the audiobook version of this, so my review is based on that. In general, I didn't mind the voice recording but disliked the actor voices and background soundtrack. It became extremely confusing to listen to her words at some points over the talk or music. I also found it difficult to relate to many of the scenarios due to personal thought patterns and a totally different inner voice to what the actors were saying. Much of it felt very contrived and false, and while this is not real I listened to the audiobook version of this, so my review is based on that. In general, I didn't mind the voice recording but disliked the actor voices and background soundtrack. It became extremely confusing to listen to her words at some points over the talk or music. I also found it difficult to relate to many of the scenarios due to personal thought patterns and a totally different inner voice to what the actors were saying. Much of it felt very contrived and false, and while this is not really a high quality drama on the big screen, it was still off-putting due to lack of authenticity in the actor's voices. Being new to the possibility of experiencing ADD, I could identify with some subjects, but found the focus of relationships with family and others and careers completely not identifiable. It's all very individual I suppose. Perhaps it's just my personal preference that I would rather listen to the author/reader describe the things as opposed to turning it into some kind of radio drama. That technique might work for some, but not me unfortunately. I did gain a little more insight into the condition from the content in general however, and I'm grateful for that.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amaryllis

    This was admittedly an impulse buy from a thrift shop, but I'm so glad I went with my gut! I was diagnosed ADHD later in life (long story short: started therapy at 12 on and off, prescribed anti-depressants at around 18, then at around 22-23 finally convinced therapists that there's something else wrong and am not just depression/anxiety, went through tests with mental health professionals and was finally diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed Adderall at 23, now I'm 25), and everything I've read in This was admittedly an impulse buy from a thrift shop, but I'm so glad I went with my gut! I was diagnosed ADHD later in life (long story short: started therapy at 12 on and off, prescribed anti-depressants at around 18, then at around 22-23 finally convinced therapists that there's something else wrong and am not just depression/anxiety, went through tests with mental health professionals and was finally diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed Adderall at 23, now I'm 25), and everything I've read in this book so far has been so eerily accurate as to how I've struggled my entire life... It goes from a "Pocket Guide Book" with terminology and explanations of the disgnoses, to short stories illustrating the various tribulations that the average woman has to endure while having diagnosed (and un-diagnosed) ADHD, including the author's own personal struggles! I recommend this book to everyone who's been diagnosed (not just women) and/or who's been in a relationship with someone who has ADHD. It's legitimately saving my relationship with my non-ADHD boyfriend, and I already know I'm going to keep this book forever.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Williams

    A Solid Foundation for Change This is an invaluable guide to understanding the lives of women with ADD. Ms. Solden examines several possible journeys of such women, beginning in their early childhoods and following them to middle-age. She illustrates common differences between the experiences of men and women with ADD. She coaches her readers through the processes of self-diagnosis, third-party professional diagnosis, treatment and long-term progress. Ms. Solden is a clear writer, making difficul A Solid Foundation for Change This is an invaluable guide to understanding the lives of women with ADD. Ms. Solden examines several possible journeys of such women, beginning in their early childhoods and following them to middle-age. She illustrates common differences between the experiences of men and women with ADD. She coaches her readers through the processes of self-diagnosis, third-party professional diagnosis, treatment and long-term progress. Ms. Solden is a clear writer, making difficult concepts accessible to ADD patients, their families, friends, coworkers and support network. She is profoundly sympathetic to ADD patients because she herself lives with ADD. I actually reviewed the 1995 edition of this book because it is the edition I have read. I can only imagine that “Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life,” published on October 1, 2012, is even more powerful because Ms. Solden will have incorporated the most recent research on the causes, diagnosis and treatment of ADD into her work. Lauren Williams, Owner, Casual Uncluttering LLC, Woodinville, WA USA

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    A good book about an important topic that is still not discussed enough. As a cognitive psychologist who has focused on creativity and cognitive control I find it very interesting that ADD is still a misunderstood mental illness that leads to a lot of suffering if it is not diagnosed and treated. Women especially are unter-diagnosed and often adults with children before they get a diagnosis and proper treatment. This book is well researched and written and a great in-depth look at the disorder, A good book about an important topic that is still not discussed enough. As a cognitive psychologist who has focused on creativity and cognitive control I find it very interesting that ADD is still a misunderstood mental illness that leads to a lot of suffering if it is not diagnosed and treated. Women especially are unter-diagnosed and often adults with children before they get a diagnosis and proper treatment. This book is well researched and written and a great in-depth look at the disorder, especially in women. My main complaint about this book is the somewhat anachronistic view of women and their role in society. While some of this may still be true in conservative parts of the US, it felt a little out of touch with today's society overall and seemed borderline sexist in parts. Overall I would encourage you to read this book if you are working in the mental health field, are a psychologist, have ADD (or suspect you may suffer from it) or if you love with someone who suffers from ADD.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Extremely helpful. But the amount of formatting/editing errors in the kindle version is akin to submitting your essay at the last second without revising all the little stuff you said you would do later. (I almost couldn't believe it was real!) Some really obvious stuff that would be easy to see with just ONE glance, if only it was given. For example, many numbered lists are literally "1. 1. 1. 1. 1." Mistakes were so plentiful that by the end they didn't even register as mistakes anymore, rathe Extremely helpful. But the amount of formatting/editing errors in the kindle version is akin to submitting your essay at the last second without revising all the little stuff you said you would do later. (I almost couldn't believe it was real!) Some really obvious stuff that would be easy to see with just ONE glance, if only it was given. For example, many numbered lists are literally "1. 1. 1. 1. 1." Mistakes were so plentiful that by the end they didn't even register as mistakes anymore, rather quirks of the book that I took in/mentally-compensated for without much annoyance (I would internally joke "each item in this list is so important they all share the rank of number one!"). One perfunctory star off for that. Otherwise, the book contained eloquent content, not empty fluff, and was clearly written by an expert who could deftly offer explanations and anecdotes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Saori

    I am not diagnosed with ADHD and I don't think I have it but I think I have the tendency to it. Things like this, I think, is a spectrum and we all have some tendencies to some disorder or syndromes. So it was really helpful to read the book because I can apply some of the advices eri apply to my life to make my life better. What helped me the most was to keep things simple since ADHD women tend to have so many things going on in their brains that they get easily overwhelmed. I tried to keep my d I am not diagnosed with ADHD and I don't think I have it but I think I have the tendency to it. Things like this, I think, is a spectrum and we all have some tendencies to some disorder or syndromes. So it was really helpful to read the book because I can apply some of the advices eri apply to my life to make my life better. What helped me the most was to keep things simple since ADHD women tend to have so many things going on in their brains that they get easily overwhelmed. I tried to keep my daily activities simple and it really helped me feel better. I also eliminated clutters and some decorations in my house and that helped me feel better as well.

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