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Book recommendations?


I recently moved to attended graduate school. I do not have a doctor here and not a lot of money. I plan on seeing the on-campus student health center but have been told not to expect too much from them from fellow students. I really need help dealing with my inattentive ADD.

Can anyone recommend good self-help books, or perhaps organizational computer programs?

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I have a book I just recently purchased. its an easy read. Great organizational tips. I hope I can finish it/
Its called “Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD:, by Susan C. Pinsky.  I have only read about a 1/4 way through so far and its been for organizing the home so far.  m not sure what tips you are looking for but the writer is a Mom of a child with ADHD and is a Professional Organizer.  Skim through it on Amazon. Good luck!

Posted by nursebuono on Feb 17, 2014 at 12:53am

My doc had me read delivered from distraction . There are many highly rated books on Amazon for self help.

Posted by 2592sc on Feb 17, 2014 at 8:50am

I would recommend “Women with Attention Deficit Disorder” by Sari Solden, who is a psychotherapist who has ADD and her clientele/patients have ADD. Amazon reviews are positive. 
She addresses how ADD shows up in women, and how it manifest differently than men due to social and cultural “expectations”, and the same women feel for not being able to “get it together’. She really validates the struggles women with ADD. She offers a model of treatment, but it may not have the practical organizational strategies you may be seeking.
It’s a straight-forward, easy read, and I highlighted A LOT of this book.  It was comforting/assuring to know that it helped me realize that I am not the only one who feels so overwhelmed by simple tasks and life in general, and I can thrive by seeking treatment and support.
Have you considered contacting the academic assistance center at your school? If you are comfortable doing so, they may be able you to work with professors to accommodate your ADD. Good luck with school. I made it through, at age 38, undiagnosed.

Posted by JHC922 on Feb 17, 2014 at 10:26am

If somehow you can private message me your address,  I’d be more that happy to send you my.adhd books I’ve already, read and for free.

Posted by 2592sc on Feb 17, 2014 at 12:18pm

This book helped me identify my issues with ADD and how to handle it. I Highly recommend this book.

“You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! A Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
Kate Kelly, Peggy Ramundo”

Kate and Peggy also have ADD so it’s written in an easier format for people that have ADD.

There are tips that would help for studying and retaining information.

Posted by Tinybluemoon on Feb 17, 2014 at 1:13pm

“Women with Attention Deficit Disorder” Was a BIG help for me. I highly recommend it! Have read many others but for me this one just nailed it! As for organizational computer programs, I use Evernote and love it and it’s FREE! If you decide to use it I would suggest the add on app Skitch, also free. It clips articles, website, pics, almost anything you run into on the internet and you can place these into your Evernote. It keeps everything you need in ONE location and therefore it’s easy to find and refer back to. I live by it, lol! Also, Zendone was recommended by someone in the Adult forum. I haven’t use it but it can sync with Google calendar, which may be helpful. I would Google both and check them out. Good Luck

Posted by flyaway on Feb 17, 2014 at 6:00pm

PS, if you need help with budgeting, YNAB(you need a budget) is an excellent program(online). You can do a 34 day trial for free to see if you like it. It does cost if you decide that you like it. I did the free trial and so far I am finding it very useful to keep on track with my finances. This is a BIG problem for me as I am not good(hate it) at keeping track of bills and finances or lack of. This helps me stay on top of it. I am definitely going to pay for the service when the free trial is over. Hope this helps.

Posted by flyaway on Feb 17, 2014 at 6:12pm

I highly recommend ADHD According to Zoe: The Real Deal on Relationships, Finding your Focus and Finding your Keys. She’s funny, down-to-earth, and has real recommendations on ways to work around ADHD issues. I used to carry around the ADHD bible - Driven to Distraction - when I was first diagnosed in the mid-90s. I think a lot of the tips and advice hold up after almost 20 years. Another recommendation - usually colleges and universities provide no-cost or low-cost access to mental health services. Check into that too. When I was in undergrad I saw a psychologist through the university at no extra cost to me. Good luck! It can be frustrating but there are a lot of us out here who are happy to listen.

Posted by ameliacn on Feb 18, 2014 at 4:19pm

Whoops! ADHD strikes again. I thought I had read your entire post…you did say you were going to try the student health office. Hope they can be of some assistance. The tiny college I went to first had a tiny health clinic where I didn’t get much help - except for a referral to a doctor in the town. When I switched to a state university, that’s where I saw the therapist at no-cost. Bigger university = more services.

Posted by ameliacn on Feb 18, 2014 at 4:23pm

Definitely get “Driven to Distraction.” I’ve read most…haha can’t quite finish it, but the first half so far is very interesting. It teaches you different parts of having add, as well as sharing stories that are very relatable. It’s been a big help for me!

Posted by tonfra on Feb 22, 2014 at 4:28am

Thanks so much for all the responses!  I made an appointment with the on campus counceling center. They mentioned a list of 13 things to do modify behavior and a particular kind of day planner to buy. I’m a little disappointed they didn’t give me the list or something to help in the meantime. I go back next week but have been feeling the pressure of getting things done for work and school.

Posted by Cerastes on Feb 22, 2014 at 5:52pm

I found Gabor Mate’s “Scattered: How ADD Originates and What You Can Do About It” to be an interesting and enjoyable read.

Posted by tangentgirl on Feb 26, 2014 at 11:13pm

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