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Parents of ADHD Teens and Young Adults

What is the best resource book for an unbelieving parent?

My son is 15 and struggles with problem solving and self control among other things. My husband is a firm believer that if my son just tried a little harder or cared a little more he would do better in these areas. I have tried explaining the affects of ADD to him but again he feels that letting our son think that his troubles can be blamed on an ADD diagnosis, we are just giving him a crutch. My hubby has agreed to read a book to “help him understand” a little better why our son has such difficulties in these areas. I feel like I’ve got one shot with him reading one book. What is the best one to share with him?


I love the book: Teenagers with ADD and ADHD by Chris Dendy. Very thorough and well written.Covers all topics very well, from a concise overview to what sorts of problems it can lead for teens.

Posted by mcat on Jul 28, 2014 at 1:49am

I have found that for those non believers or skeptics, watching Hollowell or Barkley’s You tube videos is extremely helpful.  It is a much quicker way to an explanation than reading a book and gets a parent on track much faster.  Once on track, the book suggested before my post is a great idea!

Posted by Kellie on Jul 28, 2014 at 1:58am

“I’m not Lazy, Crazy, or Stupid”—answers to all the issues that seem to be disputed.

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 28, 2014 at 5:35pm

Hi Workinghard…
For one thing, there is nothing wrong with crutches. They help crippled people walk. Glasses help people see, hearing aids help people hear, and stimulants help ADHD people focus their minds.

Posted by spage_hasADD on Jul 30, 2014 at 7:07am

Thanks for all the tips. I’ve been busy requesting these books from the library and watching YouTube videos. Here’s hoping that one of these options open my hubby’s eyes. As for crutches, I get it.  I have just been unable to convince my husband.

Posted by workinghard on Aug 01, 2014 at 12:46pm

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