A curated list of leading ADHD organizations, publications, books and other resources to check out.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is one of the most trusted sources of information on mental illness.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is the nation’s largest mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
CHADD is a national non-profit organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD.
The National Resource Center on ADHD (NRC) is the nation’s clearinghouse for the latest evidence-based information on ADHD.
ADDitude Magazine provides clear, accurate, user-friendly information and advice for families and adults living with ADHD.
ADDvance is a Web site created by Drs. Patricia Quinn and Kathleen Nadeau, dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls with ADHD.
Sharecare is a health and wellness platform created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Oz, with founding partner Oprah Winfrey. Click the logo to discover resources on the topic of ADHD.
Eye to Eye is a national mentoring movement that pairs kids with LD and ADHD with similarly labeled college and high school students. Mentors and mentees work together on art projects that are designed to promote metacognition, self-advocacy skills, community and self-esteem.
Featured blogs and projects by ADHD women
ADHD Smarties is a podcast series concepted by Kaleidoscope Society’s Julie Casali, dedicated to giving a deeper understanding of what she describes as the “beautiful chaos” that is the female ADHD brain. In each episode she’ll explore a different aspect of living with the disorder, getting expert advice from psych professionals and hearing the personal experiences of ADHD women. To let us her what topics you’d like to learn more about, contact Julie at email@example.com
Black Girl, Lost Keys is a blog by René Brooks, an ADHD’er who writes about her experiences, loves, and lessons. She aims to share the experience of receiving a diagnosis of ADHD late in life, all while being part of a demographic that is still largely skeptical of mental illness. You can also read her interview with Kaleidoscope Society here!
Smart Girls with ADHD is a blog started by Beth Harvey, a copywriter living in Belfast. She created this resource to help girls and women with ADHD. You can also check out their closed Facebook group here, a great forum for privately discussing your experiences with other women.
LGBTQ Mental Health Resources
If you are a part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community, you may experience more negative mental health outcomes due to prejudice and unequal care. The good news is that there are a number of resources available that can help.
- The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling offers a list of resources for LGBT individuals and works to educate counseling professionals on LGBT issues.
- The Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists offers numerous resources for LGBT people who are experiencing mental health conditions, including a directory of LGBT-friendly therapists.
- The GLBT National Help Center provides multiple resources and access to a hotline and a youth chat line.
- The Pride Institute is an unlocked, LGBT-exclusive facility that offers a residential treatment program, including psychiatric care for depression, anxiety and other needs.
- The Rainbow Access Initiative works to inform and educate health care providers on LGBTQ specific issues.
- The Trevor Project is a multimedia support network for LGBTQ youth providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention.
A few constructive and uplifting books that help us build on our strengths and thrive in work and life. Contact us to share your favorite resources with our community.
THE GIFT OF ADULT ADD By Dr. Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D.
If you have ADD/ADHD you may act impulsively, daydream, and have trouble focusing, but clinical studies suggest that these same symptoms may make you exceptionally creative, intuitive, and energetic. In fact, many people with ADD claim to have become successful because of their ADD, not in spite of it. In The Gift of Adult ADD, Lara Honos-Webb adapts a revolutionary approach to show you how to transform symptoms into strengths to improve your relationships, job performance, parenting skills, and overall quality of life. You’ll also read inspiring stories of real people with ADD who have become successful in part because of their ability to meet the challenges of ADD and make the most of its gifts.
THE ADHD ADVANTAGE by Dale Archer MD
For decades physicians delivered the diagnosis of ADHD to patients as bad news and warned them about a lifelong struggle of managing symptoms. But The ADHD Advantage explodes this outlook, showing that some of the most highly successful entrepreneurs, leaders, and entertainers have reached the pinnacle of success not in spite of their ADHD but because of it.Although the ADHD stereotype is someone who can’t sit still, in reality people with ADHD are endlessly curious, often adventurous, willing to take smart risks, and unusually resilient. They are creative, visionary, and entrepreneurial. Sharing the stories of highly successful people with ADHD, Dr. Archer offers a vitally important and inspiring new way to recognize ADHD traits in oneself or in one’s loved ones, and then leverage them to great advantage.
The Queen of Distraction presents practical skills to help women with ADHD achieve focus and balance in all areas of life, whether it’s at home, at work, or in relationships. Psychotherapist Terry Matlen delves into the feminine side of ADHD—the elements of this condition that are particular to women, such as: relationships, skin sensitivities, meal-planning, parenting, and dealing with out-of-control hormones. In addition, the book offers helpful tips and strategies to get your symptoms under control, and outlines a number of effective treatment options for you to pursue. From getting dressed in the morning, to making it to a job interview, to planning dinner—sometimes just getting through the day can be an ordeal for a woman with ADHD. If you’ve been accused of getting lost in your own world, maybe it’s time to make a change. If you’re ready to start getting organized and stop leaving your groceries in the car, this book can help. It’s more than just a survival guide; it’s an ADHD how-to to help you thrive!
LEARNING OUTSIDE THE LINES by Jonathan Mooney and David Cole
Written by two Ivy League graduates who struggled with learning disabilities and ADHD, Learning Outside the Lines teaches students how to take control of their education and find true success with brilliant and easy study suggestions and tips. Witty, bold, and disarmingly honest, Learning Outside the Lines takes you on a journey toward personal empowerment and profound educational change, proving once again that rules sometimes need to be broken.
Manage Your Day-t0-day will give you practical tips and tricks to get shit done. Featuring a foreword from Behance founder & CEO Scott Belsky. This book is also perfectly formatted for us! It contains short impactful chapters from a slate of badass people, punctuated with colorful graphic design and motivational mantras.
Further Reading on ADHD in women
“ADD Women and Girls: Late Diagnosis, Little Treatment” by Maureen Connolly, ADDitude Magazine
“Millennial Women and ADHD” Psychology Today. June 11, 2014
“ADHD Is Different for Women” MARIA YAGODA The Atlantic, April 3, 2013
“The Secret Lives of Women with ADHD” PsychCentral
Understanding Girls with ADHD, by Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D., Ellen B. Littman, Ph.D., and Patricia O. Quinn, M.D.
Understanding Women with ADHD, by Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D., and Patricia O. Quinn, M.D.
Women with Attention Deficit Disorder, by Sari Solden.
Webinars & Podcasts
Mothers with ADHD, especially those parenting ADHD children, often put the needs of others before themselves. Despite their good intentions, when moms leave their own ADHD untreated, the whole family can suffer. In this audio and slide presentation, hosted by Ellen Littman, Ph.D., learn to let go of society’s expectations of being “perfect” and focus on your own accomplishments. After all, being a mom is a tough job!
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