Resources and Links

 

There is a tremendous amount of information available in books and on the Internet about attention problems and help for them. And there are some community resources available too. Search and read with some care; you will find quite a few sites pushing their own point of view, and usually their own products as well.

 

 Here is a listing of of books and websites we think may help. You can find dozens or hundreds with any search engine, or go to Amazon.com and search there. Please recommend others you may know of. 

 

Books

ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know by American Academy of Pediatrics. This is our favorite. It's well balanced, practical, and not too difficult to read.  Get it at Amazon.
You Mean I'm Not Crazy, Stupid, or Lazy?   by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo. A classic.  For adults with ADD, written by adults with ADD.  Here
Driven to Distraction   by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey.  A classic.  Here.
for children
Otto Learns About His Medicine  by Matthew Galvin.  An easy explanation of the why and how of ADD medicines.  Here.
Jumpin' Johnny Get Back to Work! : A Child's Guide to ADHD/Hyperactivity  by Michael Gordon. Aimed at younger kids, but older ones won't be offended. Here.
My Brother's a World-Class Pain: A Sibling's Guide to Adhd-Hyperactivity  Also by Michael Gordon. Here

 

 

Websites

One problem with many ADD websites is ... they're too complex, dense, and just plain big for people with ADD to read comfortably.  If your child has the disorder, you can probably read all of these.  If you're challenged yourself, try the "intro" pages and try not to be overwhelmed.

ADDitude Magazine

 

A very useful and informative magazine, but also an extensive website with plenty of advise, columns, forums, and hints.
add.about.com

 

The About.com website is a vast encyclopedia of information about everything you can think of. Their section on ADD contains dozens of articles, topics, tools, forums, and links you may find useful.
CHADD
CHADD is a national organization that supports families concerned with attention disorders.
Attention Deficit Disorder Organization
"We're people just like you, dedicated to providing information, resources and networking opportunities to adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) and the professionals who serve them. "
Living with ADD

 

Basic info, and much easier to read and sort through than some others.
ADHD.com
"Information, tools, and support for people whose lives are touched by ADHD."
ADD Coping Skills
A simpler and easier-to-read site, featuring articles, gadgets, and more resource links.
ADDforums.com
Online forums on every topic you can think of that relates to ADD.  Read experiences from those who've been there already. Folks are usually willing to share experiences and advice. Just remember that most posters are not mental health professionals, and every case is different.
ADD Warehouse
If it's about ADD and can be sold, you'll find it here.  Resources on other challenges too, including autism, bipolar disorder, and learning problems.
ADHDCentral.com
News, information, resources, and lots of links.  Very thorough, but very big.
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