Resources re: Inattentive ADHD?
December 26, 2018 11:12 AM   Subscribe

I have just this month been diagnosed with the inattentive form of ADHD. Can anyone recommend any resources, online, book/magazine based, or video, on this less well-known type of ADHD, especially regarding adult women?

Just Googling brings up plenty of options, but I'd love it if someone could point me to some resources that are more than an overview. It's hard to know what source includes enough info about inattentive ADHD to be worth my time and/or money.

I'd especially like to read some books which focus (at least in part) on inattentive ADHD, any aspect - medical, psychological, treatment, personal stories, executive function, etc...or anything online that is more than just a brief overview.

(Note: I do have a therapist and a psychiatric provider, and I a just started taking medication).
posted by Archipelago to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 54 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Start reading ADDitude magazine and check out their list of books for women with Adult ADHD. It is much more common for women to have inattentive type ADHD, and you’ll find that most of these books naturally focus on the inattentive side a bit more.

Of those books above, I read Sari Solden’s “Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life” first and it really helped me through those first several months adjusting to my new diagnosis. A lot of “Oh, wow, yes, that’s me! Sounds exactly like something I do!” It was comforting.

All the other books on that list I will vouch for as being worth your time. I’d say start with Solden’s book and go from there.
posted by nightrecordings at 2:17 PM on December 26, 2018 [9 favorites]

Best answer: I am a 39 year old woman who was just diagnosed with ADHD earlier this month. The doctor, a neurologist who only treats ADHD patients, specifically recommended the Solden book above, as he does to all his female patients diagnosed as adults. I haven’t read it yet, because, you know, but that’s a solid rec.
posted by Ruki at 3:20 PM on December 26, 2018 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I was diagnosed with ADHD at 32 and "You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?" was super helpful in terms of understanding how ADHD has impacted my life. It's not specifically about women, but most people diagnosed as adults are women, and the authors are women, so it resonated.

This article is also great.

There have also been some really great conversations here on Metafilter. This classic thread is full of women and men talking about how they experience ADHD and it was actually what got me (and several other mefites) to get tested and diagnosed.
posted by lunasol at 5:10 PM on December 26, 2018 [4 favorites]

Best answer: I just got my psych report from my own testing today! Like an hour ago! Go team all of us diagnosed this month!

Nth-ing Sari Solden. She is a fantastic author and her book (of which I am about 47% through after having it for six years because of the obvious) is a really good resource, so far. I have probably highlighted something on every other page I have read.
posted by teslacoilswoah at 8:37 PM on December 26, 2018 [2 favorites]

Best answer: Here's a list of books to start with:

You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!: The Classic Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
It is the classic self-help book and an excellent first read to get you into the topic.

Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
This is a good book to follow up the first with provided that you are not overwhelmed already. It is technically the second book in a series (the first one being Driven to Distraction) but stands on its own.

Your Life Can Be Better: using strategies for Adult ADD/ADHD
This is excellent and extremely practical, structured into very short chapters. After you get your dose of theory (and strategies) from the first two books, this gives you a whole lot more that are helpful.

Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It
Okay so I beleive this is one of the most important books I've read about ADHD. It has changed my view on it profoundly, and I consider it a must-read. It has sections on both childhood and adult ADHD and his two chapters about nurturing your inner child are something I re-read every couple of months. (edited)
posted by KTamas at 4:44 AM on December 27, 2018 [5 favorites]

Best answer: I like the Adulting with ADHD podcast. It's still kind of new, and hasn't really built up a following yet, but I like that she focuses on women, and offers a lot of resources.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 4:45 AM on December 27, 2018 [3 favorites]

I was diagnosed with ADHD as a kid, but it's only been in the last few years that I've been doing anything about it. So I'm another 40-year-old woman who is finally trying to figure things out. Yay us? Maybe we should start a club?

So I really appreciate all of the links and advice above! Thank you!!
posted by Gray Duck at 10:34 AM on December 27, 2018 [1 favorite]

Best answer: A very good youtube channel hosted by a woman with ADHD is How to ADHD. Also have a look at Kati Morton's channel. There may be some good TED talks as well.
posted by conrad53 at 10:27 PM on December 27, 2018

Response by poster: Thank you all for the great resources! It's nice to know I'm not the only one in this boat.

I've already gotten the Solden book on Kindle. Just gotten started with it but it looks good so far.

Yay us? Maybe we should start a club?

We should! I'd love to have some people to talk to.

How do we go about doing that? EMail list? Scheduled chats?
posted by Archipelago at 4:30 PM on December 28, 2018

Best answer: Adult with ADHD here. Giving a quick cheatsheet to what's worked, as books... don't always get finished:

- regular sleep over the long run is required for me to function well.
- exercise helps quite a bit; I've found weights, but whatever works for you works.
- meditation helps a little; I don't notice it much, but others literally point it out.
- putting down electronics/not practicing being disrupted a lot... helps a *lot*.
- finding work that uses easily distracted as a strong talent? that was a win.
posted by talldean at 9:47 PM on December 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: I already meditate, and it's definitely helped my mental health.

finding work that uses easily distracted as a strong talent? that was a win.

Can I ask what type of work you do?
posted by Archipelago at 11:05 AM on December 29, 2018

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