Yvette E. McDonald, LCSW-QS
ADHD Starter Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Understand ADHD
Everything you need to know as you begin your journey to understanding ADHD. Understanding your neurodivergence is a journey. So, we put together the ultimate guide with information regarding everything from YOUTUBE channels, to webinars, to conferences and so much more.
We get asked all the time for our top recommendations for podcasts, websites, conferences and books, etc. So, we thought why not accumulate it all into one easy to navigate page. Are you ready to dive into some resources we highly recommend from our years of working with both parents, kids, teens, adults and couples that have ADHD?
Before you begin, take it in slowly!
Before you scroll any further we recognize that the information below can be a little or a lot overwhelming. Here's our advice. Start with ADDitude Magazine and search your more pressing questions and concerns. From there you'll get more clarity on which book(s) and podcast(s) you need to dive into. Next, make sure to attend the Palooza's when they are free or pay for the replay's (they are affordably priced) as they offer a wealth of information. Finally, play around with the podcasts and find one that really speaks to you and your current season of life and create the space in your day/week to start digesting the information. If you aren't already realizing it, you're going to have to become a student in ADHD to understand what it is and how it shows up in your life both good and not so good.
#1: Our Favorite ADHD Websites
#2: Our Favorite ADHD Books
#3: Our Favorite ADHD Podcasts & YOUTUBE Channels
#4: Our Favorite ADHD Conferences/Workshops
Our Favorite ADHD Websites
This is the ultimate go to website for everything. They have information on ADHD, ADHD treatment, ADHD parenting, School and Learning, ADHD Adults, ADHD Resources, and a Professional section. Within their resource page they have free webinars, downloads, newsletters, an ADHD directory and The ADDitude Store. If you have a question about anything you can just type it into the search button and they will provide you with a wealth of information that's easy to read and apply.
CHADD provides a clearinghouse for evidence-based information on ADHD, support for families and individuals affected by ADHD and they advocate for appropriate public polices and public recognition in response to the needs faced by families and individuals with ADHD. They are also the go to place for the annual ADHD conference.
Understood is a nonprofit, dedicated to shaping the world for difference. They provide resources and support so people who learn and think differently can thrive - in school, at work, and throughout life. One thing we love about the website is the amount of information they provide on any given topic. For example if you wanted to understand what an IEP is they have several resources surrounding that, walking you step by step through the process of creating an IEP in your child's school or even as a college student.
ADDA is a worldwide inclusive community of supportive ADHD adults who make it possible to thrive with ADHD.
Our Favorite ADHD Books
Books for girls with ADHD:
Understanding Girls with ADHD: How They Feel and Why They Do What They Do, by Kathleen G. Nadeau PhD, Ellen B. Pittman PhD, Patricia O. Quinn MD
Books for boys with ADHD:
Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD, by Penny Williams
Books for parents of kids with ADHD:
Why Will No One Play with Me?, by Caroline Maguire, Teresa Barker
Superparenting for ADD, By Edward M. Hallowell M.D., Peter S. Jensen M.D.
Thriving with ADHD Workbook for Kids: 60 Fun Activities to Help Children Self-Regulate, Focus, and Succeed, by Kelli Miller LCSW
Smart but Scattered Teens, by Richard Guare PhD, Peg Dawson EdD, and Colin Guare
Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior, by Russell A. Barkley PhD
You Can't Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded), Strategies for Bringing Out the Best in Your Strong-Willed Child, by Cynthia Tobias
The Defiant Child: A Parent's Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Douglas A. Riley
Books for Adults with ADHD:
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, by James Clear
The Silent Struggle: Taking Charge of ADHD in Adults, The Complete Guide to Accept Yourself, Embrace Neurodiversity, Master Your Moods, Improve Relationships, Stay Organized, and Succeed in Life, by L. William Ross-Child
Taking Charge of Adult ADHD, Proven Strategies to Succeed at Work, at Home and in Relationships, by Russell A. Barkley PhD
Books for general knowledge about ADHD:
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John Ratey MD, Eric Hagerman
Books for Couples with one or both partners have ADHD:
ADHD & Us: a Couple's Guide to Loving and Living With Adult ADHD, by Anita Roberston LCSW
The ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps, by Melissa Orlov
Married to Distraction: Restoring Intimacy and Strengthening Your Marriage in an Age of Interruption, by Edward Hallowell, Sue Hallowell and Melissa Orlov
Our Favorite ADHD Podcasts & YOUTUBE Channels
This channel is a resource like none other for middle schoolers to adult. Jessica is the must watch channel on Youtube. It's a place to find strategies she's learned about having and living with ADHD. She brings a wealth of information, tips, tricks and education in an engaging and fun way.
This channel has a series of Ted Talks surrounding ADHD.
The podcast from ADHD Experts via ADDitude Magazine. Imagine yourself being able to sit with an expert on a particular topic and hearing their professional opinion and knowledge with practical steps on how to apply the knowledge at home or with yourself. Many of them even have a Q&A at the end. Come with your paper and pencil as they have printable slides and a wealth of information for you to digest.
The podcast for adults with ADHD. Hear stories, learn strategies, and get great productivity tips as we talk about the real-life struggles and what it takes to achieve success. Host, Eric Tivers, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, coach and entrepreneur (with ADHD) in private practice. Eric interviews a variety of guests. Many are people just like yourself, as well professionals, entrepreneurs, and ADHD experts.
Having ADD or ADHD is a gift, not a curse. Hear from people all around the globe, from every walk of life, in every profession, from Rock Stars to CEOs, from Teachers to Politicians, who have learned how to unlock the gifts of their ADD and ADHD diagnosis, and use it to their personal and professional advantage, to build businesses, become millionaires, or simply better their lives.
ADHD can be a struggle, but it doesn't always have to be. Every Monday, join William Curb, as he explores ways that you can work with your ADHD brain to do more of the things you want to do. If you have ADHD or someone in your life does and you want to get organized, get focused and get motivated then this podcast is for you. Part of the ADHD reWired Podcast Network.
The I Have ADHD Podcast is a clear, concise, and FUN podcast for adults with ADHD. Host Kristen Carder is a serial entrepreneur, ADHD expert, and successful life coach exclusively for adults with ADHD. Join Kristen to learn about how ADHD impacts every area of your life...from the boardroom to the bedroom...and how you can begin to overcome your symptoms by accepting who you are, flaws and all. The I Have ADHD Podcast doesn't suck!! Find out for yourself by binge-listening from the beginning or starting with the latest episode. Whether you're officially diagnosed, self-diagnosed, or just curious about ADHD, you're going to love this podcast...guaranteed or your money back!
Here’s a podcast on coping in our crazy-busy, ever-connected modern world.
In ADHD essentials, Brendan Mahan, M. Ed., M.S. interviews parents, teachers and experts to get their views on ADHD in childhood, and how it affects families.
This podcast with over 3 million downloads is for smart, high-ability ADD/ADHD (diagnosed or suspecting) women who see their symptoms as more positive than negative. If you want to fall in love with your ADHD brain and discover where your brilliance lies, this podcast is for you!
Moira Maybin is opening up about life with late-diagnosed ADHD, a mom of children with ADHD, and her knowledge gained as an educator and advocate for people with ADHD. Life was completely overwhelming until learned she had ADHD, she kept trying harder, with increasing problems in her self-care, physical and mental health. She’s re-shaped her life completely for a better fit, based on current research—and necessity, after falling off a cliff in 2018. On the ADHD Friendly Lifestyle, you can expect humor, stories, information, and support to help you to do the same.
We don't talk enough about women with ADHD, especially the impact hormones have on mental health. Former journalist and current ADHD'er Sarah Snyder unpacks this topic through patient stories, expert interviews and personal narrative.
Our Favorite ADHD Conferences/Workshops
Annual International Conference on ADHD
This conference is filled with face-to-face fun, virtual chats, insightful keynotes, workshops, peer support groups, and gatherings of all sorts. They have a fascinating research symposia, an amazing exhibition hall. They also have a section on the website for past conferences that you can watch and/or listen to. Online and In-Person.
Relationships are tricky, especially with ADHD involved. Expert advice plus "lived experience" in 30 minute sessions. Online.
ADHD is different for women. Here you will listen to the world's top ADHD experts talk specifically about women's issues. Online.
Leading world experts in ADHD, Autism, Anxiety and more offering wisdom on ADHD and parenting. Online.
We help children, teens, adults and couples navigate the in's and out's of what it means to be ADHD and live a life full of joy and adventure.
The research is clear: ADHD medication is a tool not a cure to ADHD. The power of therapy for ADHD does not diminish with the age of the patient. We teach behavioral, social, thought management and business management skills (for our entrepreneurs) that help manage ADHD symptoms. The best way that we can explain it is the difference between surviving ADHD and thriving with it.
Let's work together to determine what type of ADHD therapy is best suited for you in order that you, your child, your relationship can live in your strengths and get some clarity on how to navigate your areas of struggle.