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  • Writer's pictureYvette E. McDonald, LCSW-QS

Unlocking Focus: Must-Read Books Recommended by Women with ADHD

In the vast world of books, there's a special kind that acts like a comforting friend, guiding you through life's twists and turns. These books aren't just stories; they're sources of wisdom, solace, and inspiration. Whether you're seeking knowledge, healing, or just a fresh perspective, the right book has the power to transform your journey. In this collection, I've gathered some gems that have touched my heart and soul, offering refuge, hope, and reassurance to those who need it most. So grab a cup of tea, cozy up, and let's explore together.



In the realm of therapy and mental health, books serve as valuable supplements, providing additional support and guidance. Therapy offers a safe space to explore and address deep-seated issues, with the guidance of a trained professional. Books, on the other hand, offer wisdom, perspective, and inspiration that can complement the therapeutic journey. Together, they form a powerful combination, supporting individuals as they navigate the complexities of life and strive for growth and healing. It's essential to recognize that while books can be immensely helpful, they are not a replacement for professional therapy when dealing with serious mental health concerns. Therapy offers personalized guidance, tailored interventions, and a therapeutic relationship that fosters deep healing and growth. So while books can provide comfort and insight, it's important to prioritize seeking professional help when needed, ensuring comprehensive support on your journey towards holistic well-being. With that being said lets unpack my recommendations for Women with ADHD.


Unlocking Focus

Welcome to our journey through the pages of understanding and empowerment! When it comes to ADHD, the experiences of women often diverge from the more commonly understood narratives. While the condition affects individuals regardless of gender, its manifestations and challenges can be distinct for women. Yet, for too long, the conversation around ADHD has predominantly centered on men. It's time to shift that focus and explore ADHD through the female lens. Understanding how ADHD uniquely impacts women is crucial for accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and most importantly, self-acceptance, self-knowledge and empowerment. Join me as I delve into a curated collection of books recommended by women who have navigated the complexities of ADHD firsthand, offering insights, strategies, and inspiration for those on a similar journey.


Book #1: ADHD Girls to Women

Book #2: The Menopause Brain

Book #3: The New Menopause

Book #4: I'll Just Be Five More Minutes

Book #5: ADHD for Smart Ass Women


 


Hey there, have you ever felt like the world just doesn't get your ADHD struggles as a woman? Well, Lotta Borg Skoglund gets it, and she's laid it all out in her book "ADHD Girls to Women." It's like having a chat with a friend who's been through it all. Skoglund doesn't just talk about the usual stuff; she digs deep into how ADHD shows up differently for us girls and women, from childhood right through to adulting. With real stories, practical tips, and that reassuring 'I've been there too' vibe, this book is a game-changer. And here's the big takeaway: understanding how ADHD plays out in females is like unlocking a secret superpower. It's all about finding your unique strengths and learning to navigate the world on your terms. So, if you've ever felt like you're struggling alone, this book may just be the game-changer your looking for.


 


Ready for the lowdown on something we all need to talk about: the menopause brain. In her book, "The Menopause Brain," she's not just dishing out the usual advice; she's backed it up with solid science. Mosconi breaks down everything from brain fog to mood swings, giving us the real deal on what's happening up there during the menopause rollercoaster. But here's the kicker: this book isn't just about the struggles. It's about empowerment. It's about knowing that you're not losing your mind; you're just going through a transition. And armed with knowledge, you can navigate it with confidence. So, if you're tired of feeling like your brain's gone AWOL, grab a copy of this book. You'll walk away feeling like you've got the power to handle anything menopause throws your way.


 


Get ready to reclaim your power, ladies! Dr. Mary Claire Haver's "The New Menopause" is like your personal roadmap through the wild ride of hormonal change. But here's the twist: she's not just talking to the average woman—she's speaking directly to those of us with neurodiversity. Finally, someone gets it! In this book, Haver breaks down the ins and outs of menopause with empathy, expertise, and most importantly, inclusion. She knows that our brains work a little differently, and she's tailored her advice accordingly. From managing sensory overload to navigating mood swings with grace, she's got your back. And here's why this book is an absolute game-changer for women with neurodiversity: it's about more than just surviving menopause—it's about thriving through it. With purpose, power, and cold hard facts, Haver empowers us to embrace this new chapter of life with confidence and resilience. So, if you're ready to take charge of your menopause journey on your own terms, this book is your must-read companion.


 


Step into the whirlwind mind of Emily Farris with "I'll Just Be Five More Minutes: And Other Tales from My ADHD Brain." In this captivating memoir, Farris invites you on a rollercoaster ride through the highs and lows of living with ADHD. From hilarious anecdotes to heartfelt reflections, she paints a vivid picture of what it's like to navigate the world with a brain that's always on overdrive. But here's the kicker: Farris doesn't just focus on the struggles—she celebrates the quirks and strengths that come with ADHD. And for neurodivergent women, that's where the magic happens. In Farris's witty and relatable storytelling, you'll find a kindred spirit who understands the unique challenges and joys of being a woman with ADHD. Whether you're nodding along to her tales of forgetfulness or cheering her on as she conquers her goals, you'll walk away from this book feeling seen, understood, and inspired to embrace your own neurodiversity with pride. So, if you're ready to laugh, cry, and nod your head in recognition, dive into "I'll Just Be Five More Minutes" and join Farris on her wild ride through the ADHD brain.


 


Get ready to flip the script on ADHD with Tracy Otsuka's "ADHD for Smart Ass Women: How to Fall in Love with Your Neurodivergent Brain." In this refreshing and empowering guide, Otsuka offers a fresh perspective on what it means to live with ADHD as a woman. Gone are the days of feeling ashamed or misunderstood—Otsuka invites you to embrace your neurodivergent brain with pride. What sets this book apart is Otsuka's irreverent humor and no-nonsense approach. She doesn't sugarcoat the struggles, but she also refuses to let ADHD define you. For neurodivergent women, this read is like a breath of fresh air. Finally, someone who gets it! Otsuka dives deep into the unique challenges faced by women with ADHD, from managing overwhelm to reclaiming your time and attention. But here's the kicker: she doesn't just stop at the problems—she offers practical strategies and insights to help you thrive. Whether you're nodding along to her relatable anecdotes or scribbling down notes for your next ADHD-friendly hack, you'll walk away from this book feeling empowered, understood, and ready to rock your neurodivergent brain. So, if you're tired of feeling like ADHD is holding you back, grab a copy of "ADHD for Smart Ass Women" and get ready to fall in love with your brain all over again.


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