Sometimes, the best selling books aren’t actually the best books. Regardless of how good these books are, they represent the top ADHD ADD books that come up time and time again in both online ADD discussions and out in the real world.
- Driven to Distraction – The book that started it all.
- Delivered from Distraction – The same book as Driven to Distraction, but updated. (Although that is not the official party line.)
- You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! – The book for people who are relieved to find out that there is something going on with their brains.
- Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults – The ADD book for non-teenagers.
- Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception – The book for people who think that everyone else should change to accommodate them.
Unfortunately, most of these books are pretty out of date. Driven to Distraction was first published in 1995.
Also, as pioneering books they spend an inordinate amount of time trying to convince the reader that ADD/ADHD is real. Assuming that most people looking to read one of these books are people who have ADD or people who love people with ADD/ADHC, those are wasted pages. Those of us that have it, already know how real it is.
However, a lot of newer books aren’t any better. Many are filled with trendy psycho-babble. Fortunately, ADD has faded from the scene as the “trendy” condition it once was, so hopefully we can expect books geared more toward facts and understanding and less toward splashy covers and titles that spur on impulse purchases.
Lastly, if you are a parent of a child with ADD, know that there are far too many books and people out there trying to tell you how to raise your child. Whatever ADD/ADHD studies and research turns up in the future, there is one fact you can count on right now. That is your child, and you know what is best for them, because you love them more than anyone else.