Links and Resources
ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., & Judith Kolberg
This book was the first I read about organization that was visually, topically, and verbally arranged in a way that my brain could immediately digest and understand. Not only is the advice markedly different from general organization books (Nadeau and Kolberg stress repeatedly that “traditional” organization methods do not work for people with executive function disorders, and explain the biological and psychological reasons for this), but the pages are laid out in larger-than-usual print with photos, illustrations, and bullet-point boxes to highlight the key points of each chapter. I have referred to this as my “ADD Bible.”
Delivered from Distraction by Drs. Edward Hallowell & John Ratey
Drs. Hallowell and Ratey were the first people to tell me (through this book) that my ADD didn’t have to be a hindrance, and that it came with many strengths and positive attributes. An extraordinarily empowering book, Delivered From Distraction provides a holistic view of AD/HD, including not only the latest medical research, but the first-hand lived experience of one of the authors, who has ADD himself. This is the other “must-have” book in my library, which I recommend to anyone who has AD/HD or loves someone who does; partners, parents, family and friends will benefit from the thorough examination of this often baffling disorder, which the authors do an excellent job of demystifying.
CHADD is a national clearinghouse and advocacy organization for people of all ages with AD/HD and the professionals who work with them in the fields of education, medicine, mental health and social services. Many free articles and resources are available on their website, and a low annual membership fee grants access to a monthly magazine and locked articles. I highly recommend spending some time exploring this page.
Michelle’s gears her work toward “creative business visionaries,” but her insights and tools are useful for anyone looking to improve their productivity and focus in fun and motivating ways – including ADDers! I’ve found her ideas and advice quite adaptable to my needs, which is highly unusual for a non-ADD coach. I highly recommend her Radiate in 2012 Kit (affiliate link), which I reviewed in detail in this post.