By Janet Strassman Perlmutter
Individuals with AD/HD are strongly encouraged to educate themselves about the condition, learn management strategies and maintain good support from others who understand attention disorders. The following nonprofit organizations can direct you to conferences, support groups, hotlines, books, articles and tapes to ease the emotional and practical impact of adult AD/HD.
ADD Resources – This Tacoma, Wash.-based organization provides peer support by phone 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (PST), Monday through Friday. The Web site offers skill-building resources, a directory of more than 600 AD/HD therapists. Members can also access a lending library by mail from anywhere in the United States.
ADDvance– Provides resources for women and girls with AD/HD and publishes ADDvance magazine (online only).
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) - Provides information, resources, conferences and “teleclasses” for adults with AD/HD and professionals who work with them.
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) – Has local chapters and support groups nationwide.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – Part of the National Institutes of Health, NIMH offers a detailed booklet on AD/HD. It’s available online at www.nimh.nih.gov/Publicat/ADHD.cfm or by calling 866-615-6464 (toll-free).
The National Resource Center on AD/HD – This program of CHADD and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a national clearinghouse of information and resources.
Driven To Distraction : Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey, Simon and Schuster, 1994.
Moms with ADD: A Self-Help Manual, by Christine Adamec and Esther Gwinnell, M.D., Taylor Trade Publishing, 2000.
View from the Cliff: A Course in Achieving Daily Focus, by Lynn Weiss, Ph.D., Taylor Trade Publishing, 2001.
Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life, by Sari Solden, Underwood Books, 1995.
You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!: The Classic Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo, Scribner, 1996.
Janet Strassman Perlmutter is a clinical social worker and a freelance writer.