10 Remarkable Books That Will Help Break Your ADHD Habits

Do you have difficulty focusing? Maybe you’re somewhat impulsive? Whether you have ADHD or just a few bad habits, continue reading to discover books to help you put an end to those habits!

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Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is a disorder that is believed to affect about 8.7 million people in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of ADHD are broken down into 3 categories which are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These 3 sections also get broken down into more specific symptoms such as forgetting daily activities like paying bills, losing things easily like wallets and keys, interrupting or intruding on others, or answering questions before they are done being asked. These are just a few symptoms but combined with the many others, people with ADHD can sometimes result in a difficult and stressful life. The books listed below aim to educate and help those impacted by ADHD. Enjoy reading!

1. How to ADHD: An Insider’s Guide to Working With Your Brain by Jessica McCabe

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As an adult with ADHD, McCabe shares tips and tricks that have helped improve her life while sharing deeply personal stories of struggle with the readers. She says that ADHD impacts everyday life, going over rejection sensitivity, attention regulation, and function impairments. The book also offers strategies on how to adapt to life with ADHD such as tracking time, learning about your emotions, and having less to manage.

2. Extra Focus: The Quick Start Guide to Adult ADHD by Jesse J. Anderson

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This book isn’t the boring, typical rundown of ADHD but rather like catching up with an old friend, a friend who truly gets you. In this book, Anderson, someone who has struggled with ADHD in his own life, shares his own difficulties and how he overcame them. He shares motivation, encouragement, and strategies specialized for ADHD. By creating this guide, Anderson is able to incite change in readers.

3. ADHD for Smart Ass Women: How to Fall in Love with Your Neurodivergent Brain by Tracy Otsuka

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Because there is a gender gap in medical research, it’s not shocking that so many women with ADHD are left undiagnosed and left to navigate their troubles, which include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, and working memory, completely on their own. Otsuka, an adult living with ADHD and a certified ADHD coach, takes a different approach to dealing with ADHD as a woman by focusing on qualities that set women apart. Some of these qualities are overflowing creativity, extreme empathy, and laser-focused attention. By breaking down the many stereotypes of women with ADHD, Otsuka teaches readers to turn their struggles into strengths.

4. ADHD Is Awesome: A Guide to (Mostly) Thriving with ADHD by Penn Holderness and Kim Holderness

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Real-life couple Penn and Kim Holderness both have ADHD. Penn was finally diagnosed with ADHD while in college, although he says the signs his brain was wired differently were there even as a child. Drawing on their own lives, Kim and Penn share what it is actually like to live with an ADHD brain, tools that play to your strengths, and how to deal with the struggles. The book also includes a take on what the world would look like if ADHDers were in charge and ADHD bingo!

5. I’ll Just Be Five More Minutes: And Other Tales from My ADHD Brain by Emily Farris

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After a life of criticism for her constant disorganization and impulsivity, Emily Farris was finally diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 35. In this collection of essays, Farris shares countless stories, both emotional and endearing, looking back at what life was like before being diagnosed. She recounts complicated relationships, self-medicating, and hyper-fixations. Her book should be seen as a comfort to the many people who have ADHD or just anyone who feels like they don’t quite fit in.

6. Order from Chaos: The Everyday Grind of Staying Organized with Adult ADHD by Jaclyn Paul

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In her book, the author teaches readers how to get out of their own way and how to put their bad habits behind them. Whether you’re struggling with your friendships or you’re extremely cluttered and disorganized, Paul uses her own experiences as a mom and wife with ADHD to help instruct others with ADHD on how to create their own guide and system to help get their life in order.

7. Succeeding with Adult ADHD: Daily Strategies to Help You Achieve Your Goals and Manage Your Life by Abigail L. Levrini

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In this book, Dr. Levrini uses her years of education and skills in order to help adults struggling with ADHD live successful lives. Not only does her book have chapter after chapter full of meaningful advice but it also offers self-help activities such as worksheets and quizzes, allowing readers a chance to apply all the strategies spoken about in the book to use. The book also largely covers executive functioning, which is something most adults with ADHD are impacted by.

8. The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done by Terry Matlen

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Whether or not you’ve been officially diagnosed with ADHD, this book is a great option for women struggling with its symptoms and difficulties. In a world where most medical research for ADHD is based on males, psychotherapist Terry Matlen dives deep into the feminine side of ADHD, particularly hormones, relationships, and parenting. Additionally, the book provides several helpful treatment suggestions for readers to pursue.

9. Women with ADHD: The Complete Guide to Stay Organized, Overcome Distractions, and Improve Relationships. Manage Your Emotions, Finances and Succeed in Life by Sarah Davis and Linda Hill

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If you’re a woman who has always known her mind worked a little differently, maybe you feel like your life is scattered and cluttered then this book might be of great help to you. In this greatly written book, you’ll learn about the signs and symptoms of ADHD that are known to go unnoticed, the impact of ADHD on anxiety, choosing the right romantic partner, and much, much more. This book teaches you to live with and love your ADHD brain.

10. The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents by Nancy A. Ratey

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Professional expert and coach Nancy Ratey has provided adults with ADHD with the perfect tips and tricks to help reshape their lives. If you suffer from procrastination, impulsivity, time management, and the many other things that come along with ADHD, then Ratey’s book might be the key to changing your life. She supplies readers with an abundance of valuable information such as learning how to plan, prioritize, and organize your life.

If you or someone you know lives with ADHD or maybe you just have some bad habits, one or more of these books might be the key to resetting your life. Remember, it’s possible to learn to love and live with your ADHD brain!

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