Books for Teens: NRC Staff Favorites
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The staff of the National Resource Center on ADHD has compiled a list of favorite books written specifically for teens who want to learn more about ADHD. More detailed information on each title, as well as additional books and periodicals written for teens with ADHD are available from the NRC Library's online database.
- Understand Your Brain, Get More Done
Author: Ari Tuckman
Publisher: Specialty Press/A.D.D. Warehouse (Plantation, FL, 2012), 162 pages
Summary: Dr. Tuckman describes the executive functions that are involved in ADHD and how they affect day to day life, and offers practical strategies on how to be more consistent and effective. Workbook exercises are provided to help individuals apply ideas and overcome barriers in the past.
- Where's My Stuff: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide
Authors: Samantha Moss and Lesley Schwartz
Publisher: Zest Books (San Francisco, CA, 2010) 104 pages
Summary: Written in collaboration with professional teen organizer Lesley Schwartz, this book gives advice on how to organize school-work, lockers, bedrooms, and even one's schedule. Includes fun and useful illustrations and easy-to-follow charts.
- Help4ADD@High School
Author: Kathleen Nadeau
Publisher: Advantage Books (Silver Spring, MD, 1998), 117 pages
Summary: Help4ADD@High School is an ADHD-friendly, on-target book that provides straight talk on high school, drugs, sex, friends, driving, parents, college and more, from an ADHD perspective.
- ADHD & Me: What I Learned from Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table
Author: Blake E. S. Taylor
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (Oakland, CA, 2008), 192 pages
Summary: Author, Blake Taylor's memoir describes what it's like to live and grow up with this common condition--foiling bullies, confronting unfair teachers, struggling with distraction, etc.
- Middle School - The Stuff Nobody Tells You About
Author: Haley Moss
Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Co. (Overland Park, KS, 2010), 160 pages
Summary: Based on her own experiences, Haley Moss, a teenager with Asperger Syndrome now in high school, shares what worked and what didn't work for her when she transitioned to middle school.
- ADD and the College Student: A Guide for High School and College Students with Attention Deficit Disorder
Author: Patricia O. Quinn
Publisher: Magination Press (Washington, DC, 2001), 160 pages
Summary: This book offers practical suggestions and information for young adults facing the challenge of attending college or taking college-level courses. It addresses the interrelationship of ADHD and the stresses that college students face, as well as the effect on the student's and the family's life, the student's social life, and approaches to treatment.
- A Bird's-Eye View of Life with ADD and ADHD: Advice from Young Survivors
Authors: Chris A. Zeigler Dendy and Alex Zeigler
Publisher: Cherish the Children (Cedar Bluff, AL, 2007), 180 pages
Summary: Written by teens and young adults, for teens and young adults, this book on ADD and ADHD covers the challenges this age group faces. It is written in an easy-to-read, hopeful, and informative style.
- What's Up With Astra? Medikidz Explain ADHD
Authors: Kim Chilman-Blair and John Taddeo
Publisher: Medikidz (London, UK, 2009), 34 pages
Summary: Many children affected by ADHD don't understand their medical condition. To the rescue are the "MediKidz," a gang of five larger-than-life superheroes on the planet "Mediland," each of whom specializes in a different part of the human body. Perfect for teenagers and adolescents affected by ADHD.
Page updated August, 2012