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The staff of the National Resource Center on ADHD has compiled a list of our favorite books written for adults with ADHD to guide them in understanding social skill deficits that may accompany a diagnosis of ADHD. These books offer tips and suggestions for strengthening and improving relationships with others. More detailed information on each title, as well as additional books and periodicals written for adults with ADHD on this topic are available from the NRC Library's online database.

  • Is it You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?: Stopping the Roller Coaster When Someone You Love Has Attention Deficit Disorder
    Also available in audio format
    Author: Gina Pera
    Publisher: 1201 Alarm Press (San Francisco, CA, 2008), 369 pages.
    Summary: This book is a comprehensive guide to recognizing the behaviors and developing compassion for couples wrestling with unrecognized ADHD symptoms. It also offers the latest information from top experts, plenty of real-life details, and easy-to-understand guidelines for finding the best treatment options and practical solutions.
  • A.D.D. & Romance: Finding Fulfillment in Love, Sex, & Relationships
    Jonathan Halverstadt
    Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (Boulder, CO, 1998), 240 pages.
    Summary: This book examines how attention deficit disorder can damage romantic relationships when partners do not take time, or do not know how, to address this unique problem. The book aims to give people with A.D.D. and their partners the tools they need to build and sustain a more satisfying and fulfilling relationship.
  • Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life
    Also available in audio format
    Author: Sari Solden
    Publisher: Underwood Books (Nevada City, CA, 2005), 304 pages
    Summary: This book addresses how ADHD affects women and details how women with ADHD can successfully manage the disorder. The new edition includes a chapter on friendships and romantic relationships.
  • The ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps
    Melissa C. Orlov
    Publisher: Specialty Press (Plantation, FL, 2010), 233 pages
    Summary: This resource encourages both spouses to become active partners in improving their relationship and healing the fissures that ADHD can cause. Also included are worksheets and various methods for difficult conversations for couples to improve their communication skills.
  • Honey Are You Listening?: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Your Marriage
    Rick Fowler, Jerilyn Fowler, Richard A. Fowler
    Publisher: Fair Havens Publications (Gainesville, TX, 2002).
    Summary: This book is intended for the spouses of individuals with ADHD, and is co-written by a couple with one ADHD partner and one non-ADHD partner. The authors reflect on their experiences and give practical advice for managing a relationship when one partner has ADHD.
  • You, Your Relationship & Your ADD: A Workbook
    Michael T. Bell
    Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (Oakland, CA, 2002), 144 pages
    Summary: This book is a guide to developing, working, and improving on relationships. It covers topics such as anger, avoidance, relaxation, listening, and dealing with social blunders.
  • What Does Everybody Else Know That I Don't?: Social Skills Help for Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
    Michele Novotni PhD, Randy Petersen
    Publisher: Specialty Press (Plantation, FL, 1999), 314 pages
    Summary: This book explains social expectations and situations that adults with ADHD may be unaware of and how social interactions can be improved. Some of the topics covered include manners and etiquette, verbal and non-verbal communication, and interpersonal relationships.

This page was created August, 2012

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