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The staff of the National Resource Center on ADHD has compiled a list of favorite books written for women and girls with ADHD. More detailed information on each title, as well as additional books and periodicals written for parents of children with ADHD are available from the NRC Library's online database.

  • Understanding Girls With AD/HD
    Authors: Patricia O. Quinn, Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ellen B. Littman
    Publisher: Advantage Books (Washington, DC, 2000), 293 pages
    Summary: This book analyzes how ADHD manifests itself in girls, from the preschool years through high school. The authors explain what to expect at various ages in terms of symptoms and behavior, and outlines educational approaches and treatment approaches that are appropriate for girls with ADHD.
  • 100 Questions & Answers About ADHD in Women and Girls
    Patricia O. Quinn
    Publisher: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc. (Burlington, MA,2010), 256 pages
    Summary: Written by a renowned ADHD specialist, this book presents important information about common symptoms, the diagnosis process, management, and sources of support for women and girls with ADHD.
  • Understanding Women With AD/HD
    Authors: Edited by Kathleen Nadeau and Patricia O. Quinn
    Publisher: Advantage Books (Washington, DC, 2002), 468 pages
    Summary: The book covers gender issues, diagnostic criteria more appropriate for women, co-existing conditions. It addresses issues for young women, college students, single or married women, motherhood, sexuality, workplace issues, and struggles with organization and life management.
  • The Girls' Guide To AD/HD: Don't Lose This Book!
    Beth Walker
    Publisher: Woodbine House (Bethesda, MD, 2004), 174 pages
    Summary: Written specifically for teenaged girls with ADHD, this book answers all of the questions that girls have about the causes of ADHD; how counseling, coaching, and medications can help; how to cope with school and homework; how to get along better with family and friends.
  • When Moms and Kids have ADD
    Authors: Patricia O. Quinn, Kathleen G. Nadeau
    Publisher: Advantage Books (Washington, DC, 2005), 79 pages
    Summary: This information guide offers solutions for mothers with ADHD who are parenting children with ADHD. Guidelines are provided to assist both parents and children with their condition. Additional resources and organizations that provide coping assistance are listed as well.
  • 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: The challenges of how ADHD affects women are illustrated through real-life stories and clinical research. This book also includes a chapter on friendships, information on medications, and a new strategy grid and work decision tree.
  • Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD: Beyond Piles, Palms,
    & Post-its

    Author: Terry Matlen
    Publisher: Specialty Press (Plantation, FL, 2005), 333 pages
    Summary: This book consists of tips for women with ADHD about how to manage the household, work, parenting, and relationships. Additional features include recipes for quick meals, tips from ADHD coaches, and lists of books, tapes, Web sites, newsletters, and catalogs on ADHD.

Page updated August,2012

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