5 books to help in understanding the workings of your ADHD mind

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There are so many different books available looking specifically at ADHD and ones that are about specific symptoms and triggers.  It can be overwhelming to choose which ones to try.  So, here are 5 books I’ve read myself since being diagnosed with ADHD which I’ve found really insightful and interesting reads.  And don’t panic! If you’re not a big reader, they are also available on audio.

Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward M. Hallowell (MD)

Edward Hallowell is an American psychiatrist who specialises in ADD and ADHD.  He has never officially been diagnosed with ADHD, but after attending a lecture about children with ADHD in 1981, he quickly realised he was living with the condition.  In the last 27 years, he has released a number of books related to ADHD, including Driven to Distraction.

This bestselling book goes through some vivid stories and case studies of both adults and children with Edward Hallowell and John Ratey (MD) exploring the varied forms of ADHD.  Looking at hyperactivity through to daydreaming, dispelling common myths about ADHD, as well as offering some really useful coping techniques. It also includes a detail account of all treatment options, as well as tips for dealing with diagnosis.  

I love this book because it also focuses on the positives of the condition including high energy, intuitiveness, creativity and enthusiasm to name a few.

Find it on Amazon here.

Why We Sleep: The new science of sleep and dreams by Matthew Walker

Matthew Walker is a professor of neuroscience and psychology.  His research focuses on the impact of sleep on human health and disease.  He has released a number of papers on the topic before writing his book, Why We Sleep.  

In his book, Matthew talks about the importance of sleep and the impacts it can have on our lives, health and the longevity.  He moves on to write about the effects of twenty-first-century living has on our sleeping, including the consequences of not getting enough.  This book also covers the links to a number of diseases and health issues which have a strong link to deficient sleep.

You can find Matthew’s book on Amazon here.

The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to help you achieve success, confidence and happiness by Professor Steve Peters

Professor Peters is an English psychiatrist who works in elite sports and has previously worked with the British Cycling team, being recognised by cyclist Sir Chris Hoy to helping him with his career.  He has published three books, the first being The Chimp Paradox.

The Chimp Paradox is a mind management programme that aims to help you become a happier, more confident, healthier and more successful person.  Professor Peters talks explains the struggles that we go through within our minds. He then goes on to apply this to all areas of our lives so we can recognise how our mind is working, understand and manage our own emotions and thoughts to become the person we want to be.  

You can find out more about the book here on Amazon.

Who Moved My Cheese: An amazing way to deal with change in your work and in your life by Dr Spencer Johnson

Dr Spencer Johnson is a world-leading author for inspirational writing.  In this book, he tells the story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy.  

The cheese is a metaphor for what you want in life.  Whether it’s a loving relationship, career-focused, money, possessions, happiness, health or spiritual peace of mind.  The maze is where you’re looking for what you want. The problem is, the cheese keeps moving through the maze.  

The story explains the unexpected changes that the characters must face.  And how they must deal with the change to find success. It goes through anticipation, leavening to adapt, as well as enjoying and being ready to accept change whenever we need to.

You can find it here on Amazon.

Declutter Your Mind: life-changing ways to eliminate mental clutter, relieve anxiety, and get rid of negative thoughts using simple decluttering … focus and peace by Mary Connor

I’ve talked before about the importance of decluttering your mind and the effects it can have in relieving stress and anxiety.  This is book has so much content aimed at how to remove the clutter and confusion in our minds, to start living a better life each and every day.  

It talks about why people experience the clutter going on and explains what the clutter is trying to tell you.  Looking at the benefits and ways to declutter your mind, how to eliminate bad influences and negative thoughts. But it also includes step by step instructions on how to grow and improve through decluttering.

You can find it on Amazon here.

I hope you’ve found these recommendations useful.  If you’ve read something that’s been really useful or inspiring yourself, why not let me know and I can share with my followers.

If you want to learn to understand your mind further, contact me here to find out how hypnotherapy could help with your ADHD and ADHD symptoms.  Or why not book in here for your assessment consultation.