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Dr. Brown's ADHD Reading List

Overview of ADHD

  • Brown, T. E. (2013). A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults: Executive Function Impairments. New York: Routledge. 

    • Introduction of a new working definition of ADHD as developmentally-impaired executive function with updated information about scientific research that supports the new EF model. 35 myths about ADHD are challenged with scientific facts and implications of the new model for assessment and treatment of ADHD are described in terms understandable for both general public and professionals. 



  • Brown, T. E. (2005). Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults. 
    New Haven: Yale University Press.

    • A new model of Attention Deficit Disorder as impairment of the brain’s management system. Written for general public and professionals, includes many case examples that show how ADD changes across the lifespan. 



  • Brown, T. E., Ed. (2009). ADHD Comorbidities: Handbook for ADHD Complications  in Children and Adults. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Publishing.

    • A comprehensive, though somewhat technical text book about ADHD and other commonly co-existing disabilities, such as ADHD and mood disorders, ADHD and anxiety disorders, ADHD and Sleep Problems, ADHD and OCD, ADHD and Tourette’s, ADHD and Substance Abuse, etc. 

For Parents/Teachers of Children with ADHD

  • Barkley, R. A. (2013). Taking Charge of ADHD: Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents. New York: Guilford Press.

    • Complete authoritative guide for parents. Covers topics such as understanding ADHD, evaluations, behavior management, educational issues and medications. Not much coverage of ADD without hyperactivity

  • Quinn, P. O., Nadeau, K. G., & Littman, E. B. (2000). Understanding Girls with AD/HD.  Silver Spring, MD: Advantage Books. 

    • A helpful book to understand the special issues regarding girls with ADHD

  • Wilens, T. E. (2008). Straight Talk About Psychiatric Medications for Kids-Third Edition. New York: Guilford Press.

    • Answers to parents questions about medications from a leading authority in Psychiatry

  • Phelan, T. W. (2010). 1-2-3 Magic Glen Ellyn: Child Management Inc.
    Effective discipline for children ages 2-12.

    • Easy to read strategies and clearly defined plan to successfully manage their children’s’ behavior

  • Phelan, T. W. (2012). Surviving Your Adolescents: How to Manage and Let Go of Your 13-18 Year Olds. Glen Ellyn: Child Management Inc. 

    • Practical suggestions about how to improve communication with teenage; managing risk-taking and learning to let go

  • Greene, R. W. (2010). The Explosive Child-Revised & Updated. New York: HarperCollins.

    • An excellent, helpful book for parents of children who are easily frustrated and chronically inflexible offers insight into understanding and parenting these challenging children

  • Klass, P. & Costello, E. (2003). Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In—When to Worry and When Not to Worry. New York: Ballantine.

    • Sensible, practical advice for parents of children who have difficulties in fitting in due to autistic spectrum disorders, sensory integration dysfunction and more

  • Brooks, R., Goldstein, S. (2001). Raising Resilient Children. Chicago: Contemporary Books. 

    • Warm and supportive guide for parents to improve communication to develop children’s sense of confidence and self-worth

  • Packer, L. E. & S. K. Pruitt. (2010). Challenging Kids, Challenged Teachers: Teaching Students with Tourette’s, Bipolar Disorder, Executive Dysfunction, OCD, ADHD and More. 

    • Practical suggestions about strategies for dealing with students with multiple difficulties.

  • Rief, S. F. (2005). How to Reach and Teach Children with ADD/ADHD, 2nd Edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 

    • Practical techniques, strategies, and interventions for teachers of children with ADHD

For Parents & Teachers of Teens

  • Dendy, C. A. Z. (1995). Teenagers With ADD: A Parents’ Guide. Bethesda,MD: Woodbine House, Inc.

    • A hands-on guide for parents and professionals about the issues and challenges of daily life faced by teens with ADHD. Written by a mom who has “been there”

  • Dendy, C. A. Z. (2000). Teaching Teens with ADD and ADHD. Bethesda,MD: Woodbine House. 

    • A reference guide for parents and teachers loaded with strategies, interventions, and tips to create a positive learning experience

  • Kuhn, C., Swartzwelder, S., & Wilson, W. (2003). Buzzed. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. 

    • The straight facts about the most used & abused drugs from alcohol to ecstasy. An informative book for adults and adolescents about substance abuse

  • Snyder, J. M. (2001). AD/HD & Driving. Whitefish: Whitefish Consultants. 

    • A guide for parents and teens with ADHD that addresses specific problems and issues of teenage drivers


For Teens with ADHD

  • Dendy, C. A. Z., & Zeigler, A. (2003). A Bird’s-Eye View of Life with ADD and ADHD: Advice from Young Survivors. Cedar Bluff: Cherish the Children.

    • A book for teens, written by teens living with the challenges of ADHD that offers advice and strategies

  • Nadeau, K. G. (1998). Help4ADD@High School. Bethesda: Advantage Books.

    • An excellent user friendly guide for teens with ADD

  • Kuhn, C., Swartzwelder, S., & Wilson, W. (2008). Buzzed-3rd Edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

    • Straight facts about the most used & abused drugs from alcohol to ecstasy. An informative book for adults and adolescents about substance abuse

For College Students with ADHD

  • Mooney, J. and D. Cole (2000). Learning Outside the Lines. New York: Simon & Schuster.

    • Two Ivy League students with ADHD and learning disorders offer witty and practical advice on strategies to survive and thrive in the learning environment of colleges and universities.

  • Bramer, J. S. (1996) Succeeding in College with Attention Deficit Disorders. 

    • Vignettes that illustrate frustrations and effective strategies for college students with ADHD.

  • Kuhn, C., Swartzwelder, S., & Wilson, W. (2003). Buzzed. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. 

    • Straight facts about the most used & abused drugs from alcohol to ecstasy. An informative book for adults and adolescents about substance abuse

  • Quinn, P. O., N.A. Ratey, & T.L. Maitlin. (2000). Coaching College Students with AD/HD. Silver Spring, MD: Advantage Books. 

    • A useful resource about difficulties with time and task management experienced by many college students with ADHD. Offers suggestions for those who want to assist these students.

For Adults with ADHD

  • Hallowell, E. M., & Ratey, J. J. (1994). Driven to Distraction. New York: Random House. 

    • A very popular overview of ADHD by psychiatrists who understand it from their own experience.

  • Hallowell, E. M., & Ratey, J. J. (2005). Delivered From Distraction. New York: Random House.

    • Very readable description of how those with ADHD can understand themselves in more adaptive and hopeful ways.

  • Hallowell, E. M. & Hallowell, S. G. (2010). Married to Distraction. New York: Ballantine.

    • A compassionate and sensible approach to help couples with or without a partner having ADHD to deal constructively with distractions and disruptions to intimacy in their relationships.

  • Solden, S. (2012). Women With Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life. Grass Valley, CA: Underwood Books.

    • A well written guide that describes the unique perspective of women with ADD

  • Nadeau, K. G., & Quinn, P. O. (Eds.). (2002). Understanding Women with AD/HD. Silver Spring: Advantage Books.

    • Addresses issues faced by women with ADHD at all stages of life

  • Barkley, R. A. and Benton, C. M. (2010). Taking Charge of Adult ADHD.  New York: Guilford. 

    • A comprehensive overview of practical information about ADHD in adulthood and strategies for improving difficulties in education, work, finances, social relationships, etc.

  • Nadeau, K. G. (1997). ADD in the Workplace: Choices, Changes and Challenges. New York: Brunner/Mazel. 

    • A user friendly guide for ADD adults covering both general and more specific issues regarding work and careers

  • Nadeau, K. G. (1996). Adventures in Fast Forward: Life, Love and Work for the ADD Adult. New York: Brunner/Mazel. 

    • A great book for ADD adults with workable coping strategies for living

  • Pera, G. (2008). Is it You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.: Stopping the Roller Coaster When Someone You Love Has Attention Deficit Disorder. San Francisco: 1201 Alarm Press. 

    • A perceptive description of multiple ways in which ADHD problems can cause both partners in a relationship to become demoralized or caught up in chronic conflict. Includes multiple examples of useful strategies to deal with such problems

  • Kohlberg, Judith and Nadeau, K. G (2002). ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life. New York: Brunner-Routledge. 

    • Practical advice on how to organize time, money and stuff

  • Tuckman, A. (2009) More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Stories for Adults with ADHD. Plantation, FL. Specialty Press. 

    • Sensible descriptions of practical problems of adults with ADHD and strategies to overcome them

Books for Children

  • Corman, C. L., & Trevino, E. (1995). Eukee the Jumpy Jumpy Elephant. Plantation: Specialty Press, Inc. 

    • An upbeat positive message of success for young children with ADD, ages 3-8

  • Galvin, M. (1988). Otto Learns About His Medicine. New York: Magination Press. 

    • A children’s story about a fidgety car who needs medication to control his hyperactivity, ages 3-8

  • Levine, M. (1990). Keeping A Head in School. Cambridge: Educators Publishing Service, Inc.  

    • A large print collection of stories for young readers about learning abilities and learning disorders, ages 5-8

  • Levine, M. (1993). All Kinds of Minds. Cambridge: Educators Publishing Service, Inc. 

    • A guide for students in upper elementary and middle school about learning abilities and learning disorders, ages 9-13

  • Gehret, J. (1990). The Don’t-give-up Kid and Learning Differences. Fairport: Verbal Images Press. 

    • A positive, uplifting story about learning differences, ages 5-10

Books about, Education, Learning Disabilities and Teaching Strategies

  • Anderson, W., Chitwood, S., & Hayden, D. (1997). Negotiating the Special Education Maze. (Third Ed.). Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. 

    • A guide to understanding the special education system and making it work for individual families. A must for families seeking special education services for their child

  • Osman, B. B. (1997). Learning Disabilities and ADHD. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 

    • Practical strategies and useful advice on learning disabilities. Clearly organized by topic so readers can find areas of particular concern or interest

  • Shaywitz, S. (2003). Overcoming Dyslexia. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

    • A book about children and adults with reading problems

  • Silver, L. B. (1992). The Misunderstood Child. (2nd ed.). Bradenton: HSI and TAB Books. 

    • A guide for parents that discusses learning disabilities, ADHD, psychological, emotional and social development as well as diagnosis and treatment

  • Berninger, V. W. and T. L. Richards (2002). Brain Literacy for Educators and Psychologists. New York: Academic Press. 

    • Very useful textbook linking problems in brain function with practical problems in learning and teaching of reading, writing and math. 

Asperger’s Syndrome

  • Attwood, T. (2007). The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 

    • Very readable book that describes Asperger’s disorder for parents and professionals

  • Jackson, L. (2002). Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 

    • Written by a teen with Asperger Syndrome, practical first hand experiences offer guidance for adolescents with Asperger’s

  • Lovecky, D. (2004). Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other Learning Deficits. New York: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 

    • Descriptions of the special strengths and difficulties experienced by many children who are extremely bright and talented, but also impaired by ADHD, Asperger’s and related problems

  • Myles, B. S., & Southwick, J. (1999). Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments. Shawnee Mission: Autism Asperger Publishing Co. 

    • Practical solutions for tantrums, meltdowns, and rage. Geared more toward classroom management

  • Tanguay, P. B. (2001). Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home. Philadelphia: Jessica Kinglsey Publishers. 

    • A valuable, easy to use reference that parents can turn to again and again, filled with strategies and suggestions to help NVLD kids at home

Bipolar Disorder

  • Jamison, K. R. (1995). An Unquiet Mind. New York: Vintage Books.

    • A personal memoir of a successful medical school professor who suffers from bipolar disorder. Moving and enlightening

  • Waltz, M. (2000). Bipolar Disorders. Sebastopol: O’Reilly & Associates, Inc. 

    • A comprehensive look at bipolar disorders in children and adolescents, description of the disorders, diagnosis, medications, life and school issues

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Neqiroglu, F., & Yaryura-Tobia, J. (1995). Over and Over Again. New York: Lexington Books. 

    • An informative book about obsessive compulsive disorder that combines the latest scientific knowledge and practical suggestions for self-help

  • Rapoport, J. L. (1989). The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing. New York: E. P. Dutton. 

    • A collection of personal stories from people who have obsessive compulsive disorder about their experiences and successes with the disorder

Substance Abuse Disorders

  • Kuhn, C., Swartzwelder, S., & Wilson, W. (2008). Buzzed-3rd Edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. 

    • Straight facts about the most used & abused drugs from alcohol to ecstasy. An informative book for adults and adolescents about substance abuse

  • Denning, P., Little, J. & Glickman, A. (2004).  Over the Influence: The Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcohol.  New York: Guilford Press. 

    • While some need a “total abstinence” approach to recovery from substance abuse, others benefit from this “harm reduction” approach that works to maintain limited  use with less damaging effects

  • Beattie, M. (1992). Codependent No More. Center City, MN: Hazelden. 

    • Useful advice for those who care about someone suffering from addiction. Emphasizes the need to avoid excessive efforts to control them, for the sake of both parties

  • Richandson, W. (1997). The Link Between A.D.D. & Addiction. Colorado Springs: Pinon Press. 

    • A guide for adults to understand the relationship between ADD and addictions. Insightful, practical strategies for recovery

Overview of ADHD
For Parents/Teachers of ADHD Children
For Parents & Teachers of Teens
For Teens with ADHD
For College Students with ADHD
For Adults with ADHD
Books for Children
Education, Learning Disabilities and Teaching Strategies
Asperger’s Syndrome
Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Substance Abuse Disorders
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