Additional information and support

There have been great efforts to advance the field of ADHD by a variety of professionals. They share my desire and dedication to support individuals with ADHD. These collective efforts have helped people get to know their brains better, raised awareness, and highlighted resources for people to explore. Here are some of those resources that you may find helpful. 

 

 

What is ADD/ADHD?

Daily challenges of living with ADHD

  • Lack of focus on one task
  • Difficulty seeing tasks to completion
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to establish daily routines
  • Cannot manage unscheduled time
  • Often can’t get out the door on time with everything they need
  • Losing or misplacing things
  • Difficulty preparing for important tasks
  • Getting sidetracked
  • Procrastination unless under the pressure of a deadline

A brief history

ADD/ADHD is brain-based condition that can impact many aspects of daily life—responsibilities, careers, relationships and self-confidence. Back in the day, ADHD was thought to be a childhood condition characterized by physical restlessness: hyperactivity, distractibility, and inattention. However, in the past few decades, research has shown that people can be mentally restless, which isn't obvious to an observer. Thus an estimated 4-5 million adults were affected as children but never diagnosed.

How ADHD affects life skills

One of the recent discoveries is that people with ADHD have inconsistent executive function skills. These are the skills that help us regulate our thoughts and actions to accomplish our daily tasks and responsibilities. Executive functions help us plan, prioritize, organize, remember, manage time, see tasks to completion and regulate our emotions. Consequently, these skills impact every aspect of a person’s life, daily roles and responsibilities. 

Help from an expert

Given the complexity of ADHD, you'll find it worthwhile to work with a coach who has the specialized knowledge and training to help you accomplish your goals. 


Websites

add.org

Information, resources and networking opportunities for adults with ADHD

additudemag.com

Articles and resources for adults and children with ADHD and learning disabilities

addwarehouse.com

Books, videos, and other ADHD related merchandise

chadd.org

Education, support, and advocacy for children and adults with ADHD

 

help4adhd.org

Information about ADHD – check out their “What We Know” fact sheets


Local meetings

Pittsburgh and Vicinity Adult CHADD

Monthly meetings provide educational speakers and discussion

Pittsburgh and Vicinity
Parent CHADD 

Monthly meetings provide parents with education and support

Pittsburgh and Vicinity College Student CHADD 

Meetings held the last TH, of the month 6-7pm at Western Psychiatric Institute (WPIC) provide educational speakers, discussion and support


Books on ADHD

For adults

A New Understanding of ADHD in Adults and Children: Executive Function Impairments by Thomas Brown, PhD


A New Understanding of ADHD in Adults and Children: Executive Function Impairments
by Thomas Brown, PhD

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life  by Judith Kohlberg & Kathleen Nadeau


ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life 
by Judith Kohlberg & Kathleen Nadeau

Answers to Distraction  by Edward M. Hallowell & John J. Ratey


Answers to Distraction 
by Edward M. Hallowell &
John J. Ratey

Is it You, Me, or Adult ADD?  by Gina Pera


Is it You, Me, or Adult ADD? 
by Gina Pera

  Married to Distraction  by Edward M. Hallowell & Sue George Hallowell

 

Married to Distraction 
by Edward M. Hallowell &
Sue George Hallowell

More Attention, Less Deficit  by Ari Tuckman


More Attention, Less Deficit 
by Ari Tuckman

 
 

For parents

Late, Lost and Unprepared: A Parents Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning by Joyce Cooper Kahn, PhD & Laurie Dietzel, PhD


Late, Lost and Unprepared: A Parents Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning
by Joyce Cooper Kahn, PhD & Laurie Dietzel, PhD

Smart but Scattered by Richard Guare, PhD & Peg Dawson, EdD


Smart but Scattered
by Richard Guare, PhD
& Peg Dawson, EdD

Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD by Thomas Brown, PhD


Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD by Thomas Brown, PhD

Taking Charge of ADHD The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents by Russell Barkley, PhD


Taking Charge of ADHD
The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents

by Russell Barkley, PhD