I recently read selected chapters from Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults by Thomas E. Brown. Dr. Brown worked directly with children and adults and filled his book with real-life stories and perspectives from people with ADD. I found this style of writing to not only be more engaging to read, but helped paint a picture to the reader the many ways ADD manifests itself.
As part of the selected chapters I read was one regarding the brain chemistry and chemicals necessary to make executive decisions (ie prioritizing, attention and problem solving). While this chapter was quite “meaty” and less interesting to me, the clear images in addition to text helped the reader understand what sets the ADD mind apart from others.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who works with people with ADD or has a family member with ADD. The reading opened my mind to the challenges those with ADD face. The book also enabled me as an organizer to be aware of the ways ADD can present itself in my clients. With this, my client and I can work together to create systems that will work best with their particular challenges.