Book Review – ADHD: an A to Z by Leanne Maskell

[Disclaimer: I received this book for free to read – no review was part of the deal but I really enjoyed it and I think it’s a good resource.]

This is an excellent book for an overview of ADHD – it’s not extremely scientific although touching on the science of ADHD. The book is written from a personal perspective and with a focus on practical ADHD management and giving a breakdown of the many ways in which ADHD will affect every facet of your life.

Each section covers a different aspect with chapters titled from A to Z (surprisingly based on the title!). The book gives an overview of how the current topic affects you as well as each section providing a number of self help activities or recommendations for overcoming and dealing with obstacles.

It might not have extremely detailed descriptions of ADHD but it deals very effectively with the day to day challenges of having ADHD. Common pitfalls and barriers are recognised, as well as providing a number of recommendations for support to get help with managing your ADHD, as well as systems you can develop yourself and suggestions from Maskell’s own successes in management.

The book can be read in any order with non-sequential chaptering – whatever you are currently struggling with or want to know about can be jumped to without any fear of missing out on content and where there might be applicable cross-referencing Maskell does an excellent job of highlighting the specific chapters.

The book has a UK focus with a few sections or pages dedicated to dealing with the minutiae of the NHS and the current appalling state of ADHD care in the UK (Something New Zealand is no stranger to).

The source material used for research is good, most is peer reviewed research with a few anecdotal or article based publications without peer review but the content is understudied rather than incorrect, and is not based on pure conjecture – there’s a large amount of anecdotal evidence that has no formal investigation based on my experiences as an ADHD person.

Please note – there are a few caveats. Some of the resources recommended will only be available to those who have the means (financially) to access services. The UK advice isn’t very useful for other people (but was interesting to learn about). Light on some of the more intersectional concerns about ADHD.

Overall: This is a great starting point for those looking to manage their ADHD. It contained a few tips for me (who is no stranger to looking for ADHD help advice or trying to implement it). It’s an excellent book to keep coming back to with a number of suggestions to try when you get caught up in a certain area of your life. Lots of helpful advice from someone who has struggled with ADHD and is now passing that information on so that others might find these solutions a little easier themselves!

Published by roryreckons

I am an ADHD/Autism/OCD advocate and independent ADHD/Autism researcher. I am training in 2021 to become an ICF Accredited ADHD coach. I write mainly about ADHD/Autism/OCD/Mental health issues, but will also discuss morality, abolition, and current affairs occasionally.

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