Looking for a Good Book About ADD

Updated on December 10, 2009
M.H. asks from Lancaster, CA
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I have a 9 yr old step daughter who was diagnosed with ADD and after her counseling appointment today I realized that we need some more tools to parent a child with ADD. (not ADHD) Does anybody have any suggestions of a good book I can read? Thanks

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answers from San Diego on

The title sounds bad but its called "The Idiots Guide to The Indigo Child", similar to all the Dummys guide to....... I am an educator and this is one of the best books out there for understanding any child that has any kind of issues, from Autism to Speech Issues and anything in between including ADD and ADHD. I bought is used on Amazon. It helped me deal with my daughter who was struggling with Speech Delay and some anger issues. It has given me tools and some understanding and insight to my daughter and other children in the world. I strongly strongly suggest this book, ESPECIALLY if you are wanting to try other things before medication. Good Luck! Mothering isn't always easy!

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answers from San Diego on

Congratulations!!! Once you find ways to get around the pain in the tucus side effects of ADHD... it's a WONDERFUL diagnosis to have. There are so many amazing gifts that come along with it! :)

One book I always highly recommend is

"You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?!?" by Kate Kelley & Peggy Ramundo

When you're looking at books, the ones to avoid are any purporting to "cure" adhd. You can't "cure" genius or eyecolor. ADHD is genetic, and it's how our minds work, and will always work. If it's "cureable" it wasn't ADHD to begin with, but malnutrition, an allergy, etc.

Yahoo Groups is also an amazing real time resource for parenting ADHD. There are one or two longish posts I'm going to message you (because they are quite, quite long) that have to do with the oh-so hard adhd + adolescence thing. Ugh... that have some real tips and tricks in them.


Whoops... PS...

So you know, too, the new DSMV, is reclassifying ADD/ADHD as all ADHD + a type. This is going to take a few years to filter into publications, but the newer ones will have it. Just a heads up not to dismiss ADHD out of hand, because there may well be useful info for you :) While I'm glad the DSM finally got the two together, after 19 years of saying ADD, while I can type ADHD very very easily, the extra H just doesn't come out of my mouth when I'm talking very easily at all!

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answers from Los Angeles on

Please check out http://www.cchr.org for more info on how these medication can harm your step-daughters body including cause serious and deadly effects.

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answers from Los Angeles on

my friend's nine-year old have read this book and said that they should have it as assigned reading at schools:

http://www.amazon.com/Ritalin-Free-Kids (Paperback)

Good Luck

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answers from Los Angeles on

Maggie, I am so happy you came to us MAMAS for advice. So, here's my take: Sugar, dyes, different food combinations and even toxins (in the environment and home) can truly make a difference in a child's behavior. But, please also remember that kids are ALIVE and have feelings and spirit and do not deserve to be labeled or medicated. I definitely know from personal experience psych medications (which is the usual route for "ADD" kids) do more harm than good and that, in fact, there are many natural solutions that can actually help with what your step daughter is going through.

And, honestly, I'd look into the motivations of whoever is pushing to label her.

Please call the CITIZENS COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS (CCHR). Their # is: (323) 467~4242. And, here's their website: http://www.cchrint.org/. They can definitely help you!

I highly recommend contacting Judy Cutler who is truly an amazing Nutritionist and would definitely be able to help your step daughter naturally.

Here's her data:
Bio Tech Solutions
9736 Hillhaven Ave
Tujunga, CA 91042
Phone (818) 353~7454

She definitely can work with you via phone if you live too far away from her office.

I'd also recommend checking out 5 organizations validating why going the natural route is best for you and your step daughter:

And, please watch:

Psych Conflicts:

Making A Killing:

CCHR: Depression Mental Health Screening Test Puts Kids' Health at Risk

CCHR Says Top APA Psychiatrist Needs Lesson in Disease vs. Disorder

CCHR: The Difference Between Medical Disease & Psychiatric Disorder

CCHR Antidepressant Drug Spoof: Tripolar disorder

'GENERATION RX' Extended Trailer

The Psycho Pharmaceutical Industry with Former Pharma Scientist, Shane Ellison

Dr John Rengen Virapen, Whistleblower of the Psychopathic Pharmaceutical Industry, Speaks Out

Psychiatric Drugs & the Brave New World: featuring Jim Marrs

Whistleblower Allen Jones/Mental health screening of kids

Fight For Kids: The Candace Downing Story

CCHR PSA: Psychiatric Drugs and Violence

CCHR PSA Warning on Antidepressants/Child Suicides

Why we need a Mental Health Declaration of Human Rights: http://3.ly/arJ Read it here: http://3.ly/BFs


Too many kids on psych meds? Parts 1, 2 & 3


It's vital you watch: "The Drugging of Our Children"

I also truly recommend reading "Doped Up and Duped – nearly impossible to find independent studies of psych drugs with no Pharma ties." http://tinyurl.com/mj9494

Please feel free to contact me at: (323) 906~2784 or via e~mail me at ____@____.com.

I'd love to help you and your step daughter however I can.

With love,
L. (MAMA to 2 year old Dylan Orion.......29 September 2007) : )

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answers from San Luis Obispo on

'Driven By Distraction'

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answers from Los Angeles on

I strongly suggest the book "The Way they Learn". She will have a little bit harder time in school when she is younger because most teachers do not know how to teach to these students, but in college she will excell! I was told that when my daughter was young, and boy were they right. These kids learn differently than most teachers do, especially the way our schools are set up, but are VERY smart. Be patient, and let her show you how she learns. Really good book. ;D

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answers from San Diego on

Healing ADD by Dr. Daniel G. Amen, Driven to Distraction & Delivered from Distraction & The Girl's Giude to AD/HD by Beth Walker. This book is a good book for your Step Daughter to read, too. Good Luck..& remember, this is NOT a bad thing, just a different thing!



answers from Los Angeles on

Check this page out for ideas on nutrition and solving the ADD yourself. Mainly the first thing to do is eat more well grown fat. Organic raw coconut oil I use on skin and cooking. It doesn't change at high temps to an unhealthy fat.



answers from Los Angeles on

try looking for a chiropractor who does cranial work... I have a really good one out here, but she's in Glendora and that might be too much of a drive.. then again people have come from chula vista to see her! Let me know.


answers from San Diego on

"Ritalin-Free Kids" by Ullman.



answers from Los Angeles on

Try taking her to someone who practice Torque Release Technique (TRT) chiropractic. It is a non drug way to get a kids system firing in alignment.



answers from Los Angeles on

Hands down, the expert in this area is one who has dealt with it through themselves and their family members. The Amen Clinic and Dr Daniel Amen is such a pleasure to work with and he is amazing to listen to and read. He even has books for the age appropriate to read as well (child and teen).

The SPECT scan helped to identify exactly what my son was dealing with so we could know which supplements and therapy was needed.



answers from Los Angeles on

Try "Taking Charge of ADHD" by Russell Barkley...he is one of the leading experts in the field. His book includes not only practical information about how to provide support for your child in school, at home, and so forth, but also incorporates conceptual information about how to understand ADHD from a brain perspective. Another reasonably good practical guide, though not geared as much to children, is "Driven to Distraction" by Hallowell and Ratey.

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