ADHD Book Reviews: Driven to Distraction and Changing for Good


If you’re listening to this, it’s 2019 so Happy New Year!

Last year, in the spirit of being a better resource to the online community I signed up for a self-paced ADHD coaching course. I wanted to learn more about how to help others with ADHD and be more than just a host of the group.

Part of that course has involved an extensive amount of reading. And I wanted to start sharing my thoughts on these books as I finish them. In today’s episode we’ll be talking about Driven To Distraction by Drs. Edward Hallowell and John Ratley, as well as Changing for Good by Drs. James Prochaska, John Norcross and Carlo Diclemente.

Want more? Here are 11 books for ADHD women.

Driven To Distraction

  • It’s a classic and also available in Audible version.
  • Use it for the case studies. Know going in that it’s dated and don’t get your feathers ruffled if there are references to Rolodexes
  • Right off the bat I related to Jim, but in the entire book there were so many relatable moments. My favorite part, aside from the stories, were the lists of practical actions at the end of each section.
  • My least favorite part were some of the stories seemed repetitive or seemed to go on and on forever. In the end, I liked it in general because I didn’t even mind the re-hearing things I already was aware off. It was good reinforcement.
  • Favorite Part: Beginning of the “Parts of the Elephant” chapter.

Changing for Good

  • As a former binge drinker and chain smoker, I really liked this book. Not only is it research-backed, I found it to be incredibly spot on about how “self changers” change.
  • It happens in cycles. You have to have the right awareness for it and be in the right mindset before making the change, and there are setbacks. It’s rarely this linear line and it rarely goes like you’re loved ones (or prime time TV) would have you believe.
  • I give this one really high marks for anyone who needs to make a change in their lives. We need more literature like this, grounded in science, rather than nagging relatives and draconian health professionals who are garbage at meeting patients where they already are.


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