Attentional Spectrum Books

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ACO Conference Binder 2012 –
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Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – Part 4c

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
Albert Einstein

“We spend our life until we’re twenty
deciding what parts of ourselves to put in the bag,
and we spend the rest of our lives trying to get them out again.” 

~  Robert Bly

The Attentional Spectrum through The ADD Lens™

As I compiled this list of “ADD-related” books, I became crystal clear that my concept of “related” is that the book sheds some positive-minded light on the process of attentional regulation.

Attentional intentionality has always been my “handle” on the collection of behaviors that combine to create the Executive Functioning challenges, because I believe it is foundational for any modicum of success in life.

As a result, I believe it is useful to look at Attention Deficit Disorder and all of it’s comorbids as a continuum, seen through the lens of attentional volition and control.

While most people understand that ADD is a continuum disorder, few look at its place in a SPECTRUM of Executive Functioning Disorders, all of which impact attention.

Welcome to the Clubhouse

After several decades of experience playing multiple and overlapping roles as an ADD advocate, ADD Coach Trainer and ADD Coach, I have come to view ADD and all of its look-a-likes and act-alikes as members of the same club.

  • Looking for resources through the lens of the ATTENTIONAL spectrum changes significantly how I understand the implications of the information I come across.
  • It also greatly enlarges the territory I research, enriching my understanding of Attentional dysregulation, as it increases my ability to help the wide range of clients and students I support.

Following the bread-crumbs of some of the concepts that served as the genesis for one of the “foundational” articles here on ADDandSoMuchMore.come, an introduction to my objections to the reinsertion of the “H” into ADD’s official moniker, I was to led to the formulation of the concept of looking through The ADD Lens™ as I examined Executive Functioning .

My Attentional Spectrum aha! came as a result of looking through that Lens.

I invite you to look through it with me as you explore some of the books I suggest on more than a few booklists you will find here on this site, beginning with the one immediately below.


Just because it’s not listed, doesn’t mean I don’t love it!

As difficult as it was to compile a list of only a few of the many great books exploring the Brain and the Mind, it is a practically impossible task to pick and choose among a library’s worth of ADD-related books that now grace my shelves — a great many of them published since I began the journey of learning to drive my very own brain, several decades ago now.

It is especially difficult because a great many of the authors are friends and colleagues — and they have done a magnificent job producing useful resourses from any number of categories, styles and first-person points of view.

I don’t want to appear to discount anyone’s efforts or to hurt anyone’s feelings, but I simply can’t list ALL the great ADD-related books!  Neither can I side-step the issue altogether, since I am usually asked to provide resources whenever I am a conference presenter.

HOW in the world was I to decide what to include?!

Well, rather than repeat the long lists of ADD books you can easily find on Amazon, ADDerWorld, or any number of wonderful websites and blogs dedicated to ADD, I decided I would share some of my own “go to” sources — books I reach for repeatedly when I am developing curriculum for attentional intentionality-focused coach trainings.

Many of these are older resouces that many of you might otherwise overlook in favor of the plethora of great books more recently published.

In the categories of books that are ADD-related, but not ADD-specific, I have listed only a few that I have found to be especially helpful for ADD Coaches.

As I continue to add content to, I hope to have the time and focus to be able to include more book titles in the “related content” lists at the end of almost all of my articles – AND I will continue to edit the lists I DO post as I discover that I have inadvertently omitted one or several of my “go to” sources.

Get ‘er DONE! (and get ‘er up)

There are so MANY good books in so many related categories that my ADD decision-making-impaired brain BOGGLES!  I have been agonizing all month (which, as my clients and students know, is a bigtime no-no in my book).

SO . . . I am taking my own coaching . . . doing what I advise for others
suffering the agony of indecision: shoot for a “C-” job!

After all, a job worth doing is worth doing badly, too!

So many of us languish in the waiting room of the incompletion zone forever — usually because we try so darned hard to follow the vanilla-flavored version of that particular homily.

Sad, isn’t it?  So let’s check out some ADD-flavored books!

A Few ADD-focused Books

  • Taking Charge of ADHD, Dr. Russell Barkley
  • Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults Attention Deficit Disorders and Comorbidities in Children, Adolescents and Adults | A New Understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) – Thomas E. Brown PhD
  • Thom Hartmann’s Complete Guide to ADHD: Help for Your Family at Home, School and Work, Thom Hartmann  | ADHD Secrets of Success,Thom Hartmann, Wilson Harrell (Afterword)
  • You Mean I’m NOT Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! | ADDed Dimension, Kate Kelly & Peggy Ramundo
  • A Comprehensive Guide To Attention Deficit Disorder In Adults, Kathleen G. Nadeau. ed.
  • ADD Medication Rules, Dr. Charles Parker (check out his Podcasts – they’re great!)   
  • More Attention, Less Deficit, Ari Tuckman (Podcasts too – also great!)

Books focused on ADD Challenges (vs. ADD, per se)

  • Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness, Daniel G. Amen
  • Brain Science and Psychological Disorders; Therapy, Psychotropic Drugs and the Brain, F. Scott Kraly
  • The Meaning of Anxiety, Rollo May
  • The Impulsive Client, Theory, Research, and Treatment, edited by William G. McCown, Judith L. Johnson, Myrna B. Shure
  • Shadow Syndromes, John Ratey & Catherine Johnson
  • Becoming a Constant Object in Psychotherapy with the Borderline Patient, Charles P. Cohen, Vance R. Sherwood
  • Thoughts without a Thinker, Mark Epstein (forward by the Dalai Lama)

Spectrum Books

Autism Spectrum/Aspergers

  • Reweaving the Autistic Tapestry, Understanding Autism, Asperger Syndrome and ADHDLisa Blakemore-Brown
  • The ADHD-Autism Connection, Diane M. Kennedy  
  • Thinking in Pictures, Temple Grandin

Affect Dysregulation (Depression, BiPolar, Anxiety, Panic)

  • Thoughts & Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life, Martha Davis, Patrick Fanning, Matthew McKay
  • Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes, Therese Borchard
  • An Unquiet Mind, K. R. Jamison
  • Anxiety Disorders and Phobias: A Cognitive Perspective, Aaron Beck, Ph.D. Gary Emery and Ruth Greenberg
  • Bipolar Disorders, Waltz, M. Sebastopol
  • Adult Bipolar Disorders, Mitzi Waltz
  • Hope and Help for Your Nerves, Claire Weekes
  • The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to Healing, Recovery, and Growth, Glenn R. Schiraldi
  • The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment, Babette Rothschild

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Over and Over Again, F. Neqiroglu & J. Yaryura-Tobia, J.
  • The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing,  J. L.   Rapoport
  • Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior, Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Beverly Beyette

Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Rage, Conduct Disorder

  • Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps To Better Behavior, Russell A. Barkley, Christine M. Benton
  • The Explosive Child, R.W. Greene
  • Rage: A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Explosive Anger by Ronald T. Potter-Efron

Sensory Defensiveness

  • Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight, . . . sensory defensive in an over-stimulating world, Sharon Heller
  • The Out of Sync Child, C.S. Kranowitz

Irlen Syndrome (formerly scotopic sensitivity)

  • Reading by the Colors, Helen Irlen    
  • The Light Barrier, Understanding the Mystery of Irlen Syndrome & Light-Based Reading Difficulties, Rhonda Stone  

Substance Abuse, Dependence & Addiction

  • Codependent No More | Beyond Codependency , Melanie Beattie
  • Over the Influence: The Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcohol,  P. Denning, J. Little, J. & A. Glickman
  • Buzzed, Kuhn, Swartzwelder & Wilson
  • ADD and Addiction, Getting the Help You Deserve | When Too Much Isnt Enough, Ending the Destructive Cycle of AD/HD and Addictive Behavior,  Wendy Richardson 

Cognitive Performance & Learning Disabilities/Disorders

  • Handbook of Learning Disabilities, editors: H. Lee Swanson, Karen R. Harris, Steve Graham
  • Learning Outside The Lines: Two Ivy League Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution, Jonathan Mooney, David Cole, Edward M. Hallowell
  • The source for nonverbal learning disorders, Sue Thompson
  • Learning Disabilities: From Identification to Intervention, Jack M. Fletcher, G. Reid Lyon, Lynn S. Fuchs, Marcia A. Barnes

Somatic dysfunctions

  • From Fatigued to Fantastic, Jacob Teitelbaum
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Other Invisible Illnesses: The Comprehensive Guide, Katrina Berne, Daniel L. Peterson
  • Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection, Celeste Cooper, Jeffrey Miller

Sleep Difficulties and Disorders

  • Sleep Disorders For Dummies, Max Hirshkowitz, Patricia B. Smith, William C. Dement
  • The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep, Lawrence Epstein, Steven Mardon
  • The Timing of Sleep and Wakefulness: On the Substructure and Dynamics of the Circadian Pacemakers Underlying the Wake-Sleep Cycle (Studies of Brain Function), J. T. Enright
  • Evaluation and Management of Sleep Disorders, Dr.s Martin Reite, John Ruddy, Kem Nagel



Stay tuned – I will continue to post a blog-expanded view of all of my speakers content from the 2012 ACO Conference – editing to take advantage of the chance to add content I had to delete to fit within space constraints, and adding links to provide background context, illustrations and additional information.

There will also be a few resources that I did NOT share at the conference that those of you who stick with the series will LOVE me for sharing leave me comments, likes and gold stars or I may change my mind ::grin::

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

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