Living with Inattentive ADHD
Climbing the Circular Staircase of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Written by Cynthia Hammer, MSW
Foreword by William Dodson, MD
Category: Family & Relationships - Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD-ADHD); Health & Fitness - Mental Health; Self-Help - Self-Management
Format: Trade Paperback Original, 240 pages
On Sale Date: 08/29/2023
Presented in vivid detail, Living with Inattentive ADHD showcases how attention deficit hyperactivity disorder profoundly affects a person’s daily life and emotional well-being.
This insightful book uses Cynthia Hammer's personal experiences with practical revelations on issues common to those living with this condition, including growing up with undiagnosed ADHD, living with it as an adult, and frank discussions about the struggles and obstacles involved.
Cynthia Hammer knew she had problems with focus, concentration, and memory dating back to childhood, but it was not until age 49 that she was finally diagnosed with inattentive ADHD. Initially crushed by the news, the truth of her condition enabled her to slowly accept its challenges and learn ways to reduce its negative effects through new behaviors and habits. Now able to live life fully, even to the point of finding humor and benefits in having ADHD, Living with Inattentive ADHD combines her struggles, successes and insights into one powerful and probing memoir.
ADHD profoundly affects every aspect of a person's daily life and emotional well-being. Living With Inattentive ADHD is your guide through this winding journey—a "circular staircase"—with research-backed recommendations and advice given on everything from diagnosis, prescriptive medication, health habits, common problem areas and solutions, and more.
This candid and ultimately redemptive recounting broadens the public’s understanding of ADHD and celebrates the resilience and fortitude of those who confront its significant challenges. The message in Living with Inattentive ADHD is as profoundly empowering as it is optimistic—that those with ADHD, as well as their loved ones, have the ability to thrive and find contentment.
About the Author
Cynthia Hammer, MSW, was significantly affected by inattentive ADHD for many years until she was finally diagnosed at age 49. In 1994 she founded the non-profit organization ADD Resources, and in 2021, she founded the non-profit Inattentive ADHD Coalition because of her concern that too many children and adults with inattentive ADHD remain undiagnosed or incorrectly diagnosed. For more information, visit iadhd.org. Fueled by her Master's in Social Work and her experiences with ADHD, she seeks to share her unique perspective on how ADHD affects one's life. She currently resides in Tacoma, WA.
Praise for Living with Inattentive ADHD
“...a positive and optimistic view on how to live with ADHD.”
—Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH, University of Texas Medical School
“...a compelling—and at times, harrowing—journey through a life lived with the disorder.”
—Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S., host of ADHD Essentials podcast
“Read this book for powerful insights into what it really feels like to live with this vexing, perplexing condition.”
—Katherine Ellison, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
“Cynthia’s honesty, insight, and sense of humor about her lifelong ADHD will be both a comfort and inspiration to others.”
—Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D.
“Written with precision and breath-taking honesty, Cynthia Hammer has packed a lifetime of pain and joy into this page-turner, telling the poignant story of how she discovered later in life that she had ADHD.”
—Dr. Edward Hallowell, founder of Hallowell ADHD Centers
“Anyone who wants to know what it means to live with ADHD, needs to read this book.”
—Stephen V. Faraone, Ph.D., Norton College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University