Here is a link to an introductory list of ADHD Meds by a fellow ADHDer.
I am NOT offering this as medical advice, or as a substitute for medical care from your own doctor, simply because I found it interesting and helpful. Concerta, the medication that I currently find most effective for my ADHD symptoms is not among the listed…so keep in mind that there may be further options, and that you should likely ask a doctor about them.
Here is another website that I found helpful in learning a bit more for myself about ADHD meds, it’s Dr. Charles Parker’s blog…he has a book about meds available for purchase, but the blog also contains useful information.
Again, not offered as medical advice. Even if he is a doctor, he’s not YOUR doctor, and neither am I!
As for general ADHD information, I also got a lot of my information about ADHD from scholarly articles and journals. I was in grad school at the time, so I had free access to such things online through my school library. If you are a student at a college or university, YOU likely also have this kind of access, and you can and should ask a librarian to show you how to find this information. It is much more useful than the poo that is often published in “mainstream media” articles…it is generally the results of actual scientific studies about ADHD. One of the most interesting things I learned through reading scientific materials, was that women and girls are almost non-existent, until very recently, in the scientific studies. Yes, that’s right…we don’t exist! Well…we’re STARTING to exist…but until recently many of us were diagnosed as bipolar, depressed, anxious…and some of us are also those things…but anyway…some of the language of these scholarly articles may be a little over the top (written in scholar-ese) but they’re worth a look…even if it doesn’t all make perfect sense, some of it will, and it gives you a starting point for a conversation with your doc, who may be able to translate. Yet others of these articles are perfectly readable by people with normal vocabularies who are not psychologists or psychiatrists.
Even if you are NOT a student, you can access some of that same information through your public library. If you do not know how, that’s okay…again, go to the library and ask a librarian if they can access any studies on ADHD…or if they have access to scholarly articles on the subject. I know that through my local public library (and I do not live in a big city or otherwise fancy place) I have access to some of these articles and thanks to my library, I can do it right here on my couch with my ID number from my library card!
You can also ask a librarian for help in finding any books they may have about ADHD, or ask if they take requests from the public, for particular books about ADHD that you may be looking for.
Personally, I think Driven To Distraction is a classic of the genre (for adults, does not talk about kids with ADHD).
Delivered From Distraction is another good one for adults with ADHD.
Is It You, Me, or Adult ADHD is another highly recommended read and it deals with the effects of ADHD on adult relationships.
For perspective on women’s issues and ADHD, you might like to try Women With Attention Deficit Disorder by Sari Solden.
And for an interesting personal story, written by someone with ADHD, try Bryan Hutchinson’s One Boy’s Struggle.
These books are all available for purchase online but remember, if you check at your public library first, they may have it available for FREE. If you’re like me, and have a hard time remembering to return library books, find a way to remind yourself, or just read books at the library itself, in installments!
That should keep you busy for a while…happy information hunting! (And be sure to check out the blogs I’ve linked too, on the right-hand side of this page…they are informational, interesting, and chock full of stories about life with ADHD.)