How to ADHD

An Insider's Guide to Working with Your Brain (Not Against It)

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Pub Date Jan 02 2024 | Archive Date Apr 30 2024
Rodale Inc. | Rodale Books

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this honest, friendly, and shame-free guide, the creator of the award-winning YouTube channel How to ADHD shares the hard-won insights and practical strategies that have helped her survive, even thrive, in a world not built for her brain.

“The world of ADHD has been waiting for this book with bated breath for many years. If there’s a fairy godmother of our lot, it’s Jessica McCabe.”—Edward Hallowell, MD, coauthor of Driven to Distraction and ADHD 2.0

Forget “try harder.” When your brain works differently, you need to try different.
Diagnosed with ADHD at age twelve, Jessica struggled with a brain that she didn’t understand. She lost things constantly, couldn’t finish projects, and felt like she was putting more effort in than everyone around her while falling further and further behind. At thirty-two years old—broke, divorced, and living with her mom—Jessica decided to look more deeply into her ADHD challenges. She reached out to experts, devoured articles, and shared her discoveries on YouTube.
In How to ADHD, Jessica reveals the tools that have changed her life while offering an unflinching look at the realities of living with ADHD. The key to navigating a world not built for the neurodivergent brain, she discovered, isn’t to fix or fight against its natural tendencies but to understand and work with them. She explains how ADHD affects everyday life, covering executive function impairments, rejection sensitivity, difficulties with attention regulation, and more. You’ll also find ADHD-specific strategies for adapting your environment, routines, and systems, including:
Boost the signal and decrease the noise. Facilitate focus by putting your goals where you can see them and fighting distractions with distractions.
Have less stuff to manage. Learn why you have trouble planning and prioritizing, and why doing more starts with doing less.
Build your “time wisdom.” Work backward when you plan, and track how long it actually takes you to do something.
Learn about your emotions. Understand how naming your emotions and letting yourself experience them can make them easier to regulate.
With quotes from Jessica’s online community, chapter summaries, and reading shortcuts designed for the neurodivergent reader, How to ADHD will help you recognize your strengths and challenges, tackle “bad brain days,” and be kinder to yourself in the process.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this honest, friendly, and shame-free guide, the creator of the award-winning YouTube channel How to ADHD shares the hard-won insights and practical strategies that...

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I was first introduced to Jessica McCabe by the psychologist who had performed neuropsych testing on our daughter, At one point in our discussion, she pulled up one of Jessica's videos and said that it would explain, much better than she, the way the ADHD brain works. At that point I was hooked.

How to ADHD, the book is just as amazing. McCabe, who is neurodivergent herself, explains in simple terms how the neurologically different brain processes information and offers tips and strategies on how to navigate a world that is not designed for them. She teaches the reader that the goal is not to force your brain to work in the same way as the majority of people - that is not going to happen. The goal is to implement real tangible strategies to learn how to work with your brain. As she says "Forget “try harder.” When your brain works differently, you need to try different."

She has more to offer than just shared experiences and strategies. McCabe also shows you how to recognize your strengths and instills a confidence and validation that may not present in many of the readers.

She does not pretend to have the cure. What she has is a toolkit to help you thrive in your life. In this book, Jessica McCabe shows that she sees you. You are not alone. You are wonderful just the way you are.
This should be required reading for families of and ADHD individuals. I know my copy is already on pre-order.

My thanks to NetGalley and Rodale Inc. for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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You know that someone really understands something when they are able to explain it well enough for other people to understand. ADHD is misunderstood and often overused as a topic by people who don't understand it, but Jessica McCabe knows how to explain it in a way that makes sense.
Even better, there are so many pieces of advice so that someone with ADHD can better deal with the world. Step by step, you can learn things you can do to make life easier and less stressful.
I recommend this for anyone suffering from ADHD, both adults and teens, and for family members trying to help their young relatives cope.
Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this.

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