Hey Addy, I’m happy to hear that you want to get to the bottom of all this, that’s fantastic!
This journey is time-consuming in the best of times, especially in the beginning, not to mention expensive. Of course, it’s all worth it considering the alternative.
Become an expert on ADHD and know it inside out. You just have to bit the bullet and do it because reading superficial articles on this just isn’t going to cut it. ADHD is too complicated for a superficial knowledge and can overpower even the best of intentions. So make a strong commitment to getting through these books (as best you can).
Read these books (in order):
1) Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood M.D. Edward M. Hallowell M.D., John J. Ratey (available on both Kindle and Audible. Don’t confuse this book w/ “Delivered from Distraction”)
2) More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD by Ari Tuckman (unfortunately there is no audiobook for this, but he does have a Podcast)
3) Taking Charge of Adult ADHD by Russell A. Barkley Ph.D. (Author) (available in both Kindle and Audible. recommend getting both.)
After you read those books, you’ll know:
-exactly what you’re dealing with
-your options are managing your ADHD
-strategies to get your life under control
The book by Ari Tuckman I found to be the most useful and practical in terms of how to manage my ADHD consistently.
Russell Barkley is considered one of, if not the top, ADHD doctor/expert/researcher in the world. However, it can be hard to read because he doesn’t sugar coat this condition, and it can be a bit disturbing. I don’t recommend starting with his work but get around to it after you have solid baseline knowledge.
I highly recommend this video:
-The Perfect Career for ADHD (Digital Download)
-The production quality isn’t all that great, but the content is spot on.
-It’s worth the 16.99
Also, seriously consider an ADHD coach (after diagnosis):
I don’t know them personally but find someone like this.
Driven to Distraction
Taking Charge of Adult ADHD
Ari Tuckman, PsyD, CST – his Podcast