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Every year, millions of withdrawn little girls and chronically overwhelmed women go undiagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder because they don't fit the stereotypical profile: they're not fast-talking, hyperactive, or inattentive, and they are not male.

Sari Solden's groundbreaking study reveals that ADHD affects just as many women as men, and that the resulting depression, disorganization, anxiety, and underachievement are also symptoms of ADHD.

Newly revised and updated to reflect the latest clinical research, the book explores treatment and counseling options, and uses real-life case histories to examine the special challenges women with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) face, such as the shame of not fulfilling societal expectations.

Included is a brand-new chapter on friendship for women with ADHD. Three empowering steps - restructuring one's life, renegotiating relationships, and redefining self-image - help women take control of their lives and enjoy success on their own terms.

©2005 Sari Solden (P)2018 Tantor

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Excellent book! Better at 1.2x playback speed

This is a must-read book for women w/ ADHD. The content is detailed, helpful, and unnervingly accurate. Sari Solden's writing is articulate, insightful, and accessible. She weaves together a mix of clinical observations, research data, and more story-like narratives in ways that illuminate complex issues without being condescending.

Note: the audio narration is sluggish, but you can ADJUST YOUR PLAYBACK SPEED TO 1.2x OR FASTER to fix this. At 1.2x playback speed, it's perfectly fine. (I suspect it's a recording issue, not the fault of the narrator.)

Solden is brilliant at collecting the vague, nebulous patterns of ADHD life and expressing them clearly. This is empowering for the ADHD reader. It is also helpful for explaining ADHD struggles to neurotypical people, and for figuring out how to adapt, organize, and get effective help. Solden clarifies SO many details of ADHD that are challenging, but hard to put into words. Other books speak to broader ADHD work/life issues. For women, ADHD clashes with social & cultural expectations in ways that cause emotional damage and self esteem issues. That's why this book is so important.

If you've struggled with untreated (or mistreated) ADHD for years, the clarity of this book may trigger some heartache. But it's backed up with practical advice on addressing and improving your challenges. There's also a strong focus on recognizing the inherent strengths and aptitudes that come with ADHD. This book is my #1 recommendation for women w/ ADHD. It's truly life-altering.

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Stick with it!!!!

I almost put this one back on the shelf when the narration began, it was a bit of an adjustment because her tone is reeeeeally hard to get behind. the content however is excellent and because I connected with it so much I didn't notice the narration as much as it went on. the woman she describes over and over again is me...she is talking about my life, and it's so validating. well worth the time to read and a wonderfully resource for partners as well.

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An Owners Manual

I fast forwarded through parts that weren’t applicable to me... and now understand why I did

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  • Bee
  • 2020-07-28

A Game changer! a must read!

what an incredible book! it was so eye opening for me. Being someone who was diagnosed later in life I always felt different and this book was very relatable and was so accurate to how I felt and feel. It's a must read for any woman with ADHD or ADD.

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This book changed my life for the better

I honestly didn’t know what ADHD truly was until I started reading this book. It prompted me to seek a diagnosis and treatment. The anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation and executive dysfunction I’ve experienced my entire life all started to make sense in this book. The treatment I’ve received for ADHD has been effective for all of the things I’ve mentioned and I’m forever grateful for Sari Solden’s book. It actually brought me to tears because my life finally made sense within its pages.

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Better not have ADHD if you intend on listening

I have listened for an hour now to all sorts of "what to expect and "thanks to this person" and "my last book said this but now I'm saying that" but never actually say anything!!! What the heck?? Poor strategy for people with ADHD . I'm refunding this book and sad I'll never get that hour back. 0/10

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amazingly life changing

I would highly recommend this book for anyone struggling with ADD/ADHD I was diagnosed as a kid but never fully understood till now.

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a must read

I am for sure going to get my husband to read it.
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  • 2019-05-03

Great content, AWFUL narration.

The monotone narration made it very difficult to follow and engage. It was downright painful at times. It was all I could do to finish it! The book itself is wonderful and very informative!

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  • TKY
  • 2019-02-26

Out of date and depressing

This book was originally written in 1998 and the info is still not up to date with the last update. The narrator has a very monotone voice and if you really have ADD or ADHD it is very difficult to pay attention.

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  • sydney cooper
  • 2020-11-25

Please rerecord this book!!!!!!

As everyone knows this book is incredibly excellent. The reader unfortunately cannot read and especially for women with ADHD who are often highly sensitive to sound-her voice is excruciating!!!!!!!!
Please please please get this re-recorded!

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  • Ayaire
  • 2019-03-11

This book has changed my life

After having ADD all my life and being diagnosed finally 3 years ago, it's not been until now, after listening to this book, that I'm starting to understand that being ADD isn't just a list of deficiencies but rather a legitimate state of being. I can't recommend it enough.

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  • Ms. Bedelia
  • 2018-08-20

Life-saving

The definitive text on women with inattentive type ADHD. The most comprehensive place to start. Loved being able to listen to it.

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  • Hope & Jorge
  • 2019-10-14

Good info but narration is beyond horrible

The info is good and useful but the narration is one of the worst I have ever heard. I don't think it is read by a professional. the narrator is dull with no inflection, monotonous. Additionally, she reads haltingly and stumbles over words periodically. Its like listening to people trying to read aloud in a classroom. For anyone with ADHD this makes it exceedingly hard to listen to. As interested as I am in the subject matter I do not know if I will be able to finish the book due to the narration. I keep tuning out and my thoughts wonder because of the terrible narration and it is very frustrating because I WANT to hear the info contained in this book. I really hope they re-record this book with a better narrator so it is more accessible in the future.

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  • Tiffany Robertson
  • 2020-02-15

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This woman’s voice!! If you have ADHD you’ll never get through this! You can definitely tell she doesn’t have it. I kept waiting for something but I couldn’t even focus. The information seems good but I wish they had a name for each chapter so I could skip through.

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  • Cincia
  • 2019-05-02

NOT for ADD or ADHD readers

Dear DR. Solden, I am writing this review as a woman who strongly suspect she has attention deficit disorder. Despite the fact that I found the content of the book useful (until now. I managed to read up to about 10% of it), I suggest you re-think the structure and length of your book, together with re-thinking how to narrate it (or hiring a professional for that purpose). This is a 12 hours audiobook!! twelve ! I didn' t realize that when I purchased it, else I wouldn 't have made the purchase. Apart from the fact that I do not believe it takes 12 hours to explain the nuts and bolts of the issue, you should know that the attention span of a person affected by this disorder is quite short, and that the communication must be efficient and to the point. If you want to talk to ADD readers, that is. Added to that is the fact that the narration is totally slow and flat in tone....really difficult to keep interest of ADD people (or anyone else, for that matters) with this kind of narration. I am quite surprised that when crafting this book and choosing who should narrate it, you did not consider the characteristics (in specific: problems with focus and attention) of the very people you want to help and I believe, to target with this book. In all honesty, I am not sure I will be able to finish this book because of these reasons.

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  • cindy peterson
  • 2021-02-10

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Loved this book! listening to these word i felt understood and driven to get help and understanding for my ADHD. I feel hopeful as a mother with lots of kids and responsibilities and chaos that my role doesn't have to be defined by society. I can focus on my strengths and make accomidations for my weaknesses.

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  • Jessica E Wilson
  • 2020-11-15

Some Good Info, Monotonous Narrator

The information in this book is useful, if not a little focused on the ide that a woman's will only be about her role as a homemmaker, wife, and mother. The little focus on work is based on the idea that women have expendable jobs for which quitting is a perfectly reasonable solution.

My specific issue with the audio book is that the narration is flat and momentous. I listen to a few audio books a month, mostly on psychological/neurological issues, but I could hardly focus on this one because of this.

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