Zoe Kessler was diagnosed with ADHD in her 40’s—and a wave of relief of having a diagnosis combined with horror at the very same thing washed over her. Isn’t ADHD that thing that only pre-adolescent boys deal with? This sends Zoe, a blogger and a journalist, on a quest to understand her diagnosis and in turn, herself. This book combines funny (and sometimes painfully shocking) stories that illustrate Kessler’s points with the abundance of research she has found over the years to help her and to, in turn, help others.
This book is impressively well-researched and provides great references and tips for those currently dealing with ADHD as an adult--in particular, it is an excellent resource for women. Zoe has a relatable voice that is easy to read and makes you smile. It felt like I was getting drinks with her at the local dive bar and she was giving me tips on how to deal with my lack of focus. (Hypothetically speaking, you know, if I were dealing with the symptoms…)
This felt less like a self-help book and more like speaking amongst friends; I think this is so important in ADHD help literature as it can be embarrassing to confront in adulthood. Making people, particularly women, aware of how to address their symptoms in a practical and everyday way is niche that Zoe fills, and you should think about getting this for the zoned-out woman in your life. Just sayin’—it might be more helpful than you think.