Happy Book Birthday! When an Adult You Love Has ADHD

I wrapped up my developmental editing work with Dr. Russell A. Barkley about six months ago, and now I am thrilled to announce that his new book is off press. It’s called When an Adult You Love Has ADHD: Professional Advice for Parents, Partners, and Siblings.


Published by APA Books, the publishing house of the American Psychological Association

While there are many helpful books out there for adults who have ADHD or suspect they may have it, this one is for the people in the innermost circle of an adult with ADHD: those who love and care for that individual.

It has all the information you might expect—about what ADHD is, how it affects adults differently than children, and advice about best treatments (and sham treatments) that are available. But it hits on a lot of thorny emotional issues too, such as what to do when you’ve helped, spent your own money helping, given rides, made phone calls, helped, and helped some more and you realize it’s time to set up some boundaries with your loved one.

Beyond Good Meds and Management

With the right kind of support, adults with ADHD can do amazing things. That’s what I enjoyed learning the most while editing this book. For some, the “right kind of support” might be encouraging your loved one to keep physically active—to focus and move the body toward a specific goal. In the book Dr. Barkley highlights Michael Phelps’s now well known successes while living with ADHD. He also recently praised another Olympian, Simone Biles, on his Facebook page, for “owning” her ADHD and getting the word out there about effective medications.

Thankfully, Dr. Barkley mentions other ADHD-friendly career paths (like these) besides Olympic sport! And he offers helpful tips on the more mundane realities of day-to-day living such as how to reduce distractions and help your loved one manage necessary organizational tasks.

I recommend this easy-to-read, science-based book for anyone who wants to do a better job loving and supporting their partner or family member who has ADHD.