Zoe Kessler, freelance writer and blogger, was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at 47 years of age. Like many people diagnosed as adults, she began to look back over life and how it might have been different if she had known about her ADHD and how to cope with it. Would she have had more success in relationships, avoided bankruptcy, had more friends and been happier? Instead of getting too mired in “could have beens” and “what ifs”, she then took the more constructive step of writing a book about her experiences.
There are a few books out now about adult ADHD and I found some of them a bit dense and intimidating, so this slim paperback looked like a lighter option to begin with. Instead of an academic or scientific tome, Zoe Kessler's book is more of a personal account of the effects ADHD has had on her own life, including her career, personal relationships and physical health. Each chapter she focuses on one aspect of her ADHD (such as inattention, or impulsivity), tells anecdotes about how it has affected her or someone she knows and provides a couple of concrete suggestions for overcoming it.
Kessler talks not just about adult ADHD in general, but about how it affects women in particular. Girls with ADHD often go undiagnosed until adulthood, possibly because they have the inattentive type which is less disruptive in a school setting than the hyperactivity boys with the disorder often display. Women with ADHD are more prone to eating disorders, unplanned pregnancies and hoarding. Any woman can become overwhelmed with the modern expectation that we maintain our homes while juggling a career and children, but it is even more difficult for women with ADHD. Zoe gives some practical suggestions for ways for women in this position to get help and get their lives back on track.
Zoe includes suggestions for further reading on the subject, and some of her suggestions may turn up in reviews here in the near future. ADHD According to Zoe is an engaging read that will be extremely helpful to any woman with ADHD and to anyone with a partner, mother, daughter niece or friend with the disorder.