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A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD

Written by: Sari Solden MS,Michelle Frank PsyD,Ellen Littman PhD - foreword
Narrated by: Marni Penning
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Publisher's Summary

If you are a woman with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you've probably known - all your life - that you're different. As girls, we learn which behaviors, thinking, learning, and working styles are preferred, which are accepted and tolerated, and which are frowned upon. These preferences are communicated in innumerable ways-from media and books to our first-grade classroom to conversations with our classmates and parents.

Over the course of a lifetime, women with ADHD learn through various channels that the way they think, work, speak, relate, and act does not match up with the preferred way of being in the world. In short, they learn that difference is bad. And, since these women know that they are different, they learn that they are bad. It's time for a change.

A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD is the first guided workbook for women with ADHD designed to break the cycle of negative self-talk and shame-based narratives that stem from the common and limiting belief that brain differences are character flaws. In this unique guide, you'll find a groundbreaking approach that blends traditional ADHD treatment with contemporary treatment methods, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), to help you untangle yourself from the beliefs that have kept you from reaching your potential in life.

©2019 Sari Solden and Michelle Frank (P)2021 Tantor

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  • Dunlay Kobe
  • 05-07-21

No practical strategies

At first, I felt so happy to have found this book and chapter 1 was all about how our symptoms often go undiagnosed and how our culture shames us over our ADHD. Then I realized every other chapter was simply about accepting our illness. Which I did. Quite a while ago. When it came time for the practical tips on how to deal, there were...none. they said we'd figure it out on our own. duh. If I could do that I wouldn't have bought the effin book. Also absent- great data about research studies into what strategies work and which do not. this was a pat on the head and a cookie. Nothing more.

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  • M. Judice
  • 20-04-21

Nothing tangible

It’s another self help book instead of straight info. Wish it was less motivational vibe and more hard facts.

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  • Dr. William Kennedy, psychologist and self-protection trainer
  • 16-03-21

Great for therapists, great for clients!

this book did an amazing job of bridging the intersection between ADHD and gender-based psychology. This book focuses heavily on the impact of those two dimensions on self-image and self-esteem. It uses solid CBT frames to gently but effective nudge readers along a path of change. As the husband of a woman with ADHD this helps me be a more supportive ally. As a clinical psychologist, I found this book helpful for working with my female clients facing sexism and the impacted of ADHD. Well Done!

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  • Christie young
  • 09-03-21

touching

the struggles I've had that I couldn't find words for were finally said. I was hoping to get more guidance on practical tools to use, but it wasn't really about that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-03-21

Eye opening

I went to Therapy a few years back and was given a ADD assessment test. I tested highly likely of having ADD but kind of just excepted it and went about my life. But after listening to this book I realize how much it’s actually affected me. I feel like the lightbulb has been turned on in my brain and soul and now feel like I may have the motivation to actually move to path of happy healthier life. Thank you so much

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-10-21

Not a book for you if you have any confidence in yourself

This was effectively a self help / self esteem book, rather than a book of practical and tactical advice I was hoping it was. If you’ve accepted that you have adhd, are at peace with it, and are looking for ways to work effectively with it, this is not the book you’re looking for. This book is more for those who haven’t yet come to terms with the fact that they have adhd. Further more, if you have any confidence in yourself or your abilities, this book will probably annoy the hell out of you.

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  • Ali Michelin
  • 05-07-21

Not What I Expected

The narration was great and there were a few stories that I related to, but I didn't start taking interest in the book until over 3/4 of the way through. I felt at times that maybe I am "too ADHD" to follow the logic here or to really absorb what they were trying to present. This book was recommended to me by another ADHD friend, who really found benefit from it, so I'm sure the experience is different for everyone. I read the description of the book, and thought I would get a more practical guide, with information about how ADHD women operate and strategy for addressing it. Near the end of the book, they did present some strategy and even clearly stated that that was not the purpose of this book, but they included some as a bonus. I realize I may not have known what the purpose of this book was, during the majority of it. It seems the focus was on mindset about one's own ADHD experience, which for some might be really helpful. I gave 4 stars because I think what's here is valuable, but I would recommend it to others with the caveat that you will not find much fact-based information here or methods for addressing the real life challenges of living with ADHD.

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  • Paijeoc
  • 21-04-21

Great listen!

I thouroughly enjoyed listening to this book and the way it was delivered! The stories of various women along with the moments to debrief the information provided make this a great read!

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  • C P
  • 09-06-21

Essential Material

This book nailed the experience of being a woman with ADHD. I (ugly) cried several times during the first two chapters- that’s how I KNOW they were dropping major truth bombs that hit home!!! The rest of the book had me nodding my head in agreement and feeling seen and empowered. As with most things in personal growth, this book came at the perfect time for me and I am so grateful for the authors’ work.

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  • Melissa Lang
  • 13-04-21

Describes me perfectly!!

If you are a woman with ADHD, please take the time to listen to this book! It may bring a tear to your eye with her accuracy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-04-21

Plagiarised

This is a poor imitation of the real book. Please have a look at Sari Solden’s website for more details.

There isn’t an audio version of this book, but the hard copy is great!

Frustrated because I do prefer audio to text.

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  • Ayla Sileghem
  • 26-04-22

Not very helpful

Not relatable. All the tips are for self-expression, not time management or other practical things.

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  • Cat
  • 23-10-22

I might be missing the point.

I might be missing the point from a cultural perspective. This feels very American with an attitude that everyone needs a cheerleader, giving standing ovations and shouting great job at the smallest achievement. I find it a little bit patronising. If someone is looking for reassuring pats on the head and a there, there, you can do it sort of thing, then this book would do the trick. I am a very independent woman looking for something other than this. No disrespect to the amount of work that has clearly gone into this book, but the tone of it doesn't quite work for me. Maybe great for someone setting out on this journey earlier in life. I am in my 40's. Thank you for the book though, it is great to see more books about this out there.

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  • Mischa Rose
  • 19-10-22

It’s all dumbed down fluff 😕

Lots of inspirational transformational repetitious platitudes, all pinked up and girly chatty. I was really riled by it. This has no relevance to my lived experience of ADHD. What women need is solid, evidence-based information grounded in real experience, not generalised New Agey analogies about self acceptance and growing into who you really are. Radical this is not. The narrator is a good sport though and does a good job with some very insubstantial material.

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  • Nicole
  • 12-11-21

Great for those with is ADHD

Fantastic Listen! some great strategies for accepting your ADHD and finding your confidence included. will probably listen again and again.

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  • Rebecca
  • 15-10-21

Hard to maintain interest

At first I found it difficult to follow the more complex vocabulary of the book, especially cause I can’t reread the parts I don’t follow. I slowed the narration down a smidge but still hard. I think there are “activities” with in the litterateur but it’s so difficult to know what’s going on. The narration is robot like and mono tone which again does NOTHING for an ADHD audience. There are some good little bits and short stories I could relate to but that’s about all.

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  • porkncheez
  • 03-07-21

Not what I was expecting.

Well written. But I felt it was more reminding me and reliving my trauma of undiagnosed ADHD. I was hoping for more proactive steps as a guide might be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-21

Loved this!

I felt so deeply understood, validated and empowered. Some great strategies to thrive as your unique self. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-21

Absolutely Amazing

I have just been diagnosed with ADHD as an adult woman. This book has helped me laugh, cry & get it into perspective. It also offers usable strategies that I can see will work well for me & my unique brain…. I better go back and write them down so I don’t forget them 😆
Highly recommend
Thank you xx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-21

Balanced and empathetic - exactly what you need to hear!

I was skeptical when I purchased this book as I am still early in my journey. The messaging has been so aptly written and offers personal experience relating to relevant struggles. I didn’t think I would smile and chuckle as much as I did. Thank you Solden and Frank for your work. It’s definitely made the world of difference for me :)

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  • Katie
  • 18-05-21

Incredibly enlightening

Amazing resource both for women with ADHD and anyone in their lives. I don't have ADHD myself but my mother does, and came to her diagnosis later in life. This book is a beautiful insight into the life of women with ADHD and I know my mum has resonated with it a lot. It has helped me understand more about the unique challenges it brings, and the way so many negative self perceptions are generated and internalised by being neurodiverse in a sometimes unfriendly world. Highly recommend it for women with ADHD and those who love them. It isn't a strategy book as such, but focuses more on fundamental self beliefs, growing confidence and authenticity, which are the foundation for everything!

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  • Helen Burgin
  • 01-11-22

OMG Amazing

Such a great read and shares so much empowerment amd reframes any shame and guilt carried around by women with ADHD.
Certainly a book I'm going to dip back into time and time again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-10-22

Profound

Having been diagnosed just after my 50th Birthday, I have been floundering a little to reconcile my life, choices, moods, etc.
This book has challenged me, instructed and also, gently guided me in unpicking the shame, guilt and self hatred that comes feom not living up to "perceived" or even neurotypical behaviour. One million thank you'd do not seem enough!

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  • Eufemia Elliott
  • 16-09-22

Ordinary recording

The recording was fairly poor, the start of sentences were cut off - particularly the reflective questions. Very frustrating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-07-22

not much practical advice. felt just political.

found it hard to maintain interest in this book. more about the political underpinnings of women with adhd rather than practical advice on dealing with the day to day stuff that women with adhd inevitably have to deal with. more about breaking stigma and being "bold". im looking for advice that can actually help us women and mothers thrive in life rather than just feminist agenda jargon.