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ADHD, ADD and Learning Disorders

About Learning Disorders

The principle characteristics of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. There are three subtypes of ADHD recognized by professionals. These are the predominantly hyperactive/impulsive type (that does not show significant inattention); The predominantly inattentive type (that does not show significant hyperactive-impulsive behavior) sometimes called ADD; and the combined type (that displays both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms).

Does This Situation Describe Your Concern?

The Center for Work and Family Life is available to help in the following ways:

  • practicing better self-care
  • activating and expanding your support sytem
  • applying and integrating the information found in these book & web resources into your daily living
  • connecting you with providers or community resources that specialize in this topic

Please call CWFL to request personalized assistance on this topic

Our phone is 213-821-0800

Reading List Notations:

Green font indicates books that have been read by Center for Work and Family Life staff.

The Center does not specifically recommend or endorse any particular literature, nor does the absence of books from this list represent a recommendation against such works.

The Center for Work and Family Life would like to thank and give credit to the Stanford University Faculty and Staff Help Center, which was instrumental in helping to assemble this reading list.

Web Resources Notations:

The links listed are being provided as additional resources for you. Most of these are not affiliated with the Center for Work and Family Life.

Neither the Center, nor the University, is responsible for these websites, their content or the referral information they provide. As such, we encourage you to be an educated consumer in using the links to take you to the resources available for that topic.

If you have any questions, comments or find information on this page that is incorrect or no longer current, please contact us at (213) 821-0800 or at


Reading List

Barkley, R.A. (2000). Taking Charge of ADHD: The complete authoritative guide for parents. New York: Guilford.

Barkley, Russell, Ph.D. (1994) ADHD in the Classroom (video). (800-365-7006 to order)

Hallowell, Edward M., & J. Ratey (1994). Driven to Distraction. Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Note: For adults with A.D.D. and A.D.H.D.

Hallowell, E.M. and Ratey, J. (1995). Answers to Distraction. New York: Bantam Doubleday.

Hallowell, E.M. and Ratey, J. (2005). Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder.New York: Ballantine Books.

Nadeau, Kathleen (2002). Understanding Women with AD/HD. Silver Spring, MD: Advantage Books.

Parker, H. (1992). The ADD Hyperactivity Handbook for Schools. Plantation, FL: Impact Publications (800-233-9273)

Solden, Sari (1995). Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embracing Disorganization at Home and in the Workplace. Underground Books.

Web Resources

The Guilford Press provides an ADHD report, a bi-monthly newsletter, and is dedicated to bringing well-written, solidly researched work to professionals, academics, and general readers (

A web site for tools and books, the A.D.D. WareHouse is a leading resource for understanding all developmental disorders, including ADD.