• Women with Attention Deficit Disorder

  • Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life
  • By: Sari Solden
  • Narrated by: Sari Solden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Every year, millions of withdrawn little girls and chronically overwhelmed women go undiagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder because they don't fit the stereotypical profile: they're not fast-talking, hyperactive, or inattentive, and they are not male.

Sari Solden's groundbreaking study reveals that ADHD affects just as many women as men, and that the resulting depression, disorganization, anxiety, and underachievement are also symptoms of ADHD.

Newly revised and updated to reflect the latest clinical research, the book explores treatment and counseling options, and uses real-life case histories to examine the special challenges women with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) face, such as the shame of not fulfilling societal expectations.

Included is a brand-new chapter on friendship for women with ADHD. Three empowering steps - restructuring one's life, renegotiating relationships, and redefining self-image - help women take control of their lives and enjoy success on their own terms.

©2005 Sari Solden (P)2018 Tantor

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Out of date and depressing

This book was originally written in 1998 and the info is still not up to date with the last update. The narrator has a very monotone voice and if you really have ADD or ADHD it is very difficult to pay attention.

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Great content, AWFUL narration.

The monotone narration made it very difficult to follow and engage. It was downright painful at times. It was all I could do to finish it! The book itself is wonderful and very informative!

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NOT for ADD or ADHD readers

Dear DR. Solden, I am writing this review as a woman who strongly suspect she has attention deficit disorder. Despite the fact that I found the content of the book useful (until now. I managed to read up to about 10% of it), I suggest you re-think the structure and length of your book, together with re-thinking how to narrate it (or hiring a professional for that purpose). This is a 12 hours audiobook!! twelve ! I didn' t realize that when I purchased it, else I wouldn 't have made the purchase. Apart from the fact that I do not believe it takes 12 hours to explain the nuts and bolts of the issue, you should know that the attention span of a person affected by this disorder is quite short, and that the communication must be efficient and to the point. If you want to talk to ADD readers, that is. Added to that is the fact that the narration is totally slow and flat in tone....really difficult to keep interest of ADD people (or anyone else, for that matters) with this kind of narration. I am quite surprised that when crafting this book and choosing who should narrate it, you did not consider the characteristics (in specific: problems with focus and attention) of the very people you want to help and I believe, to target with this book. In all honesty, I am not sure I will be able to finish this book because of these reasons.

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Please rerecord this book!!!!!!

As everyone knows this book is incredibly excellent. The reader unfortunately cannot read and especially for women with ADHD who are often highly sensitive to sound-her voice is excruciating!!!!!!!!
Please please please get this re-recorded!

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This book has changed my life

After having ADD all my life and being diagnosed finally 3 years ago, it's not been until now, after listening to this book, that I'm starting to understand that being ADD isn't just a list of deficiencies but rather a legitimate state of being. I can't recommend it enough.

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Good info but narration is beyond horrible

The info is good and useful but the narration is one of the worst I have ever heard. I don't think it is read by a professional. the narrator is dull with no inflection, monotonous. Additionally, she reads haltingly and stumbles over words periodically. Its like listening to people trying to read aloud in a classroom. For anyone with ADHD this makes it exceedingly hard to listen to. As interested as I am in the subject matter I do not know if I will be able to finish the book due to the narration. I keep tuning out and my thoughts wonder because of the terrible narration and it is very frustrating because I WANT to hear the info contained in this book. I really hope they re-record this book with a better narrator so it is more accessible in the future.

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Life-saving

The definitive text on women with inattentive type ADHD. The most comprehensive place to start. Loved being able to listen to it.

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Monotone

This woman’s voice!! If you have ADHD you’ll never get through this! You can definitely tell she doesn’t have it. I kept waiting for something but I couldn’t even focus. The information seems good but I wish they had a name for each chapter so I could skip through.

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Some Good Info, Monotonous Narrator

The information in this book is useful, if not a little focused on the ide that a woman's will only be about her role as a homemmaker, wife, and mother. The little focus on work is based on the idea that women have expendable jobs for which quitting is a perfectly reasonable solution.

My specific issue with the audio book is that the narration is flat and momentous. I listen to a few audio books a month, mostly on psychological/neurological issues, but I could hardly focus on this one because of this.

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listen at 1.20 speed

Loved this book! listening to these word i felt understood and driven to get help and understanding for my ADHD. I feel hopeful as a mother with lots of kids and responsibilities and chaos that my role doesn't have to be defined by society. I can focus on my strengths and make accomidations for my weaknesses.

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  • Amanda
  • 10-04-20

Life changing

Audiobook is the perfect way to absorb this, and I listened whilst cleaning (which at times made me stop and sit down as Sari described exactly what I was doing in that moment!). I’m a 37 year old woman who has struggled deeply with symptoms of ADHD my whole life and never understood what it meant. I’m thrilled and inspired to understand myself better now. Thank you so much, Sari.

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  • Ms
  • 01-31-19

Very in depth & helpful information

The book details a couple of example fictional characters, to outline & illustrate how so many women make it to adulthood, without a formal diagnosis & highlights the difficulties faced in life, without this level of self awareness.

Sari gives valuable insights about the ADHD brain & the effects that reek havoc in the lives of the women & their families who are affected.

There's tools, tips & strategies, as well as script ideas, to find language for communicating highly emotive subjects.

It's not intended to be a replacement for an expert diagnosis, in fact she goes to great lengths to point people in the direction of the services to help themselves. Including how best to work with a coach.

It's one I will return to sections of as needed. I found the narration easier on the ear at x1.25

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  • Phong Nguyen
  • 05-21-21

unbearable

I read many positive reviews of the books by this author so I thought I must read it. The content was quite good, but it took forever to get to the main points.

As a woman with ADHD, I could not listen to this because my attention drifted 20 seconds. The narration was monotonous and unbearable.

If you don't have attentional problems but your significant other(s) suffer from one, this one might be for you.

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  • Anon.
  • 03-03-21

You may have ADHD if you need to listen to this on 1.5 Speed!

I note the past reviews about struggling to listen to this due to the delivery of the reading. I overcame this by listening on 1.2-1.5 speed- the speed your brain goes at in all walks of life when you have ADHD!!
I’m glad I did, because the content was very good (if a bit chauvinistic in its traditional gender role assumptions, but reality is women do often fall into the runners of the household in the vast majority of cases), and it was good to read about the specifics of ADHD presentation in women, which is vastly different to the preconceived notion of ADHD boys....

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  • Anna
  • 06-14-20

Brilliant and informative

This book explains my life so perfectly and has encouraged me to change my perception of myself and to ask for help. An absolute must read for anyone who thinks they may have ADHD, has just been diagnosed with ADHD or is in a relationship with someone with ADHD.

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  • B.v. d. Brink
  • 05-18-20

great book for insight, support and encouragement.

such a helpful book to finally understand my life
well written and supported by research.

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  • Maria M.
  • 07-22-21

Good book, but subpar narration

Informative content, but I recommend skipping the long intros, terrible choice to make for an ADHD audience. I appreciate the effort made by the author to narrate her own work, but I'm sorry to say, she's terrible at it. I wish I had purchased a printed copy instead.

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  • Lizzie Webber
  • 08-30-22

Such a great book that I ordered a paper copy too!

Thank you Sari. I started reading this a week after my diagnosis (after a year long journey in my later 30s of "hmm, that resonates harder than I'd expect" all the way to "I've found my people"). This was exactly what I needed to read - validating the next steps I want to take, & helping me feel an element of support before I'd even found the time to reach out to a coach. Looking forward to dipping back into chapters again with my hard copy (& sharing it with a few friends who were curious with me along my own journey). I'm feeling grateful, more confident (in my understandings) & more at home than I've been in a long while. Thank you.

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  • Jo Elliott
  • 08-27-22

Wow.. It's me!

Sooo I don't normally review (nor read) as I just can't find the time or I forget (Hmm..) but I thought I needed to for this book.
For many years I've thought something was 'a miss' or 'wasn't quite right' but could never really put my finger on what.. I began listening to this book (as I can't just read or just focus on one thing..another hmmm!).. Around 4 chapters in, it hit me. Its as though someone has been watching me all my life and reciting it back. Its like my autobiography. Wow. Its me. Every comment, ever description, every quote.. I can relate to it all and suddenly, everything fits, the jigsaw is complete and the light has turned on. I have ADHD. Finally, I have an answer. THANK YOU!!!

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  • Susan88
  • 02-05-22

Emotional and illuminating

This is a powerful book, I feel seen for the first time in my life I cannot say how much this book has impacted me. I found myself sobbing listening to it as it was articulating my struggles all my life. I'm awaiting an assessment at 44. this book is a must if you suspect you have adhd or if you are a friend, partner etc of someone with ADHD. I want to thank the author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-20

Finally myself explained

All my life being undiagnosed finally explained my past behaviour and decision (or lack of) making and how and why it now makes sense.

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  • Willow
  • 08-01-21

I think this book has changed my life

First off let me say that I've never cried so much from reading/ listening to a book.
I knew close to nothing about ADHD before reading this book (I had the image in my head of the child bouncing off the walls) but my sister sent me a link to your book and finally I have an answer for what I've been dealing with my entire life.
It's hard hearing your dirty truths out loud but I've never felt more seen and validated. I'm off to get myself diagnosed and seek some help, but I cannot thank you enough for writting this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-22

Life changing

Absolutely must read this if you suspect you might be neurodivergent. I had no idea this is how adhd can present and it explains so much. Non judgemental, compassionate and comprehensive. Loved it and have recommended to several friends.

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  • Mere in Sydney
  • 11-25-21

Absolutely wonderful

This book felt like it validated my entire life. I saw it recommended in an ADHD for women Facebook group, so thought I'd give it a go. So glad that I did! Whether you're a woman who has been diagnosed or you just have an inkling that maybe you have ADHD, you will get something out of this wonderful book. Sari Solden narrates it herself, which makes it feel even more personal. Highly, HIGHLY recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-21

oh my goodness- so insightful and life changing

I don’t normally write reviews but this book really deserves a review, I felt like Sari was reading my life story. I have been diagnosed with ADHD recently and I am 42 hrs old. I cannot rate this book highly enough. Thank you Sari absolutely brilliant and I no longer feel “dumb and stupid”

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-13-21

Excellent

Great and practical information for women struggling with ADHD (or think they may have it)