How To ADHD: An Insider’s Guide to Working with Your Brain (Not Against It)

Rodale. Jan. 2024. 464p. ISBN 9780593578940. $28. SELF-HELP
This might be McCabe’s first book, but she’s been immersed in the world of ADHD since her own diagnosis at age 12. Alongside the work she’s done to understand her brain and how it functions, in 2015 she started “How To ADHD,” one of the most popular YouTube channels dedicated to the topic. This book is an extension of her work; a true manual and toolbox for people who struggle to learn. McCabe explains the basics of ADHD, focus, and hyperfocus, and writes extensively and clearly about executive functioning. She gives examples of how and why people with ADHD struggle with different tasks and suggests concrete actions that build skills, like ways to improve sleep, manage time, and improve working memory and motivation. In addition to the helpful content, the book has an ADHD-friendly style; short paragraphs, plenty of white space, and bullet points to keep readers organized. There are contributions from real people—“brains,” as she calls them—whose perspective on managing ADHD in friendships, romantic relationships, and on the job are invaluable.
VERDICT The inclusive language and accessible tone, along with McCabe’s knowledge and exhaustive research, make this smart and timely take on ADHD a necessity.
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