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Living with Inattentive ADHD

Living with Inattentive ADHD


“Anyone who wants to know what it means to live with ADHD, needs to read this book.” —Stephen V. Faraone, Ph.D., Norton College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University

Winner of the 2024 Eric Hoffer Award in Health, Living with Inattentive ADHD is the essential primer on a lesser known diagnosis of ADHD. Written by Cynthia Hammer, who was diagnosed late in life, this insightful book uses her personal experiences with practical revelations on issues common to those living with this condition, including growing up with undiagnosed ADHD, living with it as an adult, and frank discussions about the struggles and obstacles involved.

“Read this book for powerful insights into what it really feels like to live with this vexing, perplexing condition.” —Katherine Ellison, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Presented in vivid detail, Living with Inattentive ADHD showcases how attention deficit hyperactivity disorder profoundly affects a person’s daily life and emotional well-being.Cynthia Hammer knew she had problems with focus, concentration, and memory dating back to childhood, but it was not until age 49 that she was finally diagnosed with inattentive ADHD. Initially crushed by the news, the truth of her condition enabled her to slowly accept its challenges and learn ways to reduce its negative effects through new behaviors and habits. Now able to live life fully, even to the point of finding humor and benefits in having ADHD, Living with Inattentive ADHD combines her struggles, successes and insights into one powerful and probing memoir.

“…a compelling—and at times, harrowing—journey through a life lived with the disorder.” —Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S., host of ADHD Essentials podcast

This insightful, candid, and ultimately redemptive recounting broadens the public’s understanding of ADHD and celebrates the resilience and fortitude of those who confront its significant challenges. The message in this book is as profoundly empowering as it is optimistic—that those with ADHD, as well as their loved ones, have the ability to thrive and find contentment.About the AuthorCynthia Hammer, MSW, was significantly affected by inattentive ADHD for many years until she was finally diagnosed at age 49. In 1994 she founded the non-profit organization ADD Resources, and in 2021, she founded the non-profit Inattentive ADHD Coalition because of her concern that too many children and adults with inattentive ADHD remain undiagnosed or incorrectly diagnosed. For more information, visit iadhd.org. Fueled by her Master’s in Social Work and her experiences with ADHD, she seeks to share her unique perspective on how ADHD affects one’s life. She currently resides in Tacoma, WA.More Praise for Living with Inattentive ADHD“Written with precision and breath-taking honesty, Cynthia Hammer has packed a lifetime of pain and joy into this page-turner, telling the poignant story of how she discovered later in life that she had ADHD.” —Dr. Edward Hallowell, founder of Hallowell ADHD Centers“…a positive and optimistic view on how to live with ADHD.” —Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH, University of Texas Medical School“Cynthia’s honesty, insight, and sense of humor about her lifelong ADHD will be both a comfort and inspiration to others.” —Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D.# # #Living with Inattentive ADHDWritten by Cynthia Hammer, MSWForeword by William Dodson, MD978-1-57826-962-4, $16.95 paperback978-1-57826-963-1, $9.99 ebookPublished by Hatherleigh Press.Distributed through Penguin Random House.Available wherever books are sold.