Two books for multiple diagnoses
This is the first post discussing books and other resources that we’ve used and that may help you.
The books discussed below are different from most of what we found out there because they acknowledge the mixture of things that can be going on in one person. No one book about AD/HD, Asperger’s, or bipolar disorder ever completely described what we were seeing in our son. These two books came a whole lot closer.
The first one is called Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits by Deirdre V. Lovecky. If you follow the link to Amazon.com, you’ll see a lot of very positive reviews – so you don’t have to just take my word for it! Our copy has five bookmarks stuck in it and some highlighted pages, which are sure signs this was a helpful book. I remember really liking how the book was organized, and it sticks in my mind as the one that described Nathan best. The explanations and advice are directed to both parents and professionals.
A few years ago Nathan was in the outpatient program at the Behavioral Medicine Center for several weeks. The leader of the family group therapy advised us to get this book: Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, Bipolar, and More! by Martin L. Kutscher. This book is slimmer than the first one and has more lists and short passages, so it’s a good one if you don’t want to face reading many long paragraphs. It also covers some conditions (anxiety, OCD, Tourette’s, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Central Auditory Processing Disorder) I hadn’t seen mentioned in many other books like this. The last chapter is an overview of medications.
Please let me know if you’ve looked at these books and what you thought of them. Have you found other similar books that were better, or worse?