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Publisher's Summary

In this 150-minute program, Sari Solden, a psychotherapist, writer, and internationally known pioneer in the field of women with Attention Deficit Disorder, explores the unique way in which women experience life with ADHD. In her poetic and warm style, Sari poignantly leads the listener through the shame and hiding that accompanies these challenges for women who often have difficulty meeting society’s role expectations.

Sharing her own stories and real-life experiences of women with ADHD, Sari helps women feel relief and hope as they begin to dismantle their negative self images, accept themselves as unique instead of defective, and move toward a life of meaning.

Adapted from her groundbreaking book Women with Attention Deficit Disorder, Sari’s reading is enhanced by original jazz and by actors who bring the vignettes of the book to life in powerful ways that underscore the emotions felt by these women. As a result, partners and families are able to understand the struggle these women face as they fight to find a way to use their gifts and strengths.

Every year, millions of withdrawn little girls and chronically overwhelmed women go undiagnosed with ADHD, because they don't fit the stereotypical profile: they’re not fast-talking or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

Sari’s book revealed that ADHD affects just as many women as men, and that the resulting depression, disorganization, shyness, underachievement, and inactivity, are ways to identify many women with ADHD. Join the hundreds of thousands of women around the world who have experienced Sari’s inspiring messages, as she, in a very personal way, leads women on the journey from hiding to embracing who they are. Solden empowers these women to find the courage to be themselves and take control by restructuring their lives, renegotiating relationships, and redefining their self-images. Email Sari at sari@sarisolden.com for a free screening checklist.

©1995 Sari Solden, MS, LMFT (P)2005 Sari Solden, MS. LMFT

Critic Reviews

"If you are a new reader, you have a big treat in store for you. If you are a loyal fan of Sari's work, you will be delighted with the new material that will add another dimension to your understanding of how ADD plays a role in your life....Give yourself the gift of healing laughter and tears. We did." (Kate Kelly & Peggy Ramundo, authors of You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?!)
"Before Sari's book came out, women with ADD were an invisible population...This book inspired others to write about and begin researching the issues of women and girls with ADD. I love Sari's humor, her sensitivity, her warmth as she details the trials and tribulations in life with ADD." (Edward Hallowell, M.D., coauthor of Driven to Distraction)
"By examining the interplay between genetics and environment, Sari Solden has broken new ground in Women with Attention Deficit Disorder...On both a personal and professional level, Solden explores just how women deal with the neurologic difference that is ADD." (John J. Ratey, M.D., coauthor, Driven to Distraction)

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  • Holly
  • Midlothian, TX, United States
  • 08-24-11

Wonderful book, horrible recording

This is by far the best book I've "read" on women with ADD. The understanding of women with ADD is spot on and there are a few practical suggestions. It helped me appreciate myself and gain back some of my self esteem. However, the recording is absolutely the most annoying recording I've ever listened to. I don't have a problem with Sari Solden's "monotone" as some people have noted; I find her voice rather soothing. But for a person with ADD, particularly, the background noise, obnoxious music and other sound effects are horrific. I cringed every time they started. I wouldn't subject my worst enemy to this recording.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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A True Gem for Women with ADHD

I am not overstating things when I say that Sari Solden's book literally changed my life. I had been exploring the possibility of having ADHD, heard Ms. Solden present at a large national ADD conference and then promptly RAN to the bookstore to purchase her book, "Women with Attention Deficit Disorder".

I don't know how many times my jaw dropped as she described- over and over again- my own inner life, as she spoke of the many challenges women with ADHD face. And here I was, thinking I was the only one!

Since her groundbreaking book was published, countless women have gone to their health care provider and demanded answers to such things as why their so-called "depression" wasn't being adequately treated. Ms. Solden describes how so many women with "diagnosed" depression are actually undiagnosed, untreated women with ADHD.

When the audiobook became available, I was thrilled to hear all these wise gems spoken in her own calm and gentle voice. Very supportive, very soothing, as if she were sitting right next to me.

This audiobook (and book) is a must have for anyone wanting to learn and better understand the inner world of women who are touched by ADHD. I have practically insisted that all of my clients with ADHD add this to their libraries. You won't be sorry!

Terry Matlen, ACSW

Author: "Survival Tips for Women with ADHD"

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Loved it!

I really liked this book. However, I didn't enjoy the background music, which made concentrating much more difficult.

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  • katherine
  • SAN ANSELMO, CA, United States
  • 01-31-11

Compassionate and authoritative guidance

Sari Solden has long been one of the leading voices on women with ADHD. This wonderful book speaks directly to our most hidden experiences, with compassion and wit galore.

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  • luann
  • Denver, CO, United States
  • 11-28-11

One of the best!

As a therapist and writer with ADHD, I found myself devastated by the changes that occurred in my usual abilities when ADHD and peri-menopause collided. I realized while listening to Sari read her book (Audible) that I had slipped into denial, convinced that I had mastered ADHD in midlife, only to be painfully reminded that it doesn't go away and I am not just like everybody else with regard to brain functioning. The secondary losses and reality that ADHD can be disabling are very real to me again; the grief process is yet again activated. Those who internalized shame as undiagnosed children must read this book. I will certainly be implementing, again, the recommendations as changes

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  • Kelli
  • Plymouth Meeting, PA, United States
  • 11-30-10

Really? Horrible is an understatement!

For someone who claims to be ADHD, did she listen to her recording? First, it seems that every chapter is one whole run on sentence, there are no breaks or pauses in her unemotional read. Second, is the music which plays along with her reading in much of the small amount I have managed to make it through thus far. In one part, there are people, as in a crowd of people, talking behind her while she is reading. HELLO! Really??? An ADHD person has a hard enough time focusing, paying attention and concentrating without added distractions within the reading to set them off course....WOW, this is terrible and should be re-recorded appropriately, taking the LISTENING AUDIENCE into consideration! Someone else should read this book and the added distractions should be removed! I was so distracted I can't even begin to tell you what it was I listened to...I got NOTHING from it! The only reason it's getting 1 star is because audible requires at least 1 to rate...

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  • chris
  • Rhode Island
  • 03-19-16

Sari Solden gets it!

Five stars!
Finally , a book that connects 100% with my experience with ADHD!! Thank you!

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  • Taeko
  • Shibuya, Japan
  • 11-03-12

not uplifting

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The music, background sound was probably experimental and it did not bother me so much. (For some reason, I think it was somewhat easy like reading at a cafe) but her stories were kind of downer. She probably showed her sympathy as much as possible but all I was looking for was encouragment.

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  • Sharon
  • Riverside, CA, United States
  • 12-19-12

Awful, awful performance.

What ever possessed the director/producer of this book to record it with terrible, distracting, loud, annoying piano music which all but drowns out the narrative in some places and which provides long gaps in the narration which make one want to scream. Besides that, the narrator has a has a thin, childish voice, not the rich, nurturing voice that the topic deserves. This is the worst performance in an audiobook I have ever listened to. And that is saying a lot since I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks over a period of thirty years.

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terrible background sounds!

author must not have ADD because the piano and background noises are horrible and distracting. this is miserable for us with ADD I don't think I can finish it

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  • Amanda
  • 05-11-17

Not bad but not great.

Didn't mind the voice recording but disliked the actor voices and background soundtrack. It became extremely confusing to listen to her words at some points over the talk or music. I also found it difficult to relate to many of the scenarios due to personal thought patterns and a totally different inner voice to what the actors were saying.

Much of it felt very contrived and false, and while this is not really a high quality drama on the big screen, it was still off-putting due to lack of authenticity in the actor's voices.

Perhaps it's just my personal preference that I would rather listen to the author/reader describe the things as opposed to turning it into some kind of radio drama. That technique might work for some, but not me unfortunately.

I did gain a little more insight into the condition from the content in general however, and I'm grateful for that.