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Thom Hartmann has written many books on the subject of ADHD.

Here is what people are saying about Thom.

“Thom Hartmann is one of the most prolific cultural-creatives of our time. In this book he discloses the inner secret of how he uses his own self-diagnosis of Adult ADHD to ‘make lemonade’ from what otherwise might be considered a disorder. Likewise, he shows how many of the movers and shakers of our world have succeeded the same way he has - by recognizing how their unique ‘hunter’ talents readily lead both to creative opportunities and financial success.”
- Stephen Larsen, PhD, author of Joseph Campbell: A Fire in the Mind

“Once again, with tireless scholarship and a bit of poetry, Thom Hartmann helps take us to the edge of knowing ourselves, our brains, and our world.”
-John J. Ratey, MD, author A User’s Guide to the Brain and co-author Driven To Distraction

“Thom Hartmann has made one of the most important contributions to transforming our understanding of ADHD. Thom was the first to consider ADHD in an evolutionary context. He showed that ADHD has not only a significant survival advantage in hunter-gatherer societies, but that it also confers powerful advantages in our contemporary civilization. Thom was one of the very first to comment on the link between ADHD and creativity. He will be recognized as a pioneer contributing to the reconceptualization of ADHD from being considered only a ‘disorder’ to being viewed as a ‘mode of thought’ characterized by enhanced flexibility and creativity.”
- Richard Silberstein, professor emeritus of cognitive neuroscience at Swinburne University

“Innovative and fresh. Mr. Hartmann demonstrates that ADHD can be associated with creativity, high achievement, and a most successful adaptive style.”
-Edward Hallowell, MD, co-author Driven To Distraction

“I highly recommend to parents and educators.”
- Jack Neerincx, PhD, supervising psychologist of Gaston County Schools, NC

“This (ADHD: Hunter in a Farmer’s World) is a book that belongs in the hands of every educator, counselor, doctor, and parent.”
- Review, the Learning Disabilities Newsletter

“A clear and positive viewing of our remarkable children with practical tips for every parent. A must for every therapist’s lending library.”
- Stephen C. Davidson, M.Ed., Founding member Safe Kids of Georgia

“You absolutely must read this book! (ADHD: Hunter in a Farmer’s World) Thom Hartmann provides people with Attention Deficit Disorder great hope, encouragement, and a sense of direction.”
- Paul Elliott, MD, ADHD specialist

“A poignant, personal, positive and creative approach.”
- Mark A. Stein, PhD, research specialist in ADHD

“Filled with practical knowledge on how to deal effectively with ADHD.”
- Mark T. Snyder, MD, psychiatrist specializing in ADHD

“Immensely useful…Hartmann’s paradigm of the ‘Hunter’ and ‘Farmer’ is an idea whose time has come.”
- George Lynn, psychotherapist specializing in ADHD

“Extremely valuable and empowering … this is a gem, a gold-mine resource. I enthusiastically recommend it.”
- Colleen Alexander-Roberts, author, The ADHD Parenting Handbook

“Readers … are in for a real treat!”
- Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo, authors, You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy!?

“A valuable resource.”
- Mary Jane Johnson, president NADDA, editor of ADDult News

“Thom Hartmann’s Adult ADHD is a classic. This book is inspiring, validating, and an extremely practical guide for the entrepreneur with a ‘hunter’s’ mind. Adult ADHD continues to make an important and unique contribution to the field and to adults with ADHD who long to lead a meaningful and satisfying life.” - Sari Solden MS, MFCC, author, Women With ADHD

“A delightful smorgasbord of vital information for all who live with ADHD.”
- Jane B. Shumway, MD, Behavioral pediatrics

“If you want an inside view of how people with ADHD think and function in society, you should buy this book.”
- Dirk E. Huttenbach, MD, psychiatrist specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry

“This book did for our family what years of being in and out of therapy failed to accomplish. It helped us to understand and appreciate each other’s unique ways of doing and seeing.”
- Janie Bowman, mother of an ADHD adolescent

“ADHDers aren’t abnormal; they are unique gifted individuals in their own right. Thom Hartmann describes these ideas in a book that belongs in the hands of every educator, counselor, doctor, and parent.”
- Learning Disabilities Newsletter

“Why are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and related conditions so common? Could they in some way be advantageous? These questions and some possible answers are woven through this book, providing basic factual information about ADHD with a twist that helps readers recognize the value - sometimes quite special - of people who have it.
- Dale Hammerschmidt, MD, emeritus professor of medicine at University of Minnesota

“Like Edison, Thom Hartmann is a visionary who uses history to illuminate the potential cost to society of shackling unique minds aching to soar. He urges us to nurture the fearlessly innovative child and celebrate their differences.”
- Ellen Littman, PhD, co-author of Understanding Girls With ADHD

“People with ADHD often grow up with strong negative feelings about themselves. Thom Hartmann offers hope, help, and positive solutions to those with ADHD… Once again, Thom casts a bright light on ADHD, showing us all that by looking at the positive in ourselves we can lead more fulfilling, productive, giving lives. This book is inspirational and a must-red for those who have ADHD or care about someone with ADHD.”
- Harvey C. Parker, clinical psychologist, author The ADD Hyperactivity Workbook for Parents, Teachers, and Kids

“With compassion and clarity, Thom Hartmann conveys some of the many ways that we can change our perception and thus change our lives. As an adult with ADHD and the parent of a child with ADHD, I find his books to be empowering and positive. Thom Hartmann speaks from experience and with great empathy for all of us with ADHD. This will benefit Hunters and Farmers alike!”
- Lisa Marie Nelson, author, The Healthy Handbook and How To Get There

“[This] is a useful, clearly written guide to new thinking and happiness for those with ADHD. It is also a mind-liberating, life-affirming resource for anyone connected to someone with the problem. Pioneer thinker Thom Hartmann gives us specific, workable ways to identify self-limiting beliefs, and replace them with open-ended visions of possibility.”
- Lucy Jo Palladino, PhD, author The Edison Trait

“A good ADHD book should be clearly written, humorous, validating, conversational, and highly stimulating. Thom Hartmann accomplishes all these things in Healing ADD. He outlines a host of useful techniques that the ADDer can add to his or her repertoire of coping strategies.”
- Peggy Ramundo, author, You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?!

“Every entrepreneur and businessperson in America must read Thom Hartmann’s ADHD writings…”
- Wilson Harrell, former publisher Inc. Magazine