Book review – an ADHD autobiography
The first auto-biography of a “late-diagnosed” adult with ADHD. When I saw this book was available, I excitedly bought it direct from the USA, so I could read it immediately. I was at first pleased with the insights and some parallels to my life but ultimately disappointed that it was not a more engaging read. It failed to say much of what I had hoped would be said about the adult ADHD experience, but then no one seems to have written much about this.
However “One Boy’s Struggle” is unique in providing a first person insight into the heart and mind of a child/young man suffering from ADHD. Like attending a support group or meeting a fellow ADHD adult the book helps us to reflect upon and come to terms with our own life-long struggles and feelings of being misunderstood. Part of the book’s appeal is that it is not very professional and so feels quite authentic and true.
The book clearly shows that being strict with ADHD children does not work – it puts a strain on the parent-child relationships and can eventually traumatise the child. Perhaps the books greatest strength is in showing how late-diagnosed adults develop negative mindsets, low self-esteem and skewed perceptions about the world, from the lack of understanding and support they have received over the years. Huttchinson’s book remains a unique insight into ADHD and a worthwhile read.