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ADHD - literature for beginners, affected persons, professionals and specialists

ADHD - literature for beginners, affected persons, professionals and specialists

Literature for affected persons and professionals

The books considered particularly recommendable on this side are marked with:

(Be): Affected persons and relatives to get started
(Bf): Affected persons with advanced knowledge
(Bx): Affected persons with in-depth knowledge
(Ä): Doctors / Diagnosticians
(T): Therapists / Treaters
(W): Scientist

1. Literature with focus on ADHD

1.1. Hallowell, Ratey: Compulsively absent-minded, or The inability to pay attention (Be)

1999, Rowolth

Suitable for:

  • Concerned: Beginners

Despite the American style of writing, this book is very pleasant to read and informative, with many examples that make the symptoms and problems of ADHD tangible and understandable.

1.2. Barkley: The great handbook for adults with ADHD-HI (Be)(T)

2010, Huber; unchanged 2017, Hogrefe

Suitable for:

  • Concerned: Beginners
  • Therapists: Beginners

User-oriented reference book for those affected. American writing style, catchy, very good practical application, with good technical presentation at the same time. Many checklists. Also suitable for therapists who want to get to know the topic of adult ADHD for the first time. For affected adults a good readable book for the beginning, technically sound and with many practical hints.

This book provides a foundation upon which interested individuals can subsequently acquire a full understanding of ADHD, its genetic and neurological underpinnings, comorbidities, and possible medication through further reading.

1.3. Krause, Krause: ADHD-HI in Adulthood. Symptoms - Differential Diagnosis - Therapy (Bx)(Ä)(T)(W)

2014, Schattauer

Suitable for:

  • People concerned: Inquisitive people with in-depth previous knowledge
  • Specialists: mandatory program
  • Therapists: Mandatory program
  • Scientists: mandatory program

Required reading for anyone seriously working in the field of ADHD (whether with adults, adolescents or children). For sufferers who have already read some books, a revelation. The limitation to adults mentioned in the title is correct insofar as special references for the treatment of children are missing. However, the scientific principles as well as many practical presentations (e.g., on comorbidities and medications) are also very helpful in the treatment of children because they are not presented elsewhere in this form.

This scientifically oriented work is one of the most important German-language books on ADHD in general and on ADHD in adults in particular. In its depth and with many brief presentations of (also contradictory) studies, it addresses professionals who already know the ADHD basics and now want to deepen their knowledge. Comprehensive presentation of the genetic, neurological and other basics of ADHD as well as further treatment options. Excellent and practical presentation of comorbidities (including a comparison of the symptoms, some of which are easily confused). To our knowledge, the most comprehensive presentation of medications for ADHD in the German-language literature.

The large amount of in-depth background knowledge is very valuable for those affected who have already read a few books on the subject and now want to delve deeper. Those who work their way through this book and get involved with the technical language that is inevitably used due to the depth will be richly rewarded. Many case studies (descriptions of affected persons) make the respective symptoms and constellations with comorbidities vivid and tangible.

1.4. Steinhausen, Rothenberger, Döpfner (editors): Handbuch ADHD-HI; Grundlagen, Klinik, Therapie und Verlauf der Aufmerksamkeitsdefizit-Hyperaktivitätsstörung, Kohlhammer (Ä)(W)(T)

2010, Kohlhammer (1st edition)
2020, Kohlhammer (2nd ed.)

Suitable for:

  • Specialists: mandatory program
  • Scientists: mandatory program

Besides Krause, this is the second major German-language standard work on ADHD.
It is aimed primarily at scientists as well as specialized physicians and therapists. The emphasis is on a sober scientific and rather theoretical presentation, whereby the professional depth partly surpasses the work of Krause. The knowledge is presented in an even more factual and structured manner. A wonderful reference book for physicians and scientists. For those without a thirst for scientific knowledge, it lacks practical applicability. For therapeutic practice, usability is limited because it lacks elements that link the clean scientific presentations with tangible and comprehensible examples from therapeutic practice. For example, those working in the diagnosis of ADHD will miss an organized systematic presentation of the individual comorbidities and the implications to be considered. However, the systematic presentation of the medications dealt with, including cross-effects, is exemplary, albeit at the level of 2008 and thus somewhat outdated in the meantime. Since then, several ADHD drugs have been approved in Germany.

1.5. Dietrich, attention deficit disorder, ADHD-HI - The loneliness in our midst. (Bx)(Ä)(T)

2010, Schattauer

Suitable for:

  • Doctors
  • Therapists
  • Affected persons with in-depth previous knowledge who have already read Krause

Dietrich describes a posteriorization of behavioral control in the brain as the cause of ADHD. He thus names exactly those neurological changes in the control of behavior as decisive for ADHD-HI, which we represent as consequences of the change in the stress regulation systems.

1.6. Edel, Vollmoeller: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adults (T)(Ä)

2006, Springer
157 pages

Suitable for:

  • Therapists: helpful
  • Specialists: helpful

Scientifically oriented book, aimed more at professionals. More intensive comments on the subject of addiction as well as delinquency. Worth reading for criminal defense attorneys.

1.7. Ohlmeier, Roy (Ed.) ADHD-HI in Adults - A Life in Extremes (T)(Ä)(Bf)

2012, Kohlhammer

Suitable for:

  • Therapists: helpful
  • Specialists: helpful
  • Concerned: helpful for advanced

Scientifically oriented reference book, which is also suitable for interested sufferers. In addition to a solid presentation of the basics, it is also dedicated to some special topics such as ADHD and forensics, ADHD and creativity, ADHD and addiction, ADHD and Aspergers.

1.8. Müller, Candrian, Kropotov: ADHD-HI - Neurodiagnostics in practice (T)(W)(Ä)

2011, Springer

Suitable for:

  • Neurofeedback therapists: Mandatory program
  • Scientists: mandatory program
  • Specialists: helpful

Exciting book aimed primarily at professionals. Required reading for neurofeedback therapists in the field of ADHD.

1.9. Häßler (Ed.): The ADHD-HI Kaleidoscope - State of the Art and previously ignored aspects of high relevance (Ä)(W)

2009, Medical Scientific Publishing Company

Suitable for:

  • Specialists: Professional literature
  • Scientists working on any of the topics presented: Mandatory Program

This scientifically oriented work addresses individual topics that have been less explored in the broad literature. These are the topics:

  • Bipolar disorder as a comorbidity of ADHD
  • KISS/KIDD syndrome
  • Epilepsy as comorbidity of ADHD
  • Attachment problems as (co-)cause of ADHD
  • Circumscribed developmental disorders
  • Teen Motherhood
  • Law and Forensics in ADHD
  • Addiction as a comorbidity of ADHD
  • Youth Services
  • Parenting
  • Adult ADHD-HI and personality disorders (including antisocial personality and borderline as comorbidities of ADHD)
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Drugs outside stimulants and atomoxetine

For those affected, the book is only comprehensible with a great deal of prior knowledge. However, it is a valuable source for in-depth familiarization with one of the specific topics.

Alexander Tewes. Rezension vom 10.10.2009 zu: Frank Häßler (Hrsg.): Das ADHD-HI-Kaleidoskop. State of the art and hitherto unnoticed aspects of high relevance. MWV Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft (Berlin) 2009. ISBN 978-3-939069-66-9. In: socialnet Rezensionen, ISSN 2190-9245,, date of access 11.10.2016.

1.10. D’Amelio, Reetz, Philipsen, Rösler (Eds.): Psychoeducation and Coaching - ADHD-HI in Adulthood (T)

2009, Elsevier / Urban & Fischer

Suitable for:

  • Therapists: helpful

Manual for leading patient and family groups, aimed at therapists.

1.11. Lobo, Passig: Getting things done without a shred of self-discipline (Be)(T)

2008, Rowolth

Suitable for:

  • Concerned: entertaining compulsory program for procrastination
  • Therapists: helpful

Book for sufferers on the subject of procrastination.
The title may be irritating, but it gets to the heart of the content. Content very worth reading for anyone who has ever looked up the word procrastination for a reason. Written with many valuable hints, very intelligent, really humorous and extremely entertaining. A book that also reads well on vacation at the beach and makes the neighbor look up more often - when the reader laughs heartily.

1.12. Safren, Perlman, Sprich, Otto: Cognitive behavioral therapy of adult ADHD-HI (B)(T)

2005, from the English 2009, Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft

Suitable for:

  • Affected: helpful
  • Therapists: helpful

Book for therapists and interested sufferers.
Model of cognitive behavioral therapy for ADHD in 5 modules (organization, distractibility, functional thinking, emotion regulation, and an optional module on partnering and avoidance behaviors), divided into 17 sessions.

1.13. Brown: ADHD comorbidities. Handbook for ADHD complications in children and adults (W)(Ä)

2009, American Psychiatric Press, Washington DC

Suitable for:

  • Scientists
  • Specialists (diagnostics)

This book is recommended by Müller, Candrian, Kropotov (see above) as a particularly good book on comorbidities in ADHD.
We do not have it yet.

1.14. Steinhausen (Ed.): Hyperkinetic Disorders in Children, Adolescents and Adults (Ä)(T)

2. Edition 2000, Kohlhammer. Out of print.

Suitable for:

  • Specialists
  • Therapists

Despite the seemingly outdated title, it contains many helpful hints. For specialists, it might be worth looking for a used edition.

1.15. Fitzner, Stark (Ed.): But indestructible is my being (Bf)

Published 2004, probably unchanged new edition 2014

Suitable for:

  • Affected persons with advanced knowledge

A collection of high-quality chapters by a wide variety of well-known therapists, physicians and scientists, which provides beginners with a good in-depth insight into the various aspects of ADHD as a second book. The title of the book sounds more playful than the pleasingly expert yet readable content.

1.16. Barkley, Murphy, Fischer (2008). ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says. New York: Guilford (W)

Suitable for:

  • Scientists

English-language presentation of evaluations of various American studies.

1.17. Sigma-Aldrich / Merck: The Handbook of Receptor Classification and Signal Transduction (W)

Suitable for:

  • Scientists
  • Researchers
  • University teachers

English language handbook on receptor classification and signal transduction in the brain. It covers over 100 topics including intracellular signaling enzymes and receptors, signal transduction, ion channels, non-peptide receptors, synthesis and metabolism, peptide receptors and peptide metabolism, protein kinase, serine, threonine and tyrosine kinases, and transporters. Each entry includes a peer-reviewed overview, key references, and tables that provide valuable information on structure, subtypes, selective agonists, selective antagonists, tissue distribution, and much more.

2. Literature with focus on stress

2.1. Rensing, Koch, Rippe, Rippe: Humans under Stress. Psyche, body, molecules (W)(Ä)(T)

2006, Elsevier, now Springer

Suitable for:

  • Specialists
  • Therapists
  • Scientists

This was the first German-language textbook on stress medicine, detailing stress from an endocrinological and immunological perspective. Along with Wolf, Calabrese (which, however, is 14 years newer), one of the two standard German-language works on stress medicine.
The described endocrinological and immunological correlations are essential for a goal-oriented treatment of psychological and physical stress disorders.

2.2. Wolf, Calabrese: Stress Medicine & Stress Psychology. Epidemiology, neurobiology, prevention and practical approaches (W)(Ä)(T)

2020, Schattauer

Suitable for:

  • Specialists
  • Therapists
  • Scientists

Next to Rensing et al., the second (and more recent) German-language textbook on stress medicine that presents stress in detail from an endocrinological and immunological perspective, making it the other standard German-language work on stress medicine.
In addition, psychotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of stress disorders are presented.

2.3. Egle, Joraschky, Lampe, Seiffge-Krenke, Coerpka (eds.): Sexual Abuse, Maltreatment, Neglect. Recognition, therapy and prevention of the consequences of early stressful experiences. (W)(Ä)(T)

4. Edition 2016, Schattauer

Suitable for:

  • Specialists (mandatory program)
  • Scientists
  • Therapists of disorders due to early childhood stress experiences: Mandatory Program

Despite the title, one of the most important German-language books on the general understanding of the endocrine connections of stress reactions. Comprehensive account of the consequences of early childhood stress experience. An important work that provides physicians and scientists with indispensable insights into the neurophysiological connections between stressors, stress, and psychological disorders arising from them.
The title would better reflect the content if “Sexual Abuse” were listed as the third item instead of the first, because sexual abuse is merely a serious example case of early childhood stress experiences. The book is therefore recommended to any medical professional or therapist treating stress-related psychological or physical disorders.

2.4. Whiting, Whiting: heart beat variability, early warning system, stress and fitness indicator (W)(Ä)

2012, Eichsfeld

Suitable for:

  • Scientists
  • Specialists (diagnostics)

A technically very in-depth yet easy-to-read reference book on heart rate variability (HRV). HRV is the central measuring instrument for the analysis of the vegetative (autonomic) nervous system, the fast (controlled by nerve impulses) stress regulation system.

2.5. Lohninger: Heart Rate Variability: The HRV Practice Textbook (W)(Ä)(T)

2017, facultas

Suitable for:

  • Specialists
  • Therapists
  • Scientists

This work complements the basic book by Wittling on the subject of heart rate variability. It is more practice-oriented and offers the practitioner background knowledge on the application of HRV analysis in the areas of stress management, therapy and competitive sports.

2.6. Haurand, Ullrich, Weniger (eds.): Stress Medicine. Counseling, prevention, treatment (T)

2. Auflage, 2018, Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft

Suitable for:

  • Therapists

The work regrettably does not fulfill the generally valid claim of its title. The endocrine fundamentals are depicted far too superficially for even rough therapeutic conclusions to be derived from them. Physicians and therapists who treated stress-related mental or physical disorders solely on the basis of the knowledge presented here would inevitably fall prey to misinterpretations.
The strength of the book lies in the presentation of psychotherapeutic therapy options. The publisher’s cover shows the first edition.

3. Literature on endocrine neurophysiology

3.1. Lautenbacher, Gauggel (Eds.): Neuropsychology of mental disorders (W)(Ä)(T)

2. Edition, 2013, Springer

Suitable for:

  • Specialists
  • Therapists
  • Scientists

Reference book detailing the neurophysiological and endocrine causes of mental disorders. Knowledge of these relationships is essential for drug treatment and helpful for psychotherapeutic treatment.

3.2. Ehlert, von Känel (Eds.): Psychoendocrinology and Psychoimmunology (W)(Ä)(T)

2011, Springer

Suitable for:

  • Specialists
  • Therapists
  • Scientists

Specialist book that addresses the connections between neurophysiological and endocrine processes and the immune system. This knowledge is necessary for the treatment of physical stress disorders.

4. Literature on neuropsychology

4.1. Grawe: Neuropsychotherapy (T)

2004, Hogrefe

Suitable for:

  • Therapists
  • Students

Presentation of the neurophysiological correlates of mental disorders on the one hand and the neurophysiological changes caused by psychotherapeutic measures on the other hand. Written in a very readable way for a reference book.
Very helpful for therapists to bridge the gap from a purely psychological view to a neurophysiological view, allowing a better understanding of the effects of psychotherapy.

Chapter 2 includes an easy-to-understand introduction to how the brain works, which can be recommended to any student or particularly inquisitive person to get started.

5. Literature with focus on giftedness and high sensitivity

5.1. [Trappmann-Korr: The Phenomenon of High Sensitivity and the Connection with ADHD](,+The+Ph%C3%A4nomen+High-Sensitivity%C3%A4t+and+the+Connection+with+ADHD,+Bachelor’s thesis&lr=&hl=en&source=gbs_navlinks_s) (Bf)(T)


Suitable for:

  • Affected persons: compulsory reading in case of high sensitivity
  • Therapists: in the field of high sensitivity: compulsory reading, otherwise helpful

One of the very few works that deals with the topic of high sensitivity in a reasonably scientific way. The too wide open stimulus filter in ADHD is in our opinion identical with the phenomenon of high sensitivity, whereby high sensitivity also exists without ADHD.

5.2. Brackmann: Beyond the norm - Highly gifted and highly sensitive (B)(T)

2005, Klett-Cotta
11. Print run 2020 (unchanged)

Suitable for:

  • Affected persons: compulsory reading in the case of giftedness
  • Therapists in the field of giftedness: required reading, otherwise helpful

One of the most recommendable works on the subject of giftedness. If you want to understand how giftedness and high sensitivity are connected, you can’t avoid this book.
Interesting from the first chapter to the last, pointing out the common presence of giftedness in borderline.

6. ADHD on the net

6.1. Websites

Extensive collection of topics on ADHD in the form of a wiki, prepared by experts.

ADHS Germany e.V.

Largest association in Germany regarding ADHD.

6.2. Forums for affected persons

Largest German-language forum for ADHD sufferers with many sub-forums. Offline since November 2019.


Since ADHS-Anderswelt is no longer active, our ADHD forum has become the most extensive and active German-speaking ADHD forum.

6.3. Freely accessible technical literature

The World Federation of ADHD Guide

Very good English-language summary on ADHD for physicians and affected persons

6.4. Blogs


A blog by women with ADHD.

A blog about neurodiversity - including ADHD.

A serious blog about ADHD by Dr. Martin Winkler.

6.5. Videos

Lecture by Ulrich Brennecke on ADHD, June 2022, approximately 1 1/2 hours.
Available on the Youtube channel of #MensaGiesScience, No. 44.

ADHD Expertise|Katharina Schön

Lÿne shows on TikTok the self-tests on, 09/16-22
Lÿne 易� ADHD at TikTok

6.6. Twitter

6.6.1. Relevant hashtags

For all neurodivergents, mainly ADHD-HI and autism (there are a surprising amount of similarities)



6.6.2. Follow-up recommendations on ADHD-HI or neurodivergence in general



Dani Donovan @danidonovan
ADHD-HI in pictures (see appendix)
Was the trigger for me to suspect that I had ADHD-HI


Pina Varnel draws great comics about living with ADHD-HI. Each comic describes a specific symptom. Lives in Germany, tweets in English. Comics in German at @ADHD-HI

Jessica McCabe is an ADHD-HI coach with a YouTube channel, highly recommended

Dusty Exner is ADHD-HI Coach

Black Girl Lost Keys
ADHD-HI coach, special focus on disparity in treatment of women/minorities with ADHD-HI

Erynn Brook tweets mostly about feminism, but also keeps writing great testimonials about her ADHD-HI

Satire account tweeting about how neurotypical people behave

6.7. Funny


Webcomics about ADHD by Dhrudi Shah.