Have you ever wondered whether you or a loved one might have ADHD? My little self-help ebook/memoir, Connecting the Dots: My Midlife Journey with Adult AD/HD, published in 2013, is now available in audiobook format, at a suggested list price of $5.99! It’s geared to younger and middle-aged women, as women tend to be undiagnosed sufferers with inattentive-type ADD since we don’t typically present with the same hyperactive symptoms that boys and men do. (Though some women do have the hyperactive form of ADHD; I just don’t happen to be one of them!)
Confession: I’m not an audiobook fan myself, despite loving listening to stories on the radio, but I know many people are and that some folks find it easier to absorb information in this format. I chose Findaway Voices as my distributor and the versatile Daniela Acitelli as my narrator. Take a listen to the sample on Google Play and see what you think!
Here are links for the first two online stores who’ve listed the book:
Soon you should also be able to find the audiobook at multiple other venues, including Libro.fm and Storytel. You can also request it at your local library through Overdrive.
Bottom line: It has given me a real thrill to hear Daniela voice my words. I can see why putting one’s work into audiobook form can become quite addictive!
From a recent 5-star Amazon review by Oregon author Paula Butterfield:
In Connecting the Dots, author Gabriella West balances information from AD/HD authorities like Dr. Patricia Quinn, Sari Solden, Gina Pera, and Russell Barkley with her personal story: a family background that overlooked, if not exacerbated her symptoms, adult relationship issues, and career problems. This was a brave and apt choice, since women tend to connect through stories.
One of the biggest gifts from the author is her tip-off about how difficult the diagnostic process can be. That may not sound very positive, but when she writes that “you have to have a lot of initiative to make it through these early stages”, she’s pointing out the irony for people who suspect they might have AD/HD, that “their very disorder won’t let them act on what they know.” The same person who has trouble focusing is expected to storm the walls of the medical/insurance fortress. A woman who seeks help for this disorder will have to locate a psychiatrist or therapist to diagnose her, often waiting weeks or months for an appointment, only to find that a medical professional doesn’t take insurance or works only with children. Be warned, cautions the author: this will take longer and probably cost more than you’d like.
But persevere! With diagnosis and medication (not the caffeine and alcohol often used to self-medicate), you can achieve mental clarity for most hours of the day. Your doctor can also help you with the anxiety, depression, or SCT (Sluggish Cognitive Tempo) that can accompany AD/HD. You can fundamentally change your life.