Throughout my journey towards an ADHD diagnosis, McCabe’s How to ADHD YouTube channel was something I fell back on quite often. She wasn’t an expert herself, but she did the research and condensed the experts in an easily digestible fashion. Needless to say, when she announced she had a book coming out compiling everything she’d learned, plus contributions from her “Brains” as she calls her fans, as well as bits about her life all rolled into one, I knew I was gonna have to get it.
Like many others, I wondered how such an ambitious and novel project could come to pass, but she delivers wholeheartedly. The scatter-brained approach kinda helps it by keeping it from getting old or falling into any particular rut. Her personal stories got to me more personally than I expected, so it was nice they were interspersed with knowledge and tips and others’ input. Plus, her life is so intertwined with all of these other things that it wouldn’t make sense to separate them.
How to ADHD, the channel, is what got her to where she is today. It’s what spurred this book, the contributions from numerous fans, the acquiring of knowledge, the vast number of tools added to her ever growing toolbox that she’s so graciously opened to us here. And the book continues in the spirit of her channel, giving a wealth of knowledge in a nice and friendly package.
For anybody with ADHD, or anybody who knows anybody with ADHD, this book to me is essential reading. There’s even a chapter specifically for the “Hearts,” the ones who came to her channel by following their heart, wanting to better understand their loved ones. It’s a perfect entry into the world of ADHD, rather than starting out with the dryer world of books written by actual experts. Those can come later if you want to expand your learning, but this is a lovely beginning.