Book review: The Boy from Hell: Life with a Child with ADHD

A mother’s experience of living with a child with ADHD.

The Boy from Hell: Life with a Child with ADHD

Alison M Thompson | Jessica Kingsley Publishers | £9.99 | 184pp | ISBN: 9781785920158

This book provides the reader with inspiring, heartfelt diary extracts by a mother who has a son with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The author offers candid insights into her son Daniel’s behaviours; sharing the emotional, physical and social impact that they have.

The author details the early signs which indicated that Daniel was ‘different’ from other children. She shares her thoughts and feelings about the assessment process and diagnosis and the subsequent management strategies, including the dilemmas faced during each of these junctures. 

Often left feeling frustrated, embarrassed, guilty and exhausted, Alison demonstrates with a mother’s unconditional love, that empathy and patience can help things improve. 

This book is exceptionally easy to read, refreshingly honest and a fantastic resource that offers helpful advice and support for parents, professionals, friends and families alike. 

Amanda Hood is head of patient experience and engagement, James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk


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