Lack of ADD/ADHD in YA/Adult Fiction


I know in a previous post, I said I wanted to try and have one discussion post once a week.  Well, this week there will be two discussion posts.  This one is more personal, though.

Recently, I have been searching for YA/Adult fiction books where the MC has ADD/ADHD. I am fully aware of the Percy Jackson books, but those books are more middle grade.  ADD/ADHD are chronic disorders, they never go away.  I was diagnosed when I was eight years old, and yes I was prescribed Adderall.  I would take it first  thing in the morning before school.  I was on it for a year and a half.  For that year and a half, I had a difficult time. sleeping at night.  I eventually got taken off Adderall and had to find other ways to focus especially on homework. Some homework was more difficult for me to do than others, like anything to do with math, as it is one of my weaknesses.  I also hated anything to do with math, it didn’t interest me at all.  I found it boring. When I got to middle school I found that listening to music with headphones really helped me stay focused on what I was doing Music helped me block everything else out.

It would just be really nice to see more YA/Adult fiction books with characters that have the same disorder that I do and how they manage it.  I think ADD/ADHD deserve the same attention and representation that other disorders get in YA.  ADD/ADHD is more common than people realize.  Finding YA/Adult novels with characters that have these disorders, and these disorders are the main topic has been extremely difficult.  I’ve searched, I’ve searched lists on Goodreads, and there are more non-fiction books than fiction books.  There are so many books that lack all kinds of representation, and I’ve seen that if you want something written in a book, write the book yourself.  Not everyone has the ability to be able to write a book.