One Boy’s Struggle: A Memoir: Surviving Life with Undiagnosed ADD by Bryan L. Hutchinson (A Review)

Bryan L. Hutchinson has written a book for all parents, teachers, physicians and counselors as well as any adult diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (“ADD”) to read.  Hutchinson spent his entire youth and young adult life wondering what made him different, unacceptable in some settings, and caused his difficult relationship with his father.

One Boy's StruggleIn One Boy’s Struggle: A MemoirHutchinson shares his highs and lows, ups and downs, successes and failures, and how he finally came to understand himself and the world around him.

What this book is not:  

  • A manual of technical terminology explaining ADD in detail
  • A scientific explanation by a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist or other clinician
  • A medical textbook
  • An immediate fix for your loved one who suffers from ADD

What this book is:

  • An honest look at one individual’s life spent coping with an undiagnosed condition, ADD 
  • A sharing from the heart so that the reader might understand why a child behaves as he or she does, or why a spouse is behaving as she or he is, or why a co-worker is behaving as he or she is
  • A book detailing how one person finally found out what was causing his life struggles
  • A helpful look for parents, teachers and counselors in our schools at the ADD personality and behaviors in simple terms from someone who knows
  • And so much more!

As a grandmother of an 18-year old soon-to-be-graduate from high school, I found so much of my grandson in the pages of this book.  Not to mention a better understanding of his mother, my stepdaughter, who remains an undiagnosed ADD victim.  Fortunately, her son had the attention of teachers and his other grandmother in early grade school and has received some help along the way.

Hutchinson has offered a gift to the world of ADD patients, their families, teachers, physicians, and employers.  A handbook written by someone who knows firsthand what ADD is and how it feels to be the person living with it.

If you are in any way interacting with someone you know who has ADD or you suspect may have it, you must read this book.

One cautionary statement:  Hutchinson’s writing style mirrors the speech patterns of our grandson.  This is not to say that he isn’t a good writer — it is to say that he writes as he thinks, or as an ADDer thinks.  Rapidly, in long thoughts, and this can cause his writing to be disconcerting at first.  For some this may make reading the book seem difficult at first. Be patient and give Hutchinson a chance to help you understand him and many others.

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I received a free copy of One Boy’s Struggle from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

9 thoughts on “One Boy’s Struggle: A Memoir: Surviving Life with Undiagnosed ADD by Bryan L. Hutchinson (A Review)

  1. Thanks for posting. I would love to read this. I teach in a learning support department and know that there are so many misconceptions about ADD.

    1. Pat, I’m glad you feel this book may be helpful to you in your teaching. I truly believe Bryan has taken a courageous step in revealing his struggles and his accomplishments.

  2. Interesting. i love that in this day and age we can read so many great stories about the lives of people who are afflicted with various life-challenges. This book sounds fascinating.

    1. Grace, I find the courage in this young man’s writing his story the most moving part. I don’t know if our grandson would take the step out of the box to do this. My hope is that he would, but we don’t know another’s heart and soul. It was a fascinating read as you hear what a person with the illness really experiences.

  3. Sherrey – I also read and reviewed Bryan’s book. It was an eye opener for me. Bryan is a great guy whom I’ve gotten to “know” through Tribe Writers. He is very encouraging to everyone.

    1. Joan, I found Bryan’s accomplishments to be more than amazing! We are hoping our grandson will be able to ground himself as Bryan has, with the help of someone who truly loves and understands him. It isn’t easy understanding an ADDer or ADHDer, as in our Kory’s case, but they are so bright and intelligent and creative! Wasted talents if not supported and encouraged.

      1. Sherrey, if you haven’t already, check out his Positive Writer blog ( He posts about once a week, but it’s always very encouraging and uplifting. This is a newer blog and not mentioned in the book.
        It’s good that your grandson has been diagnosed and is not having to deal with the things Bryan did.

        1. Joan, thanks for the tip on Bryan’s blog; I’ll check it out. Yes, I’m not sure Kory realizes how blessed he has been through the efforts of many to keep him on track. 🙂

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