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Dirty Laundry

By: Richard Pink,Roxanne Pink
Narrated by: Richard Pink,Roxanne Pink
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If you have ADHD - or love somebody who does - DIRTY LAUNDRY will change your life, and your relationships.

Do you feel crippling shame because you struggle with cleaning, personal hygiene, or time-keeping? Do you always feel misunderstood by the people close to you and find that they get frustrated by your behaviour?

DIRTY LAUNDRY is an unfiltered look into the chaos of real life with ADHD. It will transform your self-hatred into self-acceptance, with simple tips that actually work for your brain. It will also help to educate partners, parents and friends, to help them move from frustration to patience, understanding - and love.

Learn how to:

  • Stop believing you are fundamentally broken
  • Stop judging yourself by the standards of a neurotypical world
  • Communicate your struggles to those who love you
  • Support someone with ADHD in ways that work for them
  • Be compassionate rather than judgemental
  • ...and much more.

From the husband-and-wife team behind social media phenomenon @ADHD_Love, whose viral videos have been viewed more than 200 million times, comes a fearless, often outrageously funny, account of life, learning, and growing with ADHD. They share the strategies they have used to reduce shame, improve communication, and find happiness in their neurodivergent household.

Filled with heartbreak and humour in equal measure, DIRTY LAUNDRY is an invaluable resource both for neurodivergents and the people who love them.

©2023 Richard Pink and Roxanne Emery (P)2023 Penguin Audio

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This book has saved my marriage… kind of?

My husband (ASD) and I (ADHD) were in the final stages of separating when this book came out.
Even though we had only just begun to understand what being ND was and it’s impact on our lives (late diagnosis yaaay!!) 18 years years of frustration and hurt culminated in the decision that we just can not live with each other.
I had discovered your TikTok account and had shown my husband and he enjoyed them and we had a giggle about how “wow babe this really is you!!”
I was over the moon when you released the audio book because when I get so engrossed in reading that I can’t do anything else and my husband is a slow reader.
Listening to this book, and hearing the love and patience and wisdom you share has been lifesaving!! I cannot stress that enough. I feel seen for the first time in our marriage and my husband has seen what empathetic care with boundaries looks and sounds like.
We’ve laughed and cried and talked openly and honestly for the first time in years.
We are still going to live separately but we are going to use that space to heal and we will spend time together enjoying our quirks. Then he can go to his pristine house and I can enjoy my floordrobe in peace.
Thank you both from the bottom of our weird little hearts. Please keep doing what you do!!
Sorry this is long but brevity is not my thing

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Amazing - Relatable - Informative

If you or someone in your life has ADHD and you’re wanting to learn more, gain insight, advice, and strategies- please read this.

Their content on Social Media (ADHD Love) is how I began following their content. So learning they had written a book about their journey with ADHD and non-ADHD, it was something I was highly curious to read.
The book shares both their points of views and how they have overcome and grown closer through learning about ADHD.
Hearing their journey, it was a joy to listen to two people who truly love one another.

Beautiful composed.

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wanted to love it more

as an adult ADHDer, I was so excited for this one. sadly it didn't quite land for me. a lot of what rox experiences is surely relatable but it paints a very specific picture of what adhd is like for just her, and misses the mark of it in general a lot. I listened with a partner and a friend and we all agreed much of roxs symptoms also pertain to trauma and can't solely be blamed on adhd, which is valid, but misrepresented by the book. rich often comes across very mansplainy and as if he's the smartest and best guy in the world for 'tolerating' his partner. I just didn't love it. some of it was still useful and im not saying don't listen, but yeah, keep in mind that for rox there definitely seems to be more at play. for example yes, adhders really do struggle with cleaning. but it's not because we look at a dirty mirror and have NO IDEA how to clean it. we all have google and logic still. that's much more likely to have come from never being taught, a lack of common sense, or a combo of that. if it ass purely adhd, it would be more about executive dysfunction in this task. while they touch on dopamine seeking behaviour, I feel they missed the root of why things like cleaning are hard; lack of dopamine response. anyway, I'm starting to sound like rich....

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Just perfect - well written, kind compassionate so many practical solutions!

Not onyl is this book written from the perspective of Rox, the person with ADHD, but also from the perspective of Rich, her partner.
Written with kindness and compassion, it not only gives practical solutions, but it normalises the struggles, and gives validity to both ways of perceiving what is going on so there's s understanding.
This book breaks down all the shame and stigma that gets in the way of meaningfull relationships and provides all parties with a roadmap forward.
The ultimate book for a healthy relationship for people with ADHD in the mix.
Footnote: I have ADHD and a degree in psychology (that my partner literally dragged me through to complete assignments!) and worked for years as a therapist before moving into policy... I have never seen a resource as useful as this... I wish it was around when I was younger, and when I was counselling - they don't teach you this stuff in University or on the job as a counsellor.

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Completely brilliant!

Filled with compassion, fun and deeply perceptive insight. I love this book! The authors/speakers are an inspiration. As a recent adult-diagnosed ADHDer (48yrs), I find such hope and joy and comfort in this book. Written and read with such love and vibrancy and courage and vulnerability.
Thank you, thank you, thank you…! This book will change and save lives.

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Words can't explain how I feel about this book

You have saved my relationship, you have changed my life, Words can't do justice to how I feel about your book. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I was bawling my eyes out prior to the Rich moment - Why does everyone in the street who meets us cry? Thank you for sharing Rich and Rox, I wish you two the funniest most comically life and know you will both grow old together enjoying each others strengths and making light of the weaknesses ❤️

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From one ball of ADHD to another. thank you

no words can do this book justice. you have to listen to truly understand

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Sobbing. Thank you!

I’ve only just started the part to diagnosis but my gif this book was so relatable, so honest and just so me. It felt like a warm, reassuring hug. Thank you for the validation you’ve given me.

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Love love love

That’s what came across in this book. Love. And support and understanding. And kindness. Just what a neurodivergent person needs from their loved ones.

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Spot on chapters!!!

My husband and I listened to this on a road trip and laughed so much! The last chapter on impulsivity and love was our favourite. Absolutely an eye opener for me that put me in happy tears and started a thoughtful and meaningful discussion with my husband. I can't thank you enough for this beautiful book of honesty.

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