There are many good books on adult ADHD, this list includes some of those I consider most helpful.
Scattered Minds: Hope and Help for Adults with ADHD by Lenard Adler
Taking Charge of Adult ADHD by Russell Barkley
ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says by Russell Barkley
Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults by Thomas Brown
Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward Hallowell, John Ratey
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A 21st Century Perspective edited by Keith McBurnett, Linda Pfiffner
Mastering Your Adult ADHD: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Program Client Workbook by Steven Safren
Fast Minds: How to Thrive if You Have ADHD by Craig Surman and Tim Bilkey
The list below is for those who wish to read some of the most informative articles that are the scientific underpinnings of such books. All of the abstracts and of some of the articles in full can be read on PubMed and Google Scholar.
Articles That Present an Overview of ADHD
Advances in understanding and treating ADHD. Antshel KM, Hargrave TM, et al. BMC Medicine. 2011 Jun 10;9:72.
Attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder: an update. Dopheide JA, Pliszka SR. Pharmacotherapy. 2009 Jun;29(6):656-7
Commentary: why diagnose and treat ADHD in adults? Feifel D. Postgraduate Med. 2008 Sep;120(3):13-5.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Research: Current Status and Future Directions. Faraone SV, Biederman J. Journal of ADHD and Related Disorders. 2009;1:7–13
Updates in Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder: Current Concepts and Future Developments. Adler LA, Shaw D, et al. Journal of ADHD and Related Disorders. 2009;1:63–8
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adults: evidence-based recommendations for management. Rostain AL. Postgraduate Medicine. 2008 Sep;120(3):27-38.
ADHD in Adults. Okie S. New England Journal of Medicine. 2006. Jul 16-22;(25):2637-41
Clinical Practice: Adult attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Volkow ND, Swanson JM, New England Jourfal of Medicine. 2013 Nov 12;369(20):1935-44
The Epidemiology and Prevalence of ADHD
The Prevalence and Correlates of Adult ADHD in the United States: Results From the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Kessler RC, Adler LA, et al. American Journal of Psychiatry 2006;163:716-723.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in a diverse culture: do research and clinical findings support the notion of a cultural construct for the disorder? Rohde LA, Szobot C, et al. Biological Psychiatry. 2005 Jun 1;57(11):1436-41
The worldwide prevalence of ADHD: is it an American condition? Faraone SV, Sergeant J, et al. World Psychiatry. 2003 Jun;2(2):104-13.
The biology of ADHD
Neuroimaging of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Current Neuroscience-Informed Perspectives for Clinicians. Cortese S, Castellanos FX. Current Psychiatry Reports. 2012 Aug 2.
The roles of dopamine and noradrenaline in the pathophysiology and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Del Campo N, Chamberlain SR, et al. Biological Psychiatry. 2011 Jun 15;69(12):e145-57.
Neurobiology of ADHD. Tripp G, Wickens JR. Neuropharmacology. 2009 Dec;57(7-8):579-89
The Neurobiological Basis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Arnsten AF, Berridge CW, et al. Primary Psychiatry. 2009;16(7):47-54
ADHD and Medication
ADHD medications and risk of serious cardiovascular events in young and middle-aged adults. Habel LA, et al. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2011 Dec 28;306(24):2673-83.
ADHD drugs and serious cardiovascular events in children and young adults. Cooper WO et al. New England Journal of Medicine. 2011 Nov 17;365(20):1896-904.
Long-term outcomes with medications for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: current status of knowledge. Huang YS, Tsai MH. CNS Drugs. 2011 Jul 1;25(7):539-54.
Efficacy and safety limitations of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder pharmacotherapy in children and adults. Wigal SB. CNS Drugs. 2009;23 Suppl 1:21-31.
ADHD and Substance Abuse
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and substance use disorders. Wilens TE. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2006 Dec;163(12)
The clinical dilemma of using medications in substance-abusing adolescents and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: what does the literature tell us? Wilens TE, Monuteaux MC, et al. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology 2005 Oct;15(5)