Zoe Kessler


Author, journalist, speaker, specialist: women and ADHD

Zoë Kessler, B.A., B.Ed., is an author, journalist, and motivational speaker and noted authority on women and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD / ADD).

Her presentations are described as exhilarating, motivating, and entertaining. Kessler has worked with a wide variety of organizations, including corporate and not-for-profit, bringing her special blend of energy, knowledge, and insight to every event.

A top blogger at Psych Central.com, Kessler‘s popular blog, ADHD from A to Zoë has garnered a loyal readership around the globe. Kessler is a frequent contributor to ADDitude Magazine, and has created radio documentary and standup comedy about being a woman living with ADHD. She’s written guest blogs, been interviewed on international radio, and has been featured in magazine articles, documentaries, and books on the topic of women and ADHD.

  • Journalist

    Zoë has been a freelance writer since 1985. The following is an abridged list of publications/media Zoë has contributed to.

    ADDitude Magazine
    CBC Radio One
    Dogs Annual
    The Kingston Whig-Standard
    The London Free Press
    Maclean’s Magazine
    MORE Magazine
    MS. Magazine
    Ontario Living Magazine
    Owen Sound Sun Times
    Performing Arts & Entertainment in Canada
    Reiki Magazine
    site/sound magazine
    Today’s Parent Magazine
    Toronto Computes!
    The Toronto Sun


    Sun Times, Owen Sound, Ontario
    – weekly humour/news column

    SCENE Magazine, Guelph, Ontario
    – weekly editorial column for arts & entertainment magazine

  • Award Winning Author

    ADHD According to Zoë: The Real Deal on Relationships, Finding Your Focus & Finding Your Keys

    Zoë’s latest book, ADHD According to Zoë: The Real Deal on Relationships, Finding Your Focus & Finding Your Keys, (New Harbinger Publications, Sept. 2013) is part memoir, part self-help. With heart and humour, Kessler shares her story as an adult diagnosed late in life with ADHD. She also offers practical tips on how to thrive with this challenging neurobiological condition.

    “ADHD According to Zoë is a must-have, spellbinding portrayal of women with ADHD rooted in the latest science.”

    – Dr. Tim Bilkey, Hons.B.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), Director, Ontario Bilkey ADHD Clinics

    Adoption Reunions

    Zoë’s first book, Adoption Reunions, was published in 1993 by Second Story Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Now in its third print run, this best-selling non-fiction book celebrates its 20th year in print in 2013.

    Adoption Reunions, published under the name Michelle McColm (Kessler’s adoptive name), explores reunions between adult adoptees and the emotional aftermath.


  • Blogger

    The Huffington Post

    Zoë recently joined The Huffington Post Canada’s “signature line-up” of bloggers. Zoë weighs in on adult ADHD, with a special view to topics relevant to women with the condition.

    Psych Central

    Zoë began blogging for Psych Central, the internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health social network in 2010. She candidly shares personal insights from her life with ADHD, with posts ranging from quirky to quintessential. Topics include new developments, book reviews, coping tips, interviews, and much more.


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