Author: Morgan

I Have a Gift, Not a Burden

It all started during elementary school. I loathed reading. Could I read? Yes. Did I want to, or could I pay attention to the words on the page? Nope. The counselor called my parents into school to say I had ADD. My parents shrugged off the advice and just assumed I needed help reading. They […]

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Message from the Editor: Finding Your Strengths; Making the Best of Your ADHD Diagnosis

Some people criticize me for tuning out, being fidgety when I’m expected to sit still, talking too much or out of turn, repeating jokes, being immature and just being out-of-touch with most other adults. I sometimes feel like a kid in a grownup’s body. I’m sure most adults with ADHD can relate similar experiences. Despite […]

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The Planner Pads Time Management System

A Product Review by the ADDA Product Review Team  Since planning and time management are common concerns for adults with ADHD, here at ADDA we are always looking for helpful tools to make life for our members a bit easier. Luckily, a unique opportunity recently came our way.  The folks at Planner Pad offered us […]

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Intersections: ADHD and OCD

I live in England, and at 46 years old have recently been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). While researching ADHD, I noticed a lot of articles about people who had committed suicide because of it. I was so saddened by this I felt I had to take action […]

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Learn How Your Child Learns to Ease Transitions

Rachel is a 33-year-old parent with ADHD. Her 13-year-old daughter who is starting eighth grade this school year also has ADHD. Having grown up with ADHD, Rachel aware of what it takes to motivate herself and has helped her daughter learn strategies for coping with ADHD as well. Rachel noticed her daughter struggling in school, […]

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What Are We Really Teaching?

Having ADHD never made me feel uncomfortable. No. The way people treated me because of my ADHD made me uncomfortable, embarrassed and ashamed. Have you ever felt your actions were normal but then had someone make you feel as if you had done something wrong? I never thought twice about having ADHD. My Dad made it […]

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Learn to Listen. Listen to Learn.

I was enjoying a classic Ramones song today with a strikingly simple and powerful chorus. It said: Learn to listen; listen to learn You gotta learn to listen before you get burned. The Ramones I found the song’s message particularly apt in the wake of yet another wave of violence in our country and around […]

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ADDA Is Diversity: A Statement on Recent Events and ADDA’s Commitment to Diversity

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is dedicated to helping adults with ADHD lead better lives. ADDA has a responsibility to spread awareness about ADHD and to help combat stigma and discrimination for those with ADHD. But we also have a larger mission. We often talk about “neuro-diversity”, for just as we combat prejudice against […]

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Thanks for the memories: An essay on life with ADHD

By Irene Grey In a moment…it’s gone. The fully-formed sentence sprung from nowhere; a perfect start to a story that might unfold over hundreds of pages. By the time I found my pen, all that remained was a faint memory. This is the downside of ADHD…falling in love with ideas, images, sounds, smells and half-formed […]

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The Body Double: A Unique Tool for Getting Things Done

I specialize in coaching adults who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). During my twenty-three years of coaching, I have gathered many tools and strategies for helping clients accomplish desired change and create order out of chaos. The tool I want to share with you today is a tool born of the unique mix of […]

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