Author: Duane Gordon

I Didn’t See THAT Coming

Dear ADDA community, The Covid-19 pandemic has changed things over the last few days and weeks. So please… Stay safe. Stay home. It’s simple advice. But it’s not easy. We have lost structure. And connection. Without our routines, without people, we have little to ground us. We become susceptible to anxiety, panic and despair. You […]

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Living Life Misunderstood

by Kenny Francisco I am not sure how to tell this story. It’s difficult. At times, it’s sad, it’s happy, it’s scary. But it is always FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!!!! My name is Kenny Francisco. I don’t want to be anonymous. I want you to hear me. I want everyone to know I said it. I grew up […]

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Everything I Know About Self-Advocacy, I Learned from Willie

By Laura K. Champion My name is Laura and I have ADHD. I’m a chaotic mess of underestimated brilliance. My ADHD allows me to think outside the box. It helps me troubleshoot the impossible. It lets me act on impulse and land opportunities most miss. And it lets me rise again when I’ve fallen so […]

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I Have ADHD. I Am Not Less

by Anonymous I have ADHD. That does not mean my ideas are less important or my actions are less right.  I am not less. Is ADHD a disability? Yes, though mostly it is irritating. To others, but especially to me.  I Wish People Could See the Real Me  People often judge intelligence expressed in writing […]

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An ADHD-Friendly Way to Lose Weight? Yes!

By Linda Williams Swanson Imagine if you set goals of gaining weight and living an unhealthy lifestyle. If those were your goals, you do the things I did for several decades of my life: Eat food of all kinds available 24-7, and eat often. Eat to soothe emotions when feeling sad, anxious, or stressed. Eat […]

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Marriage Uncomplicated. Is It Possible?

Joyce Kubik and Robin Nordmeyer A marriage is a precious union. But when one spouse or partner struggles with ADHD, they both struggle with ADHD. Research shows us that when you don’t understand or manage your ADHD effectively, it can be draining on a marriage often leading to separation and divorce. It is heart breaking […]

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It’s Not About Willpower

by Diane McLean At 53, my life started to make sense. Overwhelmed, anxious, and error prone, I felt completely inept. Then I was diagnosed with ADHD. I was also diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, obesity and other ailments. I was a mess. It was a relief to know my scatterbrained-ness had a biological basis. […]

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Marcella’s Journey Continues

by Marcella Lowry As a child, I went to a local center for the developmentally disabled. I wasn’t disabled, but I knew I was different. Doctors knew I was extremely intelligent. But they didn’t know how to diagnose me, either. In the 1960s, they thought it was a psychosis. (Years later, I obtained a copy […]

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The ADHD Life Adventure

By Janet L. Schmidt Jim Brown, aka pen name, James Phoenix says “I’m an old guy now” but, this old guy has founded dozens of companies. He estimates about half of these companies were successful. A couple of companies were off the charts successful and went International. For the past 25 years he has been […]

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Persistence and Resilience Pay Off with ADHD

By Janet L. Schmidt Abigail Wurf was diagnosed with ADHD when she was 30 years old while attending graduate school.  She was aware of some learning disabilities at the time.  During a testing period, the person running the test told her she had ADHD.  This surprised her very much, but people she knew were not […]

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