Author: ADDA Editor

A Different Kind of Perfection

By: Iyassa I was raised that anything you do in life, you do it to the best of your ability. Never let anyone see your flaws, you need to be perfect. I truly tried to live by that ideal, but the reality was that I could “never apply” myself. Those words echoed throughout my life. […]

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The Light In The Darkness

By: Rapunzel Ware I was tested and diagnosed with ADHD at age 7 in the 1st grade. That’s when I first remember feeling different from my peers. I endured dark blows of criticism and negative affirmations from those that surrounded me. I didn’t want to acknowledge or accept my ADHD because I thought  it would always […]

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A Mothers Love is The Best Treatment

By: Elizabeth Diep I am a mother, wife, sister, cousin, and aunt  of adults and children who have ADHD.  I’ve only recently been aware of what it is and how all the people in my circle have been affected. My daughter is the only person formally diagnosed with ADHD.  My husband, brother, cousin, and niece have not been diagnosed […]

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Believe that ADHD Can Lead You to Beautiful Things

By: Janet L. Schmidt Élise Gravel is an award-winning children’s book writer and illustrator who lives and works in Montreal, Quebec in Canada.  She was born in Montreal and started to draw not long after she could hold a crayon.  She studied Graphic Design at the College of General and Vocational Education in Montreal.  Over […]

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Support for Women

  Q: I am new to adhd and was wondering if there are any online women’s groups or chat rooms? Or any other support for women like teaching seminars, etc.? Well you are asking the right person this question! LOL I love support groups – it’s my whole life. As a member of ADDA you […]

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Staring Me in the Face For Forty-Nine years!

By: Michael I was diagnosed with ADHD around 7 years old and put on medication but only for about a week. This was over forty years ago so I don’t have a clear memory of it.  My parents told me that I became a different person, much too quiet and reserved and after this very […]

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It’s So Hard to Leave the Nest

By: Chris I left “the nest” late in life when I got married at 36! I set very high standards for prospective mates and in doing so I passed on many now successful men who loved me.  Luckily, and thanks to God, I found my husband and am now the mother of two boys, the younger […]

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Adult ADHD Treatment Falls Short But Together, We Can Improve It Each October (and All Year Long!)

For many adults, an ADHD diagnosis brings a huge sense of relief. There has always been the underlying sense of something not being right. It’s a daily struggle to meet the expectations of family, friends, employers and most of all myself…  and I repeatedly fall short. Millions of ADHD adults find the diagnosis liberating, feeling […]

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Message From the Editor: Transitions

Transitions As the summer ends many of us are returning back to school and work. I am an adult with ADHD and I am not. I have been unemployed for many years. My long-term unemployment stint started in 2009 when I lost my job due to outsourcing. I would love nothing more than to return […]

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