Stories

There is Nothing I Will Encounter Today That I Can’t Learn

Sean’s Story, Interview by Patricia Schwabb I am 52 years old and just randomly read an article on Facebook about ADHD and right away recognized myself. As I read more about this disorder I looked back and saw many ways it’s had a negative impact on my life. School was always a big problem for […]

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A Valentine for an ADHD Heart

By Patti Schwab as related by Amber K. Amber was diagnosed with ADHD during her freshman year of college.  Amber feared going away to school like most 18-year-olds, but her fear was accompanied by a familiar dull ache.  She knew she would probably have many more failures than successes from a lifetime of not “living […]

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Celebrity Chef with ADHD Wants to Inspire Others

Jennifer Herrera cooks for celebrities in New York City and uses YouTube and the internet to reach out to Latinos and others with ADHD to show them they too can succeed. Herrera has overcome many obstacles growing up and she currently works as a celebrity chef. Herrera was diagnosed with ADHD later in life as […]

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ADD is a Part of Me and Now, It’s the Best Part

By Evan Kirstein, M. Ed, ACC, CACP I have ADD. Which means by the time I was 6, I was known for being lazy, short tempered, unprepared, forgetful, a daydreamer and a troublemaker. But also… the class comedian, a heart-breaker, a highly creative problem solver, and ambidextrous – but maybe that was because my handwriting […]

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Hey Chicago What Do You Say? Everyone’s ADHD Today!

Generations of Chicago Cub’s fans have long held the hope for a World Series Championship.  The mantra “Wait until next year” was as much as part of Chicago culture as deep dish pizza and crooked politicians. We were the Lovable Losers, the legendary record holders of underachievement in baseball history. That all changed at midnight […]

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My Little Sister Has ADHD

ADHD can be confusing and overwhelming. Getting diagnosed in the first place isn’t easy. Anger and/or sadness often accompany processing the ADHD diagnosis, because you have ADHD, and because you wish you knew sooner. Others experience relief, that finally there’s an explanation, a reason that life’s challenges have not been entirely their fault. Then, there’re […]

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Coming Out Day

As we approach the midpoint of ADHD Awareness Month 2016, our LGBTQIA (Queer) brothers and sisters also celebrate National Coming Out Day which was established almost thirty years ago when it wasn’t safe to disclose one’s sexual identity. Although being openly gay is now more widely accepted the fear of coming out remains. Every year […]

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It’s Not Just Me

It’s not just me who always knew I was different growing up, but I never knew why or how. I didn’t realize until I put myself through college, at the behest of a pushy high school guidance counselor, that I began to meet more people like me from different nearby towns who had the means […]

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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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ADHD is not One-Size-Fits-All

When I first started to figure out my ADHD (and this wasn’t easy, but that’s another story) I thought I had solved the problem for my ADHD daughter as well. My youngest daughter was diagnosed with ADHD before I was – in fact, as is often the case, I only discovered my own ADHD through […]

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