Message From the Editor: Making Real Connections

Hi! I’m your new ADDA Insider Editor. What’s the ADDA Insider? It’s ADDA’s twice-monthly newsletter full of great stuff just for adults with ADHD. If you’re not subscribed, sign up today!

I am happy to take the reigns as the new editor of the ADDA Insider. Of course, I’ll be working closely with Dr. Michelle Frank, ADDA’s Communication Chair and Vice President, but as you can imagine, she’s got a lot on her plate.

I’m an adult with ADHD, though I wasn’t diagnosed until midway through college, and I didn’t receive treatment for my symptoms until recently. I’ve also worked for more than a decade writing news and promoting events in my career as a local newspaper reporter and book editor, so I’ll be bringing all that experience to my role as editor here at ADDA.

I have also organized and promoted local events, volunteering for the 2003 opening for the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Live 8 in Philadelphia in 2005 and the 2015 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I know how much work goes into organizing such an event, but I also know the positive ripples they create in the community. That’s why I’m happy to be involved in an organization that is reaching out to the community through events like the Better Together Festival.

ADDA was proud to sponsor the Better Together Festival (we call it the BTF!) held near Ann Arbor, Michigan in May 2016. The BTF brought together many ADHD women (and a handful of men) to learn about adult ADHD among their peers. You can learn more about the BTF in this article recently published in

ADDA works hard to create a virtual community for adults with ADHD to learn about ADHD while connecting with people who “get” us. We provide opportunities for adults with ADHD to connect because we believe connections foster hope. We encourage you to get involved, with ADDA and in your community. We look forward to helping create and facilitate more events such as the Better Together Festival.

I look forward to working with the Communication team to engage ADDA members and spread awareness and information for adults living with ADHD. I’d love to hear your feedback and ideas. You can reach me at


Michelle Teel


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