Highway to Hell: Untreated Depression, Anxiety & ADHD Drove Me to Addiction

By James Tilley I always knew something was wrong but could not figure it out. I had trouble relating to others and making friends. I hated school and I was miserable. At age six I was tested at school and with doctors. Sure enough, I was diagnosed with ADHD, depression, anxiety and dyslexia. In those days, these disorders were not widely accepted. I started meds and counseling. And I attended special education classes and even an after-school study program. I felt alienated at school, which made everything worse. Eventually, I stopped counseling and doctors. It seemed like everyone knew I…

ADHD Stimulants: Medication Diversion in the Real World

A Podcast from Jeff Copper's Attention Talk Radio There’s ADHD content and then there’s ADHD content. Every young adult with ADHD needs to listen to this episode of Jeff Copper’s Attention Talk Radio podcast. Jeff found an individual who agreed to be interviewed anonymously about his very real experience. He was caught red-handed diverting his ADHD stimulant medications. Listen to him tell how he was confronted one morning by a dozen police, FBI, and DEA agents in his college dorm, arrested and put in jail, and then dealing with the aftermath. The college environment can easily seduce a student to…

Believe in Your Strengths and The Value of Your Differences

By Gabriel One of my typical ADHD behaviors in an elementary school classroom was to constantly recline my desk and balance on it.  Teachers would call my attention on this all the time.  Also, I just couldn't keep my shoes on, so I would take them off and very often the teacher or other students would take them away from me.  No, it wasn't fun. Overall, it was very difficult for me to pay attention in class. My dad told me that once he met with one of my teachers and who said, "Gabriel will see a bird by the window and fly…

Therapy Helped Me Take Back Control

By Nightshade For the past two years, I've blocked out my emotions. I feel this led to my impulsive behavior including taking illegal drugs, risky sexual behavior, skipping school and more. It all stemmed from a lack of self-control. Of course, I eventually got caught, and as I looked back at what I had done, I felt embarrassed at how my impulsiveness had affected the people who love me. I was left feeling hopeless because unless I was able to develop some self-control, I was certain that no matter how hard I tried, I would end up back in the…

Tell Your Story… To More People

My name is Emily Dorffer. I'd like to share with you a publication opportunity for disabled writers. With the help of staff at Johns Hopkins University, I am compiling a short story anthology exclusively featuring short stories written by people with disabilities. All the stories will feature disabled main characters. My aim to spread awareness of a variety of disabilities through accurate, heartfelt representations written by the people who live with them every day. I also hope to encourage more authors to write about disabled characters while avoiding stereotypes. I would greatly appreciate your assistance (and your stories!) If you have…