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…

Moving To a Better State of Mind

We sometimes get caught up in painful vicious circles that never seemed to be resolved. For some it’s having the same argument over and over again with your spouse. Others might be so mired in self- doubt that despite all evidence of their talents they refuse to try anything new for fear of failure. We get stuck in a world of “I can’t do that” to the point of paralyzation and isolation. We wonder why this keeps happening to us and if it’s even possible to escape, how do we do it. I’ve recently come to believe that we stay…

The Value of Persistence

as related to Patti Schwab Three years ago, I was laid off from my position of 20 years as an office administrator. I was very depressed. It was a real loss; I hadn't realized how much that role had defined me until it ended. One of my children, who also has ADHD, was in crisis. Severe depression, anxiety, and OCD symptoms had put him in the hospital a few times. Meanwhile, my husband (another ADHDer) was also unemployed and searching for work. I struggled to find a new position, working a few short and horrible jobs over the course of the…

A Mother and Daughter Learn and Grow Together

By Theresa Two years ago, at age 33, I learned I have ADHD and that it permeates nearly every aspect of my life. While seeking help for my impulsive, energetic six-year-old daughter, I was surprised to see myself in many of the checklist items. The doctor was seeking participants for a study of mothers and children with untreated ADHD to determine if treating the mothers might delay the age at which children started medication. My early diagnoses of Tourette syndrome and migraines were blamed for my early difficulties in life and these were the conditions the doctors treated. I was…