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 the family, friends, coworkers and others who will either be told or not, and all of the rigmarole involved in deciding who needs to know what. Lastly, there’re challenges after diagnosis, learning about and choosing treatments and seeking solutions. It can be overwhelming. Last month…
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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 on October 11th, the support of this strong community gives many people the courage they need to reveal their true selves to friends and family. As an openly gay man who came out more than twenty years ago and as a man only recently diagnosed…
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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 and access to get a diagnosis of ADHD.I never even heard of ADHD before I started college. When I looked into it myself and checked into doctors, I found out I had ADHD combined type, hyperactivity with impulsivity. Labeling why I was different didn’t make…
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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 by sharing my story. If I can reach one person and encourage them to live life to the fullest, then I've done my bit. Many people with ADHD find it difficult to drive, but it came naturally to me — I passed my driver license…
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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 my wife's and my efforts to understand what her diagnosis meant. With each new strategy or approach I tried that worked, I'd excitedly tell my daughter that, "From now on, you do it THIS way." Together, somewhat painfully, we discovered that each person's ADHD is…
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