Unleash Your Creativity

As early as I can remember, drawing was my favorite activity. I would draw pictures for my sisters to color. In school, if anyone needed a drawing for an assignment, they'd come to me. I would draw anything. I had hundreds of drawings of my left hand! I'm right handed, so I would use my left hand as the model. I kept drawing through high school - girls think it's very romantic when you draw their portrait - reveling in my talent and passion. My heart soared when I drew, and no matter what else happened, I knew I was…
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How Ronnie Sidney Beat the Odds

“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.” Ronnie Lott This quote carries a message that Ronnie Sidney, II, the author of “Nelson Beats the Odds,” has lived by his entire life. “Nelson Beats the Odds,” is a semi-autobiographical graphic novel about a young man diagnosed with a learning disability and ADHD. With the help of his parents and special education teacher, Nelson graduates from college and becomes a social worker. “Nelson Beats the Odds” is a great platform for students, parents and educators from which to begin conversations about stigmatization, learning differences and resiliency. The book has…
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ADHD: A Holiday Recipe for Disaster?

By Duane Gordon I love the holidays. People are more cheerful, children are well behaved and the holiday baking, or eating! But that’s not it. The holidays offer a “perfect storm” of opportunities to go overboard! Put someone with ADHD in charge of a creative project and the results will be, well... MORE than you planned! As a typical adult with ADHD, I am unjustifiably confident I can do anything. I have an extremely creative imagination and will inevitably take on next-to-impossible projects, blow them out of proportion and surprise, delight or dismay friends and family. Having ADHD is like…
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ADHD Is My Super Power!

ADHD is my diagnosis, but more than that, it is my superpower. I want to share my story. I'm 22 years old and from Peru. In November, 2014 I graduated from university and became licensed in clinical psychology with training in logotherapy and thanatology. I am looking forward to getting a Master’s degree in pediatric oncology in Spain next year. I was diagnosed with ADHD three months ago and prescribed medication. My whole life I felt like there was something different about me but – aside from insomnia and poor focus – I liked it. I really love my job…
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PART II – Celebrating 20 Years of Women with ADHD: A Conversation with Sari Solden, M.S., LMFT

By Michelle Frank, Psy.D.  *A note on the use of the terms ADD and ADHD: As research and understanding of ADHD has grown over the decades, the diagnosis name and description has evolved. As a result, many people, especially those who were diagnosed with ADHD or worked with individuals with ADHD before the publication of the DSM-IV in 1994, often use the terms “ADHD” and “ADD” interchangeably. Michelle: You were a big part of early ADDA. What was it like? Sari: In 1993 in Ann Arbor, it wasn’t called ADDA yet, but a lot of people who were part of that…
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