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…

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…

The Secret Life of Diane McLean

The ticket stub on my refrigerator reads “Sat 12/28/2013.” It all began that day during the 1:05 pm showing of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In the movie, Walter decides to leave his mundane job and daydream world of adventures to step out into a real-life quest and discover his passionate, authentic, courageous self. On December 28th, 2013, I too decided to step out to discover my dreams and passions. Over the next 18 months my life underwent a significant transformation as I set out to discover the secret life of Diane McLean. My 25-year career in education had…
Ally Martin

Later-Life ADHD Diagnosis: Life Sentence or Turning Point?

I had a textbook adult ADHD diagnosis. Like many women with primarily inattentive ADHD, I did not receive a diagnosis until after I started researching ADHD for my daughter. The more I read, the more I thought, “This is me!” I took an online quiz and found I scored well above the threshold for adult ADHD. The next step was to receive an official diagnosis from a local psychologist. Receiving a diagnosis later in life left me with mixed emotions. On one hand, I finally understood why I was so disorganized, why I couldn’t pay attention, and why I struggled…
Meeting After School

Turning Frustration into Triumph

I didn’t understand that I had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) until I turned twenty-eight. That meant a big part of my life was spent believing I was somehow “not quite with it”. I didn’t think it was possible for me to have ADHD because it was usually associated with hyperactive boys. When I was growing up I wanted to be the best at everything I did, no matter what it took. I remember staying up all night doing homework because I never got anything done during the evening as there were just too many distractions. The library was awful…