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…

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…

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…

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…

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…