Grace Friedman: Tackling ADHD on my Own Terms

An teen writer and entrepreneur with ADHD talks about coming to terms with her diagnosis, learning how to work with it, and finding her own path to success.

Grace Friedman, a successful teen with ADHD, founder of addyteen.com

I realized something was wrong during fourth grade. I could pay attention in class and liked school, but nothing stuck. It took hours to complete the smallest assignment. My family supported me and tried to give me guidance, but I didn't know how to communicate with them effectively.

During my freshman year of high school, I recognized that I couldn't learn the way other kids did because of my ADHD. I had to re-learn how to focus. I needed to play on my own terms to achieve success.

My doctor diagnosed me, but he never told me what ADHD was or how to cope. This happens to a lot of teens, so they ignore their ADHD or assume that something is seriously wrong with them.

When I was 15, I started writing "Embracing Your ADHD." I created this guide, and addyteen.com because teens feel stigmatized by ADHD. This prevents them from thriving in everyday life. It's crucial to learn how to make ADHD work for you. My goal is to start a conversation and shine a light on this tricky but manageable disorder.

FREE ADHD DOWNLOAD

Stop Driving Distracted!
Not sure how to keep your new driver safe? Read up on proven strategies for keeping your teen focused on the road. Download now!

Get This Free Download

TAGS: Teens and Tweens with ADHD, ADHD in High School, ADHD and College

Share your comments, find support and solutions on ADDConnect!
ADDitude's free community site offers free support groups for adults with ADHD, plus medication reviews and much more. Check it out today.

 
Copyright © 1998 - 2016 New Hope Media LLC. All rights reserved. Your use of this site is governed by our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
ADDitude does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only. See additional information.
New Hope Media, 108 West 39th Street, Suite 805, New York, NY 10018