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posted: Tuesday September 27th - 9:00am

Teachers With Adult ADHD: Work Accomodations Available?

"Are there any state-mandated accommodations for teachers who have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD? I told my principal about my condition, but I haven’t requested accommodations -- yet."

ADDitude contributor Robert Tudisco is a practicing attorney with ADHD and an expert on special education law and disability advocacy.
There are no “state-mandated” accommodations for teachers or students. To avail yourself of protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, you must not only disclose your diagnosis, but you must show how attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) substantially impairs a major life activity. The reason the law is worded this way is that ADD/ADHD and other disabilities manifest...
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posted: Thursday September 15th - 9:00am

ADHD and Obsessive Thoughts: Too Clingy, Insecure?

"I've been noticing a huge problem with every relationship I enter," one reader with adult ADD/ADHD tells us. "I automatically become too attached to the person and constantly jump to conclusions about what they're doing when I'm not with them."

Beth Main - ADHD Coach and ADDitude Blogger
Obsessing and ruminating are often part of living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). No matter how hard you try to ignore them, those negative thoughts just keep coming back, replaying themselves in an infinite loop. You know it’s not healthy, but you can’t seem to stop yourself. It makes sense. As adults with ADD/ADHD, we’re so often burned by our own...
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posted: Tuesday September 13th - 11:00am

How ADHD Symptoms Affect Couples

"How do I get my partner to admit that attention deficit (ADD/ADHD) is ruining our relationship?" one non-ADHD partner asks.

Melissa Orlov, a frequent ADDitude contributor with Dr. Ned Hallowell, writes about ADHD and marriage and offers relationship advice to adults with ADD.
There are many reasons your partner may deny that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is hurting your relationship. He might be ashamed of having the condition, fearful that ADD/ADHD treatment will turn him into a different person, or concerned that you'll blame him for your marital problems. Such fears can be exacerbated by frustration in the non-ADHD partner. On the other hand, he may like himself...
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posted: Thursday September 8th - 11:30am

Grow Out of ADHD?

Is it possible to outgrow attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)? This is a common question parents of diagnosed children ask and one diagnosed young adults and adults may wonder as they grow up and mature.

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Can a child or young adult with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) grow out of the condition? Do some of the academic, behavioral, and social challenges our children face get easier with age? Can symptoms improve with time? In this new ADD/ADHD video , Ari Tuckman , Psy.D., M.B.A., the author of More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults With ADHD...
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posted: Tuesday September 6th - 2:00pm

How Can I Find an ADHD-Friendly Career?

"I'm 34, and I don't have a career," one reader tells us. "People expect more from me because I graduated from college, but it's hard for me to learn most things and I have a bad memory. Are there jobs for me? I just don't feel smart enough to work."

People with ADHD can be highly successful.
Many people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) have highly successful careers. Bill Gates, Ty Pennington, Walt Disney, Agatha Christie, John F. Kennedy, and many other famous people have all been said to have ADD/ADHD. Did you know that Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade? He did just fine professionally. The secret to finding your dream job is focusing on your strengths. What do you do particularly...
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posted: Thursday September 1st - 8:00am

Anxiety at Work

"Sometimes my brain starts racing in many directions at the office, and I lose track of the two or three things I need to get done," one reader tells us. "I freak out, even cry. How do I regain focus?"

Beth Main - ADHD Coach and ADDitude Blogger
Feeling overwhelmed by anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) at work? The best thing you can do is work on regaining your composure. Attempting to problem-solve when your brain is about to explode will only hasten a meltdown. Here’s how: Stop. Stop what you are doing. Change your physical location and find a quiet place to regroup -- the restroom or your car. Regroup. Focus...
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