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When Kristen Caven’s son was diagnosed with attention deficit, inattentive type, she had no doubt about where he'd gotten the gene. She writes about her creative and comedic ADHD family, being a patient mother with a brain built for speed, and her sudden enrollment in what she calls “ADD School.”

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Archives: July 2014

posted: Tuesday July 29th - 9:23pm

"You're Not ADD: You're a Blonde"

The things for which ADHD is so easily dismissed. Getting a diagnosis as an adult was harder than I thought.

Blonde Hairdo
When my son was diagnosed with ADD, the inattentive kind, it put me on my own path to understanding my own attention pitfalls. As hard as it was to get him sorted out at fifteen, my own out-sorting has been even more challenging. This post begins a new, intermittent (naturally) series about trying to get to my own diagnosis. I hear stories all the time about how...
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posted: Tuesday July 22nd - 7:34pm

Blue Highways

Surprise! Your child is different! Welcome to a different country...throw your roadmap away!

Blue Highway
At a school where I was teaching about my book, The Bullying Antidote, the principal told me their special ed parents' club called themselves the “Holland Group.” I asked her what the name meant. She handed me a many-times-copied story that she had found on the Internet. “Welcome to Holland” is a 1987 essay by Emily Perl Kingsley that describes what it feels like when you learn...
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posted: Wednesday July 16th - 1:59pm

In the Mood for a Funk?

Living with RSD -- the soul-sucking downside of ADHD -- the special funk of ADHD.

ADHD Definition, Talking About ADHD, What ADHD Means
I wrote recently about the first thing William Dodson, M.D., says everyone with ADHD has: an Interest-Driven Nervous System. The second thing he says everyone with ADHD shares is an emotional response called Rejection-Sensitive Dysphoria. I kind of don't want to write about it, because there's that impulse to skip past the hard stuff and focus on the fun stuff. But it's hard when your mood...
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