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Douglas Cootey, a single father to four daughters, works hard to meet the challenges of managing depression, ADHD, and chronic motor tic disorders. He describes his frantic but fun-filled life surrounded by his loving daughters as a “living sitcom.”

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Archives: October 2016

posted: Thursday October 27th - 10:00am

Falling into Depression, and Climbing Out Again

My hundred-foot journey away from the blues started with getting out of bed.

Recognizing Depression — For Myself and My Daughters
Sometimes days don't go as planned. With my tic disorder and a sudden bout of depression, Sunday started off poorly. I tweeted: Having a very difficult time with #depression today. Worst I’ve had in a while. So, sunshine & a mountain hike is my prescription. That tweet was the turn-around moment for me. Before that, I missed church because I was ticking, but I was also too depressed...
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posted: Wednesday October 26th - 10:00am

My ADHD-Inspired Expletives Weren’t Always Deleted, But Now They Are

I cleaned up my act—and my ADHD mouth.

Low Frustration Tolerance: How I Learned Not to Blow Up
Kids are watching us all the time. They learn from us by our example. This isn't likely news to you, but seeing it play out, day by day, is sometimes jarring, even if we expect it. The little darlings seem to pick up our bad behavior with relish and ignore all the good examples we set. I've noticed lately that my youngest daughter has been mimicking my...
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posted: Wednesday October 5th - 3:16pm

Stop Beating Yourself Up! I Did!

I was very late, but it wasn’t my fault, so I forgave myself and blamed it on the craziest day I had ever lived through.

Always Late? Cut Yourself a Little Slack
Adults with ADHD are prone to making mistakes and blunders. Who hasn't melted a pan in the oven because he got distracted? What? Is that only me? Well, I won't mention how many pans have been returned to their basic elements under my care. The point is that there is some disaster hiding in every ADHD adult's past. Consequently, many adults with ADHD have very poor...
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