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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: December 2016

posted: Monday December 19th - 12:59pm

Me and My ADHD Family—Happily Imperfect Together

The best thing we can do for our children when we blunder is to show them that we don’t hate ourselves.

Wondering what to do when you make a mistake? Start with this dfeinition of how to forgive.
I had just finished writing my latest article. The month wasn’t even over yet and it was done. I was on fire! The article was funny, cleverly written, and illuminated a humorous anecdote from my life as a dad with ADHD. It was perfect, really. I couldn’t be prouder. As I fired up my e-mail program to send the new article to my editor at ADDitude magazine,...
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posted: Tuesday December 13th - 2:46pm

“I Got a Lot Done Today. So Why Do I Feel Like a Loser!”

I lift my daughters’ spirits when they’re down with inspirational advice. Now it’s time for me to follow it.

Not everyone gets a trophy - Overcoming a fear of failure
One of the many criteria for adult ADHD is a personal sense of underachievement, regardless of how much you have accomplished. This goes beyond the normal parental insecurity we often feel because our kids aren’t simultaneously trilingual sports stars and Nobel prize winners running their own multi-billion dollar software company by the time they are eight. This criterion has more to do with an abject sense...
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