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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.”
posted: Friday October 3rd - 11:17am
Boredom x ADHD = Depression
ADHD adults and ADHD children often develop the blues when they are bored. Here’s how I, and your child, can fend off feeling down.
ADHDers often experience depression after success. This usually occurs when the clarity of hyperfocus passes after completing a project. The noise and mental muddle returns, and, on their coattails, depression. For me, with a comorbid condition of depression alongside my ADHD, the “depression after success” syndrome triggers a major depressive episode if I don’t prepare for it. What about ADHD girls, who tend to be more inattentive...
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posted: Tuesday September 2nd - 1:03pm
My Big Fat Oreo Experiment
The cookies I baked for my daughter tasted like crud, but I had fun doing it. Let’s hear it — really! — for the joys of ADHD impulsiveness.
posted: Sunday July 27th - 1:46pm
Teaching My Kid to Cope: Lessons from an ADHD Dad
When my ADHD daughter came to me with a problem, I swore I would be there for her this time, and not wing it.
posted: Monday April 21st - 10:21am
A Breakfast to Remember
Even when that some "thing" is moldy maple syrup that could have killed me.
My nice meal of waffles with real maple syrup was just interrupted by Mother Nature's latest terraforming project. The shame is that I could have prevented the horror that happened in my mouth. My 12-year-old, who I call “the Brownie,” wanted me to feed her, so I suggested we finish off the frozen waffles. This was met with jubilation. So, like the cool dad that I am,...
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posted: Tuesday March 11th - 12:09pm
Crazy, Stupid "Love" at the Parent-Teacher Conference
My hyper-friendliness gives women the wrong idea, and my impulsive words make things worse.
posted: Wednesday January 15th - 4:56pm
Did I Really Say That — Or Was I on ADHD Autopilot?
When ADHDers misspeak or mis-remember things, it’s better to laugh off the chaos that often ensues.
I was propped up in front of the computer and unable to do much more than move my mouse around. I had been sick with a cold for several days and was getting worse. I could feel my motor-tic disorder kicking in, so I needed a protein infusion right away. I called out to my 15-year-old and asked, "Can you make me a sandwich with the...
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posted: Friday November 15th - 2:27pm
No One Wants to Live with the Hulk
The author realized, finally, he had to change his angry ways.
posted: Monday October 7th - 6:55pm
How My ADHD Anger Hurt My Marriage and Kids
Learn to manage your hot temper—note: medication will not fix it—before you drive everyone away.
posted: Wednesday September 4th - 11:56am
I Can’t Get on the Same Page as Everyone Else
Listen, write, and focus — all at the same time? That’s a bridge too far for this ADHD dad.
posted: Monday June 17th - 10:01am« Family Guy
ADHD and Adrenaline: Perfect Together?!
I’ve been late for my daughters’ teacher’s conferences; this time I was early—by a day.
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