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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: Tuesday October 20th - 1:47pm
How I Get My Foot Out of My ADHD Mouth
Sometimes I wish the cat got my tongue, and when he doesn’t, I apologize and hope my girls can forgive my impulsive gaffes.
posted: Monday September 28th - 9:30am
New, Different, Shiny: A Sure-Fire Way to Break the Grip of Hyperfocus
Get through to your child with ADHD when she tunes you out.
posted: Wednesday June 24th - 9:00am
My Saving Grace: People Who Get That I Have ADHD
When my daughters constantly remind me about keeping track of the car keys, I am thankful—not defensive.
posted: Friday June 12th - 11:12am
My Daughters Think I Hate Them
Many parents with ADHD wear their intensity on their sleeve. Here’s how to lighten up to let the good times roll.
posted: Wednesday May 20th - 9:28am
Why My Stuff Goes Missing and How I Get It Back
Three steps for avoiding wild goose chases looking for a button, wallet, and keys.
posted: Monday May 18th - 3:35pm
Stop Guilt Attacks Now: My Four-Step Plan
Why do we feel bad about ourselves when we can just shrug it off and live to fight another day?
posted: Monday March 23rd - 9:00am
Exploding Eggs: What Can Happen When You Fall Out of Your Routine
When life throws distractions at me, I drop the ball in a big way. Do you?
posted: Tuesday February 10th - 2:01pm
Promises, Promises: Why I Broke Them and How I Keep Them Now
When it took me three years to refurbish a dollhouse for my youngest daughter, I decided not to let her down again.
posted: Tuesday December 23rd - 2:54pm
The Kids Are Alright. But I’m Not.
When it's my turn to take the kids, I'm a master of routine. When they visit their mom, things fall apart.
I focus here a lot on ADHD hijinks as a single dad raising kids, but my girls aren't always with me. Many divorced parents deal with times when their children are with the other parent, but this on again/off again parenting wreaks havoc on an ADHD adult's rhythm. I rely on my daughters' school schedule to help me stay on task: I wake up at right...
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posted: Friday October 3rd - 11:17am« Family Guy
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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