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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: 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
ADHD and Adrenaline: Perfect Together?!
I’ve been late for my daughters’ teacher’s conferences; this time I was early—by a day.
posted: Friday May 10th - 10:30am
The Day I Over-Shared about My Daughters
There goes my ADHD again—speaking up before I could zip it up.
posted: Thursday April 18th - 6:21pm
I Remembered I Forgot (Just in Time)
A sleepless night playing catchup leads to deep thoughts on systems, structure, and staying organized with adult ADHD.
posted: Tuesday March 19th - 10:06am« Family Guy
Losing It over Losing My Wallet
Raising three daughters as a single dad is a challenge. Doing it with attention deficit is an ADDventure.
Life with ADHD can turn ordinary events into an adventure. This is especially true when something throws you off your routine. That can happen every other moment when you have ADHD. That is why I place my keys in the kitchen drawer, my eyeglasses on the shelf in my bedroom, and my wallet in my bureau -- always my bureau. So where was my wallet? The day...
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