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posted: Sunday October 5th - 10:30pm

I Succeeded Because I Failed First

If you don’t learn from your mistakes, you will probably make them again.

What can we learn from our mistakes and missteps? A lot. Individuals with ADHD experience failure more than other people. We run into problems with failure when we attach a judgment to it or allow one or two failures to define us — “I came up short, therefore I am a loser.” When we see failure as a potential outcome of reaching our goal, we allow ourselves...
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posted: Tuesday September 2nd - 12:45pm

Star Power: Making Sure Others Aren’t Bullied for Being Different

A 20-year-old budding actress with ADHD won’t ever forget what it was like to be bullied.

Meet this month's guest blogger Hayley Gripp, a 20-year-old actress living with attention deficit, OCD, and Tourette’s. She looks normal on the outside. All you see is a pretty girl walk up to her friend and start a conversation. As she talks, nobody notices she has trouble focusing on her friend’s words or her finger tapping. Only she can feel the motor that won’t turn off, also...
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posted: Wednesday July 9th - 9:15am

Coming of Age with ADHD: Look Out, World — Here I Come

Here are a couple of keys to the kingdom for ADHD 20-somethings about to tackle all those firsts: job, apartment, relationship.

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Meet this week's guest blogger Wes Crenshaw, Ph.D, board-certified in couples and family psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He owns Family Psychological Services and sees clients in the greater Kansas City metro area. Learn more about his work at www.dr-wes.com. Late teens with ADHD looking ahead to the future fall into three categories: optimistic, terrified, and lost. Each comes with its own set of...
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posted: Tuesday June 17th - 8:52am

The Math of Love and Hope

Three diagnoses plus exponential struggles make for a complicated equation — but my boy loves me a lot, even though I can't solve all his problems.

Guest blogger Kristin Streich, a wife and mother, is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology from Houston, Texas. She enjoys researching, writing, and chasing after her children. As a specialist in school psychology in Houston, Texas, my office is filled with things that make me happy. I display my licenses and degrees, family photos, and shells from beaches around the world. None of them holds a candle...
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posted: Thursday June 12th - 1:37pm

I Got Rhythm, I Got Music…Who Could Ask for Anything More?

My whistling, singing, and humming keep my family and I on a focused, productive, and happy note.

Kelly Stone, our guest blogger, is a writer and avid photographer living in Upstate New York. She loves playing and traveling with her husband, Mick, children Peter and Genevieve, and their Westie, Fergus. Visit Kelly at themusicalfidget.com. From the moment I wake up, until the time I go to bed, I hum, whistle, or sing. I am a creative, artistic soul who has always enjoyed music. I...
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posted: Tuesday June 10th - 11:55am

Help for Hoarding, ADHD-Style

My husband saved everything, until ADHD medication — and I — helped him focus on the stuff he truly values.

Dotty Young, this month's guest blogger, writes songs, stories, and skits, teaches gluten-free cooking classes, and battles her tendency to stay glued to Facebook. Before treatment, my husband saved everything. And I do mean everything. He had the first gold foil wrapper from the first hamburger he ever ate in the school cafeteria as a child. In grade school, he kept a “gold foil wrapper collection” in a...
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posted: Monday April 21st - 11:37am

Like Mother, Like Son

When my son hit the wall in a middle school in New England, it unleashed the painful memories of my own struggles at boarding school in Old England.

Alison Larkin, this month's guest blogger, is a comedienne, keynote speaker, actress, award-winning audiobook narrator, screenwriter, voice artist, and the bestselling author of The English American, an autobiographical novel about an adopted English woman who finds her birth parents in the United States. Visit her website at alisonlarkin.com. When our kids hit the same age when we struggled in school, watch out. My kids are 11 and...
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posted: Monday April 21st - 11:13am

A Free App to Turn Your Child into a Math Master

If your child’s handwriting causes him to fail math, this free iPad program, invented by frustrated parents, will change everything.

Guest blogger Dawn Margolis Denberg is a San Francisco-based freelance writer. Her 12-year-old son Henry, who has ADHD and dyslexia, inspires her daily with his ingenuity, creativity, and zest for life. When people ask me about the biggest stumbling block for my son, Henry, who has dyslexia and ADHD, I tell them that it is his handwriting. If they’re in the know about learning disabilities, I’ll use...
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posted: Tuesday April 1st - 11:18am

To Infinity and Beyond, Powered by Self-Awareness

Get the most out of life after an ADHD diagnosis. Start here.

Introducing guest blogger Carol Gignoux, founder of Live ADHD Free, LLC. Carol is an ADHD coach and corporate consultant who is dedicated to helping those with ADHD make the most of the disorder and lead successful lives through positive affirmations and self-awareness. Carol has ADHD herself. When I go online to read about ADHD, I am reminded of the many perspectives about ADHD. On one hand, you...
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posted: Sunday March 23rd - 10:07pm

My “Aha” ADHD Moment

A high-schooler turns her life around with the right diagnosis (at last) and the right medication.

Guest blogger Evelyn Dykes is a high school student in Michigan and an aspiring writer. Since her recent ADHD diagnosis, Eveyln has developed strategies for managing attention deficit that have turned her life around and put her on the path to success. Before I took Concerta, I was a mess. "Hey, can I, um...no...wait, what?" That was how most of my sentences started and ended. When I did...
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