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posted: Wednesday September 7th - 4:14pm

You Down with ADD? So Is This Family!

YouTube’s favorite viral family is at it again with a video explaining the ups and downs of living with ADHD (and loving someone who has it).

The Holderness family — Dad Penn, Mom Kim, and kids Lola and Penn Charles — became a YouTube sensation with their 2013 video "#XMAS JAMMIES,” a live-action Christmas card set to the tune of Will Smith’s “Miami.” Wearing matching — you guessed it! — Christmas-themed jammies, they rap about the year’s accomplishments, from Mom’s brief stint in Ironman 3 to Dad’s decision to quit his job...
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posted: Monday August 22nd - 1:51pm

An Afternoon Inside My Brain

"Wake up." "Concentrate." "Get recipe" "Hyperfocus, activated." Experience the competing thoughts flashing through ADDitude reader Sanne Gault's mind as she tries to read, cook, eat, and live — with and without her ADHD medication.

She sits down to read. But her thoughts bounce from putting on her sneakers to untangling a phone cord to putting on a sweatshirt. Her body's stays one place, while her mind jumps to a thousand unseen destinations. It's a feeling many people with ADHD know well. Thoughts, whirling around in a blender. Or streaming like data through a computer that denies access to specific files and...
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posted: Friday July 15th - 10:10am

Sadie’s Story: Life with Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

Sadie’s mother knew her chatty, capricious, and disruptive daughter was different. But when a doctor diagnosed Sadie with pediatric bipolar disorder at the age of 5, it was a long road to acceptance — and treatment.

Dorothy O’Donnell describes her daughter, Sadie — at her best — as a delightful and precocious child, charming adults and other children alike with her brash confidence, boundless imagination, and carefree spirit. But when things got bad, O’Donnell says, they were very bad: Sadie would fly into murderous rages at friends who disagreed with her, stripped off her clothes in front of her bemused classmates, and...
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posted: Friday June 24th - 10:20am

"A Zebra In a Pack of Horses..."

"...is going to stand out, but that doesn't mean it should eliminate its stripes — even if it could." Here, psychotherapist and psychological consultant Emily Anhalt shares the findings of her two-year dissertation study of successful people who attribute their success in life to their ADHD.

Psychotherapist Emily Anhalt spent her formative years in the principal's office. For years, her ADHD was a nuisance and disturbance to teachers, who removed her from the classroom rather than shift their methods to address her way of learning. Then along came Miss T, who Emily says encouraged her to celebrate her uniqueness and find accommodations that would spark learning. "I began to see myself as...
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posted: Monday May 9th - 9:30am

Make A Difference. Be The Difference. Today.

A mother and her daughters remind us the importance of understanding — not bullying — for children with ADHD and other related conditions.

More videos from Sandra Scala ...
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posted: Friday September 18th - 1:41pm

Better Posture May Lead to Better Reading Skills

An educational tech company gives you and your child a five-step plan for reading more productively.

Remember when your mom reminded you to stand up straight and watch your posture. Such advice may also work when you’re sitting down to read a book. Forbrain, a technology that enhances language and learning by using your voice to optimize your brain, offers this posture plan for reading. Watch the video to learn these five easy steps. More videos from Forbrain ...
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posted: Friday March 20th - 9:00am

What Is Dysgraphia Exactly?

An expert from the National Center for Learning Disabilities explains what a learning disability in writing means, and offers strategies to help children thrive.

Dysgraphia is the medical term used to describe a learning disability in writing. Dysgraphia affects a child’s visual-spatial processing, fine motor skills, and language processing skills. Learn to identify the signs of trouble in each area, and discover surprising techniques that make writing easier for kids. Encouraging kids with dysgraphia to write in cursive can help. Watch the video to understand why it works, and get more...
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posted: Thursday March 19th - 9:00am

10 Decluttering Tips

How to find the items in your house that make you happy, and eliminate all of the other things – books, clothes, and mementos – that are weighing you down.

It’s easy to get discouraged and give up when we start to declutter our homes. Often, the reason we fail is because we get bogged down by the emotional value our possessions hold. We start with mementos, the stuff that is really hard to let go of, and get derailed before we get very far. Alexa Weber Morales, a singer, athlete, mom, and home organizer, is...
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posted: Wednesday March 18th - 9:00am

How to Fold a Perfect Underwear Drawer

Tidying guru, Marie Kondo, showed New York magazine how she packs a lot of socks, bras, and underwear into a small drawer. Watch how she does it!

What starts out as a nicely stacked dresser drawer full of clean laundry can quickly devolve into a messy junk drawer for many ADHD adults. When you want to organize your life, a good place to start is with your underwear drawer, and work your way up from there. At the very least, you’ll be able to find a matching pair of socks. New York magazine interviewed...
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posted: Tuesday March 17th - 9:00am

How to Organize Your Purse

Is your purse a dark hole where things go to get lost? Organization expert Alejandra Costello explains how to easily organize your purse, so you can stop wasting time looking for those, “I know it’s in here” items.

When you’re organizing your purse, think about the things you use most often – your keys, cell phone, lip balm. They’re probably the things you always find yourself rummaging around for in the big center pocket. There’s a better way to organize all of your items so you can find them and get on with your day. Home organization expert Alejandra Costello shares her favorite type...
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