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Frank's an ex-TV writer, now sandwich-generation ADHD homemaker with a wife, two kids, a dog, and an eighty-something mother-in-law in a house that won’t stay clean. He writes here to try to figure out what’s going on there.

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Archives: June 2009

posted: Wednesday June 24th - 1:33pm

ADHD Supergirl

Facing a tidal wave of impossibility, my daughter, unaware she was doing it, pulled out the ADHD secret weapon – hyperfocus.

In my last blog post my daughter, Coco, found herself in the middle of an ADHD Perfect Storm of missed assignments, overdue work, broken promises, and looming deadlines on the night before the last day of her 7th Grade school year. She had spaced a Social Studies report and PowerPoint presentation on the history of Norfolk Island. And she had told her teacher (who’s...
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posted: Monday June 22nd - 3:21pm

My Daughter and The ADHD Perfect Storm

Kids with ADHD sometimes get so worn down with the immense effort it takes to do what they expect of themselves, that when an ADHD perfect storm of missed assignments, overdue work, broken promises, and looming deadlines hits them they call themselves stupid and lazy and worse before anyone else can.

"And you can't win against them no matter how hard you try, because they've got all the breaks and even whipping them isn't going to change that fact." - S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders Picking up from my last post about reading, writing, and communicating creatively with ADHD where I meant to talk about my 7th-grade daughter’s Social Studies melt down and instead went off on a tangent...
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posted: Thursday June 18th - 4:53pm

Reading, Writing, and ADHD

ADHD affects each of us differently in often small but profound ways. But the barriers we all face to getting our stories out sometimes seem insurmountable, especially when we’re young.

The posts in response to my earlier blog about reading and ADHD got me obsessing in my typically circular rant fashion about not only the way those of us with ADHD read but also about the different ways we approach writing as well as the other ways we have to creatively reach out and communicate with other people. The stories in the responses to my blog varied...
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posted: Friday June 5th - 10:39am

My ADHD Drinking Delusions

For me, drinking turned down the chattering voices and nerves of my ADHD and hypomania. It helped calm my impulsiveness, and the chattering switched off completely by drink two. The problem was that I always wanted more and more.

Last week, I went on a typically circular tear about my 21-year-old ADHD son’s experiments with drinking and my fear that he’d fall into a self-medication substance-abuse trap. After rereading the blog entry I asked myself what exactly – specific incidents - in my past with alcohol made me so sensitive to what looked to everyone else like normal 21-year-old behavior. Now, I’m 60 years old and...
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