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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: July 2009

posted: Tuesday July 28th - 11:34am

An ADHD Horror Show

I could see what drew my son to ~Dexter~, a series about a guy who feels like he’s wearing a disguise so he can pass as being normal in a world where he struggles to find real connections to others.

"Somehow it's reassuring knowing I'm not the only one pretending to be normal." - Dexter Morgan from Dexter Episode # 105, Writer: Melissa Rosenberg As you may know, in our family I am, of course, ADHD, and so are our two kids. That’s everyone except my wife Margaret, and Danny-Boy the dog. And we’re not too sure about him. How Margaret deals with all of us is...
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posted: Thursday July 23rd - 11:16am

ADHD Dad and the New Therapist Two-Step

Like many people with attention deficit disorder, I have developed an aversion to change.

In my last ADHD Dad blog post I think we established that, like many people with attention deficit disorder, I have developed an aversion to change. I’ve hitch-hiked across the country not knowing whether I was going to sleep that night on a rock hill outside of Wendover, Utah, or in a vagrant’s cell in Vernal. (I’ve done both, and the cell is more comfortable, plus...
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posted: Monday July 20th - 9:14am

My New ADHD Dance Partner

Like most adults with attention deficit disorder, I do not welcome change.

My personality has completely changed as I've aged -- I'm not sure exactly when it happened. I used to be bright, open and adventurous. I liked to go to parties. Not anymore. I’ve thought that maybe my personality changed when I was 49 and had a breakdown that led me to be diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, hypomania, etc. Then sometimes I think my personality...
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posted: Tuesday July 14th - 8:36am

ADHD Dad Phones Home

I keep bouncing from one bright and shiny thing to the next, blaming my creativity for missed deadlines - I’ve got a lot of nerve getting on my kids about their behavior.

“Let me tell you a secret about a father’s love, a secret my daddy said was just between us. He said daddies don’t just love their children every now and then; it’s a love without end, amen.” - From Love without End, Amen by Aaron Barker, sung by George Strait Sorry for the long absence. My last ADHD Dad blog post ended with me having just arrived at...
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posted: Wednesday July 1st - 3:56pm

Drink, Drugs, and My ADHD Son

I was a twenty-one year-old kid once – but this isn’t about being a kid, this is about trust, ADHD, and alcohol, and the damage my boy can do to himself.

In a couple of previous posts I’ve written about my son turning twenty-one last May and my concern about his subsequent experiments with drinking. My own history as an ADHD alcoholic fueled and heightened my concern. But after talking with my wife Margaret, I decided that my son Harry was not me and that overreacting to my fears with restrictions and lectures wouldn’t help him make...
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