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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: November 2009

posted: Monday November 23rd - 12:00pm

An ADHD Thanksgiving

Just as I was starting to feel like a scatterbrained, worthless, ADHD fraud again, I realized the dinner I’d made was perfect. Every dish had wildly different cooking times and prep, but they all hit the table perfectly done, hot -- and at the same exact time.

“Kids! Get away from the damn pie. I told you already.” Margaret shoos out the little dressed-up mob of our kids and guest kids through the swinging kitchen door as I tumble a pot of hot, boiled Yukon Gold potatoes into a mixing bowl, turning my head away from the steam. “You okay?” she asks. “I’m fine, fine...but where’s the butter and milk?” ...
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posted: Tuesday November 17th - 10:38am

ADHD Is Real -- and We're Not Stupid or Lazy

Hey, I have ADHD, I’m kinda crazy, but I’m no slacker -- I’m working here.

It’s last week -- no, the week before, and it had been building since the week before that, and I have a therapist appointment the next day which is good timing because thick dark water is swirling around me getting higher, darker, and thicker by the minute. It’s right up under my chin, licking at my lips, slipping up and up and I can’t get away...
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posted: Monday November 9th - 4:00pm

Big Changes and ADHD Indecision Time

The changes keep coming and my ADHD brain grabs each new change as positive evidence of the truth -- even though it completely contradicts the truth I was desperately holding onto two minutes ago.

“I still don’t know what I was waiting for, and my time was running wild, a million dead-end streets. Every time I thought I’d got it made, it seemed the taste was not so sweet. So I turned myself to face me. But I’ve never caught a glimpse of how the others must see the faker. I’m much too fast to take that test -- Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes.”...
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