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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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posted: Friday January 29th - 11:00am

My ADHD Mind Doesn't Wander, It Plots

This ADHD public speaker living with comorbid Bipolar 2 learns how to share what it's like living with attention deficit disorder without having to lecture his audience.

“If you want to know where your heart is, look where your mind wanders.” -- Unknown One, I know where my heart is. Two, my mind doesn’t wander. At night, using the distracting cover of dreams, my mind makes plans and plots quietly in secret. Then, sometime during the day when my guard is down, and when it can do the most damage, my mind breaks out...
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posted: Thursday January 14th - 3:30pm

ADHD and Middle School

My ADHD daughter wants to get away from all the social pressure and craziness of middle school and study at home until she starts high school.

My 14 year-old daughter brought her report card home last night, and it’s fine – one A, the rest Bs, and two Cs. If I’d had a report card like that at her age I would have strutted home with banners flying in front of a brass band. But Coco’s not proud at all. She’s miserable. She buries her head in a pillow crying...
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posted: Friday January 8th - 11:25am

ADHD, My Son, and Me

My son’s ADHD and my ADHD are very different in a lot of ways; but we do share a few ADHD habits.

“Harry?” “Yeah?” “Are you going to do the kitchen or not?” There’s no answer. At least I think there’s no answer. It’s hard to tell because I’m talking to a closed door. “Harry!” My 21 year-old ADHD son is in his room on the other side of the door. We’re trying to break him of this rude habit of communicating to the family through hollow-core plywood. I’ve taken...
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