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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: March 2010

posted: Thursday March 25th - 11:30am

In Search of a New Psychiatrist to Treat Adult ADHD: A Psycho-Phone Therapist-Speed-Dating Challenge

What qualities do you look for in a therapist to treat your attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)? My past shrinks have included the dream dissector, the distant judge, the clinical diagnostic, and the nervous Nellie (with whom I terrified with my ADD/ADHD and comorbidities) -- each was ultimately ineffective.

So, as I mentioned in my last post, in two months my non-ADD/ADHD wife, two ADD/ADHD kids, our big dog, and my rattled, ADHD self are packing up our life and leaving Hawaii after living here for ten years and moving to Georgia to be closer to our elderly parents and the rest of both sides of the extended family. Outwardly I’m doing fine -- got...
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posted: Tuesday March 16th - 5:30pm

Uproot Anxiety: Why Do Things Have to Change?

The ADD/ADHD in me isn't ready to move, can't accept change -- and certainly doesn't want to find a new therapist!

I've spent some time with my therapist lately working on my (probably) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) symptom: aversion to change. We’ve talked about ways to handle the sense of being suddenly overwhelmed by a world that won’t stay still long enough for me to see what’s going on. We’ve also talked through dealing with the rage I experience toward people and things...
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posted: Thursday March 4th - 6:30pm

ADHD, My Doctor, and Me: Two Dads Look For Answers

Roles reverse when a doctor seeks his patient's advice about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD).

In last week’s post I left off in the middle of a routine physical with my general practitioner, a pleasant soft-spoken guy. He’s quizzing me in depth about my ADHD history -- when I was diagnosed, my symptoms, treatment history, my meds, and my reaction to them, other psychological symptoms, and the disorder’s effect on my education, and other life hurdles. Since I’m not here with...
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