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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: September 2010

posted: Tuesday September 28th - 11:00am

Managing ADHD...In an Emergency

Can I survive a family health crisis and cope with my own attention deficit without falling apart?

"God, this is a miserable June," my mother says as we make our way across the muggy, hot parking lot to the entrance of the rehab center where my father, who has just had a stroke, is recovering. "It wasn’t supposed to get like this so early." The rehab center’s automatic doors slide open and we walk into the foyer. The blast of air conditioning is...
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posted: Saturday September 18th - 4:00pm

Putting Adult ADHD Coping Skills to the Test

Deep-breathing exercises, medication, and listening to relaxing music all help me manage my day-to-day struggles with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and comorbidities, but what about when out-of-the-ordinary stress strikes?

"Why am I short of attention? Got a short little span of attention, And whoa, my nights are so long. Where's my wife and family? What if I die here? Who'll be my role model? Now that my role model is gone." - “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon Crammed...
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posted: Friday September 10th - 3:00pm

Can Adults with ADHD Grow Up?

Between needing to be a mature father to my two children and a responsible son to my aging parents, it's time I stop losing my temper.

Where I left off in my last blog, my 14-year-old daughter, Coco, who, like me, has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), had just had an encounter with a cockroach. She came to tell me this while I was on the phone with my brother, who had called to tell me my dad had had a stroke and had fallen. I lost it and went verbally nuclear...
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