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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 2010

posted: Friday November 26th - 9:00am

Multitasking with ADHD: Parenting My ADHD Children and My Aging Parents, While Managing My Symptoms

Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) often do best when focusing on one thing at a time, but after my dad's stroke and brain injury, I need to be two places at once. How can I support my aging parents when my family back home needs me too?

“Danny Boy threw up in my room and it stinks like hell.” Its 11 p.m. and my 14-year-old daughter, Coco, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), is calling me from our home in Georgia. I’m in the guest room at my parents’ house in Delaware on one of my trips to help my mom and dad deal with my 86-year-old dad’s recent debilitating brain injury...
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posted: Monday November 15th - 2:30pm

Confused Like Me

My aging father's confusion and disorientation make us more alike than ever.

At the end of my last post, I was giving my overwhelmed and confused 87-year-old father a haircut in his room at the rehab center near my parents’ house in Delaware. My dad had suffered a stroke and skull fracture and I was up from Georgia to help out for a couple of weeks. Due to my attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and other comorbid conditions,...
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