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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: January 2011

posted: Tuesday January 18th - 6:30pm

Why Does My ADHD Teenager Lie to Me?

My 22-year-old ADHD son lied to me about being in an accident. When will he be mature enough to start telling the truth?

“I don’t want to go to school and learn solemn things. I don’t want to be a man.” -- J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan At the end of my last post, I got a frantic call in the middle of the night from my 22-year-old son, Harry, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and central auditory processing disorder (CAPD). Gasping for breath at the scene of the...
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posted: Tuesday January 11th - 6:00pm

How Hyperfocus Helps in an Emergency

My ADHD son called home after a car accident, unhurt but terrified. I rushed to help him, thankful for my own ADHD perspective and ability to hyperfocus when it matters the most.

It’s 1:30 in the morning. I’m sitting downstairs in the living room of our new house on the old couch that I brought back from my parents’ house in the minivan on this last trip. An hour and a half ago I told my wife, Margaret, that I needed to read a little bit before going to sleep. But I’m really up waiting for our 22-year-old...
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