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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: February 2011

posted: Friday February 25th - 2:30pm

Opening Up About ADHD and Alcoholism

An alcoholic ADHD friend recently reached out for help. Ten years sober, I offer my perspective on how to deal with two fierce comorbid conditions.

I’ve written about my own struggle with alcohol and its connection to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) before on this blog. But recently, as I approach my tenth year sober this spring, it has been on my mind again. To be honest, as a recovering alcoholic, drink is always on my mind in some way or another. Nevertheless, I had been giving it more thought than...
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posted: Saturday February 19th - 10:00am

Am I Ready for My ADHD Son to Leave Home?

My ADHD son is leaving the nest this month. I'm trying to keep my own ADHD-induced anxiety and panic under control so as not to embarrass him when we say good-bye.

As I mentioned at the end of my last post, my 22-year-old son, Harry, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), is moving out on his own, a decision everyone in our family participated in and we all agree is the right one for him and for all of us, too. But as the time shortens before Harry leaves, my...
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posted: Monday February 7th - 7:00pm

ADHD Discipline: Best Served Calm

My son's recent accident -- and subsequent lying -- made me feel confused, angry, impulsive, and irrational. As an ADHD parent to two ADHD young adults, I've learned that I'm the one who has to stay calm to keep the situation from becoming more stressful for everyone.

“You tell me what’s going on, Harry,” I said to my 22-year-old son over the phone, at the end of my last post. Harry has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), and at 2 a.m., he had called to tell me that he and his two friends had been run off the road by a truck. I was out the door...
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