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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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posted: Friday May 20th - 1:00pm

When Family Stress Sends ADHD and Anxiety Symptoms Into Overdrive

On a recent visit to my parent's house, my father's alcoholism and other challenging family dynamics surface. Ten years sober, I put the lessons I've learned about overcoming substance-abuse problems and all of my ADHD and anxiety coping skills to the test.

“Let go of me!” It must be near midnight, but I don’t know what day it is. I do know that the man in front of me is very angry and very drunk. I try to keep a grip on his wrist, but it's slick with blood and sweat. “Stop it!” he says. “Leave me alone!” As my mother and I finally get the man, my 87-year-old...
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