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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 June 24th - 1:00pm

What I Have Learned From My ADHD Son

My aging father's health has been getting worse, and my recent ADHD-fueled outburst has made things worse. But my son, who also has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), handles stress and anxiety with ease. Can I learn from his example?

“Your move,” he says. I look up at my father, and he nods at the chessboard between us on the dining room table. Mom’s in my parent's bedroom taking an afternoon nap. Dad sips his coffee and takes a bite of the liverwurst sandwich I made for him. “Well,” Dad says. “Are you going to do something or just give up?” Good question. At the end of...
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posted: Friday June 10th - 4:00pm

Craving Alcohol, Years After Being Sober

Stress, a death in the family, and my father's alcoholism trigger alcohol cravings -- a desire to be anxiety-free -- even after 10 years of sobriety. Like ADHD, alcoholism is with me for life.

I blame a lot of what happened during my last visit to Delaware to help out my parents on their cat, Clifford. I know you shouldn’t speak ill of the dead, but I’m going to anyway. In my last post, I described the anger I was feeling -- and how I was coping with it -- at the toll my 87-year-old father’s drinking...
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