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Linda Roggli was diagnosed with ADHD at 45 and writes about her midlife add-ventures with honesty and humor. As she searches for focus, happiness, and a place to put all her stuff, Roggli shares the job of being an ADDiva.

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Archives: April 2010

posted: Tuesday April 13th - 2:00pm

How My Cars Became the Victims of Unmedicated ADHD

Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD): If you haven't taken your medication, think twice before driving. Untreated symptoms can produce serious risks on the road -- even for an ADD/ADHD coach like me.

Linda Roggli, ADD Coach, prius car crash
Some attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) "experts" are quite good at giving advice and offering solutions to ADD-ish issues. Many of them, however, are far less willing to reveal their own challenges with symptoms. Not me. I’m upfront with my mishaps, no matter how embarrassing. Namely, ripping the door off my ADDiva-mobile, a 2009 Prius. By running into my other, older car. Oh, no. You know that sickening sound...
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posted: Wednesday April 7th - 5:00pm

Think Beyond the Label: Accepting ADHD as a Disability

Anyone affected by this disease knows that ADD/ADHD is a real and legally recognized disability, but we also know the benefits of “hiding” our symptoms and our condition. When others -- such as the new “Think Beyond the Label” public service ads -- ignore or belittle our disability how should we react?

Don’t get me wrong. From the moment I saw the clever commercial on TV for “Think Beyond the Label,” a new initiative to promote hiring people with disabilities, I was filled with optimism. After all, given the unemployment statistics from March 2010, the disabled workforce is decidedly affected -- coming in at a 13.9 percent unemployment rate compared with the 10.1 percent rate for the...
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