ADHD DOCUMENTARY – Looking for participants

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  • #119502


    Hello, I’m a documentary film producer with over 20 years of experience producing award winning films that have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and being broadcast on Netflix, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery and others. I’m currently working on a film project about ADHD. We are reaching out to families who have children with ADHD and would be like to share their stories with us. If you are interested in learning more about the film, please contact me, Olivia Ahnemann, at Below is a short synopsis about the film:

    ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed – and widely misunderstood – disorders in the world today, affecting nearly 10% of kids and a rising number of adults. But what if having an ADHD brain is actually an asset? A growing number of innovators, entrepreneurs, CEO’s, Olympic athletes, and award-winning artists have recently disclosed that their ADHD, managed effectively, has played a vital role in their success.

    The documentary will take an immersive look at our approach to ADHD that debunks the most harmful myths, intimately taking viewers inside a number of families as they navigate the challenges – and the surprising triumphs – of living with ADHD.

  • #119509


    I look forward to this. Too many people out there don’t get it, don’t believe it, or think it is over-diagnosed.
    You would probably get a lot out of talking to ADHD adults and their experience growing up with ADHD and perhaps their parents too.
    As a child, I wasn’t diagnosed and couldn’t communicate my issues and needs and suffered dramatically through school- at least until I got to college.

    Thanks for doing this.

  • #119517


    I’m an Adult that has been trying to get diagnosed for the last 5 years ..unfortunately due to lack of funds cannot afford too I’ve tried through county resources only to have them tell me I’m fine and maybe show some signs of depression. After reading about ADD I found out that growing up there were alot of signs that were missed. Having lived with it for so long I have gotten good at dismissing my symptoms having lived by myself for the last 20 years it made it easy to hide or lock myself away when I couldnt cope with people. Growing up I guess I use to talk to much at times my parents learned to tune me out and I accepted it as ok. I has problems making friends and throughout life problems with relationships..never married and just within the past 3 years started having problems coping with my living situation and felt helpless in figuring out what to do only to end up homeless and needless to say had alot of time on my hands so I decided to try self help “you mean in not lazy,stupid or crazy. Which seemed to putting things in perspective for me. It seemed as though my parents grew very frustrated with me thinking that I only contacted them when I wanted money. And didnt appreciate that I didnt keep in contact with them as my sister did. It’s been one roller coaster after another and I’m getting tired of riding.
    So you see I think I’m add but still seaking diagnosis..there’s much more but dont know if I would be what your looking for as a participant..

  • #119682



    Like many before me, I wasn’t diagnosed until college. Because ADHD shows differently in girls and boys growing up, my symptoms went unnoticed and grew up thinking I was stupid. Teachers would sympathize with me because they saw I was trying and was a “pleasure to have in class” but still received sub-par grades. Lucky enough, I excelled in extracurricular activities, which eventually led me to my current career.

    I work with the public at a science museum and try to set an example for all of those guests (kids and adults!) who might think they have limited abilities do to any diagnoses. I try to employ and help others employ a growth mindset.

    I would be interested in participating in your documentary! Thank you so much for shedding light on a topic often taken too lightly.

    • #119696


      Thank you very much for replying to my post. Right now, we are looking for children with ADHD because we have found a few adults to participate already. I would welcome an opportunity to speak to parents who have children navigating childhood with ADHD. Cheers, Olivia

  • #119774

    Both my husband and my 21 year old son have ADHD. Both of them are very successful in their jobs in spite of it — although they constantly struggle with some of the typical symptoms like disorganization and challenges communicating. My son was diagnosed fairly young — I believe he was 7 or 8. My husband wasn’t diagnosed until he was in his late 30’s — . They are wonderful, upstanding people that struggle with things most of us don’t even have to think about. It’s a huge challenge being married to someone with ADHD and having a child with it as well. Having ADHD is not for the faint of heart–

    Your documentary sounds wonderful. I hope it will address some of the stigma and suggest some ways that employers can be informed of ADHD and learn to step up and accommodate this growing population of people who, right now, are living in the dark — afraid to inform those around them of their difficulties. Yet they have a lot to offer.

  • #119972


    My 6 yo son has just diagnosed ADHD combined.
    He was an extreme preemie born at 26 wks. He is also working with OT for SPD, and reflex integration. He will start OT & PT at school next year.
    So many other details and background in play here. I’d love to hear more about this.

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