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Free Webinar Replay: From Shame and Stigma to Pride and Truth: It’s Time to Celebrate ADHD Differences

In this hour long webinar on-demand, learn how to embrace your ADHD and learning differences, with Ned Hallowell, M.D., and William Dodson, M.D.

Society uses shame to ensure conformity. But what if a person can’t conform because of his or her neurology? What if a person is hard-wired to experience and manage her world in a fundamentally different way? Many highly creative and original people in the world have one or more mental differences, and it is time for us to bring them out of the shadows of stigma and shame and into the sunlight of truth, pride, and confidence.

The only known antidote to shame is pride. It is required to accept yourself and develop a sense of who you are. It is hard to be different from most other people; taking pride in your differences is the first step toward navigating the world successfully. ADHD and learning differences come with challenges, but adults and kids with these conditions also have a host of special talents, abilities, and gifts. It is out of ignorance and fear that people ridicule and diminish those of us who are differently wired, too often robbing us of the chance to thrive and contribute to the world. It is time to band together to stare down stigma — one person at a time.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • why shame so often accompanies ADHD
  • how to develop a sense of pride in your ADHD or learning differences
  • how to help our families and ourselves overcome the stigma of having an ADHD nervous system
  • how to educate (not clobber) those — family, friends, and strangers — who are ignorant about ADHD
  • how to support the teachers who actually get children with ADHD
  • how to correct misperceptions about ADHD when you encounter them

Webinar replays include:

  • Slides accompanying the webinar
  • Related resources from ADDitude
  • Free newsletter updates about ADHD

Meet the Expert Speakers:

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., is a child and adult psychiatrist,  leading authority in the field of ADHD, the host of “Distraction” –  a weekly podcast for thriving in this CrazyBusy world, NY Times best-selling author, world-renowned speaker and the founder of The Hallowell Centers in Boston MetroWest, NYC, San Francisco and Seattle. Learn more at www.drhallowell.com.

William Dodson, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist who has specialized in adults with ADHD for the last 22 years. A former faculty member at Georgetown University and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Dr. Dodson is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and member of ADDitude’s Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Dodson is a regular columnist in ADDitudemagazine and contributor to ADDitudeMag.com.


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  1. I have a ? for today’s experts.
    I had a TBI injury when I was 28 years old (I’m in my early 50’s now)from a Car accident.
    (Sign post went into my skull and brain 3 inches.
    It impacted my left frontal cortex. Called Executive functioning.
    This was 20 years ago.
    I’m not sure I wasn’t a little like this before…meaning having ADHD.
    However I got tested 10 years ago and a psychologist found that I had ADHD.
    I ALWAYS feel I have time for 1 more thing….and am late.
    I also have issues with short term memory.
    Which impacts me dramatically.
    It is so hard to have to write things down all the time as well as my communication skills….when I get overwhelmed I shut down and have a hard time thinking about what I truly want.
    I am very creeative yet I can’t come up with a dinner plan or menu and have a difficult time with coming up with say a (Halloween costume)
    What is that and why?

    Has my brain just been rewiring somewhere else?

  2. Webinar question for Dr. Dodson: My treatment regimen is very effective in managing my ADHD & associated conditions & I have very good clinicians. My issue with embarrassment is a very real & “obvious” one: overactive bladder syndrome, sometimes leading to wetting my pants. My urologist cannot determine a cause & there are no risk factors. He has mentioned the possibility that my medications may be influencing this condition. They are Vyvanse, Lamictal, and my depression responds best to SNRIs. I was switched from Viibryd to Cymbalta as my psychiatrist learned there could be a lower urological side effect. Can you please explain if indeed there IS a connection between Rx for mental illness & overactive bladder? (I do not have any prostate-related injury or disease).

    1. I updated my profile to include my first name but it didn’t show up on the question I just posted above. Please refer to me as Thomas. Thank you, and sincerely hope you can include my question on the Webinar. BTW my conditions comorbid with ADHD-Inattentive type are: Major Depressive Episode Disorder but now hardly exhibits as dysthymia with my medical therapy (a blessing that took years to figure out!), Obsessive-Compulsive PERSONALITY Disorder, and a Generalized Mood dysphoria which is suspected to have resulted from a major cerebellar astrocytoma excision w/craniotomy and CSF shunt, performed at CHoP over 4 decades ago. I have borderline symptoms of mania but am not diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 1 or 2. Thank you & my apologies for such a long history & question. My singular concern is if there is a positive correlation between these drugs and the embarrassment of poor bladder control. Good hydration helps with the general side-effect of constipation, but surely leads to “accidents” and furious sprints to the bathroom.

  3. Hello. How can I validate my child’s neurodiversity while also helping him understand that he HAS to conform to school (which he hates) so that he can succeed? There’s always the tension between validating one’s difference and ensuring that one can succeed in society as it is.

  4. Thank you for this opportunity to learn more about life with ADHD. My partner, male 26, has it.
    My question is: as much as I try to work around the differences between our functioning, it is still difficult to manage forgetfulness, intense feelings of self-loathing, inability to “tell time” internally, so a lot of time goes unnoticed by my partner, in our day-to-day lives. I end up picking up the slack, but it takes a great toll on me. I try to help him structure his life with sticky notes, daily schedules, alarms and such, but it’s ultimately his responsibility not to fall behind, and as of late, he’s been not so great in dealing with the challenges of life… Is there anything else you could recommend I could do?

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