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Free Webinar Replay: The ADHD Guide to Fighting Stigma: How to Defend Your Diagnosis and Build Your Self-Esteem

In this hour-long webinar-on-demand, learn how to defend your diagnosis and build your self-esteem with Rick Green, M.C., OOnt, BSc.

It is maddening to advocate for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder when many in the neurotypical world don’t even acknowledge that ADHD exists. This lack of validation and empathy impacts a person’s self-esteem, particularly when it is repeated over a lifetime. Numerous studies have shown that arguing about ADHD ignorance, like other hot topics, actually makes people more entrenched in their opinions. So how can an adult with ADHD effectively make change? With humor, positivity, and honesty. Confronting hostility toward and ignorance of ADHD with wit and authenticity can educate naysayers and change minds.

In this hour-long webinar, Rick Green — the award-winning TV writer and comedian who was diagnosed with ADHD 20 years ago — will explain how he has used positivity and humor to enlighten ADHD doubters, bust myths, eliminate shame, increase acceptance, and transform how people view people with ADHD. Green brings a light touch to a serious subject without dismissing the high costs of ADHD.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • The surprising power of self-deprecating humor
  • How laughing at yourself is freeing for you and everyone else
  • Why arguing, berating, and defending does not change attitudes
  • Why personal stories with vulnerability and warmth work like magic
  • When to use humor to protect yourself or your child from stigma and people who are dismissive, judgmental, or close-minded
  • When humor can make things worse

Three little questions that give people an epiphany about ADHD and yourself

Webinar replays include:

  • Slides accompanying the webinar
  • Related resources from ADDitude
  • Free newsletter updates about ADHD
  • An opportunity to receive a certificate of attendance

Certificate of Attendance: Attendees who successfully complete a survey after watching this webinar will be eligible to receive a one hour certificate of attendance. ADDitude does not offer CEU credits.

This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on May 26, 2020.


Meet the Expert Speaker:

Rick Green, M.C., OOnt, BSc, was an award winning comedy writer, producer, and director with over 700 episodes of radio and television to his credit. After he received a diagnosis of ADHD he began a 20-year exploration of this disorder. In 2009 he and his wife, Ava, created the ground-breaking program, ADD & Loving It?!, the TotallyADD.com website, a PBS sequel, ADD & Mastering It!, a dozen full-length programs on ADHD featuring top experts and over 100 short videos that cover every aspect of ADHD.

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  1. Confronting people who make snarky remarks about ADD or ADHD means that you will be publicly announcing your condition. I have worked an entire 40+ year career in the take-no-prisoners for-profit corporate world. To these guys the only thing is the bottom line. They do not tolerate incompetence, mistakes, missed deadlines or any mealy-mouth excuses about any kind of mental illness. My solution has been to simply keep my mouth shut.

    Admitting this in the corporate world is like signing the death warrant on your career. Revealing the name ADHD will send the HR director scrambling to Google and he will find that the ‘H’ stands for hyperactivity. He will assume the worst, that the employee will squirm and fidget during a critical customer-facing meeting. Plus, such an admission will launch a whispering campaign by your peers. I cannot imagine a worst outcome. Being ostracized and getting fired sucks.

    Remember, the Hollywood crowd are millionaires who can afford to tell TV producers to get lost. What if you’re not a millionaire? Got a mortgage to pay? Car payment? Kids in college, maybe? Ummmm …. You might want to rethink that. Just consider: even Rosa Parks was thrown in jail.

    I respectfully suggest that you mention that ADHD people have to consider when to fight and when to stand down. I look forward to this presentation.

  2. Anyone else have a problem with the certificate test? I’m sure I answered correctly:

    1-all of the above
    2-A & B
    3-true

    Then I tried several combinations in case there was an error. No dice! what can I do?

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