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The Least You Need To Know

By Rick Green,

Like many adults diagnosed many years ago, I learned about the disorder by reading books… Okay, skimming books.

I have to tell you, there was far less information, but I was overwhelmed by what there was. And because the research is ongoing, today there’s even more to learn. In fact, there’s always more for me to learn… And some things I’ve had to unlearn because of new research and discoveries. Today it’s almost impossible not to feel overwhelmed by Blogs, Podcasts, E-Books, videos, and more.

Where to start?…

August 26, 2016 | 12:47 pm Jimi

The Hardest Habit To Build? Building Habits

By Rick Green,

I’ve mentioned recently that at my lowest moments, despairing, I thought, “I wish I’d never been diagnosed.”

That’s not true, of course. Having an explanation for some of my challenges, an explanation that I can work with, has been hugely helpful.

My despair wasn’t about being diagnosed. It was that, “I tried to make changes. I tried to follow an organizing system. And I failed. Again. For a while I had hope that things were transforming! But obviously it didn’t last. And once again I’ve failed.”

I didn’t try hard enough to break my old habits… Which I also know is not true.

In fact, you cannot break old habits. You can’t just tough-it-out. You can’t just try harder.

August 20, 2016 | 4:34 pm Jimi

I Believe in ADHD!

Anonymous Guest Blog

Dear Rick, your recent blog about the experience of people dismissing ADHD really struck a chord with me. I am living this experience, it seems, constantly at the moment.

I have ADHD. I am also a doctoral researcher…

August 11, 2016 | 11:00 am Rick Green

I’m Glad I Know. Not Glad I Have It.

By Rick Green

A few months ago I blogged about those dark moments, when things would overwhelm me, and I wished I’d never been diagnosed. “It would have been better to just carry on like I was.”

That despair engulfed me when my best efforts, latest strategy, or brilliant new tool, would fail. One step forward, 37 steps back. (Warning: Steps may be exaggerated for dramatic effect.)…

August 3, 2016 | 11:00 am Rick Green

They Don’t Believe In ADHD

By Rick Green

After a recent talk a woman from the audience shared her frustration with friends and family members who question her diagnosis. A loved one had announced, “ADHD is made up by drug companies. The way Greeting Card companies created Mother’s Day.”

I wish someone would give me a card and chocolates for my ADHD…

And by the way, Mother’s Day was started by a woman from West Virginia to honor her mother, a peace activist who…

July 28, 2016 | 9:25 am Rick Green
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