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Disclosure: Should I Keep My ADHD a Secret?

By Rick Green,

People with ADHD are different. Not just from the 96% of the population who are ‘neuro-typical’ but from each other. We are indeed a diverse tribe.

Each of us faces a distinct combo of challenges. We each have our individual buffet of symptoms. Explosive Anger is was never an issue. Rumination, on the other hand…

Some traits may be more. Some less of a problem. Or not there at all.

June 23, 2016 | 9:25 am admin

It’s Not Bipolar. I’m Just Excited!

By Rick Green,

Don’t you love when someone explains a complicated idea in a way that makes it instantly clear? That sudden, “Aha! I get it.” It instantly makes sense.

This morning a friend of ours had to escort her mom to see a new therapist. Mom is struggling with anxiety. And she was upset. Our friend was confused, “I would have thought she’d be happy and excited. New hope.” But my wife, Ava, pointed out, “When someone is struggling with anxiety, any kind of change is stressful. Uncertainty feeds the anxiety.”

The friend got it, instantly, “Ah… Of course.”…

June 16, 2016 | 9:25 am Jimi

“When I Grow Up I Want To Be…”

By Rick Green

Ask most kids what they want to be when they grow up and you’ll get very clear answers. Which may change from week to week, depending on the video game they’ve played. I had no idea.

“What do I want to be?” From age 8 to about the time my first marriage ended, that question invariably triggered a snowstorm of ideas, then brain freeze. I didn’t have an answer.

Then I realized what I wanted to be: Happy…

June 9, 2016 | 9:25 am Rick Green

“I Wish I’d Never Found Out”

By Rick Green

Have you ever browsed through our Forums?

Hundreds of the stories about how the ADHD diagnosis has changed people’s lives. For better and worse. A ton of stuff comes up for people.

Our video, Now You Tell Me, is a survival guide for the tornado of anger, regret, relief, and hope that so many of us face after getting the ‘good news.’ I remember reeling, like a drunk in a Carnival Fun House, trying to make sense of everything…

June 2, 2016 | 9:25 am Rick Green

Yes, ADHD is Over-diagnosed

By Rick Green,

“Oh, everyone thinks they have ADD nowadays. It’s over-diagnosed. It’s the internet. And cell phones. And everyone’s trying to do 9 things at once. Fifty years ago there was no such thing as ADHD.”

Comments like that used to set me off on a rant, “Actually, no. Everyone does not have ADHD! Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is driven by genes. It runs in families. It’s highly heritable. And it’s usually there at birth. Or even before! In fact, one doctor in our film, ADD & Loving It?! who has four sons…”

May 26, 2016 | 9:25 am Rick Green
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