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BY ELAINE TAYLOR-KLAUS
Trick Question: who is school harder for? 1) A kid with ADHD. 2) The parent of a kid with ADHD. 3)The parent of a kid with ADHD who also has ADHD. Answer: YES! Any way you look at it, “back to school time” is a stress factory waiting to happen, regardless of whomever in your house is challenged (and gifted) with ADHD…
BY RICK GREEN
When my son, my wife, and I go to football games, we used to dread entering the stadium because of the ticket scalpers.
We already had tickets. We didn’t need tickets. But they didn’t know that, so they’d bellow, “TICKETS! WHO NEEDS TICKETS?! WHO HAS TICKETS TO SELL? WHO NEEDS TICKETS?!” To get the full effect, imagine that last sentence in a size 96 font.
Running the gauntlet of pushy, loud, hucksters, screaming in your face is more than a little annoying. I felt like I was in the football game, a running back trying to break through the defensive line. Without the actual contact. More like Flag Football. I’m digressing, aren’t I?…
BY RICK GREEN
“Everyone is ADHD. It’s the internet and smart phones.” “These days everyone is ADD.” “Yeah, everyone thinks they have it.” Uh… No! Sorry, friend, but the whole world is NOT suddenly suffering from Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. When someone would snort, “Everyone is ADD these days,” I used to ask three questions:
– Do you know what percentage of adults qualify as having ADHD?
– Do you know what percentage of those have actually been properly diagnosed?
– And do you know what percentage of properly diagnosed adults are actually doing something about it? As in, any kind of treatment.
BY LAURIE DUPAR
Recently, I’ve noticed a pattern in my clients that I call the “tipping point”. The “tipping point” is basically a time in people’s lives when, for various reasons, the strategies they have been using to compensate for their ADHD challenges no longer seem to be working. This “tipping point” is often experienced along with feelings of overwhelm and chaos. Up until a “tipping point,” people have been able to balance known or unknown challenges with ADHD with strategies they may not have even realized they were using. Up until the “tipping point”, they had been able to adapt and cope well with their symptoms, even going as far as being under the radar for an official diagnosis of ADHD (in other words their symptoms were not interfering with their functioning). But for some reason a life change – it could be a job promotion, relationship change, a school change, or any myriad of different things – renders the current strategies ineffective and over time there is a sense that things are no longer “going well” and in fact, life seems to be falling apart in a big way…
BY RICK GREEN
This is going to be one of those stories where I admit to resisting something that turned out to do me a world of good. Dunno if that’s a ‘guy thing’, or an ‘ADHD thing’, or a ‘Rick thing.’
But it’s going to take me a minute or two to get there. Stay with me! (Or skip to the end, then come back and read chunks in a random order until it makes sense. Hey, it’s your ADHD, do what works for you.)
So, as you well know, there is a lot of confusion about ADHD. Some people don’t believe ADHD exists.