Succeeding with ADHD begins with accepting the diagnosis. Then, by educating yourself you can recognize your weaknesses but focus on your strengths.
[Patrick McKenna] some people with ADD are leading very good lives. So the question is "What's the key difference between those who are struggling and people who are succeeding?" It's a one-word answer do you know what it is?
[Off screen] Money ,power, guns, chicks.
[Patrick] no, NO!!! The correct answer is acceptance.
Dr. Edward Hallowell - This is not a diagnosis you need to fear it's a diagnosis you need to embrace.
Dr. Umesh Jain - If you understand the way you're built and you understand the fact that you're built differently, the way you're built can be something important to you.
Dr. Edward Hallowell - My 16 year old son Jack who's in the tenth grade at a very rigorous private school in the Boston area has ADD and he was asked, his English class was asked to write down adjectives describing themselves, and then they were supposed to circle the three that they were proudest of, and and Jack wrote down athletic, creative, and ADD, and that's where you want to get to! Where you're you're proud of the kind of brain you've got.
[Dr. Jain] If you don't understand that or you deny it and you don't want to deal with it, it will hurt you, and you need to basically get
your head around the possibility that what you are is something that necessarily you have to figure out. We're here to help you.
Dr. Laura Muggli - It doesn't make you a bad person, and it has nothing to do with intelligence, it doesn't mean you're stupid, it doesn't mean you're lazy.
[Patrick McKenna] No see that's why I didn't have as much of a problem stepping forward and saying this is who I am this is how I get through a day these are the processes because I don't really find there's anything wrong with it I find it's a different way and it's a you know it's certainly a... awkward at times to get through the same situation other people do. It just makes it more difficult to do and that's what I have to remind myself
of that buckle down and get through this moment that you have to learn all these lines and you have to be on set at a certain time.
Dr. Edward Hallowell - I have ADD and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I have a wonderful wife I have three wonderful children. I have a career that I love you know I'm so lucky, but there are many people like me who have learned how to take advantage of the positive that go with ADD and minimize the damage done by the negatives.
Dr. Annick Vincent - So I see a lot of people get depressed or anxious as a result of having low self-esteem because of the ADHD, and what's the treatment for low self-esteem? Success, so when you treat ADHD you have to aim for success.
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