By Rick Green
I used to suffer from ADHD.
Because I didn’t know that’s what it was.
Hard to win a wrestling match against an invisible opponent, if you don’t even realize you are in a wrestling match.
So I just suffered. Mostly in silence. Cause people got tired of hearing my problems, my excuses, my apologies…
I don’t want to take ADHD medication.
I don’t want to have to take a pill every morning.
I don’t want you, or your child or a loved one, to have to take ADHD medication.
And guess what? Good news! You actually do NOT have to take medication.
By Rick Green
The question we get asked the most?
That’s simple: ‘How do I find out if I have ADHD?’ (If you’re asking this question right now, do yourself a favor and bookmark this blog page so that you can refer back to it again, and again!)
Maybe you suspect, or have assumed, that you are slow, weird, weak-willed, lazy, or any number of things along those lines. Maybe parents, siblings, teachers or others have suggested something like this. With the pace of life these days, I suppose everyone wonders if they have ADHD.
Here’s the deal…
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.
We have all heard the term ‘existentialism’ and perhaps even know the names of some of the most famous ‘existentialists’. Like Jean Paul Sartre. And… Uh, okay, that’s the only one I can think of now. Let me Google it…
All right, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky… I thought Dostoyevsky was a novelist? Or a the goalie for the New York Rangers? Anyway I had heard the term ‘existentialist’ and knew that it had to do with philosophy, the meaning of life and…
Now and then someone will tell me that Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a gift. A big, fat, wonderful, exciting gift.
Rather than a problem, disorder, constant challenge, or, on bad days, a curse.
Why such opposing views?
One reason is that ADHD is very ‘individual.’ Each of us has our own combination of challenges, and to varying degrees. Plus, we have a unique life situation. My ADHD is awesome when I’m doing comedy on stage. It is a big problem when I’m forced to sit quietly, and pay attention during a long meeting.
Add to all of this the fact that there are two main types of ADHD. Some folks…
By Rick Green
A while ago we had a contest on Facebook for the ‘Dumbest Thing Anyone Has Ever Said to You About ADHD.’
Wow, it was tough to pick a winner.
Some I’d heard before, and I suppose we’ve all heard those ones… “I don’t believe in ADHD”…