ADHD & Our 23 Strengths

By Rick Green - Founder of TotallyADD

There are a lot of hot button issues around ADHD. Not just around medication, or the cost of getting a proper diagnosis, or the ongoing stigma and dismissal, that ‘ADHD isn’t real.’

In particular there is the contentious claim that, “people with ADHD have real strengths.”

In our book, ADD Stole My Car Keys! we list 155 traits, symptoms, beliefs, and behaviors common to people with ADHD. Of course not everyone has them all. Each of us is blessed with our own personal grab bag of problems. While most adults struggle with restlessness and impulsivity, a substantial minority are dealing only with the ‘Inattentive’ problems: distractions, focus, memory, follow-through, prioritizing, procrastinating, organizing, etc…

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Don't Confuse Cause and Effect

By Rick Green - Founder of TotallyADD

You will hear a lot about ways to cure or solve or reduce ADHD using different methods. Methods that have been tested and shown to have almost no impact. As well, you will doubtless hear studies about what causes or cures ADHD, or eliminates ADD symptoms. But there is a danger in assuming one thing leads to another. Sometimes studies and research can be skewed or misinterpreted. Here’s one way.

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Disclosing at Work

By Rick Green - Founder of TotallyADD

After you are first diagnosed and suddenly have an explanation for why life is such a struggle, you may be eager to share your good news. But beware, disclosing your ADHD can trigger unexpected hostility or dismissive score, and lead to costly repercussions.

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Guilt and Parenting an ADHD Child

By Rick Green - Founder of TotallyADD

Dr. Declan Quinn shares a story of the difference that ADHD can make in a family situation. For those who wonder how an issue with Executive Function can destroy a parent’s relationship with a child they love… this is for you. ADHD sabotages you in ways that you cannot see. And if you don’t appreciate what’s going on, and see what it’s costing you, you have zero chance to overcome it. Thanks to Delcan for sharing.