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No, ADHD is Not Fake!

Submitted by MelissaOrlov on 02/23/2017. ADHD Marriage: Start here Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD Recently a poster suggested that ADHD is not real - and that those who have ADHD only exhibit the symptoms because they think they have ADHD - in other words, they convince themselves into having ADHD. Show More Summary

Love and Presence

ADHD & Marriage Weekly Tip - February 22, 2017 Quote of the Week “What I mean by love is the capacity of a person to be fully present with another person or a situation or an environment.” - Subagh Singh Khalsa Love and Presence A couple...Show More Summary

The 3 Eternal Truths About ADHD

Recently diagnosed with ADHD? I want to offer three ‘truths’ you should know. Had I been told these things 15 years ago, when I was first diagnosed, I would have avoided a lot of upset and frustration. And I’m big on avoiding upset and frustration.

Rituals

ADHD & Marriage Weekly Tip - February 16, 2017 Quote of the Week “Habits and rituals create a shared sense of closeness and identity, an oasis of “we” in the desert of “so much to do.” - Clinical psychologist Cheryl Fraser Rituals IShow More Summary

THE MOMENT I REALIZED ADULT ADHD IS REAL

By Ava Green (Yes, I’m Rick’s wife) I didn’t always believe that adult ADHD is real. That might surprise you. Especially since I’ve had a hand in almost everything TotallyADD...

Accept Them. Support Them. Have Their Backs.

You understand that your spouse's or child's ADHD symptoms are not the result of laziness or defiance. But, still, they are sometimes tough to live with. Here, ADHD expert Russell Barkley, Ph.D., explains how to replace criticism with compassion.

The Case for (Working, Maturing) Gap Years

Not every teen is ready for fly the coup. Many could benefit from a few more years of transition into adulthood. Here's how to nurture and instill independence in your teen — without helicoptering or overwhelming her.

When Suddenly It's All Worthwhile

During the tumultuous teen years, not many parents feel appreciated by their moody kids. For this mom, a few unprompted words (and a hug) from her daughter was proof enough that she was doing parenting right.

Writing My Way to a Happier Me

My diary serves as my therapist, my coach, and my best friend, all rolled into one. Here's why I started journal writing — and how I keep the habit going.

The Teens' Guide to Making Meds Work

If you are a recent or forthcoming high-school graduate, you are mature enough to begin managing your own ADHD medication. This treatment to-do list will help keep you on track in college and beyond.

Gifts We Should Totally Invent

These fun gift ideas aren't real — yet. But if they were, they would help those of us with ADHD manage our moods, our relationships, and our chaotically cluttered houses. We can dream, can't we?

Birthday Parties, the Cafeteria, and Other Social Obstacles

You need not helicopter to help your child make friends — in fact, too much parental interference can do more harm than good, especially in middle school. Follow these strategies to boost your tween's confidence and skills in the most challenging settings and scenarios.

Lean In(credible): Career Passion In Mid-Life

Relaunching your career in mid-life is never easy — and that's doubly true when you have ADHD. Read up on how these trailblazers overcame layoffs, depression, and other setbacks to find jobs that suited their passions, in their 50s and beyond.

The Children Left Behind

Thousands of kids are being underdiagnosed and undertreated for ADHD — due in large part to their race or ethnicity. Why is this happening, and what needs to be done to fix it?

Anxiety? Depression? Or ADHD? It Could Be All Three

ADHD is often missed when it co-exists with depression or anxiety, and vice versa. Here's what to look for — and how to ensure you get a thorough and accurate diagnosis.

Stop. Procrastinating. Now.

Some days, no matter how hard you try, you just can't get started. Here's how to stop procrastinating — yes, right this second — and get your brain back in gear.

The Art of Happiness — and Self-Esteem

Art projects — like these creative suggestions — enable a child with ADHD to see her strengths in a world that too often criticizes.

Never Enough? Why Your Brain Craves Stimulation

At times, it feels the ADHD brain is never sated — particularly when it comes to common sources of stimulation like video games, sex, and substances. Here's why your brain craves these things — and how it affects your day-to-day behavior.

"I Can't Imagine Doing Anything Else"

Tutor Jan Rowe uses a student's words and feelings guide her in steering that child toward academic success.

The Get-More-Done-at-Work Guide

Sometimes, multitasking works. Other times, it's a counter-productive way to avoid boring or overwhelming tasks that leads to more stress and missed deadlines. Learn how one executive began using meditation and ADHD-friendly prioritizing strategies to boost her productivity — calmly.

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