Your ADHD: Own It

Your ADHD Own It Guide

Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine, and American Deficit Disorder Association have teamed together to raise awareness for ADD and ADHD in their new campaign Your ADHD: Own It.

Visit www.everydayhealth.com to take the Adult ADHD Screening Test

ADHD Screening Test And while you’re there, sign up for a copy of Your ADHD Action Guide. The guide is FREE and sull of helpful tips, tools, and ADHD resources.

The leaders of CHADD and ADDA released the following joint statement: “There is a common perception among many young adults and adults that you can outgrow the ADHD you were diagnosed with as a child or adolescent. However, it is important for them to understand that this is not always the case and that the disorder can continue into adulthood.

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16 comments so far

  1. Nununani2210 on

    My little brother has ADHD and ADD (I think it means the same thing though.)and he has to get help with his concentration and he is not good at writing and collecting his thoughts. I love him though. He is an amazing child…but his mind is not always where it i supposed to be.

    • DSS of GCSC on

      Its wonderful that you support your brother. There are some differences between ADD and AD/HD. This website provides a wonderful chart that compares and explains the two: http://www.ldpride.net/addsub-types.htm. It can help you better understand how your brother’s learning disability affects him.

      Scattered thoughts and an inability to concentrate are most common symptoms of ADD and AD/HD. There are many methods for organization that a student with either can learn in order to help them to better stay focused and/or to manage things when focus is a bit harder to attain. There are ADD coaches in most local communities that can help your brother to learn these organization methods. To find a local coach in your area go to http://www.adhdcoaches.org. If you are unable to find a coach, you can contact the Student Disability Support Services program of any public school or local college. The professionals there are trained in these areas of service and may be able to assist you themselves or direct you to where you need to go.

      The key to working with ADD and AD/HD is by understanding how the disability affects you and learning the best ways to compensate for those areas of difficulty. In many cases, technology doesn’t have to serve as a distraction but can, in fact, help to compensate. Many students who have difficulty with staying focused with a thought while writing find that using voice software to dictate allows them to stay focused and cohesive. Working with a professional will help you to determine if methods such of this will work for you.

      Most importantly, even working with a professional, finding persons who can help you and what methods of learning and organization work best for a person with ADD and AD/HD is a long and arduous process. Its hard to find the professionals out there that can help you and to try out one method after another after another until something sticks. Your brother is going to need your help and the help of your family. Make looking for a disabilities professional a family affair. And help keep your brother encouraged to continue on even when things get tough.

      Lastly, don’t hesitate to use the internet for information. The internet has a wealth of information out there that is supported by many disability support organizations and advocacy groups. And when in doubt, always ask your physician for information or to direct you to persons who may be able to help.

    • Cloe on

      I have ADHD and I found this awesome video of this cute guy giving life saving tips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZHw1z-tH_Q

  2. Les Walenta on

    Good write-up, I am normal visitor of one’s web site, maintain up the excellent operate, and It is going to be a regular visitor for a lengthy time. “Time has a wonderful way of weeding out the trivial.” by Howard Aiken.

  3. Marc Noble on

    Hello, I just saw an Commercial from TV . I am trying to find a website .. own your ADHD.ca nothing yet so anyway, it is about one of my fraternal twin boys that have ADHD, is six years old, taking pills , hope that will work but I already signed up to get ADHD guide book , i am looking forward to read more about ADHD. I want to know more about ADHD because my son , David is very important in my life but of course , i have three kids ( including David).

    • DSS of GCSC on

      Marc, I think that the Own Your ADHD Guide Book will be a great help to your son and your family. There is all kinds of fantastic information out there on ADHD but a great place to start is with your family physician or the physician who diagnosed your son. You may also want to seek out a psychologist in your area who specializes in educational psychology. Contact your local school board for references of educational psychologists that they work with for a start. The psychologist specializing in educational psychology can help your son and your family develop coping methods and mechanics that your son can use to help him focus while in school. Learning these methods young in life will allow your son to find out what works best, even develop some methods of his own so that he may succeed–even excel–in school. We will continue to make an effort to provide readers of our blog, like yourself, with more information on ADHD, so keep reading the DSS of GCSC Blog!

  4. www-tanya@hotmail.com on

    My son was diagnosed with ADHD trying to avoid medication I read up on fish oil his teacher has little patients with him and it’s a struggle especially because I know he is smart bright and creative his attention is just not there 90% of the time keeping him on special diets keeping the away he feels like I’m taking away so much from him I just wish his teacher and every body else could have the patients me and my husband have and I tell my son all the time that I live him so much and we are gonna do this together. His dreams of becoming a scientist and working with plants and rocks is gonna happen one day I love my son

    • DSS of GCSC on

      I understand your feelings of worry that you may be depriving your son of things by restricting his diet. But there are plenty of healthy sustitutes out there for all the great processed food we love eating but shouldn’t :) Some parents have had success with avoiding foods containing gluetin for their children with ADD/ADHD. This may be something you would like to try, but always check with your child’s physician and/or nutritionist first before making any large changes to diet. In most cases, removing gluetin from one’s diet is almost always a healthier choice than a harmful one. Most cereal, bread, and pasta and grains manufacturers offer a gluetin free version to their products and those options are located right there along with the regular gluetin containing products. On a simplistic scale, changing your diet to more wholesome, natural foods and avoiding processed foods will have a positive effect on your child’s behavior and control of his ADHD, and its overall healthier for the whole family. With the gamut of natural whole foods that are available now, your choice to change to a better diet isn’t just possible but is now also affordable. Also, try shopping for fruits and vegetable from your local farmer’s market. Its better for you and it supports your community’s local farmers.

      As a suggestion, a very close friend of mine writes her own vegan blog, http://www.theverdantlife.com. She not only eats completely vegan, but she eats many of the same foods that I love, such as hot dogs, only they are completely vegan. You may want to incorporate more vegetarian meals into your family’s diet. It will help you to feed your child the restricted diet he needs but still allow him to eat many of the foods that kids love. I bet if you requested my friend could even find a way of making vegan pop tarts!

      Its so wonderful that your son has loving and accepting parents such as you and your husband. Primary school is almost always the hardest times, especially for children with ADD/ADHD, because at this level teachers are trying to instill strident stricture that creates behavior conformity as these are the years that we learn most of our social norming skills. Children with ADD/ADHD, and most learning disabilities for that matter, tend to break the mold of this stricture. Continue working with his teacher. Help them to understand how your son processes information. Perhaps the teacher may be able to create small systems or side projects that your son can work on that allows him to coomplete tasks during those short moments of focus and then allows him to move on to something different that uses a different set of skills. Many of my own students, though at a college level of education, tell me that monotany allows them to be distracted almost as much as a room full of distractions. My own step-brother has ADHD. He was very fortunate to attend the school that he did because one teacher learned that if she gave him a walkway at the back of the class and allowed him to pace that walkway during lessons, that he was focused and atuned to the lesson and quiet (preventing him from distracting other students with his need to move or talk when being cooped up in a desk). At first my step-mother worried that by letting him do this, other students would see and make fun of him, ask questions, or make a scene that he was able to do something they weren’t. What we found was that it was quite the opposite. The first day a student asked why my brother was walking the back of the classroom and the teacher simply replied “It helps him think.” After that it seemed normal and commonplace to his classmate; no one made comment or notice or even talked to him about his pacing, they simply accepted it as something that just was. This method worked for my brother and it may not be something that works for your son, but my point to this is that working with the teacher to understand how your son’s mind works will help them to have more patience. It won’t be an overnight thing, but over time it will take hold and the teacher will begin to understand and be able to find ways themself of helping your son and them to achieve the task they wish of him.

      Another suggestion, just like Autism or Muscular Dystrophy has local support groups, so do ADD/ADHD in most communities. If not, consider starting your own group or chapter. These support groups allow your children to unteract and socialize with other students who are like them and it allows you, the parents, to meet other parents who are going through many of the same things. In this group, not only do you gain support, but you also have the opportunity to learn what other parents are doing that works for their children. You even have an opportunity in this group to create a network of connections with professionals and gain insights about schools and teachers who have worked well with children with ADD/ADHD.

      I hope that some of my suggestions have helped you. Remember, by seeing you advocate for him, your son in turns learns to advocate for himself. Make him active in his advocacy for education; let him be involved in helping to make decisions that concern how best he learns and processes information. You will not only be gaining insight into your son’s mind but you will also be giving him the opportunity to better understand his ADHD and discover what works best for him.

      ~Tamara Nguyen, DSS Learning Specialist

  5. kyle beaubier on

    i just wanna say a few things. i myself have adhd and was strugling with it and still do at times but for the most part i can control it with out meds which i was on up untill i was 17 im turning 19 in 5 months, i believe adha is a gift if u can figure it out cuz i know so talented and smart people who use their adhd to benifit them selves. iv been waiting for someojne to do this and im glad its finally happening

  6. James Lamberson on

    I am 20 yr’s old and was diagnosed with ADHD at roughly 8-9 ,it was overlooked clinically.I was left back in the 1st grade due to my inability to sit still and I would talk out of turn or inappropriately.The hyperactivity and impulsiveness I had was later channeled into negativity. I usually would be picked on or I would pick on others.I somehow buckled down and got through H.S, though I could not grasp concepts or ideas that others could at the time.Last year I tried attending college with the right attitude but I learned early on that I could not go back mostly because I would blurt out answers,wrong or right. 3 weeks from this day I was Prescribed an ADHD medicine that acts immediately, according to my doctor and so far has been proven true.In general, I no longer become bored with routine but am focused on objectives and the task at hand
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    Great Q’s and A’s,

  7. Katherine on

    Wow…I only recently got diagnosed, and am overwhelmed with gratitude at the resources I have discovered since then! Seeing the video with Adam, I was glad to see the ‘embrace it’ message spoken so loud and clear, since I have been working with greater awareness every day thanks to what I have learned now that I know what I am dealing with. I am empowered by so many more tools that are practical and truly serve me, shifting so much struggle and frustration into improvement and progress. Those of us who were diagnosed later in life understand the battle it has been to blend in, when we have to work twice as hard to be consistent.

  8. michelle on

    I am 34 years old and I was diagnosed with ADHD in my younger years and I struggled a lot mostly through my teenage years. Sometimes I admit it has caused me to stick out like a sore thumb. With it came foot in my mouth syndrome lol! My teenage daughter now has it as well and my younger daughter is showing signs. I know I am speaking lightly of it but three girls all with ADHD when the brain of a person with it is like trying to think while standing in the middle of new york subway station can make life a little more interesting. We try and support one another and come up with solutions to cope. I went though years and years of councilling with Dr’s and therapists so I use what i have learned to help my children. It is nice to see an adult like Adam admit that he has it and that he is using his fame to help get the word out more. I was treated very different in life because of my ADHD and now as an adult I have built my own confidence to just embrace it!! I am who I am and I love who I am!!!

    • James Lamberson on

      I can identify with your comment completely as if I would have said it myself,other than having children and being as old as you are. I a’m happy with where I a’m in life and yes I need to take a pill ounce a day to control my “spinning head” or how ever else you want to describe this unchangeable but to be accepted,fault.I love everything about myself,I wouldn’t change a thing. There is no denying it,
      “embrace it” and lets move forward.

  9. DSS of GCSC on

    Thank you, All, for sharing your personal stories with us. The first step to any advocacy is talking! Stigmas can only persist if we refuse to talk about it, to share with other who don’t share in that personal experience what it’s like have it (any disability). The more that people outside of the experience can be reached with personal stories and examples, the more they can understand what you are dealing with, what it’s like, how you see or do things. We learn at a young age that everyone’s perception is different, but with that we are told that that perception is built around a certain set of universal rules that we all know and use in forming those perceptions. But throwing a disability into the mix changes not only how that perception is formed but how it functions. The more we can express that to others the more understanding and acceptance can be earned. Keep advocating!

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  11. Louise on

    I was diagnosed with ADHD in September 2012. The neurologist I met had never seen me, didn’t know anything about me and in an hour after a small interview described my whole life, just like that it rolled down in front of my eyes. At first I was certain that he had made investigation about me, it was impossible that he could know so much about me. How could anyone had missed that diasnosis for so long. I had so much energy from what everyone was saying about me, I was able to accomplish so much with so little rest, I was a single mother for 12 years and I did it all, be a super mom, worker, friend and daughter or sister. I did everything while everyone else was enjoying life and resting. I didn’t know what resting meant, even in a meditation class, I couldn’t participate, I had to leave, I couldn’t stand still. I went through high school being so miserable, always feeling inadequate, always feeling dump. I just couldn’t grasp any maths or science. Every time I wrote , the teachers would say wow you have a great pen, but your ideas are going everywhere.

    I went through life with a lot of suffering and rejections. I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to because of learning certain subjects. I always had good job because the employer could see how affective I was and I would get hired and promotions all the time.

    I have had people leaving or pushing themselves from my life because they were sure I was pushy, no I was just efficient and they could not stand the fact that I could do so much in so little time so they felt inadequate.

    Now with this new information, I am able to understand and for me understanding means power to go where I want to be and to take action on how to concentrate. I have own my ADHD and not ashame of it, I do say it to people with a smile and they have no other choice to smile back and if they would not , I say to myself , it’s their loss not mine. How can anyone be upset when you say who you are and be proud of it.

    By coming out and telling my friends , I have given other people that were shy or ashame of different disorders to come out and to speak. I did realize by making this move, I have given those people a chance to be accepted with who they are. Those people came back to me and said thank you, I really felt that I had done my job and I will keep on opeining doors for others.

    I will never be ashamed of ADHD, it made me a caring person and I can accomplish anything I want. I am owning my ADHD and it feels great.

    Louise


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