Motivational and inspirational writer, Bryan Hutchinson is the author of several books about life with ADHD including the highly acclaimed, best selling "One Boy′s Struggle: A Memoir" and the author of the hilarious eBook that went viral "10 Things I Hate about ADHD"

November 2007

The ADD ADHD Dilemma: Time

The ADD ADHD Dilemma: Time

  I received a very interesting email this week about someone who wants to accomplish something, but the things involved such as time and school are holding him back. Not only that, this wonderfully talented person has a gift for craftsmanship, but hasn’t seemed to find a way to make that pay off in the monetary form.  His email really hit home and clearly points out one of the Adder Dilemma’s. What really jumped out at me, more than anything else in this email, were the time lines involved. The writer is very concerned about the time it will take to accomplish certain tasks for school etc. He didn’t seem too worried about if he could pass a class or a course or even a test—it was the time involved that really seemed to be the issue. Time, for Adders, is a very serious dilemma, one that can paralyze an […]

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This is the third excerpt of “One Boy’s Struggle: A Memoir: Surviving life with undiagnosed ADD”

This is the third excerpt of “One Boy’s Struggle: A Memoir: Surviving life with undiagnosed ADD”

  As ADDers, especially those of us who are undiagnosed, it seems that there are so many things against us. We often have to deal with and conform to the structure of the educational system, social structures, and expectations from others and ourselves. There is so much negativity attached to having Attention Deficit Disorder that often we are compelled to keep it a secret once we are diagnosed with it. If so much is against us, why in the world do we add ourselves to the list? Thinking negatively or being ashamed of having ADD is counterproductive to living successfully with it. As ADDers, we already face the challenges of making our way in a world which is not set up for our unique way of processing it. If we want to become successful and happy, we should encourage ourselves to think more positively about ADD and ourselves. Positive thinking […]

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The ADD ADHD Dilemma – Are you a Hustler? Care to wager on that in a game of billiards pool?

The ADD ADHD Dilemma – Are you a Hustler? Care to wager on that in a game of billiards pool?

Part of the ADD ADHD dilemma is that Adders can and do often appear to be hustlers. That’s right, we sure do and it can be a serious problem, a problem that we curse and at the same time are thankful to have. It’s good and it’s bad. It’s great and it is sad, to the point that sometimes we wish we could be more normal, more even, more well rounded and more steady, but our hustle can be addicting and no matter how much we hate it, we love it even more when it works in our favor! So, you might be wondering – what is our Hustle?

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Kali Karagias – Out of Control

Kali Karagias – Out of Control

I came across another fantastic Blog yesterday! It’s by Kali Karagias and naturally she writes about her ADHD. She’s witty, funny and she is a beautiful and talented actress. The Blog is called Out of Focus. She’s back in school after a 13 year layover and has some wonderful posts concerning how those youngsters around her approach her and a great one about a certain professor. Here is a short excerpt from one of her posts:

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Positive ADDer Quote of the week – Robin Williams

Positive ADDer Quote of the week – Robin Williams

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”  “What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.” Robin Williams After learning yesterday that Robin Williams has ADHD I decided to look up some of what Robin Williams has said and what he stands for. Oh my! Robin is a very interesting person to say the least and he holds opinions like flags waving high in the wind. And you know what? If you take a closer look into what he really says and what he really means, you get the idea that this man wants to change the world for the better and if comedy helps do that, well then, so much the better! I can’t help but wonder how early Robin realized he was different than other people around him. As a young man he was very shy and quiet. He did not […]

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Dana Blankenhorn

Dana Blankenhorn

Yesterday I wondered upon a fantastic Blog and it is one of the most interesting Blogs this Adder has read in a while. I have a lot to learn yet about creating an awesome, interesting and entrancing Blog, but I am working on it! The Blog I am talking about is Dana Blankehorn’s and while reading Dana’s Blog I happened across an interesting article about Robin William’s being in his head—all of our Adder heads actually!

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Part of the ADD ADHD dilemma or Bipolar?

Part of the ADD ADHD dilemma or Bipolar?

I have decided that once a week I will address the most interesting subject from your emails in a Blog Article and this week’s will deal with: is it ADD ADHD or Bipolar? In a recent email a reader asked me if ADHD can be misdiagnosed as Bipolar. The simple answer and the definite answer is, please, see a doctor—I am not a doctor.  I cannot answer that question; however, I can give you my personal opinion, but remember it is only another Adder’s opinion and nothing more than that. You must see a doctor for such inquiries. There are many tests and evaluations one must go through. I cannot, and clearly will not, give you any medical advice other than that you see a Doctor! –so there! However, I have this for you: ADD and ADHD present a lot of obstacles in one’s life, but one of the most […]

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My personal musing about ADD ADHD part 2

My personal musing about ADD ADHD part 2

  If you really examine the traits and characteristics of ADDers you will see that we share many of the traits of the people I mentioned from yesteryear in part 1. Those folks from yesteryear were very active, well trained, but trained in a more complete and direct one on one manner. The standards they had to comply with were very simple and yet highly effective and directed. They had structure, but in a manner suitable to their specific tasks and needs. They also followed their natural inherent traits. You probably would not have seen one of them become successful at running a stock exchange, but then you wouldn’t expect the stock broker to go out and skin a deer or paint the Mona Lisa. The creative side of yesteryear hunters, trappers, cowboys and others was

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My personal musing about ADD ADHD part 1

My personal musing about ADD ADHD part 1

I am learning new things about ADD ADHD each and every day. In just the last couple years I have been relearning my reality and I have discovered one consistent thing about children and adults with ADD ADHD and that is we all have difficulty complying with order and structure. That seems obvious, but there’s more. I discovered that we are usually hyperactive, either in mind or in body or both. If I go even further with this I discover that most of our difficulties are within the educational system. There is still nothing revolutionary about that. I don’t mean to imply I have anything revolutionary to say in this particular article; however, what I have discovered is that there is not much information about ADD ADHD before the story Fidgety Philip by Heinrich Hoffmann back in 1848. Sure, there are several people we can identify by their nature that they […]

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Go Speed Racer GO!

Go Speed Racer GO!

  The first TV show from my childhood that I can remember is the Howdy Doody show. I remember it faintly and slightly fondly, but not much more than that. SPEED RACER on the other hand I can remember with great fondness and clarity. It was the ultimate show from my childhood! What Transformers was to the late 80’s and early 90’s children, Speed Racer had owned our minds previously and I suspect had the firmest grip on young Adder minds. Everything about Speed Racer was cool and he appealed to us because, although he was cool, he was still flawed. I guess you could call him the Spider Man / Peter Parker of race car drivers.

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