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"

December 2007

ADD ADHD Awareness – What can WE do Together to raise Awareness?

ADD ADHD Awareness – What can WE do Together to raise Awareness?

Some call it minimal brain dysfunction, it’s a disorder, it’s a mental illness, it is all of the above and it is more than that and maybe, just maybe those are the wrong terms. ADD and ADHD are misunderstood with so many misconceptions out there and those that suffer from it are sometimes considered to be living a life of excuses and treated negatively when letting others know of their diagnosis. Additionally, the symptoms of ADD and ADHD, each by themselves, are very common issues that just about everyone has to some degree or another which leads to the misconceptions and denials of what ADD and ADHD is. However, ADD and ADHD are also well known for positive traits, such as creativeness, vivid imagination, inventiveness and ingenuity and so much more. Some of these traits are highly sought after and can hardly be mimicked or copied because each ADDer possesses unique characteristics which […]

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Positive Adder Quote of the Week – Jessica Alba

Positive Adder Quote of the Week – Jessica Alba

“I think a lot of actors have OCD. I think it’s part of being creative, whether your outlet is acting or science or maths. – Whatever it is it takes some sort of drive to get anywhere.” Jessica Alba No, Jessica Alba does not have ADHD; however, she did suffer from childhood OCD and seems to hint that she still has OCD in some of her comments about it. My point of using Jessica’s quotes in this week’s Adder Quote of the Week is that she says some amazing things, which we all could take a little positive reinforcement from.

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Another ADDer dilemma – Changes

Another ADDer dilemma – Changes

I hate change, I absolutely dread it! Few things upset me more than having to make a change. No, I am not talking about simple changes. I am talking about moving and having to meet and get along with new people. There’s just too much involved. I hate changes that rearrange the way I live my life and changes that take things from me, like family members who pass away. I hate those types of changes. I am not good at changes. It takes me months, sometimes years to get along with new people. I am getting better at it, but I still would rather not do it. It takes a while for people to understand me, I can be extremely confusing.

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Sometimes I tried anything, even wearing glasses!

Sometimes I tried anything, even wearing glasses!

  Bryan & ADD VS Francisco Bustamante Before I was diagnosed with ADD I got extremly frustrated that I could not keep my concentration. I tried things you wouldn’t believe, even to the point that I wore shoes which were too small believing that being uncomfortable would help me keep my focus. Believe it or not, a lot of my tactics worked, but usually just as long as I paid attention to the tactic and that usually wasn’t very long. Lucky charms were a personal favorite. I would find something, a rock, a ring, a necklace, just about anything and believe holding on to whatever it was would help me stay in the here and now. Talk about being desperate!

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The PoWeR of Choice

The PoWeR of Choice

Sometimes we get so caught up in our symptoms, the complications and the stigma of ADD and ADHD that we forget that we still have the power of choice. No, we cannot choose to rid ourselves of ADD or ADHD and we cannot simply make the choice to be cured. That’s not what I am talking about and I do not imply that. However, with that said, we have some choices we can make and making choices can be the defining factor in a lot of the situations we go through, how we treat others and how we react to others. ADD ADHD is not an excuse, it is a reason and it does not inhibit us from becoming better people or from contributing to relationships or to society in general.

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The proof copies are here!

The proof copies are here!

The proof copies came in the mail yesterday. Even if I say so myself, the book form looks and feels fantastic. It is an exhilarating feeling having my Memoir in book form and in my hands! WoW! I am going to look over it and make sure everything is in order and in about 3 weeks my Memoir will be published and available for you~!  ~Bryan (the picture is a bit hazy due to using my phone camera!)

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ADD ADHD Center of the Universe – Sex, Love and More!

ADD ADHD Center of the Universe – Sex, Love and More!

Here we are, born to be kings, We’re the princes of the universe, Here we belong, fighting to survive, In a world with the darkest powers, And here we are, we’re the princes of the universe – Queen Are you the most important person to you? Are you the only one you think about all day? When you go out to buy Christmas presents do you think of what others would like to have, or do you think of what you would like to give them, or better yet, what you would prefer to have? Do you interrupt others questions with questions of your own that concern you? Do you interrupt in general before others have expressed all they have to say on a subject? Do you consider the ramifications of something before you know the complete story? Do you think you know how a movie is going to end […]

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ADD ADHD and Bullying

ADD ADHD and Bullying

To be bullied or not to be bullied – is that the question? Many Adder children suffer from being bullied and as it turns out a high percentage of bullies have ADHD. This might seem confusing, but if I take a moment to think about it, no, I guess it is not that confusing. Adders have trouble in school with both the standard educational side and the social side. I bet the inattentive adders are probably more likely to be bullied and the hyperactive types are more likely to be bullies. However, it could probably go either way, but inattentive’s usually try to stay out of the way and in the background when possible.

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A mother’s love can help ADD ADHD

A mother’s love can help ADD ADHD

  One particular thing that I believe helped me significantly was how my mother would have us kids gather around her for a story. I loved it when my mother read aloud for us. Mom always picked wonderful stories, full of adventure and fantasy. I listened intently, probably the best attention I gave to any books as a youngster.

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Positive Adder Quote of the Week – Simon Cowell

Positive Adder Quote of the Week – Simon Cowell

  “If you’ve got a big mouth and you’re controversial, you’re going to get attention.” Simon Cowell This week’s positive ADDer quote of the week goes to the one and only, American Idol’s, Simon Cowell! Simon Cowell? Well let’s see, my research shows that he was wild as a child, dropped out of high school at the age of 16. He started out with some mediocre jobs, but didn’t get along well with his co-workers and bosses.  Eventually his dad had to give him a job. Being Simon, he wanted more, so he tried his own company and it didn’t work out and at the age of 30 he had to move back in with his parents! I can just imagine his father shaking his head at this point.

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