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"

Major Landmark for People with ADHD everywhere! Pass it on

My publishing company’s monthly newsletter came out yesterday revealing the top 3 selling authors for June (pictured above) overall, not just by categories. Suddenly it hit home for me when I saw the newsletter. This isn’t just about my books, or becoming a bestselling author, this is about ADHD books making it out of category, rising above stigma and ultimately, a triumph for people with ADHD everywhere and those who are close to us! I posted about the achievement of my books a little while back when I first received notice, but the full significance had not hit home yet, not entirely, not until now.  

When an ADHD book series became bestsellers of a publishing company this last June it was not only a moment to celebrate, but also time to truly think about what this means for us as a community. Consider that we are talking about an ADHD book series!  There are significant implications here, let’s consider a few things:

  •  Many people still consider ADHD to be a myth! Ridiculously, there is still an ongoing debate whether or not ADHD even exists!
  • The stigma! In a recent article on the Washington Post website, a young lady expressed disappointment and sadness that her name will forever be connected to ADHD because of the permanency of the internet. I understand her and sympathize, but it is sad.
  • Well known celebrities have turned down reviewing ADHD books openly because they do not want their name attached to ADHD, even those who have it! I’ve been told this and although I completely understand, it is sad and demonstrates how far we still have to go. Too many of us live in the shadows and it is not easy to tell others we have ADHD.  It can sometimes be damaging, to stand in the light and say “I have ADHD!” But, some do and they are making a difference! Howie Mandel and Adam Levine are two of the most recent to come forward: Bless them!
  • Some people are afraid to simply be caught reading books about ADHD because others will judge them negatively.

I am sure you know well why it is significant that an ADHD book series has done so well; there’s been enough going against us that no single blog post could ever expose all of it.

Writing my books and publishing them openly has been one of the steps I have taken to reduce the stigma of having ADHD. I have lived through punishment, guilt, ridicule and utter shame, and I was warned by some close to me not to publish One Boy’s Struggle: A Memoir because of potential backlash. Did I do the right thing?

I published my books and backlash did come, and it continues to come, but through it all I continue to write. Let me tell you though, that backlash does not always come from expected places and maybe, just maybe, it is because of my ADHD mind that any negativity that comes my way only compels me to step out further, to write more and to continue to ask each of us to look for the gifts within ourselves! We are so much better than we sometimes give ourselves credit for!

My publisher, Infinity Publishing is a major self-publishing company that has published over 6000 titles with authors to their credit such as Emmy award-winning Lisa Mason and C.D. Payne who authored Youth In Revolt, which became a movie and debuted at #9 at the box-office! Shandi Finnessey and many other bestselling authors have also used Infinity, I am deeply honored to be in their company and to have written a series of books that so many people have related to. If readers cannot relate to a book, or the message does not resonate with them, they will not recommend it or pass it on, and that is what drives any book to the top of any chart.

Thank you so much to my readers and all of my supporters! Thanks, especially to my wife, Joan! She’s awesome and she has my deepest respect, my overwhelming gratitude and my unyielding love. I also want to thank the wonderful co-workers I’ve had over the years where I have had the honor to work for an amazing non-profit global company, the best of its kind! Last, but not least, thanks to my family, who admittedly I have confused and utterly dazed beyond measure.

Pass the word: ADHD is making it out into the open, and one day, if we keep at it, we will be free of the stigma, shame, guilt and false perceptions. ADHD is real, and together, you and me, we are making a difference.

Thank you!

Bryan

Ariane Benefit July 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Congratulations Bryan!!!! What an outstanding accomplishment! Good for you dealing with backlash and persevering. You have something to say and EVERY right to say it. Rock on!!

Bryan Hutchinson July 25, 2011 at 3:47 am

We rock together, Ariane! Thank you :)

Bryan

Brandon Cordoba July 24, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Awesome Bryan! Keep up the great work!

Bryan Hutchinson July 25, 2011 at 3:49 am

Thanks Brandon!

Dana Arcuri July 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm

CONGRATULATIONS Bryan & Joan!!! :D This is such an exciting accomplishment, which directly impacts the ADHD community in such a powerful & positive way! Just as you wrote above, “Too many of us live in the shadows and it is not easy to tell others we have ADHD.” As an ADDer mom of 3 ADDer kids, I have experienced first hand the humiliating ADHD stigma. In 1995, when my son was initially diagnosed with ADHD, it shocked me, deeply hurt me and utterly offended me when individuals made inappropriate remarks about ADHD. After I was officially diagnosed with ADHD, I refused to openly share this in an attempt to avoid harsh comments, criticism and rejection. Looking back, I’m so very grateful to discover ADDer World because it was a major turning point to empower myself as well as my kids to overcome false perceptions. ADDer World is the “go to place” to gain insightful education, encouragement, confidence and significance!

Bryan Hutchinson July 25, 2011 at 3:59 am

Hi Dana, thank you! You’ve been with our ADDer World Social Network since the beginning and have always been a great supporter of bringing ADHD awareness to the community at large! Good for you for stepping forward and not allowing others to control what you reveal and what you say. Your kids are lucky to have you! I remember in the early days how you would post nice welcome pictures and messages to help new members feel at home, nice gestures like that are always remembered.

Thank you :)

Bryan

Sarah Gogstetter July 24, 2011 at 11:11 pm

By the time I came to my diagnosis I had already experienced the societal attempts to stigmatize me in other ways. I kind of had to develop a “thick-skin” of sorts to be able to rise above the attempts to stigmatize me and the pressure that was created as I spent my entire child overcoming other challenges. I think because I was born with multiple birth challenges, I was able to be more open about my ADHD than most newly diagnosed ADDers. I have spent the last 10 years since diagnosis treating my ADHD, educating myself and others, learning about my ADHD and ADHD in general, going through coaching, treating my depression and other mood related stuff. I have belonged to several ADHD communities over the years, been completely open about my ADHD, created a safe place for others, advocated and done my best to raise awareness.

Now through facebook groups, ADDer World, Women with ADD/ADHD, Moms with ADHD, facebook pages, blogging, and by becoming an ADHD coach I have remained steadfast in my commitment to spark/create advocacy, raising awareness, activism and supporting others in their Journey through ADDulthood.

Bryan Hutchinson July 25, 2011 at 4:04 am

You’re doing great Sarah and the ADHD community is lucky to have you as an advocate!

Bryan

Ken May July 25, 2011 at 2:03 am

This is fabulous. Everything I read from from you and share with others, only helps boost my credibility and gives me hope in my struggles. For this I am eternally grateful.

Bryan Hutchinson July 25, 2011 at 4:06 am

Thank you Ken May, it is always wonderful to hear from you and have you stop by. I hope you have been doing well and keeping on :)

Bryan

Gary July 25, 2011 at 2:08 am

Congratulations!

I just got your book and am 1/2 way through it, and if we just changed the names it would be my story!

Thank you for your work to bring awareness to the realities of navigating life with ADD!

Bryan Hutchinson July 25, 2011 at 4:11 am

Thanks Gary! lol That, my friend, is what I hear most frequently from readers of my book “Let’s change the name and it would be my story” It is a testament to the reality of ADHD and how we live through it that we related so closely to one another. I feel honored and privileged to have written down my experience in such a way that so many people have identified themselves in the story. Thanks for sharing with us and letting us know. Your words mean a lot to me, and that’s ultimately what makes this all worth it!

Bests,

Bryan

Barb July 26, 2011 at 1:05 am

Congratulations Bryan! I posted a congratulations on my site for you also so all our members and your friends there will know of your great accomplishment.

Bryan Hutchinson July 26, 2011 at 5:39 am

Thank you Barb and thank you for sharing the news. Actually, this is an accomplishment for all of us, not just me :)

Bryan

Loney Jacob July 26, 2011 at 6:12 am

Congratulations Bryan! This is indeed a very great achievement…Loney

Bryan Hutchinson July 26, 2011 at 7:13 am

Thank you, Loney!

Stacey July 26, 2011 at 8:47 am

Dear Bryan,

Congratulations! This is terrific!

a year ago my support group leader recommended your book. Your story helped us more than you will ever know. You have a way with writing that few authors in any genre are capable of, the ability to put your complete, honest, transparent emotions in your words. We all remarked at how thewriting made us feel! We have read about 8 books since reading yours. no one in the ADHD genre matches your ability to make us feel. Your books are a testament to your writing talent and overcoming your struggles. I want you to know that you are an extremely gifted and talented writer and that is why your books are doing so well, IMHO. The significance for the ADHD’er world is just a lucky byproduct for us :)

Bryan Hutchinson July 26, 2011 at 10:17 am

Thank you Stacy, very nice :) I am glad my book was of benefit to you and your support group. Yes, somehow when I write I do tend to get lost in my very own form of hyper-focus where somehow my emotions make it to what I am writing. It’s very interesting to me that you mention this because I’ve never considered myself that great of a writer, but the comment that has come up most from readers is how I made them feel, which has become one of the most profound complements I can get. Thanks again, you made my day!

Bryan

Catherine Trammell July 27, 2011 at 12:43 am

I just ordered your book “One Boy’s Struggle: A Memoir: Surviving Life with Undiagnosed ADD.” and I can’t wait to read it.

Bryan Hutchinson July 27, 2011 at 5:34 am

Great Catherine, I know you will enjoy it. Let me know after you read it. Thank you!

Bryan

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie July 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

HOO-RAY for BRYAN!! (Joan too!) How cool is THIS?! Congratulations. I realize well the work required to reach this milestone and I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!

xx, mgh (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie - blogging at ADDerWorld and ADDandSoMuchMore - dot com!)

Marr September 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Hi Bryan! Congratulation on your books success! I just finished reading it a second time. Thank you for your honestly and very readable book for anyone who has this challenge. Thank you for sharing your story and helping many of us to not feel so alone in our own experience. ~ Marr

doug puryear July 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm

great work, bryan!!

Bryan Hutchinson July 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Thanks, Doug!

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