Hello, I am Bryan Hutchinson, I have ADD ADHD.
I am the founder of the ADD / ADHD social network ADDer World and my personal blog of the same name. Why the same name? If I had two names to remember I would forget at least one of them! The ADD / ADHD Support Social Network Community offers phenomenal peer support. Peer support is an important aspect of coping with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, when I created our social network there were no other places like it on the web, we have grown to over 4000 members. We share our experiences, our thoughts and the ways we cope. Just having a group of people to talk to about our daily struggles AND triumphs is so important. Feel free to join us by clicking here, you are not alone.
Some of the most notable, leaders in the ADHD world are members of our social network, such as: Dr. Charles Parker, Nancy Ratey, Kate Kelly, Dr. Lara Honos-Webb, Melissa Orlov, Keath Low, Terry Matlen, Rory Stern – just to name a few and so many others, but the list is much too long for this page. Go to the review page to see what Dr. Hallowell and others have to say about my books, this blog and our social network.
Hit on the head
When I was about six years old or so I was almost hit on the head by a falling pipe. I watched it plummet to the ground within only a hair’s breadth of missing me. The problem came when it bounced back up. I did not get out of the way, but instead stared at it with bewildered fascination (so shiny!) as it came back down again and hit me hard enough to cause a gusher and give me visions of bright, moving stars. I was rushed to the hospital with a towel wrapped around my head. The bells, oh the bells, how they rang! I survived, but only barely!
So the question is: Did the hit on the head by that pipe cause ADHD by jostling my brain in some sort of way, or was the hit on the head caused by ADHD because I had been distracted by the pipe’s gleaming surface enough to let it hit me? Which came first; the chicken or the egg?
The answer: ADHD came first. ADHD is a neurological condition that I was born with. If I did not have ADHD I would have moved out of the way like a ‘normal’ kid when the pipe came falling back down, but instead my eyes were so transfixed on its shininess that I did not, would not, could not, even for a second consider moving!
Diagnosed with ADHD
I was first diagnosed when I was 37 years old. It was then that the floodgates of understanding and awareness finally opened up for me! However, it did not take me that long to figure out that I wasn’t like normal folk. I knew it the entire time, I just tried my best to pretend I was like everyone else (don’t most of us?), but I never felt that I was “normal”.
Why I do what I do
Due to my struggles and experiences, I have a deep interest in helping others find help for issues which could be related to ADHD. Having lived most of my life with undiagnosed ADD I know firsthand how problematic and hard it can be to have extreme difficulties and not know why, much less how to overcome them or in many cases, just live with them. One Boy’s Struggle: A Memoir tells of my struggles and why diagnosis was helpful and liberating, what’s more is I describe what could have helped and what has helped, through it all, what I have learned.
However, I did not stop after writing my book, although it is helping tens of thousands of people understand life with ADHD, I wanted to do more and that’s why I created the blog you are now reading. I regularly publish articles concerning life with ADHD, including the new studies and latest news that may effect us. Consider joining our social network for updates, or subscribing (located on right side) to this blog. As I mentioned, you are not alone, you will be joining thousands of other people who have found the information helpful.
I believe the ways I have found to overcome can help others, like you or someone you know. I truly believe ADDers are wonderful and creative people with fantastic attributes and it’s about time we stand up and use the positives to bring us ever forward to be happy and successful. If you feel the same way, or at least, want to feel the same way, then I think you will find great benefit in reading and joining us. I view it this way: We have ADHD and there is no cure, we might as well find the best ways for each of us to live with it.
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