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"

Exclusive Interview: Dr. Edward Hallowell on ADHD & Positive Thinking

Exclusive Interview: Dr. Edward Hallowell on ADHD & Positive Thinking
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Hello and welcome to my redesigned blog. I hope you like the new design! The new design is so fresh that there are still some bugs being worked out, if you notice any, please let me know. Special thanks to Jorge over at Thesisorange.com for the design! For the relaunch of my blog I asked Dr. Edward Hallowell if he would answer a few (well, more than a few) questions in an exclusive interview. I am honored to provide you with his answers. Did you know he has a new book coming out or what he was asked would fall off when taking Ritalin? You’re about to discover those answers in a moment! I am not sure that there is anyone in the ADD / ADHD community who is not familiar with who Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell is. But just in case: He is one of the world’s foremost experts on ADHD. The Co-author of Driven to [...]

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Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adults with ADHD Work and is it Better than Medication?

Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adults with ADHD Work and is it Better than Medication?
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Controlled trial results with the potential answer in this post. . One of the things I have come to enjoy from blogging is reporting some of the latest studies about ADHD. It’s a lot of fun and sometimes we talk about things like Coffee isn’t so bad and how to make popcorn in a paper bag, but then there are other things we find out that we weren’t really sure about and CBT is one of those things. Does it work? In my opinion and experience: YES. But don’t take my word for it alone, I’ll give you the results of the trial in a moment. . In my first book One Boy’s Struggle I wrote about my experiences with therapy and I gave an overview in my free eBook 7 Crucial Tips for Parents and Teachers of Children with ADHD. In short, my experiences have been profound and exceedingly successful. If you have any idea of how [...]

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Here are ADHD Studies and Reports To Be Concerned About

Here are ADHD Studies and Reports To Be Concerned About
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Have you been keeping up with all of the recent studies and reports concerning ADD / ADHD? . What – you haven’t? Is it because you do not have an easy way to keep track of them? If so, I have good news for you. I have an ADHD radar. It alerts me to special news about ADHD. Do you want one? You’ll have to sign a special waiver, of course. After the waiver there will be tests. If you pass those tests there will be more tests after that, but I am not that kind of guy. I cheat. . For you (only you), I have a special deal = The secret to how I cheat: Go to Google News. Once you get there type ADHD in the search field, then click the search button. After you’ve done that you will see a list of the latest news about ADHD. [...]

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What We Eat Can Make a BIG Difference to our (Mental) Health!

What We Eat Can Make a BIG Difference to our (Mental) Health!
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 Oh my. Oh my. This is one of those articles that you just don’t want to write. No one in their right mind wants to think about diet, much less change it. I don’t. But I will because it is important (“think about it” that is). Very important. The kind of importance that resonates with everyone, sort of like when Tiger Woods hits a hole in one, or better yet, when he runs over a fire hydrant. Now. That. Is. Important. (Not really, but it is more entertaining than dieting. You gotta give him that.) . Dieting sucks. Let’s face it and not disguise it. People with ADHD have a hard enough time remembering where they put their shoes (I did finally find mine), much less remembering what foods to eat. We tend to love fast food, microwaves and we love prepackaged sandwiches for Pete’s sake. Personally, I am a hot dog lover, [...]

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Several Studies Say Drinking COFFEE May Be GOOD, even GREAT!

Several Studies Say Drinking COFFEE May Be GOOD, even GREAT!
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In a recent study of tens of thousands of people over many years, it was found that coffee drinkers (I raise my hand with pride) have no more heart attacks or strokes than those who do not drink coffee! But, here’s the catch, coffee drinkers actually appear to have lower risk. (Get out of town! That’s my kind of catch.) It’s true. The study says so. For me that’s good enough. (I sip my cup of Joe in satisfaction.) . I love coffee. I do. I sip it. I caress it. And. Let me be a little more open than usual (you can look away), I sometimes talk softly to it. Yes. Coffee may provide the best stimulation I have ever experienced from something in a cup. I’m blushing. I don’t care. I have no shame. Not for something I love. . Guess what, though, according to WebMD, coffee may [...]

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Here’s a GREAT SNACK for People with ADHD!

Here’s a GREAT SNACK for People with ADHD!
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I think one of the biggest problems for people with ADHD is that most of us are fast food eaters or we eat lots of snacks and not so many REAL meals. I am guilty. I admit it. . Rest easy, I am NOT going to tell you to stop eating fast food or stop snacking. No. I won’t do that. I’m not that kind of guy and I really should not give advice I am not going to follow myself. Stop snacking? As if! . Instead, I am going to tell you about a snack I love: POPCORN! A Recent study showed that it is actually a pretty healthy snack and that’s exactly what I needed. Scientists reported that popcorn may have more healthful antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. It’s also filling, which is important because IF I do not feel full I will continue to snack. I love snacking, [...]

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Every Day is an Opportunity for Thoughtfulness, Even If You Have ADHD!

Every Day is an Opportunity for Thoughtfulness, Even If You Have ADHD!
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Too often I read about someone who hasn’t lived up to their own expectations, much less the expectations of others and hence feels horrible about themselves. That’s normal and natural to feel that way, but there’s a way to change it, even for those of us with ADHD. Allow me to share a simple, nearly effortless way. Every Day! There is an opportunity for thoughtfulness: Take a moment, only a mere moment, to look over, text, call or leave a note for your spouse or partner with just a few simple words “I love you.” In retail stores it is the cashier’s job to say thank you and have a nice day and I bet most really mean it. Consider taking only a moment of thoughtfulness and return the salutation. He’s human too. And you might just make his day. Maybe you will be at the beach today (if so, lucky you!) take a [...]

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You Are Good Enough!

You Are Good Enough!

You are. A little louder. A little clearer. Good enough. A step further. The truth of truths. You are more than good enough. Indeed. Yes. You are. Believe me. I know. I’ve been there. I’ve been in the doubt. I’ve felt the fear. Yes. That fear. I know what it is like to make a mistake. And then. Yes. And then. To make that mistake again. But even in the darkness, even in the despair, I have found something. Something important, something vital, something that is of a value that can never be taken away. I found The Voice. Strong. Vibrant. Confident. Where are you? You. My friend. Where are you? Yes. YOU. The only place you are. The place you have not yet looked. Yes. That place. That place inside of you. That place that beckons. That place that constantly whispers. You need only Listen. Listen closely. Can you hear it? It [...]

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Are Kids Being Diagnosed With ADHD Too Early? What is Not being said…

Are Kids Being Diagnosed With ADHD Too Early? What is Not being said…

The answer is yes according to a recent study. In short the study determined that if kids in the same class are separated by their age the youngest are most likely to be diagnosed with ADHD and treated with medications to improve their behavior. . I’ve always said that today’s need for perfect compliance and behavior are stunting the growth of our youth, whether they are diagnosed with ADHD or not. Kids are simply not allowed to be ‘kids’ to play around, goof off, climb trees and get in the trouble kids get into. Scraped knees and falling out of trees isn’t normal anymore (Okay, that was never normal per se, but it was fun!). Passing notes? Whispering? Squirming? Those weren’t allowed when I was a kid either, but how far are we going to go until everyone is properly medicated into conformity? I sometimes wonder how kids today learn [...]

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Pretty ADHD Gremlin Named Somethingelse?

Pretty ADHD Gremlin Named Somethingelse?

This post is about Somethingelse. The Gremlin. You may know her (or him). . I modify everything. . I write something. Finish it. Send it. Then I modify it. . I create a book cover. Love it. Save it. Send it. I come back a day later. I modify it (again). . Why do I do that? It’s ADHD, I tell you. I am convinced that the ADHD gremlin Somethingelse has made it impossible for me to completely, entirely and unreservedly be done with anything. She’s so insistent and particularly distracting. She’s pretty, too. Very. For some, she’s actually a “He”. And he’s handsome. He’s got all the right moves. He wears Ray Bans, too. . Do you constantly modify things? Is there ever an ending in sight? . I mean a real ending, with a period. . Or is there always Somethingelse? … {The End. Maybe.} . (By the [...]

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