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"

Signs That I Had ADD / ADHD as a Child

Signs That I Had ADD / ADHD as a Child
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This is a very short excerpt from the bonus portion of my eBook 7 Crucial Tips for Parents and Teachers of Children with ADHD. If you’d like to get a copy, it is now available on Amazon Kindle. Watch out: Door! I was frequently distracted around doors. Or rather, I didn’t pay particular attention to doors, which had I paid attention to them it would have saved me a lot of physical pain. In the 1st grade bathroom I started talking to someone on my way out while my hand was still in the door frame. The door closed and I lost 4 fingernails! That was my first hospital trip thanks to undiagnosed ADD. Then when I was a little bit older I closed a car door on one of my fingers. Oh, the pain! That one did not result in a hospital trip, but the next door would. I had a thing for […]

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Who are you and what are you about? Here’s one way to find out

Who are you and what are you about? Here’s one way to find out
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Have you ever wondered why certain people are attracted to you or why certain people are not? The answer is very simple. It’s all about you, who you are and what you are about. And the good news is that you are within your own control. And if you happen to have ADHD, managing your ADHD may help. I bet you know what type of movies you like, what kind of food you like and what type of people you like to be around. Well, believe it or not, other people are the same way. Examine the type of people who befriend you (or who want to). They are coming to you for a reason. Those people are likely a reflection of you in some way and therefore they feel a compelling enough connection towards you. The question is, do you like the reflection? If you do, that’s great. If […]

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Hate Reading? – An ADHD Syndrome

Hate Reading? – An ADHD Syndrome
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This is a short excerpt of my forthcoming book 10 Things I Hate About ADHD – Laughing at Distraction. How many times have you started reading and somewhere along the way you realized your mind drifted off and you can’t remember the last sentence you read? How many times have you started reading and somewhere along the way you realized your mind drifted off and you can’t remember the last sentence you read? Losing track It’s so easy to lose track of what you’re reading when you have ADHD. What did the last page say again? Don’t you hate that? It is even worse if you have to start the book over from the very beginning again, and again, and again! Love and hate and well, lost Reading is one of the things I enjoy and love the most, but it is also one of the things I hate the […]

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ADHD Is What You Make Of It: Disorder, Deficit, Illness, Difference, Gift, or Life

ADHD Is What You Make Of It: Disorder, Deficit, Illness, Difference, Gift, or Life
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From Bryan: This is a guest post by Dr. Rory F. Stern. He is an author, speaker, and therapist who specializes in working with families and children affected by ADHD to make sure their children have a chance to experience success. Thetruthbehindadhd It’s a misunderstood condition. For a long time now I have said, “ADHD is the most misunderstood condition of all time.”  Everyone and anyone with an opinion thinks they understand ADHD.  From your doctor to the Hollywood writer to the man on the street, and everyone in between, opinions widely vary depending upon who you listen to. And yet one thing is certain, no one can agree on much of anything. Some people believe ADHD is a gift, while others ask for a receipt so they can return this gift.  Other believe ADHD is an illness, and that you or your child need to be fixed.  Yet we know […]

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Wrecked by Jeff Goins – An ADDer’s Book Review

Wrecked by Jeff Goins – An ADDer’s Book Review
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I rarely write reviews for books on ADDer World that are not related to ADD / ADHD in some way, and yet while reading Wrecked by Jeff Goins, I kept being reminded of my own personal experiences with both failure and success and what I have learned from both. The more I read it, the more I realize that Goins is stating something I’ve come to learn about life that is critically important. Too often we get wrecked and we allow the situation(s) to not only bring us down, but also keep us there. However, sometimes the only way up is to have fallen. To have been wrecked! How does Wrecked relate to ADHD? Quite simply, we get wrecked all of the time, almost daily, but as in my case I did not consider embracing my failures and using them for the lessons they taught me.  It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with ADHD, and finally understood the reason for my […]

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Vitamins and Minerals for ADHD: Do Supplements Boost Your Brain Power?

Vitamins and Minerals for ADHD: Do Supplements Boost Your Brain Power?
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From Bryan: This is a guest post by Caryn Talty, B.S.Ed., M.A.  Caryn Talty is the editor at Healthy Family, an organic living blog that has been online since 2007. She spends most of her days hanging out with her four wonderful kids. Vitamins and minerals are great for memory and concentration problems that come with ADHD. A lot of people don’t know about this, so I thought I would talk a little bit about vitamins and minerals for ADHD. If you are a parent I know what you are probably thinking about now. The last thing you want to do is give your ADHD kid vitamins that are going to give him or her excess energy. I hear you. More energy seems counterproductive for a kid who likes to hang from the ceiling fan and jump on the hoods of cars in his spare time. But hold on for just […]

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How to Use Rewards to Your Advantage If You Have ADHD

How to Use Rewards to Your Advantage If You Have ADHD
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If you have ADHD then you are probably familiar with the fact that incentives such as rewards help us focus and accomplish tasks. But have you considered using these incentives as an advantage? What excites you, what enthralls you and what motivates you? Take note of those things. They are important. Usually we reap rewards for accomplishing something, but the experience is too fleeting. We don’t take the time to bask in the reward and take note of it. Here are a few examples of what I mean… Is your desk covered with clutter? Have you ever cleaned it and put it in such an organized order that made you feel comfortable and proud of its appearance? If so, consider how that felt, really think about that a moment and take it in. Have you ever cleaned out your car, gave it a tune up and went on a joy ride […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers Jonathan Dwyer is a Positive Role Model with ADHD

Pittsburgh Steelers Jonathan Dwyer is a Positive Role Model with ADHD
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Last night I watched the Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Washington Redskins and it was an amazing game. The Steelers won! It was amazing because the Steelers were controlling the game with the running game, something they failed to do for most of the last 4 years. It was thanks in no small part to the young running back named, Jonathan Dwyer. Jonathan was getting his start due to injuries to other players. Dwyer so far has two games in a row with over 100 yards rushing. The Steelers haven’t had back to back 100 yard rushing games, again, in 4 years! Dwyer is a great running back, clearly, and the Steelers find themselves lucky to have him. He’s so good that he’s created a running backs controversy with the Steelers because he’s only filling in at the moment, but that looks as if that may change soon. This is all well and […]

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7 Strategies on How to Remember What You’ve Read. The ADHD Way.

7 Strategies on How to Remember What You’ve Read. The ADHD Way.
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Reading, Memory and ADHD As you well know reading is one thing, remembering what you’ve read is another. Dang it. I love reading. Truly, I do. But it’s often been a frustrating experience because I have ADHD. I read for minutes or for hours and then when finished I come to realize I don’t remember a thing. Nope. Nothing. Blank. Nada. I’m lucky to remember the book title. This was a pain in the booty back in my school days. It’s kind of weird, but I tend to remember things better two weeks later rather than after 2 hours. Go ahead, try and explain that to your teacher. However, the good news is that over the years of beating my head against books (paperbacks, because hardbacks hurt), I have come up with strategies that help me remember. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. So below are the top 7 that have been the most […]

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6 Life-Changing Reasons You Should Celebrate the Positives of Your ADD

6 Life-Changing Reasons You Should Celebrate the Positives of Your ADD
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From Bryan: This is a guest post by Andrea Nordstrom. Andrea is a mental health therapist and the author of the blog The Art of ADD. Be sure to check out her blog and get a copy of The ADD Artist’s Toolkit (free). Having ADD sucks. Did I just say that? Hmm, looks like I did. Not being able to breathe under water also sucks. Why are fish and a limited number of mammals the only sentient beings blessed with the ability to navigate life fully immersed in water? I would love to frolic under the sea for hours without coming up for oxygen. But I wasn’t born with gills, so I can’t. I also really hate the fact that I can’t fly. I could get to work a lot quicker if things like traffic and gravity wouldn’t get in my way. The view would be amazing and the commute a […]

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