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"

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Physically Punishing Children – Slap ’em?

Physically Punishing Children – Slap ’em?

Yesterday I was in a downtown Frankfurt shopping mall when I saw a small crying kid get slapped in the mouth by his mother in an effort to get him to stop crying. She hit him so hard and it was so sudden that Joan and I stared at each other as if we were in some kind of weird movie. Thankfully, this incident immediately got the attention of a nearby security guard too. Predictably, the kid started crying more and when it seemed as though the mother was ready to try again the security guard stepped up to her, they talked and she left the mall with her small child in a huff of indignation. It seems to me that there are parents out there who are confused as to how to get their children under reasonable control and instead lash out with physical punishment. If, like with this person I told […]

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Fear, Survival Skills and ADHD

Fear, Survival Skills and ADHD

Perhaps there was a time when certain fears protected us and even, yes, seemingly comforted us. We may never have realized the comfort of a certain fear and yet it is there because we are even more fearful of letting it go. Our fear can become our proverbial blanket of safety. When I was a kid growing up with undiagnosed ADD (ADHD inattentive) I had many fears that became like close, protective friends. These fears helped me stay alert for signs of trouble and by staying alert for signs of trouble I was better able to accomplish assignments, stay out of fights and make sure I was early for important things, such as, dinner. When punished, chastised, ridiculed and in general trouble often enough, we develop, quite naturally, survival skills which may (and usually do) involve FEAR. It is helpful at first, apparently life saving at times; however, the reality of such […]

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What About Susan Boyle? What is your hidden talent?

What About Susan Boyle? What is your hidden talent?

Is there anyone who has not watched the heartbreaking, heart inspiring and just brilliant Susan Boyle Video on youtube? OMG! Think about it, nearly 50, never been kissed and in a dress our grandmother’s, grandmother may have worn! Everything and I mean everything looked to be against her when she got on that stage! Nobody in the audience gave her a chance and even laughed at her, and, she stood there smiling and laughing with them. She knew something they didn’t… What about you? Do you have something within you that keeps you smiling, even though everyone else may be laughing? I think we all do. Here is the YOUTUBE video, if you have not seen it yet! Never give in, never give up! We have been talking about this on the ADDer World Social Network, you can join the conversation. ~Bryan

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To be Free of ADHD

To be Free of ADHD

Will inspiration set you free from ADHD? Will a motivational speech or a book set you free from ADHD? Will you ever be truly free of ADHD? What will set you free from ADHD? That’s not the point, really. To be free of ADHD is to stop trying to be free of it. Now that we’ve got that settled. What can you do with it? ~Bryan

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B-Calm audio sedation for the ADHD mind – a Review

B-Calm audio sedation for the ADHD mind – a Review

Having searched the world over, somewhat in vain, for external solutions to help me with ADHD,  I am not the type of person that jumps on any bandwagon which claims to assist or improve the ADHD mind. With that said: When I write I like to have music on in the background and sometimes I like to have the TV and even the radio on, all at the same time. You might think that would be distracting. Not for me. Having so much going on actually helps me calm down and focus. If I can get the right buzz of noise going, then I often zone into hyper-focus mode and I got to tell you, I love it when that happens. However, getting the right buzz going is usually a rarity! Recently, a newer member on ADDer World, our ADHD interactive social website, promoted his B-Calm audio sedation system on his […]

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Here’s a way people with ADHD are Remarkable

Here’s a way people with ADHD are Remarkable

Most people when told to do something, and then shown exactly how to do it, go ahead and perform/copy what they were shown as close to the example given them. Yes, that seems, and probably is, the right thing to do… right… Now, one of the things that is remarkable about folks with ADHD is that we usually do not copy or do anything exactly the way it was shown, or, described to us. What is so great and/or remarkable about that? Simple answer: Because nothing has ever been modified, improved and expanded upon by doing the exact same thing that has always been done. If you want to go to the next level or find another way of doing something, well, go out and find yourself an ADDer and show him, or her, what you want done. Mix well and come back in a day or two. The odds […]

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Thriving or just Surviving with ADHD – Sometimes the past gets in the way

Thriving or just Surviving with ADHD – Sometimes the past gets in the way

Some days, they pass so slowly and some days, they pass so fast. When we wake, nobody knows which type of day it will be. There can be no preconceived plans without adaptation. There can be no reality without visiting our dreamlands. There can be no pleasure without intense pain. Everything has its price and it seems to me our price is higher and higher and is too unbelievably excessive! We know we can – we know… there’s that place… right there – inside each and every one of us. You and me. That Special Feeling inside, inside our hearts, inside our minds, inside, yes, inside our very souls. When we reach it, but… oh, it’s just out of reach and so far away, and right… right there, just right there in front of us. You can see it, you can feel it and some days, on the good ones, you […]

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Gluten Free Girl by Shauna James Ahern

Gluten Free Girl by Shauna James Ahern

I came across a delightful book the other day called Gluten-Free Girl by Shauna James Ahern. As some of you already know, I am allergic to wheat. That’s no fun and keeping wheat out of my diet is a chore, but, worse still is that I am also Gluten sensitive. Once you start trying to eliminate Gluten from the diet it sure can seem like eating food is suddenly tragic! However, that’s not really the case. The truth is, once I started to eliminate Gluten, I start to eat so much healthier! Contrary to popular belief, eating healthy doesn’t taste half bad; actually, after a while I discovered REAL food tastes much better than the over processed crud I had been eating for so long. It’s really no wonder I had always been feeling so grumpy and lethargic at times, especially when waking the next morning after a late night […]

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Teaching Children about ADHD – A Book Review

Teaching Children about ADHD – A Book Review

Understanding My Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder By Kara T. Tamanini As most of my readers already know, I don’t believe in keeping ADHD a secret from children that have it. I think it’s actually quite important for their growth and mental health to understand what makes them different and why they behave the way they do. It was frustrating for me as a child to feel and act different and yet, think I should be the same as everyone else. Kara Tamanini has put together a very good poignant, encouraging story, with pleasing visual illustrations, about a young boy down on himself and confused as to why he acts differently. This story will be familiar to most of us with basic knowledge of ADHD, and will perhaps draw up childhood memories; however, this is for the younger children, still in the dark, and not yet capable of understanding clinical explanations. For the intended […]

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You have got to have something to believe in, even if you have ADHD!

You have got to have something to believe in, even if you have ADHD!

When I sit down to write an article or when I answer a question posed to me about ADHD, I pull from my experiences. And from my experiences, I would like to make one thing absolutely, positively clear: You have got to have something to believe in, even if you have ADHD! I have ADHD inside and out, from the right side of my brain to the left side and right down the middle! ADHD is not separate from who I am, it is not something which has divided a line down the middle of my brain and said this is my portion and this is where I stay. No, ADHD is part of everything I do, say and feel, act and contemplate. It is all encompassing. If I do something positive, ADHD is involved. If I do something negative, ADHD is involved. If I do something neutral, mysteriously enough, […]

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