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To be clear! My ADHD is as bad as it’s ever been. It has it’s gifts but for the most part it’s a huge pain in the ass.

Hey overly positive meme people, you can acknowledge both sides of the ADHD coin without sucking the positivity out of the conversation.

In fact, it’s an incredible disservice to do otherwise.

What if every time a child came to you asking for help you replied with, “Don’t sweat it. Your ADHD is a superpower and some day you’ll realize that.”

No! What she’ll realize is that her concerns are invisible to people who feel righteous in their denial under the guise of wanting to see disabilities in a positive light.

We aren’t asking to have sunshine blown up our assess. We’re asking to be seen as capable of more than a diagnosis suggests we are.

Now ADHD isn’t all bad, there are parts of it that are down right Amazing!

Yet the real challenges of it can weigh you down and take a lot of the joy out of life if you don’t act to mitigate their impact on your daily life.

The ability to be productive and accomplish what you want is the result of a growth mindset and relentless pursuit of strategies to help you work around your areas of challenge.

Not everyone will do the work though. Not everyone will experience what they’re truly capable of either.

Can you be a little mentally ill?

Listen to this post … Think of it this way.Say you gently poke your skin with a needle. You feel a slight pain. One that isn’t going to let up as long as the needle is there. But you could keep going if you had to. Though it would be hard.The needle is mental illness.Now

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There’s no such thing as a stupid question

Listen to this post … There is no such thing as a stupid question when you live with neurodiversity. I read an email from my son’s school this morning about registering him for classes for the next term. It listed the instructions on how to do it, but guess what happened? I began reading it

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You can be sick and happy

Listen to this post … I work with many chronically ill teens.I make clear to them they can feel sick and happy.I have yet to experience anything that keeps you aware of the interplay of life’s opposites like chronic illness does.Working to find that sweet spot between pain and comfort, exhausted and rested.It’s often hard

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Thank goodness for second chances

You’ll have your share of naysayers when you’re neurodivergent. When I first enrolled in the Social Work Program, I had a professor who didn’t like me. She went out of her way to try and get me to drop out of the program. It was the early 1990’s and about a decade before I’d learn

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When Facebook wants you to friend a childhood bully

Facebook just recommend I friend someone who literally used to torment me when we were kids. We have FB friends in common it seems. I felt anger at first as I looked at his face. I tried to see evidence of that kid I resented so much. I couldn’t see him. I didn’t know the

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Self-care is about more than getting enough rest

Listen to this post … Self-care isn’t simply about taking care of the parts of you that take care of everyone else. It’s about so much more.  It’s about taking care of the “self”, who you are, what fills you up and makes you feel most alive.  I focus on the self-care that strengthens the

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