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Stop Using ADHD as an Adjective

Stop Using ADHD as an Adjective

I’m going to start my first post off on my soapbox regarding a pet peeve of mine: mental illnesses or conditions like attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attention deficit disorder (ADD) being used as adjectives to describe behaviors, personalities, or people. You know, things traditionally identified as nouns. This post is not the first someone has written about this – let’s call it a habit — and it won’t be the last. It merits repeating, though.

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Is Adult ADHD a “Mental Illness?”

Is Adult ADHD a “Mental Illness?”

I went to the worst doctor all time a few months ago because I was running out of my medication for my adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and couldn’t see my regular doctor up in Baltimore. When I was brought to his office by his admin, he didn’t get up from his chair to greet me and he was on his cell phone. Once off his cell phone, he said his name (forgetting to mention how lovely it was to meet me) and then had me tell him why I was there. At one point, he asked me: “Does your wife buy into your mental illness?”

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Adult ADHD and How We Look to Others

Adult ADHD and How We Look to Others

I’ve got my computer tuned to one of those fun websites that let’s you watch a ton of television and I’m watching season four of Top Chef. There is one person on this season that has got me wondering how we, those of us with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),  look to others. I have zero idea whether he has adult ADHD, but it sure does seem like it. What do I mean by that?

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Adult ADHD and “Living in the Gray”

Adult ADHD and “Living in the Gray”

I’ve been doing some soul-searching this weekend. Not so much about my Adult ADHD, but it definitely involves how to best “live in the gray.” I turned 30 last month and this month started my first physical therapy internship. I’m trying to figure out the professional I want to be and how open about my life that allows me to be.

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