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Failing at Normal: An ADHD Success Story | Jessica McCabe | TEDxBratislava


Adult ADHD: Mayo Clinic Radio

Dr. Robert Wilfahrt, a family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic, discusses ADHD in adults. Dr. Wilfahrt is also a content editor and board member for the Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

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ADHD As A Difference In Cognition, Not A Disorder: Stephen Tonti at TEDxCMU

Stephen is a Senior Directing major at Carnegie Mellon. He is also the current President of Carnegie Mellon's Film Club. He recently completed his Thesis Project within the School of Drama: a production of Mac Wellman's A Murder of Crows. He is currently working on creating a collective of Film Enthusiasts across Carnegie's Campus as well as other colleges and universities around Pittsburgh. You can find out more about Stephen and his talk on his website: or follow his blog Caffeine, Nicotine, and ADHD: a guide to maintaining sanity.

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Updates on ADHD Diagnosis & Management

Dr. Barbara Felt from the division of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at University of Michigan C.S. Children's Hospital shares updates on diagnosis and management of ADHD in children and teens.

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Am I a Failure?

It's hard to build a successful career when your ADHD symptoms keep getting in the way and you've always felt like a failure.

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How to deal with ADHD setbacks:

ADHD and failures:

Letting go of outcome (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love):

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I Seek Failure: Adam Kreek at TEDxVictoria 2013

CHILDREN ADHD Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often continues into adulthood. ADHD includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.
Children with ADHD also may struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance in school. Symptoms sometimes lessen with age. However, some people never completely outgrow their ADHD symptoms. But they can learn strategies to be successful.
While treatment won't cure ADHD, it can help a great deal with symptoms. Treatment typically involves medications and behavioral interventions. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference in outcome.

The primary features of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder include inattention and hyperactive-impulsive behavior. ADHD symptoms start before age 12, and in some children, they're noticeable as early as 3 years of age. ADHD symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe, and they may continue into adulthood.

ADHD occurs more often in males than in females, and behaviors can be different in boys and girls. For example, boys may be more hyperactive and girls may tend to be quietly inattentive.

There are three subtypes of ADHD:
• Predominantly inattentive. The majority of symptoms fall under inattention.
• Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive. The majority of symptoms are hyperactive and impulsive.
• Combined. The most common type in the U.S., this is a mix of inattentive symptoms and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.

A child who shows a pattern of inattention may often:
• Fail to pay close attention to details or make careless mistakes in schoolwork
• Have trouble staying focused in tasks or play
• Appear not to listen, even when spoken to directly
• Have difficulty following through on instructions and fail to finish schoolwork or chores
• Have trouble organizing tasks and activities
• Avoid or dislike tasks that require focused mental effort, such as homework
• Lose items needed for tasks or activities, for example, toys, school assignments, pencils
• Be easily distracted
• Forget to do some daily activities, such as forgetting to do chores

Hyperactivity and impulsivity
A child who shows a pattern of hyperactive and impulsive symptoms may often:

• Fidget with or tap his or her hands or feet, or squirm in the seat
• Have difficulty staying seated in the classroom or in other situations
• Be on the go, in constant motion
• Run around or climb in situations when it's not appropriate
• Have trouble playing or doing an activity quietly
• Talk too much
• Blurt out answers, interrupting the questioner
• Have difficulty waiting for his or her turn
• Interrupt or intrude on others' conversations, games or activities

Additional issues
In addition, a child with ADHD has:

• Symptoms for at least six months
• Several symptoms that negatively affect school, home life or relationships in more than one setting, such as at home and at school
• Behaviors that aren't normal for children the same age who don't have ADHD
Normal behavior vs. ADHD
Most healthy children are inattentive, hyperactive or impulsive at one time or another. It's normal for preschoolers to have short attention spans and be unable to stick with one activity for long. Even in older children and teenagers, attention span often depends on the level of interest.
The same is true of hyperactivity. Young children are naturally energetic — they often are still full of energy long after they've worn their parents out. In addition, some children just naturally have a higher activity level than others do. Children should never be classified as having ADHD just because they're different from their friends or siblings.
Children who have problems in school but get along well at home or with friends are likely struggling with something other than ADHD. The same is true of children who are hyperactive or inattentive at home, but whose schoolwork and friendships remain unaffected.

While the exact cause of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is not clear, research efforts continue. Factors that may be involved in the development of ADHD include:

• Genetics. ADHD can run in families, and studies indicate that genes may play a role.
• Environment. Certain environmental factors, such as lead exposure, may increase risk.
• Development. Problems with the central nervous system at key moments in development may play a role.

How to (Explain) ADHD

What IS ADHD, anyway? And how do you EXPLAIN it to people? We teamed up with the ADHD tribe to bring you simple explanations of the most common ADHD challenges, with metaphors submitted by the community and animated by Edward! Enjoy!

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Through Your Child’s Eyes:

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Racer Brain, Bicycle Brakes (video):
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Executive function:
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Trouble with Self Regulation:
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Child vs. Adult ADHD:
ADHD treatment:
Why Stimulants Help ADHD (video):
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Working memory in adults:
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Safety and Effectiveness of ADHD medications:
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Barkley, B. A. (2015) Emotion Dysregulation is a Core Component of ADHD. In R. A. Barkley (Eds.), Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: A handbook for diagnosis and treatment (4th ed.). New York, NY, US: Guilford Press.

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Listen Back: Jessica McCabe Tells Us How to ADHD

ADHD superstar Jessica McCabe joined Dr. Hallowell on Distraction for the first time nearly a year ago! Listen back to her inaugural appearance on the podcast in July 2017 where she spoke with Ned about having ADHD and the unique struggles millennials with ADHD face in our crazy-busy 24/7 world. 

Learn more about Jessica on her website How to ADHD.

Getting Stuff Done | ADHD Podcast with Jessica McCabe of How to ADHD

On this ADHD Podcast episode Tara McGillicuddy talks to Jessica McCabe of HowtoADHD about getting stuff done with ADHD. Jessica offers some practical tips to help people with ADHD increase their productivity.

This interview originally aired at the ADHD Awareness Expo.

Jessica McCabe is the creator and host of “How to ADHD,” a YouTube series committed to educating and supporting ADHD brains around the world. Her outreach and her message have been featured by Upworthy, ADDitude Magazine,, and in her recent TEDx talk. She posts new episodes for her subscribers every week at

ADHD Support Talk Radio is an award winning Podcast for Adults with ADD / ADHD. Co-hosts Tara McGillicuddy and Lynne Edris are joined by Adult ADHD experts and they cover important topics related to Adult ADD / ADHD. Podcast guests include Dr. Edward Hallowell, Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, Dr. Ari Tuckman, Laurie Dupar, Terry Matlen and many more.

Tara McGillicuddy is the Producer, Owner and Co-host of the ADHD Support Talk Radio Podcast. You may contact Tara with general questions or feedback about the podcast,

Lynne Edris is the Co-host of the ADHD Support Talk Radio Podcast. You may contact Lynne with feedback about her episodes or if you are interested in having her interview you as a guest.

Be sure to check out the How to ADHD Channel here o Youtube. Jessica McCable has some great ADHD videos on her How to ADHD Channel.

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S2 Ep8: Jessica McCabe Tells Us How To ADHD

Jessica McCabe knows what it's like to struggle with ADHD. Diagnosed as a teen, she now helps others understand their ADHD brains through her wildly popular YouTube channel, How to ADHD. Jessica spoke with Ned about the unique struggles millennials with ADHD face in our crazy-busy 24/7 world. 

Jessica's YouTube channel: How to ADHD


Does my Child Have ADHD?

The rising rate of ADHD has many parents wondering if the diagnosis is too subjective.

I think there would probably be some chemical imbalance or something they would need to do further testing - other than making that decision or diagnosis just by looking at the child, says dad Kris Willing.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a clinical diagnosis based on a collection of symptoms rather than a single test. That opens it up to interpretation. If you wonder whether your child has ADHD, work with a doctor who follows nationally recognized standards set forth by governing pediatric and psychiatric groups.

A lot of people think they can just spot a child and say 'oh that child is hyper active'. Meaning that sure it's an active child, it engages in a lot of gross motor behavior, but that doesn't mean that child has a disorder, says Dr. Elena Reyes, clinical psychologist with Lee Memorial Health System.

A key point in making an ADHD diagnosis is that symptoms must be present in more than one setting. Which is why the evaluation includes observations from parents, caregivers and teachers.

When we actually do an evaluation for ADHD we really try to do a thorough evaluation. So what you're doing is not only observing the child, you're getting information from the parents but you're also getting information from the teacher. Because one of the things we know the demand characteristics in the classroom are very different than for example the dinner table or watching TV, says Reyes.

A psychologist, pediatrician or neurologist will rate a child's behavior compared to peers. Symptoms to look out for are: constant motion, fidgeting, distractedness and inability to finish tasks. Evaluations should wait until age seven. And remember, ADHD isn't a blanket for every bothersome behavior.

It may just be a cause of today's technology- with kids being in front of iPad's and iPhones, tablets, whatever, says Willing.

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Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we've been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries.


My 10 Favorite Things About Having ADHD

There are many strengths that go along with our ADHD symptoms. Which strengths you have and express will depend on a lot of factors, and it's not the same for everybody, but here are my 10 favorite things about having ADHD that have been true for me, I've found in my research and I see in many other ADHDers too.

Also -- to be clear I am NOT saying ADHD is not a challenge or a legitimate disorder. I am not saying we shouldn't get treatment. I am on Vyvanse myself and a big believer in multimodal treatment so that we can overcome those challenges and enjoy our strengths.

How to Know if You Have ADHD

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ADHD: The Entrepreneur’s Superpower

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Is the ADHD brain more creative?

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ADHD and Relationships: Let's Be Honest

This week, I address one of the biggest problems in ADHD relationships that no one seems to talk about.

Disclaimer: to be clear, when I talk about the things we do to preserve the dopamine high, I am NOT saying everyone with ADHD does any or all of these. This part of the video is based heavily on my personal experience. Although those of us with ADHD are certainly more prone to boredom and risk-taking behavior, having ADHD is not an indicator of whether or not a person will cheat.

Read more about dopamine!

Four things ADHD brains can focus on taken from:
Puryear, Douglas A. Your Life Can Be Better, Using Strategies for Adult ADD/ADHD. Mill City Press, Inc. 2012.

Ask me questions or suggest a topic!

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How to ADHD with Special Guest Dr. Hallowell!!!!

This week, How to ADHD presents an incredible special guest -- Dr. Ned Hallowell!

Dr. Hallowell is a very busy man -- not only a leading ADHD expert, but a New York Times bestselling author who's written 20 books, many of them on ADHD.

But thanks to the generous support from our Patreon Brains, we were able to have someone film him in his New York office while chatted over Skype about living with ADHD, how to deal with the sensitivity to rejection that often comes with it, and the importance of connection.

You all ROCK.


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How to Homework: Top 10 Tips for ADHD Success

Hello Brains! Since it’s been awhile since I’ve had to do homework myself (aaaand I was never all that great about doing it to begin with!) I partnered with Nobel Coaching to make our very first sponsored video — with all the VidCon excitement happening, this video would not have been possible without their help!

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To the Teachers of ADHD Students (How Can I Help?)

Hello Teachers of Brains!

I know you’re out there in the classroom every day, overwhelmed with the number of students/lesson plans/IEPs/504 plans/etc. etc. etc. you have to worry about -- I’m not here to add to your plate, I’d like to make it easier. Your ADHD students need you, whether or not they’ve been diagnosed -- let me know how I can help. Happy back to school!

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How to Avoid the ADHD Tax: Holiday Edition

What is the ADHD tax? Find out here!
For more about not absolutely destroying your budget, check out

Thanks to Rick Webster for helping out with these tips!

How to Avoid the ADHD Tax: Holiday Edition

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This is What It's Really Like to Have ADHD

My recent TED Talk got picked up on Facebook and renamed This is is what it's really like to have ADHD, but that was just my story. ADHD isn't just one story – it's the stories of thousands of people around the world. It's the stories of children, of college students, of adult adhd. It's more than their symptoms: it's the story of their struggles and their successes.

These are some of those stories.

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ADHD: finding what works for me

James Phillips was diagnosed with ADHD in the fourth grade. His diagnosis lead him on a journey of many ups and downs, from medication to moderation, from becoming the model student to losing his sense of self. For many students, finding the right way to manage your ADHD is a journey, and in this Talk, James discusses managing his diagnosis in the way that works best for him.

This Talk was given at TED-Ed Weekend in New York City. To learn more, go to

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What “Into the Woods” Taught Me About Change

Hello Brains! This is a vlog style video, I wanted to get a bit more intimate than usual and talk about how I'm doing personally as well as share some things I learned from Into the Woods about how to deal with change, loss, and the grief that comes with it. It was really helpful for me, hope it helps you too. ♥️

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When something big changes, there’s this desire to figure out why it happened and whose fault it is, and retracing your steps and their steps and placing blame but the truth is it’s never one person’s fault, it’s always a joint effort

and the fact is no matter how you ended up here, you’re here --

and suddenly the way isn’t clear, the light isn’t good, and none of the paths look familiar.

Suddenly the story you’re in doesn’t make sense.

The narrator is gone.

And you find yourself lost in the woods with no way back to the life you knew.

When this happens, you might be angry — at other people, at yourself, at the woods —

you might try to bargain with them, you might try to pretend everything’s fine and nothing has changed,

you might want to give up and leave the woods entirely.

You might feel like you’re not cut out to handle any of this and have no idea how you’re going to make it through.

That’s grief.

And that’s what I’ve been dealing with.

Accepting that my life isn’t the same anymore has been really challenging for me.

Letting go of what I had, what I would have had.

Starting over when I thought I’d never have to again. Even though I chose to leave, I didn’t choose the reasons I felt I had to.

And dealing with this grief has brought up a lot of past grief, a lot of loss,

my grandparents, my dad, important people that have guided me in the past and aren’t around to anymore.

Sometimes my grief feels like it might be slipping into depression, because I feel useless and there’s a part of me that doesn’t care, that doesn’t see how getting through the woods even matters, because I’ve lost the thread of why I’m even here, what my place is in this story.

A few takeaways that I really love from Into the Woods though were this —

1. No one is alone, and even those who aren’t around anymore can still guide us

2. Even when things don’t go the way we want, we learn things, we gain resources. We’re never really starting over.

3. And when we have no idea where to start and we’re daunted by it all to the point that we’re ready to give up, we can start with the small actions we can take.

The father left alone to raise a child could start with “calm the child.”

I can start with “talk about grief.”

It’s going to take me time to make sense of my life again.

And after the emotional earthquake I’ve gone through I can’t move through the woods as quickly as I’m used to, which is really frustrating.

But there are actions I can take.

It isn’t hopeless.

I can’t have the life I knew, but I can build a new one.

It won’t be the same, but it doesn’t have to be the same to be good.

And while the woods aren’t as friendly a place for me as they used to be, I don’t have to face them alone.

None of us do.

Thank you, Brains.

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ADHD in Girls: How to Recognize the Symptoms

In this video I highlight the different ways ADHD symptoms tend to express themselves in girls. For a better sense of ADHD in general check out How to Know if You Have ADHD:

To clarify: I am not suggesting that there is a girl or a boy form of ADHD. Either gender can have the hyperactivity component, and either gender can be primarily inattentive. In this video I talk about what is more common; however, it's important that we learn to recognize both forms in both genders.

ADHD in girls: What You Need to Know:
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