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


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

Jessica McCabe tell us the story of her life. Once a gifted child with bright future, who later lives a life of a constant failures, because one thing - her ADHD diagnosis. Until one thing changed everything and she realized, that she is not alone. Her Youtube channel HowtoADHD is dedicated to help not only people with ADHD, but also their parents, partners a teachers and to remind them, that they are not alone.
Jessica McCabe nám rozpráva príbeh svojho života. Kedysi nadané dieťa so žiarivou budúcnosťou, ktoré neskôr žije život plný neustálych neúspechov, len kvôli jednej veci - jej ADHD diagnóze. Až do momentu kedy sa všetko zmení a ona si uvedomí, že v tom nie je sama. Jej YouTube kanál HowtoADHD je venovaný pomoci a usmerňovaniu nielen ľudí s ADHD ale takisto aj ich rodičom, partnerom a učiteľom a takisto aj odkazu, že v tom nie sú nikdy samí. Jessica is the author of popular YouTube series How to ADHD focused on educating and supporting ADHD brains around the world. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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.

ADHD sucks, but not really | Salif Mahamane | TEDxUSU

In current society, people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) tend to struggle if not suffer. Despite this, rather than a disorder, ADHD should be thought of as a particular neuro-cognitive profile; that is, a characteristic brain format that results in a different way of literally thinking. With so many people diagnosed with ADHD – and so many more undiagnosed — we must ask, where does ADHD come from and is it truly a problem in and of itself?

Salif shares a current hypothesis about ADHD’s root and an alternative perspective – including several benefits of the condition – regarding how we engage with it in our schools, homes and selves.

Eisenberg, D. T. A., Campbell, B., Gray, P. B., & Sorenson, M. D. (2008). Dopmaine receptor genetic polymorphisms and body composition in undernourished pastoralists: An exploration of nutrition indices among nomadic and recently settled Ariaal men of northern Kenya. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 8, 173-184.

Salif is currently a doctoral student in the Experimental and Applied Psychological Program at USU. On a day-to-day basis he manages Dr. Kerry Jordan’s Multisensory Cognition Lab. His research investigates cognitive and neurophysiological outcomes of exposure to, and immersion in, natural environments. Salif loves long walks in the mountains, hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, and planning his future homestead. Most of all, he loves having no idea whatsoever as to how to parent his two-year-old son, but trying anyway.

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The Trouble with Normal: My ADHD the Zebra | Emily Anhalt | TEDxSyracuseUniversity

Brilliance is absent without the presence of darkness, no matter where you are or what you do, strive to be great in spite of your circumstances.

As you listen to Emily’s talk, reflect on what you believe it takes to be successful - What are the things that give you strength? What are the things that hold you back?

Emily completed her doctoral dissertation on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Success Without the Use of Medication, spending two years interviewing, transcribing, coding, analyzing, and writing about the ways in which certain people feel their ADHD has contributed to their occupational and financial success. Her current life crusade is about making psychotherapy more accessible and less stigmatized in our society.

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Is a diagnosis of ADHD in adulthood common?

ADHD diagnosis in adulthood is more common than you think. Leading London-based psychiatrist Dr Leon Rozewicz explains how people are diagnosed with ADHD and what treatment options are available.

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Am I a Failure?

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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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Jessica McCabe and Rick Green Get Real About ADHD

Hello Brains! Appaaaarantly some of you wanted Rick Green and I to *actually* answer questions. So here ya go, enjoy us sharing (and over-sharing!)

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Cultivating Compassion for the ADHD Child | Dr. Francine Conway | TEDxAdelphiUniversity

Cultivating Compassion for the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Child: Shifting Our Stance from Moral Indictment to Empathy

rancine Conway, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, Professor and Chair of Psychology in the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. She has written articles and books on ADHD treatment and supervised undergraduate and doctoral students in conducting research on ADHD. Working with colleagues, Dr. Conway was instrumental in establishing the Derner Hempstead Child Clinic—a satellite clinic in Hempstead that provides psychotherapy services for underserved minority children who experience tremendous difficulty in their families and schools. She currently serves as the clinical director for the clinic and also supervises beginning therapists in an empathic treatment of children.

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Making ADHD your Superpower | George Cicci | TEDxWVU

After George Cicci was diagnosed with ADHD late in life, he set out to change the misconceptions surrounding individuals diagnosed with this disorder. In this TEDx talk, he argues that others diagnosed with ADHD should utilize their “superpower” as an advantageous characteristic at work and in everyday life. George Cicci took his late-in-life ADHD diagnosis as both an answer to his questions about his personal behavior and difficulties, and as an opportunity to hit the restart button on his life and make up for lost time. Since his diagnosis thirteen years ago, he has become obsessed with learning to hack “The Superpower” as he calls it and teaches others to do the same. He is currently exercising this superpower as the Chief Marketing Officer at Impakt Media, where he works with brands like NBC Sports, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and Major League Baseball affiliates. In addition to this, he is finishing his book “ADHD Life Hacker: the Four Rules for Success” and is launching an online course in productivity for people with ADHD. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Chris's ADHD Success Story

Dr. Serpe's patient Chris shares his success with attention, focus, test taking and more using this amazing ADHD treatment program

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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Why We Procrastinate and How to Fix it

Hey there! Yes, you. The one procrastinating. Watch this video! I promise it'll save you more time than the 4 minutes it'll take to watch it.


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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.

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How ADHD medication changed my life // inattentive type (ADD), Straterra/Atomotexine,

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Understanding the Nuances of ADHD | Michael Manos, PhD

Kids and adults who have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder often struggle to pay attention to just one thing – they demonstrate symptoms of inattention, distractibility and hyperactive impulsive behavior. Because of the nature of the disorder, it’s best treated outside of the therapist’s office, at the point of contact, says pediatric psychologist Michael Manos, PhD. Learn what causes ADHD, how it works in the brain and strategies to overcome symptoms.

I have ADHD, What is Your Superpower? | Negar (Nikki) Amini | TEDxWPI

Nikki is a Pharm D. candidate that was diagnosed with ADHD when she came to the US, as it was not common in her own country and thus overlooked. She shares with us how this disease impacted her understanding of self, and how she learned to embrace her differences to make her a better person. Nikki Amini is a Pharm D. Candidate at MCPHS, with some great stories to tell! She is originally from Iran, but moved to Canada at the age of 19, and eventually to the US for her doctorate. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Four ADHD Myths with How To ADHD's Jessica McCabe and TotallyADD's Rick Green

How To ADHD creator Jessica McCabe and Totally ADD founder Rick Green sat down to discuss 4 ADHD Myths that ruined their lives.

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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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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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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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