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May 2013 

A Message From the Editor

If you haven’t heard about it, you’ve been working to avoid it (like when you don’t want people to tell you the score of the game you taped!) Many of us have been eagerly anticipating this for several years! ADDA is holding:

The 14th International Adult ADHD Conference
Reach Out for Connection, Hope and Empowerment
July 18 – 21, Detroit 2013
Presented by ADDA

It’s always a struggle to explain what an ADDA Conference is all about. It’s difficult to explain what people can expect to find at the conference when what each person discovers, while equally touching and life-changing, is a completely unique experience and different for each of them.

Every attendee agrees:

  • It’s like coming home,
  • You’ll meet people and start friendships that’ll last a lifetime,
  • You’ll feel a warmth and acceptance you’ll find nowhere else,
  • You’ll learn more about adult ADHD from the best experts in the field than you can anywhere else.

But when they start to share their favorite moments, we see the wide variety of experiences, situations, people and events that have touched them in different ways. Condensing the true feeling of an ADDA Conference into an article, a Web page or a brochure is simply impossible.

So this month, we’re trying to share what the ADDA conference will be like from different points of view.

Sharing the ADDA Conference Experience
By Kyle Dopfel

This year, Kyle Dopfel set out to capture the "ADDA Conference Experience” in a totally new way. Using Skype, she’s been virtually criss-crossing the continent to capture people’s unique take on what ADDA Conferences mean to them and why they think YOU should come too. They’ll be there again, and they’re really looking forward to seeing you!

They all want to…

Meet You In Motown!

See Kyle’s interviews here...»


Rick Green, ADDA 2013 Conference Keynote Speaker
By Judy Brenis

Rick Green"ADHD is not a diagnosis you need to fear. It’s a diagnosis you need to embrace,” says Rick Green, a Canadian comedian, satirist, writer and ADD’er himself.

Green is one of the keynote speakers at this year’s 14th National ADHD Conference, "Reach Out For Connection, Hope and Empowerment,” to be held July 18-21 in Detroit, Michigan, and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview this funny, passionate man (talking 100 miles an hour!) prior to his appearance at the ADDA conference. Read more»

More Resources for Adults with ADHD

And of course, we have our usual roster of great resources for adults with ADHD!

Vocational Rehabilitation for Adults with ADHD
By Frank Potter

Adults with ADHD often have career questions. Whether it’s a young adult wondering what career might be of interest (considering the only thing he’s sure of after twelve years of school is that he hates school) or an adult who’s reached the traditional age of a mid-life crisis but is already on her 26th job, choosing the right career is not always easy. Read more»


What’s Happening With Webinars?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ADHD and Body Focused Repetitive and Compulsive Behaviors (BFRB), such as Skin Picking, Hair Pulling and Nail Biting

Many people with ADHD commonly engage in body focused compulsive and repetitive behaviors (BFRB), such as skin picking (dermotillomania), hair pulling (trichotillomania), and nail biting. These behaviors are annoying at best and can be tormenting at worst. Dr. Roberto Olivardia will share ADHD-friendly treatment interventions, as well as ways of counteracting the negative self-talk many with BFRB experience. Attention will be placed on how not addressing the ADHD in BFRB treatment can make for ineffective treatment, since ADHD symptoms affect one's ability to engage in traditional treatment interventions.Read more»

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Other Attention Disorder: ADD or Sluggish Cognitive Tempo

Two studies have recently confirmed what many of us who work with ADHDers have long suspected; they are particularly creative and innovative. In addition, many ADHDers are noticing the positive impact creativity has in their lives. Unfortunately ADHDers are often so preoccupied managing their weaknesses and correcting their mistakes, so they rarely have the time or the energy to engage in creative work and to enjoy the resulting self-knowledge and the freedom creative activities provide. Linda Walker will offer solutions to overcome the obstacles to engaging in creative endeavors.Read more»

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Other Attention Disorder: ADD or Sluggish Cognitive Tempo

Since 1798, the medical literature on attention disorders has distinguished between at least two kinds, one a disorder of distractibility, lack of sustained attention, and poor inhibition and the other a disorder of low power, arousal, or focus. This second disorder has been largely ignored for nearly two centuries until the mid-1980s when studies of children having ADD without Hyperactivity suggested that an important subset had a relatively distinct pattern of symptoms not central to ADHD. Dr. Russell A. Barkley reviews the history of SCT and describes the results of his own recent investigations into SCT including the differences between SCT in symptoms, executive functioning, comorbidity for other disorders, and psychosocial impairment and what little is known about differential treatment response. Read more»

To your success,

Duane Gordon
ADDA eNews Editor


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