Motivational and inspirational writer, Bryan Hutchinson is the author of several books about life with ADHD including the highly acclaimed, best selling "One Boy′s Struggle: A Memoir" and the author of the hilarious eBook that went viral "10 Things I Hate about ADHD"

Quick fixes for ADD ADHD

Dear fellow Adders,

Quick fixes for ADD and ADHD just don’t work. There is no cure for ADD or ADHD and there is no single perfect way for dealing with it. Scientists are still trying to figure out the complexities of our learning and attention disorder and it’s turning out that although some chemistry can be pinpointed, this disorder is very complex. Think about it, sincerely, if the world’s best scientists are researching and studying ADD/ADHD and they have no cure or perfect remedy, then I personally would not trust anyone who offers such.

It is from the experiences of other Adders where we have found the most useful information and ways of dealing and coping with ADD/ADHD. If you really think about it, the best books and instructions come from therapists, doctors and even regular folk, who all have ADD/ADHD and have found out how to use it as a gift or tool, but each of them still must deal with the side of ADD we have all come to know: inattentiveness, disorganization, forgetfulness and hyperactivity either in mind or body or both. What makes ADD/ADHD even more complex is the fact that there are usually co-morbid disorders involved: RLS, Depression, Bipolar, Low Self Esteem and others.

I write this because the one thing I have noticed that helps Adders the most is their own personal opinion about who they are and what they are about. Positive thinkers who learn to view their ADD/ADHD as a gift, and have a unique, wonderful way to look at and interact with the world, are the ones who eventually become happy and successful. Those who constantly seek a quick fix or some kind of miracle get stuck in a never ending cycle of searching and never really find their way in the world. There are also many of us Adders who spend countless dollars on miracle cures and advice from people who say they can cure our disorder. Save your money and find the best doctor or therapist available, preferably those who have much experience with Adders and who might themselves have ADD/ADHD. There are also many good books out there written ‘by Adders’ who are wise and caring enough to share their experiences.

Adders can become abundantly successful, but the main key, if there is a key, is to get on with life with the abilities and skills you inherently have. I try to impart what I have learned through positive thinking here on my website. It has worked for me, but it is no quick fix and there is no charge. The liberation of diagnosis is the first step and then learning for yourself all that you can about ADD/ADHD. It seems that the more we learn about our disorder, the better we are at dealing with the symptoms. If there is a real way of overcoming ADD/ADHD it is through awareness. Awareness is true power and gives you the ability to take control of your mind and with control comes a healthy self esteem and positive thinking. Find those who lift you up, not the ones who try to earn their living off of your ”’supposed”’ misfortune. ADD/ADHD is a gift, it is your birthright! Flourish in it, devour it, relish it and live with it to the best of your ability to be the best that you can be. You have ADD/ADHD for a reason, learn what that reason is and use that reason for your own self fulfillment. We are sincere, honest and caring people by our very nature of ADD/ADHD and once you have self fulfillment you will pass that, with your experiences, on to others in an honest and caring way.

~Bryan

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Lisa September 9, 2007 at 11:09 pm

As always, very insightful blog, filled with some interesting thoughts to ponder. There are times I find the meaning behind my ADD and I can see it as a gift and other times it seems there is no meaning and the best I can do is live each day the best I can.

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