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  Is it true? Is ADHD  a disorder only because “society” imposes conformist and impossible rules upon people with ADHD? Without society’s superficial restraints, would folks with ADHD be free to live happily and in harmony with nature or in some idyllic village? Recently, a friend with late-diagnosis ADHD reflected upon this topic.  We’ll call […]

The post A Life Without Rules? ADHD and Escapism appeared first on ADHD Roller Coaster with Gina Pera.

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  Here is a treat! Have you ever wished for a very catchy, cleverly made music video on ADHD? Here it is!  The 2010 song “A.D.D.” comes from Loomis & the Lust.  Frontman Will Loomis has ADHD (or “A.D.D.”, as he sings)—and a sharp sense of humor. “I Got A.D.D., Honey” The song begins with these […]

The post Sing It: “A.D.D. You Know What I Got!” appeared first on ADHD Roller Coaster with Gina Pera.

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  For years, ADHD experts have recognized the link between untreated ADHD and obesity. As for weight-control experts and gastric-bypass surgeons? Most missed the memo. Is it territorial jealousy? Willful ignorance? “ADHD Denial”? Let’s be charitable and call it one more casualty of our highly specialized medical system. One that too often overlooked undiagnosed ADHD’s contributions […]

The post ADHD and Obesity: Can ADHD Make You Fat? appeared first on ADHD Roller Coaster with Gina Pera.

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  Almost 30 years ago, I attended my first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It wasn’t for me but for my roommate. She went only to snag a good seat for the next meeting that night: Overeaters Anonymous. I tagged along as moral support. What struck me most about the AA meeting—and remains remarkable to […]

The post ADHD, Addictions And AA appeared first on ADHD Roller Coaster with Gina Pera.

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Early in my advocacy, I noticed a connection between ADHD and nicotine: The adults in my discussion group who had smoked cigarettes as teens and young adults seem to carry the least “baggage” from undiagnosed ADHD. I also heard from more than a few men who claimed they couldn’t function without “snuff” (chewing tobacco). Yes, […]

The post ADHD & Nicotine: Historical Ads appeared first on ADHD Roller Coaster with Gina Pera.

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  Healthline.com has named ADHD Roller Coaster a “Best ADHD Blog” again for 2018, marking the fifth year in a row to receive this honor. Thank you to Healthline for acknowledging the ADHD blogosphere and, in particular, recognizing my efforts here at the Roller Coaster.  Congratulations to the other bloggers chosen by Healthline editors. Walk With […]

The post ADHD Roller Coaster Named A Healthline Best Blog for 2018 appeared first on ADHD Roller Coaster with Gina Pera.

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Two common questions I receive are:   “It ADHD a real thing?”  “Does the medication really make a difference?” In the early days, I shared the facts and figures.  After all, mounds of double-blind research show the potentially life-changing benefits of stimulant medication for ADHD. That is surely more impressive and convincing than mere opinions, […]

The post “Our Lost Weekend Without ADHD Meds” appeared first on ADHD Roller Coaster with Gina Pera.

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My Rugged Reality of ADHD By Dylan Rosen Do not read this if you are looking for a “Happy ADHD Story.” I do not have the gold medals of Michael Phelps or the arm of Terry Bradshaw. My life has been a struggle from the time I walked into first grade to my current age […]

The post One Man’s Story: Growing Up Undiagnosed ADHD appeared first on ADHD Roller Coaster with Gina Pera.

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  But no escape, my darling, No turning place to hide. I offer you no amulet, No stone to fell Goliaths. These mortal hands protect you Only as my shadow halts the moving sun. Believe the trust you give, I will not Betray you. A shadow is a shield. -Berna Deane South, from For Trey […]

The post Frank South: Stories Mom Never Told You appeared first on ADHD Roller Coaster with Gina Pera.

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  Folklore persists regarding the type of romantic partners attracted to adults with ADHD—and vice versa. Never mind that in the U.S. alone, adults with some degree of ADHD number from  10 to 30 million. In other words, they aren’t clones. Neither are their mates. Nonetheless, at least two so-called truisms prevail: “Opposites Attract”: People with ADHD are […]

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