Shining a Light on ADHD Myths and Facts

If you have ADHD, it’s more than irritating to hear people repeat ADHD myths that you know are just not true.

I invite you to join the ADHD Awareness Month Coalition and international ADHD organizations as we focus on the 2019 ADHD Awareness theme, ADHD Myths and Facts. This year we hope to dispel the harmful stories that perpetuate stigma and that prevent people affected by ADHD to seek assessment, get appropriate treatment or share reliable information about ADHD.

This year we will be focus on the most common ADHD myths such as ADHD is caused by bad parenting and ADHD is over-diagnosed and share fact sheets written by ADHD researchers and experts to provide much-needed information to dispel the myths.

How can you be part of this year’s ADHD Awareness endeavors?

If you are curious about how ADHD coaching or consulting might be helpful to you or someone you know, contact me at 858-484-4749 or Roxanne@FocusForEffectiveness.com. I am happy to share resources in San Diego or online.

 

October’s ADHD Awareness Month – Setting the Record Straight

It’s astonishing that although ADHD has long been recognized as a real brain-based medical disorder, we can still hear people say things like, “ADHD is just a manufactured ‘disease’ promoted by Big Pharma.” or “Yeah, everybody has a little bit of ADD.” or “People with ADHD just need to get motivated and try harder.”

During October of every year we celebrate ADHD Awareness Month, an opportunity to dispel the myths and share the facts about ADHD. This year’s theme is “Setting the Record Straight” and there are a number of ways you can get involved:

  • Submit a video for the ADHD Awareness Month Video Contest in one of four submission categories: Family, Child, Adult and Professional. Submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 11:59pm ET. Voting will begin on October 12 and winners will be announced on October 30, 2018. For more contest rules and submission details, go to the ADHD Awareness Month website.
  • Check out the wonderful ADHD stories or share your own in about 150 words – what do you want the world to know about ADHD?
  • Check out the creative ADHD Art or share your own representing what ADHD looks or feels like.
  • Submit your ideas for the ADHD Awareness Month Meme Contest. The contest opens on October 1, 2018.
  • Sign up for the 2018 International Conference on ADHD to be held in St. Louis, MO from November 8 – 11, 2018

Unless people live with ADHD themselves or know someone who does, it’s easy to buy into the myths. When we share information about ADHD and our experience with it, more people are given the opportunity to truly understand the challenges and the possibilities with ADHD.

Please help us set the record straight by sharing information about the contests and the website resources with family, friends and colleagues.

The mission of the ADHD Awareness Month Coalition is to educate the public about ADHD. The coalition members include the ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), and Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).

Happy ADHD Awareness Month – Knowing is Better!

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October 1 is the beginning of ADHD Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Knowing Is Better.” It’s always better to know what is getting in the way so that you can take positive steps toward managing ADHD.

Despite the prevalent “Squirrel!” jokes, ADHD is no laughing matter as it affects 9.5% of children in the United States and 4.4% of U.S. adults. Research has shown that ADHD contributes to problems in school, lost productivity at work, challenges with relationships, and problems with the law, among other things. But a lot can be done to reduce the symptoms of ADHD and improve functioning…and awareness is the first step.

October is your opportunity to share what you know about ADHD and rebut many of the myths that have negatively affected children, youth and adults with ADHD.

Below are some actions that you can take to help yourself or others learn more about ADHD:

As we raise awareness, more people can get the assistance they need to live happier and more rewarding lives.

 

 

 

 

ADHD Coaches Organization International Conference

Sarah D. Wright and Roxanne Fouche will join other coaches from around the world at the ADHD Coaches Organization International Conference to be held from May 1 – May 3, 2015.

In addition to connecting with colleagues and enjoying the information shared by the keynote speakers, Dr. Ari Tuckman and Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, Sarah and Roxanne will be making presentations of their own.  Sarah will present “ADHD Coaching Matters: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Evolution, Evidence, Effectiveness, and Best Practices of ADHD Coaching” and Roxanne will co-present “From Strengths Spotting to Strengths Building: A Toolkit for ADHD Coaches” with Mindy Schwarz Katz.

It’s an honor to be selected to speak at any conference, but particularly gratifying to be in a position to contribute to the ADHD coaching profession at the ACO Conference.  Future posts will share some of the highlights of the conference for both ADHD coaches and those who work with them.

Happy ADHD Awareness Month!

October is ADHD Awareness Month, a whole month of ADHD activities and information! According to the website, www.ADHDAwarenessMonth.org, the mission of ADHD Awareness Month is “to educate the public about ADHD by disseminating reliable information based on the evidence of science and peer-reviewed research.” For great information about ADHD, including an adult self-test for ADHD, stories about ADHD, a list of events (some of which are online), blogs, resources, and posters to share, go to www.ADHDAwarenessMonth.org.

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The information on the ADHD Awareness Month website was compiled by a coalition of organizations dedicated to assisting those with ADHD, including ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association, which focuses on adult issues, www.add.org), ACO (ADHD Coaches Organization, www.adhdcoaches.org), CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, www.chadd.org), ADDitude magazine (www.additudemag.com) and the National Resource Center on AD/HD, a program of CHADD (www.help4adhd.org).

During this month of raising awareness of ADHD, we can all share information with those who don’t seem to “get” ADHD. In addition, you might spend time this month increasing awareness of how your own ADHD strengths and challenges – or those of someone you know – affect work and home life. The first step in moving forward is focusing awareness on what is, and is not, working. The next step, of course, is making a plan to address those things that you would like to change.

So what do you notice about your own ADHD? We’d love to read your comments. And if we can be of help as you pinpoint how ADHD impacts you and what strategies, tools and habits you might use to live effectively with ADHD, contact us at info@FocusForEffectiveness.com.

See You at the ADDA Conference

Roxanne Fouché, Mindy Schwartz Katz and Sarah D. Wright are going to be busy at the Attention Deficit Disorder Association’s 25th Anniversary International Adult AD/HD Conference in Orlando.

On Thursday, July 24th Roxanne, Mindy and Sarah will be speaking at a pre-conference session entitled, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about ADHD Coaching* *And didn’t even know to ask!”  

And on Sunday, July 27th Roxanne and Mindy will be presenting “Happiness and ADHD: Create a Flourishing Life with Evidence-Based Strategies.

If you are going to the ADDA Conference, come by and say “Hi!”

Succeed with ADHD Telesummit

Roxanne Fouché is happy to be joining other ADHD coaches and experts who will be speaking at the Succeed with ADHD Telesummit (July 14-18). Roxanne will be speaking on “Strategies for a Flourishing Life with ADHD” on July 14th. The telesummit has an all-star lineup including Rick Green of TotallyADD, Alan Brown of ADD Crusher, Linda Roggli of ADDiva Network, and Laurie Dupar of Coaching for ADHD – and nearly 20 more ADHD experts! Find out more here.

This telesummit event is free. You can sign up and listen to some – or all – of the calls at their scheduled times. You will also have access to the replays for 24 hours after the live call. Sound intriguing? Register here.

Here’s to your success!

Working Effectively with ADHD Youth

Roxanne had a unique experience recently when she participated in a twitter chat hosted by Boost Collaborative, an organization that creates opportunities for change in educational and social services agencies serving youth in the out-of-school time hours.

The topic of the Boost Twitter Chat was “Inspire Learning: Effectively Working with Students with ADD/ADHD.”

For a transcript of the twitter chat, go to https://storify.com/TEAMBOOST/inspire-learning-effectively-working-with-students.

More Ways to Succeed with ADHD

I just received my copy of More Ways to Succeed with ADHD. I have to admit – it’s pretty exciting to see one’s name in print next to the strategies shared in the book. It’s also really interesting to read the strategies, tips and insights from the other ADHD coaches and experts who have contributed to this third book in the ADHD Awareness Book Project series.

We, as ADHD coaches, are well aware that what works for one person does not necessarily work for someone else because we each possess a unique set of strengths, interests and relative challenges.  And, of course, we each have very different circumstances in which our ADHD(ish) characteristics show up.

There is a lot of wisdom in the book…wisdom that can cause several reactions:
1) Wonder at the varied approaches of the contributors, truly a testament to the creativity of the ADHD mind
2) Validation of the strategies that you may have already come up
3) Inspiration for even more strategies that you are anxious to try

The book launch is October 2nd, a day when those who purchase the book have access to a number of bonuses from the contributors. Get out your calendars and mark the date.