If you saw the excellent ADD and Loving It?! documentary and if you think you may have Adult ADD:
1. Take the 5 minute Harvard/NYU/W.H.O. Adult ADHD screener test on my website.
2. To get a diagnosis find a local ADHD support group near you to find a list of medical professionals who know enough about ADHD to diagnose it properly, sadly, many don’t. UBC medical school students get one hour of training on ADHD.
3. The best way to treat ADHD is multiple methods, there’s no one magic pill, you don’t “cure” it, you learn to manage it more effectively with things like Adult ADHD coaching, for practical daily skills for things like procrastination, trouble getting organized, being easily distracted, getting overloaded and overwhelmed, and time management. Also ADHD medications, exercise and meditation to help balance out the brain chemistry and increase focus etc. See Top 10 Ways to Manage Adult ADHD
4. Read the comments from other people with ADHD at the bottom of this post
You can buy the ADD and Loving It! ADHD documentary on DVD and share it with the people who think Adult ADD doesn’t exist or it’s a failure of willpower/drug company/space alien conspiracy. Here’s the trailer of the movie, and you can buy the DVD here at the great Totally ADD website that has a lot of useful videos on Adult ADD. Help pass the word around about the show, reduce the stigma.
Just a heads up. There’s a new documentary on Adult ADHD called ADD and Loving It?! tonight Friday at 8pm (7 pm in Winnipeg, Regina & Saskatoon) on Global TV staring comedian and actor Patrick McKenna – Marty Stevens from the TV show Traders (who I greatly enjoyed watching) and The Red Green Show. It’s written, produced and directed by fellow comedian, Rick Green.
The film’s website is TotallyADD
Here’s their description of their film. You may want to let others know about this.
ADD & Loving It?! is a refreshing, witty and inspiring documentary about adult Attention Deficit Disorder
ADD & Loving It?! explores and explains the disorder by following Patrick’s journey for a diagnosis so he can confirm what he’s always suspected – that he has ADD. Along the way, Patrick and his wife Janis open up about their challenges and struggles, something Janis admits “we’ve spent our whole lives trying to hide.
Patrick notes, “Some people think the diagnosis is the kiss of death, while others think there’s no such thing; it’s nothing, it’s all made up.” But after talking with the experts and with ordinary people, as well as drawing from his own experience, he confirms that ADD is real. It’s genetic, it can destroy lives, and adults with ADD have a higher rate of accidents, addictions, suicide, bankruptcy, divorce, illegal drug use and financial problems.
Patrick uses his gift of comedy to demonstrate the three characteristics of ADD – inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. He uncovers the 18 symptoms used to diagnose ADD in childhood, and illustrates how these traits develop by adulthood. After all, adults learn not to bounce in their chairs during meetings, while kids in grade three rarely go bankrupt.
Janis guides Patrick through several ADD quizzes and their banter sets a warm, loving tone for the film. Patrick’s high score leads ADD expert Dr. Umesh Jain to diagnose Patrick with ADD. Patrick is stunned but begins to see his life from a whole new perspective and recognizes how much his ADD has cost him and his family. And realization becomes motivation. Now that he knows he has ADD, he can deal with it.
The experts interviewed are among the top names in the field of ADD in North America – Stephen Kurtz, Kate Kelly, Edward Hallowell, Annick Vincent and Margaret Weiss to name a few. No film has ever assembled such a powerhouse team. As each expert explains the details about ADD, he or she is backed up by at least two or three others. What you will see and hear is information from the most reliable sources on the topic of adult ADD.
The film creates recognition and laughter. That in itself is healing, especially for those struggling in isolation. Research has shown that laughter does improve health. While laughter may not be the best or the only medicine, it’s certainly the easiest to swallow.
If you saw ADD and Loving It!, what did you think of it? Who else should see it and how can you let them know about it?