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Experiences of Attention Deficit Disorder Articles


An Experience of Adult ADD

A chapter of Dr. Gabor Mate's book about ADD Scattered Minds. There are also 2 other free chapters to read online.


Famous People with ADD

"Thomas (Al) Edison's schoolmaster, "angered by the lad's inattentive 'dreamy,' distracted behavior, frustrated by his tendency to drift off during recitations, to draw and doodle in his notebook instead of repeating rote lessons -- cuffed and ridiculed Al in front of his motley classmates"

"Dr. Samuel Johnson...whose contribution to the intellectual progress of his time was so immense that the era is called 'The Age of Johnson.' Novelist Fanny Burney, upon meeting the great Dr. Johnson at the home of Sir Isaac Newton, wrote in her diary:

"His mouth is almost continually opening and shutting as if he was chewing. He has a strange method of frequently twirling his fingers, and twisting his hands. His body is in continual agitation, see-sawing up and down; his feet are never a moment quiet; and, in short, his whole person is in perpetual motion."


Even More Famous People with ADD

Did you know that Einstein was four years old before he could speak, and seven before he could read? I didn't. Others listed as well.


Edison Quotes

Really good quotes from the inventor of the light bulb and the phonograph or record player (he was nearly deaf) among other things. "Pretty much everything will come to him who hustles while he waits. I believe that restlessness is discontent, and discontent is merely the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure." "If parents pass enthusiasm along to their children, they will leave them an estate of incalculable value.... "


Health-Related Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents with ADHD

Pediatrics 2004; 114: e541-e547 Anne F. Klassen, Anton Miller, and Stuart Fine. Some conclusions. Children with ADHD had more parent-reported problems in terms of emotional behavioral role function, behavior, mental health, and self-esteem. In addition, the problems of children with ADHD had a significant impact on the parents’ emotional health and parents’ time to meet their own needs, and they interfered with family activities and family cohesion


Having ADD and being hypersensitive: Is there a connection?

Mary Jane Johnson explores the connection.


Just Looking For Attention, discusses some damaging myths about ADD children

including the misconception that they are "just" looking for attention. If, indeed, they are looking for attention, we must inquire why. From Dr. Gabor Mate's book about ADD Scattered Minds.


Justifying One's Existence: Self-Esteem and the ADD Adult

Dr. Gabor Mate's book about ADD Scattered Minds.

"Guilt, shame, and self-judgement are commonly heard when one interviews adults with attention deficit disorder. Low self-esteem and a merciless self-criticality are so much part and parcel of the ADD personality that it would be difficult to know where ADD ends and low self-esteem begins."


Positive Quotes about ADD

Sources are linked to book reviews at or other source websites.


Thomas Edison ADD Poster Child

"Thomas Alvin Edison is cited more often than any other historical figure for exhibiting classic hyperactive ADD behavior. ADD and divergent thinking styles have even been dubbed "The Edison Trait." So here's a page on the poster child himself."

Here's 2 Books on the Thomas Edison as ADD Poster Child meme.

The Edison Trait: Saving the Spirit of Your Free-Thinking Child in a Conforming World by Lucy Jo Palladino

The Edison Trait: Saving the Spirit of Your Free-Thinking Child in a Conforming World by Lucy Jo Palladino


The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child by Thom Hartmann

The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child by Thom Hartmann




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