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About ADHD Man of DistrAction

by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
January 26, 2014

For Kelly Babcock, having ADHD is like having the 64 color box of crayons when everyone around him has the box of eight.

Kelly spent 50 years knowing he was different, but not knowing why. Growing up with a supportive and encouraging family he managed to find a way to fit in, well aware that love and luck played the biggest parts in any success he enjoyed prior to his diagnosis.

It wasn’t until a chance encounter with another person with ADHD that he realized, from her speaking openly about her own diagnosis and ADHD in general, what made him different. While he knows that life would have gone on, he credits this friend with saving his life, or at least the quality of the second half of it. Before his diagnosis, Kelly saw himself as someone who experienced a string of unlucky coincidences and made random mistakes. Now, he lives with less apology and regret.

Post-diagnosis experiences and retrospective assessment of life prior to diagnosis have led him to seek as much knowledge regarding ADHD as he can. This blog is the result of that research.

Kelly, a freelance writer, has written professionally for several years. His credits include articles for several magazines including ADDitude. He’s been interviewed for Healthy Place Radio about “Living with Adult ADHD” and is currently working on a book about growing up in a rural community, a task he never felt was within his grasp until his ADHD diagnosis and treatment.

Kelly’s blog posts will range from informative and educational to insightful and humorous and will draw on life experiences and observations. Ask or tell Kelly anything, he’s always happy to learn and willing to research any topic connected with ADHD. If you have an issue you’d like addressed, feel free to contact him.




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