Archive for June, 2011

A Canada Day ADHD Parable

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Canadian flag; having ADHD in rural Canada
Parable:  COMPARISON; specif: a usu. short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle

~ Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary

It’s Canada Day on Friday. In honor of the day, I thought about what it’s like for a lot of us in Canada, especially in rural Canada, to live with ADHD.

I was mulling this over while walking by the river at a local park. It was the very river where the following story took place last summer. It’s a true story. Let’s call it a Canadian ADHD parable.

From Ugly Duckling to Chick A-D-D

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

From Ugly Duckling to Chick A-D-D; Zoë Kessler explores having ADHD as an adopteeSheesh. I thought I was finished thinking about being adopted. Looks like I haven’t completely cleared that little minefield.

This weekend, out of the blue, Kablooie!

The mine of inheritance / my inheritance

ADHD is genetic. How many times over the past 4 1/2 years have I heard that? Can’t count ‘em. I’ve been so busy researching the origins of ADHD, its symptoms, treatments, and how I can wiggle out of it, I didn’t see this mine coming.

I’m Gonna Miss You (But I’ll Be Back Soon)

Saturday, June 18th, 2011
Zoë Kessler, Chick A-D-D, June, 2011

Keeping afloat with a smile...see you soon!

Saturday a.m., June 18, 2011

Dear Blog Readers:

I’m going to try not to get too sappy, but I had to write to you this morning ’cause I’ve got something to share.

(By gosh, this is the most “unscripted,” raw post I’ve ever written – I’m winging it right now and trying to just get it out so I can get to the million-and-one things I have to do before rushing out the door…forgive its lack of literary merit, ‘k, guys?!)  :-)

Now, where was I?

There Are ADHD Days Like This – Epilogue

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Zoë Kessler, ADHD Warrior PrincessThose of you who’ve read this week’s blog posts know that I hit a pretty impressive low on Wednesday morning. If wishing that I’d been drowned at birth isn’t low, I don’t know what is, and that’s how I started my day.

Later, on that horrible morning, I was inspired by meeting a young boy with ADHD. While not pulling me out of my funk, this chance meeting with an ADD angel renewed my resolve to get my shit together.

Still, I remained shaken up so badly that when I thought about going into work, I knew – I just knew – I couldn’t.

There Are ADHD Days Like This – Part II

Thursday, June 16th, 2011
Touched by an ADHD angel...

Touched by an ADHD angel...

Part II – The Redemption

On my way home from my appointment yesterday, I stopped off at the grocery store. As I walked through the sliding door, I noticed a young boy with big, sad eyes sitting in one of the chairs set up for the little old ladies to wait for their cabs.

What first struck me was the slogan on his T-shirt:

My mission is done here.”

There Are ADHD Days Like This – Part I

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

I knew there'd be ADHD days like this...Part I – The Crash

Yesterday Ken (not his real name), an acquaintance of mine, took his first dose of ADHD stimulant medication.

I’d previously met with Ken to talk about adult ADHD and his concerns about taking medication. I related my own experience, suggested some reference materials, and we parted. At my request, Ken (age 42) wrote to me after he’d taken his first dose. His comment?

“Started Concerta yesterday. Well. Normal people have it f*cking easy don’t they? Amazing.”


His comment sent me into a tailspin.

10 Signs That You’re An HSP (Highly Sensitive Person)

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

10 Signs You're An HSP (Highly Sensitive Person)Many people with ADHD (myself included) identify with being an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), so I thought I’d revisit this topic in today’s blog post.

I’m not saying that non-HSP’s don’t experience these traits, but it’s much more common amongst the 15 to 20% of the population who carry the gene for sensitivity (yes, research backs up its genetic origin).

Sensitivities can manifest as physical characteristics, in social situations, and at work.

Psych Central Exclusive Q & A with Dr. Kenny Handelman

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
ADHD psychiatrist Dr. Kenny Handelman launches Attention Difference Disorder

Dr. Kenny Handelman, M.D.

Dr. Kenny Handelman is a psychiatrist specializing in child and adolescent ADHD.

I first interviewed Dr. Handelman in 2008 for my MORE Magazine article, Spinning out of control: What happens when the A in ADHD stands for Adult? Finally,a guide for grown-ups.

Since then, I’ve referred to his excellent ADD ADHD Blog to keep up to date and expand my research, and today, I’m happy to announce that Dr. Handelman is launching his book, Attention Difference Disorder – How to Turn Your ADHD Child or Teen’s Differences into Strengths in 7 Simple Steps.

TV, ADD & Me (And You, Too, Probably)

Monday, June 6th, 2011
Does watching TV give a toddler ADHD? Tune in!

Does watching TV give a toddler ADHD? Tune in!

Here at ADHD from A to Zoë, one of my goals is to dispel some of the myths that surround ADHD. For example:

1) That we’re crazy.

Ok. That one’s not a myth. We’re good-crazy. See Go Ahead, Call Me Crazy.

2) We’re lazy.

Just because we LOOK like we’re spinning our wheels…hey – do you have ANY idea how much energy it takes to spin THAT MANY wheels? Fast? All at once? And to keep spinning in spite of ample evidence that we’re getting nowhere?

The Dinner Party – A Life In Three Courses

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
Feminist artist, Judy Chicago; Photo ©Zoë Kessler, May 2011

Feminist artist, Judy Chicago; Photo ©Zoë Kessler, May 2011

I recently had dinner with famed feminist artist, Judy Chicago. Me, and about 85 select others.

The dinner was part of a series of events planned around Judy’s show, Judy Chicago: Setting the Table, which opened at our local Tom Thomson Gallery on May 13.

It is only now, several weeks later, that I’ve been able to digest what the dinner meant to me.

Here’s how I see the banquet of my life, pre- and post-ADHD diagnosis.

From A to Zoë

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