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He Said / She Said: Examining the ADHD Life

© Jeff Siegel, 2010
© Jeff Siegel, 2010

Introduction to He Said / She Said: Examining the ADHD Life

I’m excited to announce this new feature of ADHD from A to Zoë. I’d been looking for a fellow ADHD er to collaborate with for my blog. I want to know what the ADHD experience is like for a man and how it compares to an ADHD woman’s experience so when I came across Jeff’s blog, Jeff’s A.D.D. Mind, I realized I’d found my collaborator.

Jeff and I share a number of characteristics. Of course we are both adult ADHDers, we were both diagnosed late in life – Jeff, six years ago and me, only four years ago. We’re 52 and 51 years old respectively, and our birth dates are days apart. Both of us use our cars as a drum kit when we drive (and our favs are Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Green Day). We both love gardening, cooking, and we each have a diabetic dog…spooky! Did I mention both of us majored in philosophy?

While a lot of our ideas about having ADHD are similar, too, we’re excited about the dialogue because we do, after all, have our differences. In addition to geography (me, rural Canadian, Jeff, urban American), there is gender (I think you can figure this one out), career, marital status, birth status (adoptee vs child of immigrants), and – we just met, so it’s truly an adventure in the making. You’ll get to know us as we get to know each other!

I’m looking forward to having lively discussions with Jeff, and to sharing them with you. I think you’re going to enjoy Jeff’s intelligence, wit, insights, and humor.

Finally, a big thank-you to Jeff for creating our He Said / She Said: Examining the ADHD Life logo! Kudos on your design skills, Jeff!

Welcome and thanks for joining us for this in-the-moment ADHD collaboration!


If you have any topics you’d like Jeff and me to discuss, don’t hesitate to suggest them via the Comments section below, or to Jeff at Jeff’s A.D.D. Mind.

Or, if you have any suggestions that would make our blogchats easier to  follow, or any other comments, again, don’t hesitate to contact either of us.

Disclaimer: Although the He Said / She Said series is a collaborative effort between Zoë Kessler and Jeff  Siegel, each author speaks for her or himself and the opinions expressed are solely those of the respective authors, in both the He Said / She Said series, as well as in their respective blogs [ADHD from A to Zoë and Jeff’s A.D.D. Mind]

Introducing our bloggers

Zoë Kessler

Zoë & Samantha
Zoë & Samantha
Zoë is an author and regularly contributing blogger at Her popular blog is called ADHD from A to Zoë.  Ms. Kessler is also a contributing writer to ADDitude magazine, MORE Magazine, CBC Radio One, and others on a variety of ADHD-related topics. She’s written, produced and performed ADHD standup comedy, and her upcoming book, Chick-A-D-D (working title) is widely anticipated. Let’s hope she gets over her procrastination long enough to finish writing it!

Jeff Siegel

Jeff Siegel, blogger, Jeff's A.D.D. Mind
Jeff Siegel, blogger, Jeff's A.D.D. Mind
Jeff has lived the life of a typical adult ADHDer. In addition to an ever-growing list of unfinished projects, he has had numerous careers such as adjunct lecturer; movie projectionist; shoe salesman and, his current pursuit, web developer. For several years Jeff has been blogging about his atypical life (though typical for an ADHDer). Because of his varied interests, his blog touches on many other topics such as cooking, philosophy, and politics.

When Zoë suggested to Jeff that they collaboratively examine various adult ADHD issues, Jeff’s response was:

“Absolutely! This could be quite exciting. We can bring different perspectives – male versus female – to the very same issues.”

Jeff is hoping that, in addition to enlightening the readers, they can solve world hunger and usher in a new peace that would last for generations.

So, without further adieu, may I present our inaugural He Said / She Said: Examining the ADHD Life blogchat. Enjoy!

He Said / She Said – Blogchat #1, Part I

He Said / She Said – Blogchat #2, Part II

He Said / She Said: Examining the ADHD Life

Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.

Zoë Kessler is an award-winning author, journalist, and speaker specializing in women and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD / ADD).

A frequent contributor to ADDitude Magazine, Kessler has also created video, standup comedy, and guest blogs on ADHD and Marriage covering ADHD-related topics.

Zoë, an internationally recognized ADHD expert, has been interviewed on radio and featured in magazine articles, documentaries, and books on the topic of women and ADHD across North America.

Her newly-released memoir ADHD According to Zoë - The Real Deal on relationships, Finding Your Focus & Finding Your Keys (New Harbinger Publications, 2013) about life with ADHD is now available.

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Kessler, Z. (2010). He Said / She Said: Examining the ADHD Life. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 18, 2019, from


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