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ADHD: True Confession – Here It Is

Zoë and Danny at Walter's Falls, Ontario
It wasn't me; it was the horse that was whispering...

Ok, guys, you DO realize it’s the long weekend, right? The sun is shining… oh, never mind.  A promise is a promise, here we go. And, once again, I do apologize for the cliff-hanger. (I couldn’t stand it either).

Without further adieu, here it is:

My Confession (and don’t be disappointed… I’m NOT an SM afficionado who’s secretly tattooed from head to toe with scenes from A.D.D. and loving it?! and who serial kills gerbils for a hobby. Sorry.)

I’m wondering if any of you with ADHD also have the traits and abilities of telepathy, the ability to tell the future, and other unexplained phenomena?

I’m going to give you an example of the kind of thing I’m talking about, and will remind you that incidents like this happen to me completely out of the blue, so don’t judge, ‘k?

An unexpected message

I’d been living at a friend’s house for several months. She was the owner of a beautiful chestnut horse (not the one in the photo). Being a huge animal lover, I was determined to befriend this lovely creature.

Every day I went out to her stall to feed and groom her. She wasn’t unfriendly, but neither did she warm up to me, in spite of my consistent efforts to win her over.

One day, I noticed that she had several burrs in her mane and decided to gently comb them out. The second I arrived at the barn, I sensed that her behavior was unusual for her. As I stood beside her, metal comb in hand, she bowed her huge head and let me rest my head against hers.

It was a gorgeous, sunny June day. I closed my eyes, wrapped my arm under her chin, and rested my temple against her warm, russet cheek for a moment or two. Then, just as though someone was standing beside me, I heard as clear as a bell, “I’ll be dead in three days.”

I was startled, to say the least.

It wasn’t me, it was the horse who was whispering… well, not whispering exactly…

Let me be clear: I’m not talking about one of those episodes of Mister Ed the talking horse; her jaw wasn’t moving, cartoon-like. It was more like her thought entered my head directly, but I “heard” it loud and clear with my inner hearing (if you know what I mean; this kind of thing is not exactly easy to describe).

And no! I was NOT high on drugs or alcohol; nor was I hallucinating. The rest of the day went exactly as usual, this incident being the only anomaly.

What was very strange (okay, besides the fact that a horse “talked” to me telepathically) was that this horse had shown absolutely no signs of illness the entire time that I had lived at my friend’s place or for the previous year or so.

You can guess the rest

Sure enough, three days later towards dusk this beautiful beast cried out in anguish. She was clearly in extreme, acute pain. The vet was called.

Hours later, it was determined that she had some kind of terrible intestinal problem that had been festering for months. We all spent an agonizing, torturous night trying to save this poor horse to no avail. She passed out of her misery late that evening.

It was only after a few hours’ sleep that I remembered what had happened three days prior.

Truth is, this was not the first time an animal had forewarned me about its demise, nor the first time I had a premonition about a future event. And it’s not the only type of, shall we say, “alternative” experience I’ve had.

(Zoë exhales…)

Since childhood, I’ve learned to take this “gift” in stride (mostly, although there have been one or two incidents that deeply frightened me).

Just like the controversy over whether or not ADHD is a gift, at times I’ve wondered why I was given these insights when there appeared to be little I could do to prevent whatever tragedy I had foreseen.

And even more than having ADHD, I felt that this was a part of my life I had to hide from all but a select few trusted friends.

Until now, that is. Like ADHD, this has been a fascinating and challenging aspect of my life. It’s because of my interest in exploring all facets of ADHD that I’m ‘fessing up now.

ADHD and psychic phenomena: is there a link?

It’s commonly observed that many people with ADHD are highly intuitive. I would postulate that the line between intuitive and psychic can be a thin one.

So here’s the deal: I’m wondering if any of you have also experienced similar abilities throughout your life? If so, have these been something, like having ADHD, that has brought you more sorrow than benefit? Or, again like ADHD, have you learned to simply accept this as part of you, or to put these special abilities to positive benefit for yourself and others?

If anyone is brave enough to share their experiences here, by all means please do so.

To others who don’t feel comfortable going public (and believe me, I understand) please feel free to e-mail me privately with your experience of having both ADHD and paranormal/psychic abilities. (

By the way, I’m perfectly OK with the result of this inquiry being, “No, Zoë, it’s just you.” I do realize that ADHD is NOT the source of all weirdness in my life! But I am very curious, as I’ve not seen anything written about this (plus it would be cool to not feel so alone).


As an apology for making you wait for this confession, I’m sharing this video which, remarkably, I found when I searched for a clip of the “Vulcan Mind Meld.” Go figure!

Here’s another lovely video on Perelli Natural Horsemanship – o (!)

Remember, I found BOTH of these clips AFTER I wrote this post.  I found this clip when I clicked a link from the first one about the Vulcan Mind Meld. I opened a website that led me to this clip.  See? This stuff just happens to me, I don’t go looking for it. Especially note the words of the song which mention, “left you for dead,”  “grip of The Reaper,” “gaze of the doubtful” and “accounts of the curious.” (Jung would say this was synchronistic, I think.)

Welcome to Zoë’s world!


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ADHD: True Confession – Here It Is

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. (2012). ADHD: True Confession – Here It Is. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2020, from


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