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ADHD Adult Has His Head Examined – And I’m Grateful

Healing ADD by Daniel G. Amen MDThe minute I was diagnosed with ADHD, I went on a learning curve and a reading binge. One of the first books I read was Healing ADD – The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD by Daniel G. Amen.

I’ll be honest, it wasn’t my favorite book in my growing list of ADHD tomes. I wasn’t sure I bought all this “brain scan” stuff; I didn’t like having to factor in yet one more definition of ADHD (I didn’t find other clinicians suggesting there are six distinct types of ADHD*); back to the library the book went.

Then, as now, finding agreement on the definition of ADHD is a difficult task. I suppose it follows that many paths are taken to diagnosis as well.

After researching and writing about ADHD for nearly a decade, including countless interviews with ADHD adults, clinicians, and practitioners of various stripes, still my curiosity about Amen’s work, especially his methods of diagnosis, remained a mystery.

Until now.

Enter Shawn Ladd, intrepid ADHD adult with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. I’d been introduced to Shawn through a mutual ADHD friend and had interviewed him for ADDitude Magazine’s (Summer 2014) annual profile feature of successful adults with ADHD.

Ladd instantly struck me as highly intelligent, funny, accomplished, and to be frank, slightly intimidating. He’d done it all: traveled the world; held high-powered professional positions; excelled at improv comedy; and managed his ADHD.

Naturally, I was excited when Shawn shared that he’d be venturing to an Amen Clinic near his home in Seattle, Washington for further insight into his diagnosis and possible tweaking of his treatment.

He’d be the guinea pig who’d provide a window into the Amen Clinics experience.

I trusted Shawn’s judgment; was curious to hear his first-hand account; and grateful that he’d be the guinea pig who’d provide a window into the Amen Clinics experience.

I asked Shawn if he’d be willing to write about his visit to the clinic and I’m delighted to say he agreed. For the next two days, join me as we hear about Shawn’s adventures having his brain scanned (I mean, honestly, how many of us have heard throughout our lives, “You should have your head examined?” And how many of us have actually gone ahead and done it? I know, eh?)

Stay tuned, folks, for Shawn Ladd‘s Excellent Amen Clinics Adventure  – starting tomorrow.


* Apparently, with the revised edition of Healing ADD, Dr. Amen has discovered yet one more type of ADD, for a total of seven. Oh joy.


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ADHD Adult Has His Head Examined – And I’m Grateful

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. (2014). ADHD Adult Has His Head Examined – And I’m Grateful. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 18, 2020, from


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