October is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Awareness Month. SelfWork has never focused on this very difficult disorder, often affecting children who are what’s now called “neurodivergent” but in the past, have been unjustly stigmatized as “lazy, stupid, or crazy” which was finally described in 2006 for the actual processing difference it is in the now classic book, You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?.
But ADHD contains hyperactivity as a symptom of the disorder; what used to be called ADD, or simple attention deficit disorder, is now labeled as inattentive ADHD. And these kids (and adults) often slip through the cracks of adult recognition, because they’re seen more as daydreamers, or unmotivated, not causing the classroom behavioral problems that hyperactive kids can seem to create. But they still can truly struggle and… go unseen.
Cynthia Hammer has a new book, Living with Inattentive ADHD: Climbing the Circular Staircase of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, where she offers her own hard-earned wisdom of living with IADHD. I found the book at times chilling because of the dangers she could put herself in, poignant as she lives through tremendous sorrow of the accidental death of her first child, and hopeful, as – at almost age 80 – she shares what she’s learned about surviving and thriving.
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