My recent post on ADHD and Substance Abuse was THE MOST VIEWED POST I have written to date. 108 hits in 8 days for a little blog like mine sends a pretty clear message.

I have also received many emails asking me to focus more on this subject because so many in the ADD/ADHD community seem to be dealing with the issue in their own lives. Alcohol and drug abuse (illegal and prescription) are certainly a very real challenge for someone with ADHD, as it is for many others.

My favorite resource to share is an informational booklet, created by Al-anon Family Group Headquarters, and published just this year. It is current, easy to read and filled with the basics to get you started. Whether you’re a parent, a child, a spouse, a sibling or a friend of someone with a drug or alcohol problem, this booklet is a great first step to understanding what you can do to help yourself live a healthier life.

Al-anon Faces Alcoholism 2011

If you feel that Al-anon or Alateen could be right for you, please reach out to them and find out about meeting times and locations in your area. To check out their website, click here.

I will be writing a post about my personal connection to this disease, once I find the words. I’ve been trying for 3 weeks. It’s a great deal harder than I had imagined it would be. I’m working on it.

Celebrities with ADD / ADHD

January 11, 2011

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I have included below a link to Parenting.com, where you can find a list of celebrities who live with ADHD each day.

Your children may or may not know all of these names and that’s ok. Go through the list with them and google the names of those they don’t recognize. Help them learn more about the successes others with ADHD have found. It could be a great conversation starter. 🙂

It’s always a good idea for anyone living with ADHD to have a little something like this in their back pocket. That way, the next time that really annoying mom from the school association starts to brag about how perfect her children are (yeah, sure they are) and how she “feels” for your son or daughter because they must find grade 6 so hard, with ADHD and all, you’ll be ready for her. Stand up for yourself and your child and put her in her place with a few of the more famous ADHD success stories. 🙂 Good luck!

  • Justin Timberlake – Musician and Actor
  • Jamie Oliver – Chef
  • Karina Smirnoff – Professional Dancer on Dancing With The Stars
  • Will Smith – Actor
  • Howie Mandel – Host of Deal or No Deal
  • Paris Hilton – Heiress and Actress
  • Paul Orfales – Founder of Kinko’s
  • Michelle Rodriguez – Actress on LOST
  • David Neeleman – Founder of JetBlue Airways
  • Michael Phelps – Professional Athlete and Olympian
  • Jim Carrey – Actor
  • Ty Pennington – Host of Extreme Makeover – Home Edition.
  • Sir Richard Branson – Founder of Virgin Atlantic Airline

For more on each of these celebrities, click on the link below.

Celebrities with ADHD

*Know of other ADHD success stories? Send me a message or comment below and tell us. 🙂

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** Please help me shine a light on the other side of a condition so often stigmatized by negativity. Share this ADHD Success Story with those around you to help them understand how ADHD can inspire great change, innovation and talent in the world! 🙂

Excerpt from ADDitude Magazine  (article by Kay Marner) :

In our recent interview, Howie Mandel spoke passionately and articulately about the stigma attached to having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or any condition that falls into the whole “mental health” category.

Here’s what he had to say:

“I wasn’t an easy child. My behavior in school and at home was not to be applauded. But my parents were incredibly supportive. I don’t have a high school diploma, and I’m sure that’s not a source of pride for them, but I never felt any less loved and supported by them than I would have had I gone on to higher education. I didn’t finish high school because I am, and always was, incredibly impulsive. It’s really hard for me to focus and listen for any length of time; to sit for any length of time. I spent more time in the principal’s office than in the classroom.

One of my last pranks was, I didn’t want to go swimming, so — this was years before Caddy Shack came out — I threw a candy bar in the pool, and you can imagine what that looked like. After the whole school was gathered around trying to figure out who defecated in the pool, I dived in and came up with it in my mouth. I thought it was funny at the time, but the administration didn’t.”

“After I impulsively revealed that I have OCD on a talk show, I was devastated. But when I eventually emerged into public that day, I was approached by all kinds of people saying, ‘Me too.’ Those were two of the most comforting words I’ve ever heard. Whatever you deal with in life, you’re overwhelmed with feelings of being alone. Well, you’re not, and I wasn’t from that day forward.

“Now, I’m a big proponent of mental health awareness. I don’t think there’s anyone alive who doesn’t have issues, whether its relationship issues, job stress, or something else. We take care of our dental health, but not our mental health. We go to the dentist for x-rays when there’s no issue — when we feel perfect. But we don’t get a mental health check-up, because there’s a stigma involved.

It’s easy for someone in a big corporate arena to get up and say, ‘Hey, I have to go to the dentist, but it’s hard to get up and say I’m going to a psychiatrist or a therapist.’ “And, take health insurance — they pay a bigger percentage for a diagnosed physiological problem than a psychological one — that alone tells you that there is a stigma.

Being open about it in articles like this, and in my book, may chip away at it, but the stigma is certainly very strong, and still there.”

Click on the link below for the full article by Kay Marner, by ADDitude Magazine.

Howie Mandel At School

Enjoy! 🙂

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