Adult ADHD

I’ve recently been working on a story about adult ADHD. Now, there are certainly plenty of drawbacks to being a freelance writer (like, perhaps not having a regular paycheck!), but the one big perk is that you get to learn about so many different things. ADHD, for example. We all seem to joke about it but I had little idea of the communication, relationship and other issues that go along with the disorder. I also didn’t realize that a full 4.5 percent of the adult population show signs of ADHD. The hot topic lately seems to be how much ADHD can influence a marriage. There are several new books out on this subject right now. One is from Bay Area journalist Gina Pera, author of Is It You, Me or Adult A.D.D.? Pera calls the disorder a roller coaster ride. I didn’t interview her for my story because it had a slightly different slant (maybe I’ll get the privilege for another assignment, though). However, I came upon her blog and think it’s worth passing along. There are lots of spouses of ADHD people who vent online about their partner’s behavior and disorder. I’m sure they all have valid claims because from what I’ve learned there’s often a lot to vent about. This particular post, though, is from someone who suffers from ADHD and she’s venting to Gina. Of course, the sentiment is quite interesting. But the communication style is also worth noting. Do you know anyone who goes on like this? Maybe it’s ADHD!

Oh, did I mention that one of the hazards of health writing is that I think everyone has whatever it is I’m currently working on?? Oy vey!

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