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March 25, 2013 


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What's it like for you when you hurry? And why? Does it really get you there any faster? Any calmer? Elaine Taylor-Klaus of Impact ADHD offers some enlightening thoughts in her article, "Slow Down to Speed Up," in our Guest Writer section of this edition. As Elaine mentioned, "Slow gets faster when you're happy." Can you apply that to your daily routine? 

What is a sense of humor and how do you get one? Do you use humor to help you get through difficulties? In our "Facebook Corner" in this edition, we share a Facebook post by Veronique St. Martin about our interview with Rick Green on "The Impact of ADHD on Humor." 


Also in this issue, in our interview, entitled "ADHD and Juvenile Justice: Accused but not Sentenced," Robert Tudisco of the Edge Foundation answers the question, "Is ADHD a defense for juveniles who go astray?" Also featured is our interview with Dr. Arthur Robin, entitled "Defiant ADHD Teens: Tips from the Trenches, Part 2," in which Dr. Robin helps us pick which battle to fight with a rebellious or disobedient teenager.

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ADHD and Juvenile Justice: Accused but not Sentenced  

Is ADHD a defense for juveniles who go astray? Which has more individuals with mental health issues--Rikers Island jail or the largest mental facility in the country? Who needs to be educated on ADHD -- the juvenile's attorney, the prosecutor, the judge, none or all of the above? Get these answers and more in our interview with Robert Tudisco on February 20, 2013, titled, "ADHD and Juvenile Justice: Accused but not Sentenced."


What is one-on-one time in the context of your teen? Which battle do you pick -- cleaning a messy room or sneaking out at night? Listen to our interview with Dr. Arthur Robin on January 23, 2013, to get these answers and find out who really wins in a coercive interchange. The show, entitled "Defiant ADHD Teens: Tips from the Trenches, Part 2," where we pick up where we left off in Part 1 on November 14, 2012.   


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ADHD: Drowning in Media Sensationalism 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 8:00 pm

The New York Times printed a tragic story of Richard Fee as told by reporter Alan Schwarz. The story is disturbing. In short, Richard Fee passed away because of inappropriate use of stimulant medication. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, Dr. Ann Abramowitz and Dr. Theresa Maitland share the tragic stories of many who suffer because of inappropriate use of media sensationalism. The story is disturbing. What is even more disturbing is that the media would capitalize on the pain of the Fee family, using sensationalism that causes further stigma on sufferers of ADHD who take medications properly. Very simply, the media could use counterbalance in their reporting by featuring positive outcomes. Join host and attention coach Jeff Copper to hear our guests tell the rest of the story!


Thursday, April 4, 2013, 8:00 am

The Northern Virginia Chapter of CHADD has invited us to do a live interview on location at Commonwealth Academy, a school for students who have organizational, attention, or learning differences in Alexandria, Virginia. The focus of our show is on answering questions most teens don't ask. On hand will be Dr. Clifford Sussman, board certified physician in psychiatry and neurology. We will be answering questions submitted by teens on a range of topics most are too afraid to ask. This will be an insightful show and will provide information that is difficult to obtain elsewhere. If you're a teen, have a teen, or know a teen who is impacted by ADHD, this is a show you don't want to miss.


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ADHD Executive: How Diagrams Helped Him Communicate Better     

Got ADHD? Struggle with communicating? Watch our interview with Robert on Attention Talk Video, entitled "ADHD Executive: How Diagrams Helped Him Communicate Better," as he shares a tool he uses to organize and communicate his thoughts.


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On "The Impact of Humor on ADHD"  (Rick Green Interview on Attention Talk Radio)

What an interesting subject! Humor is very important in life, and particularly for us ADDers, because we live difficult things and because we often are anxious, nervous, stressed, impatient, and on and on. So, a sense of humor relaxes us, and as Rick Green said, it gives people a kind of power, although to me the most popular people usually have a good sense of humor... which isn't my case, unhappily. I don't have a strong sense of humor essentially because I've known a lot of difficulties in my life and also because curiously I hardly understand jokes. I laugh when others laugh because I may not understand the real meaning of the jokes. But it's not just an excuse to be dull, I know, LOL! In fact, I try to develop this personality trait and I believe everyone is able to do it if they want. In some circumstances, however, I can make people laugh and the more curious about that is that it happens spontaneously! The words come easily and, here, I just made a joke! It seems that when I try to do it intentionally, it doesn't work, but when I don't think to do it, it works! It's the same when I write. I write the best text when I do it intuitively, impulsively. But I find that many ADDers are professional humorists, so, a sense of humor must be a common trait among ADDers. As Jeff said in a recent show, ADHD can manifest differently in different individuals!


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Slow Down to Speed up 

by Elaine Taylor-Klaus of Impact ADHD  


Every day, mixed in among the school notices, newsletters and email spam, I get a note from "The Universe." Even when I don't read it, I smile, knowing that someone, somewhere, is trying to help us all manage this wild and wacky modern world with some semblance of calm and collectedness.


A recent message was perfect for all of us parents of ADD/ADHD kids: "Fast takes longer when you hurry." So true.


We all know the inevitable "slow down" that happens when we try to rush our kids. They lose what focus they've got and then get anxious on top of it. Like the proverbial union slow-down, the more we push them to get moving, the slower they're likely to go.


So instead of relying on rushing to get you places on time, take a breath and slow down a bit. Maybe allow for a little extra time. (I know, easier said than done!) But try leveling your pace and see what happens. It might turn out that you'll only be 1-2 minutes later, but your mood (or your child's) will be in a place of calm.


And remember this corollary my wise husband added to The Universe: "Slow gets faster when you're happy."



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As an inveterate clock watcher, James glances at his digital watch at random from time to time throughout the day. What is the probability that he will see all the digits reading the same (for example, 4:44) during any single glance? (Assume a typical day, not a day on which daylight savings time changes or anything like that. The watch is set to a 12-hour U.S. format, not a 24 hour European or military format.)


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answerTeaser Answer:


There are 12 instances in each 24-hour period when a digital clock or watch will show all identical digits. (1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44, 5:55, and 11:11, each times two = 12) for exactly a minute in each instance.

Since there are 1,440 minutes (24x60) in a 24-hour period, the probability of James seeing all the same digits in any 24-hour period is 12/1440 = 0.0083, or slightly less than one chance out of a hundred.

Practically speaking, however, since most of us are asleep from 11:11 pm through 5:55 am, James PROBABLY did not glance at his watch during those hours.

But if James sleeps 8 hours every day, the most correct answer would then be 6/960, or about 1 chance in 160. If that (or 0.00625) was your answer, give yourself extra credit for not viewing this as strictly a math problem.


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Editor's Note

Kirsten Milliken, Editor


My intention is to share images, information, videos, and content to capture your interest and perhaps inspire you to pay attention to something differently. Enjoy! 

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