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October 23, 2013  

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What is the most frightening statistic about those with ADD/ADHD? Why are stimulants like drugs and alcohol so attractive to ADDers? In our featured article, "Top Adult ADHD Symptoms: Alcohol and Drug Abuse," ADD CrusherTM Alan Brown reveals some dangerous statistics about ADHD and substance abuse and offers his observations on how the power of awareness is an effective alternative treatment for ADHD.      


DeShawn Wert Do you know when to say "when" to the compromise of fitting in? Has your ability to compromise gone too far? Read DeShawn Wert's insight on the topic, entitled "The Differences between Fitting in and Belonging," in our Guest Writer section of this issue. Learn the two questions that can help you understand the subtle difference between just fitting in and actually belonging.   


Thinking about attending the 2013 CHADD conference? Do you know what to expect there? In our Audio News section, check out our recent interview with Barbara Hawkins, titled "2013 CHADD Conference: Details in Interviews with Featured Presenters."     


Another recent radio show asks the question:  Can sharing economic data with your employer inspire companies to invest in ADHD treatments? Get the answer and learn more in our interview with Linda Walker, titled "The Impact of ADHD on the Economy."    


Be sure to calendar two upcoming Attention Talk Radio shows. Tonight, it's "We Plus ADHD: Creating Great Relationships," with Rick and Ava Green, which is sure to be hilarious! Then on October 30. we interview Zoe Kessler in a show entitled, "ADHD and Its Impact on Puberty and the Advent of the Period," as we talk about what puberty is like for a girl with ADHD. Get the details in our Audio News section in this issue. 


Want something to think about? Check out our Video News section for details on two recent interviews.  The first asks the questions: Got ADHD? Taking Stimulants? Got that zombie feeling? If so, why might that be? To get the answer, check out our video interview with Dr. Charles Parker, titled "ADHD Zombie - Stimulant Medication."  


I used to think ADD wasn't real, but then I learned about DRD 4.7 and it changed my mind. How can this statement be a lethal tool for those with ADD? Find out in the second video interview with comedian Rick Green, titled "How Can Gene DRD 4.7 Be Used as a Weapon for Those with ADD?"    


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The Differences Between Fitting In and Belonging    

by DeShawn Wert, BS, MEd, ADD Coach 

Article initially appeared on and is reproduced with permission. 


DeShawn Wert

Early in my career, I realized I was pretty good at "fitting in." I saw nothing wrong with it. In fact, I was well liked and respected. And as I grew older, fitting in became even more important to me. Unfortunately, over time as you try to "fit in," something happens--you begin to compromise.

First, let me say that compromise is not a dirty word. On the contrary, everyday life and circumstances call for compromise. Some compromising choices can include a radio station that everyone in the car can tolerate; choosing a restaurant that will satisfy the tastes of everyone, and which movie to watch that will entertain everyone. But when compromise becomes your way of life to "fit in" it gets easy to give away too much....


Women are especially conditioned to "please others." Additionally, if one has ADD, you may feel the need to be on the good side of others because it is likely just a matter of time before we will need to make an apology! Between the cultural issues and ADD symptoms, compromise can be become a regular part of life. I call this the "double whammy" of ADD.


Fitting In

So how do you know when to say when to the compromise of fitting in? Has your ability to compromise gone too far? There are two gut check questions that help me know when I am getting close to fitting in:

  • Am I thinking of pleasing others' expectations more than my own?
  • How much am I changing (or hiding) myself to meet the expectations of others?

Choosing Belonging  

By using these gut check questions help me determine more strategically my decision to join a community, become friends or share valuable information. I am able to live on my terms, honestly share my thoughts, rather than try to blend in. By knowing the subtle differences between the act of "fitting in" and the act of "belonging," I know my responsibility to choose my path and my friends wisely, as I consciously choose to belong.


So, when I start to feel I am worrying more about what others think of me and I start to disregard or ignore my own inner voice, I stop and ask myself what I am going to choose - "fitting in" or "belonging." Which would you choose?


Reprinted with permission. Originally published on 

Copyright DeShawn Wert, B.S., M.Ed., ADD Coach


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Top Adult ADHD Symptoms: Alcohol and Drug Abuse       

 by Alan Brown, ADD CrusherTM 


Last week I blogged  about the power of AWARENESS as an ADHD alternative treatment. Awareness of the impact of diet... of the full range of treatment options... of the damage of unchecked negative self-talk... of your own strengths and weaknesses, etc. All things that can empower you if you have greater awareness. Well, you can add to that list awareness of the frightening statistical friendship of ADHD and substance abuse. Once again, I've listened to an archived show on Attention Talk Radio - this time, an interview with clinical psychologist Dr. David Teplin - and come away with a must-write blog on substance abuse as one of the top adult ADHD symptoms.


Some Hallucination-Inducing ADHD Statistics

Did you know that those with ADHD are six times more at risk for substance abuse than the general population and will suffer with the abuse for a longer time? It gets uglier....


  • Up to 45% of adults with ADHD are alcohol abusers.
  • Up to one third abuse illegal drugs.
  • Between 35% and 71% of all alcoholics are also ADHD!
  • Between 15% and 25% of drug abusers are also ADHD.  
  • ADHD adults are disproportionately represented among patients in treatment centers (not to mention also among the prison population, which I blogged about a few months ago from the ADHD Coaches Organization conference).


Wow, not lookin' so good for us!! And that's not all - don't forget all the behavioral issues that result from these abuses: drunken driving, arrests, failed relationships, poor career prospects...and on and on. As if the ADHD alone weren't bad ENOUGH!!!


But wait! There's more! Then we, of course, have to contend with the frequent ADD/ADHD co-morbidities of anxiety, depression, bipolar, oppositional defiance disorder, and so on - that make matters worse, as well as confounding proper diagnosis and treatment.


WHAT is Going ON Here?!?

Well, as a former alcohol and drug abuser myself, I'm not surprised at all these ugly stats and the isolation of substance abuse as one of the most prevalent adult ADHD symptoms.


Looking back at my teen years, it's pretty clear how I got my start. They say marijuana is the gateway drug - but I feel regular old cigarettes are a bigger gateway for ADDers. And sure enough, we ADDers start smoking earlier that the average kid smoker - and are less likely to quit. And the gateway effect is aided and abetted by the gravitation to permissive peers and like-minded others who'll accept us and our behaviors, making for a snowball effect. Here are some of the why's that Dr. Teplin touched on....

  • Both we ADDers and substance abusers tend to lack sufficient amounts of dopamine. Abuse, just like all risky behaviors, counters that dopamine deficit. (Hmmm. Is THAT why they call it dope?)  
  • Nicotine is a mild stimulant. Its mild "upper" effect probably contributes to the attraction and difficulty in quitting.  
  • Alcohol and marijuana are both depressants that might have a calming effect on hyperactivity.  
  • As ADHD sufferers, we're likely to be defined as failing, outcasts, not up to par - all great reasons to go have a drink!


But back to the awareness lesson here. Whether or not we are grappling with some substance, having the knowledge about this dysfunctional relationship can help our overall mission of greater understanding, facing new challenges - and maybe even equip us to help a fellow ADDer in need. If someone you suspect of having attention disorders also has this most pernicious of adult ADHD symptoms, approach gently.... Bless!!




Originally published in ADD Crusher Blog. Republished with permission.    


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Recent Shows to Listen to in Our Archives

The 2013 CHADD Conference: Details in Interviews with Presenters 
The 2013 CHADD conference is around the corner. In preparation, we interviewed Barbara Hawkins, president of the board of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) on what to expect at this year's conference and interviewed key featured speakers, like Michelle Garcia Winner, Dr. Nancy Rappaport, Dr. Robert Brooks, who tipped their hats and shared insights from their presentations. If you are going to the 2013 CHADD conference, or are thinking about it, this is a must-listen show.

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What is the impact of ADHD on the US economy? In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, your host, attention coach Jeff Copper, interviews Linda Walker, an ADHD coach, chairperson of the Workplace Issues Committee and member of the board of directors of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association. They discuss an economic study that begins to account for the economic cost of ADHD, providing data that organizations need to justify the investment in managing ADHD for profit. If you have or are impacted by ADHD, be sure to catch this show.

Reminder to Calendar These Upcoming Shows

WE Plus ADHD: Creating Great Relationships
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 8:00 pm ET
null You fall in love, get married, and live happily ever after... NOT!  How about a reframe? You fall in love, get married, and live happier, and happier, and happier. Now you're talking! In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, your host, attention and ADHD coach, Jeff Copper interviews "We," who are Rick and Ava Green."We" represents not Rick, not Ava, but their relationship. Yes, there's a third-party in their marriage. The marriage itself. Now we add a twist: "We" plus ADHD. Oh yes, Rick has ADHD and, thus, the couple has ADHD. In our interview we talk about the impact of ADHD on relationships, the challenges, the importance of knowing ADHD is there, the impact of knowledge on expectations, the overriding vote "We" have in relationships and how this couple lives happier, and happier, and happier.

ADHD: Its Impact on Puberty and the Advent of the Period
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 8:00 pm ET
Puberty is difficult enough for an adolescent, but what is it like for a girl to have ADHD and start having her period? Yikes!  In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, your host, ADHD and attention coach Jeff Copper, has a candid discussion with Zoe Kessler on her experience as a young teenager dealing with those challenges back when less was known in what seemed like the dark ages. If you're a teenage girl or a parent, teacher, or relative of a teenager with ADD/ADHD who is going through puberty, this is a show you can't miss.

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The word "zombie" seems to be used as an adjective around how some feel when they talk about ADHD stimulant medications. In this video, we interview Dr. Charles Parker ( to understand what the phenomena is all about and to see if something can be done about it.

Why is it that the most ignorant people have the strongest opinions? Watch our interview with comedian Rick Green of Totally ADD ( as we talk about how Gene DRD 4.7 can be used to defend yourself when confronted by anyone who believes ADHD isn't real!

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