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Saturday, August 16, 2008

A Guide on the AD/HD Roller Coaster

Got a partner with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) or think that your partner might have it? Then get yourself over to these two new blogs: ADHD Roller Coaster and The ADHD Partner Survey: Charting the ADHD Roller Coaster's Thrills and Spills.

They're by Gina Pera, journalist and author of the new book Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? I find Gina's approach in the book and on her new blogs exciting: Yes, having a partner with AD/HD can drive you batty sometimes, but it's not all gloom and doom; things can get better. That's been my experience with my husband, Ed. Ed's 47 and I'm 49. We've been married for 15 years now, and his AD/HD was diagnosed when he was 39 or 40—yes, things were so crazy for a while that we can't remember the diagnosis year for sure!—but we've settled down and know how to cope with AD/HD. We're even still very much in love with each other. ;-)

Watch Gina's blogs. I'm betting, because I've started reading her book, that on her blogs she'll provide us with the same understanding, encouragement, and common sense that can be found in the book. And that's just what couples with AD/HD in the house need.

P.S. Subscribe to Attention magazine, produced by the advocacy organization CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/hyperactivity Disorder). Try to get the August issue, because you'll want to read the first in a series of articles by Gina about people who have AD/HD but insist that they don't. The article in the August issue is entitled "The Biology of Denial: Not Unwilling to See—Just Unable." Here's the August issue's table of contents.

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