DEAR MARY: My Life with ADHD

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9781601456229: DEAR MARY: My Life with ADHD
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Follow the poignant journey of a man who struggled with the consequences of undiagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for the first forty-four years of his life.

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This book is for the estimated six million undiagnosed adults in America and the countless others who live around the world. I provide examples of ADHD behavior that should provoke undiagnosed adults to seek more information about the condition. The examples shatter the myth that ADHD is a made up condition.

The ADHD diagnosis process mandates a second psychological interview that involves a significant other and pieces of evidence that may lead a clinician to certify the client has ADHD. I chose to write a book as my second diagnostic interview, bypassing the important phase with a direct and honest portrayal of what it was like living with a condition that caused acute distraction, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity.

The book challenges the antiquated and subjective ADHD diagnosis process and rampant prescription of narcotic stimulants to treat the symptoms.

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"What's wrong with you?" "Sit still!" "Can't you do anything right?" Withstanding denigrating remarks, everlasting self-doubt, and abrupt ends to relationships, Don K Potochny describes the muddled confusion of living 44 years with undiagnosed ADHD and other associative conditions. Don's emotional introspective journey is for the over 6 million undiagnosed adults who struggle with ADHD symptoms. Don also shatters the perception that ADHD is a medical myth by educating and providing perspective for non-ADHDers about the ramifications of undiagnosed ADHD. The depiction of Don's life journey is his second ADHD interview under the current diagnostic guidelines that presents compelling evidence for psychotherapists and researchers to evaluate. He describes the standard ADHD diagnostic process that uses psychotherapist interviews and symptom checklists, but does not integrate quantifiable measures of brain activity.

Don K Potochny is a free lance author who has been published in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Nation's Restaurant News. Don's freelance work also includes contributions to the Pulitzer Center and Don combines his love of writing with a lifetime's worth of experiences to present what it was like trying to function with an undiagnosed brain condition.

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