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Attention Magazine June 2019

ADHD & Recreational Marijuana: What’s the Attraction?

David Teplin

The perception that marijuana is therapeutic for ADHD continues to increase in popularity. Anecdotes from people with ADHD who feel that recreational cannabis use provides therapeutic benefits are common. There is little clinical research to support these claims, however.   Despite an absence of research, there is much chatter online. A relatively recent study looked…



ADHD and My Drug Addiction: Down the Rabbit Hole and Back Into the Light

Alan Brown

One September day when I was 29, I stopped as I often did at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City to hold my dying mother’s hand as she fought her final battle with ovarian cancer. And as I always did, I soon grew antsy and impatient, and said to her, “I’m sorry I can’t…



Beyond Fight, Flight, or Freeze—the Fib

Monica Hassall RN

When did you first tell a lie? You were likely very young (maybe two or three years old), afraid or ashamed of a situation, and used language to protect yourself. What if some fibbing is not a character flaw? What if fibs are a self-preservation response, an outcome of challenges with inhibition, emotional regulation, working…



Raising Neurodiverse Fans

Katherine Howell

Let me offer a fast and unnuanced definition of “fan.” A fan loves a piece of media, or a character from a piece of media. Popular fandoms include My Little Pony, Star Wars, RuPaul’s Drag Race, anime and manga of all kinds, both the DC and Marvel comics universes (and the associated superheroes), and Harry…



Why Can’t I Do This? How Emotional Intelligence and Self-Regulation Pay Off for Adults with ADHD

Kay Axtell MA, SCAC

When was the last time you experienced a set of emotions so intense that they overtook your mind, resulting in a lack of normal functioning? Perhaps you blanked in a job interview, shut down during an exam, or spent days wiped out after the emotional explosion with your kids or your spouse. Perhaps it’s been…



What to Know Before You Head Off to College

Juli Shulem MS, CPC, PCC

Students heading off to college for the first time confront a plethora of new and challenging experiences, but those with ADHD and similar issues may find those experiences completely overwhelming. Coaching college students has allowed me to understand the problems they are up against. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest challenges and…



Leaving Home, ADHD-Style

Jon L. Thomas EdD, LPC

One particularly hot summer day during my Texas youth, I was cutting mesquite trees for a local rancher. As I worked my way from the cattle pens outward, I soon found myself a mile or so from the ranch house. I should mention that I have ADHD and often forget little things that can become big problems,…



Flipping the Script on ADHD: Find Your Strength in the Workplace and Dispel the Myths Along Your Path

Michelle Raz MEd

If you have ADHD, you’ve probably been told to look for a job that will accommodate your ADHD weaknesses. Over and over, people tell you to become a firefighter, a hairdresser, or join the military. “You’ll do great because these jobs will let you move around a lot. You won’t have to sit still! They’re…



Studying on Fear and Caffeine

Daniel Pertschuk MD

My resume coming out of high school was less than stellar: two suspensions for fighting, dozens of unsatisfactory citizenship marks, poor grades in any subject unrelated to those I liked (math and science), and a reputation as a troublemaker. I know what you’re thinking—my resume doesn’t look that different from the rest of the members…



The Purpose Challenge

Mark Katz

Kendall Cotton Bronk, an associate professor of psychology at Claremont Graduate University, is on a mission: to help young people discover their purpose in life. Doing so, she says, carries with it a number of potential benefits, among them, healthier and happier futures. Dr. Bronk actually has the research to prove it. And she’s recently…



Young Drivers with ADHD

Lauren Haack PhD

Our update for this issue focuses on two related questions: How impaired are young drivers with ADHD and how can their driving be improved? More impaired than their peers? The goals of the first study were to assess differences in driving behavior between young adults with and without ADHD, as well as examine how behaviors…