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Storm Stories

Storm Stories

An ADHD Expert's Biggest Storm

…Yet as the site came up in front of me, it did not look familiar to me and then my eyes drifted to the 164 comments about my book and my eyes got wide, my mouth dropped open and the familiar swirl of a storm began to vibrate throughout my entire body. Dizziness came over me as I gripped the cool granite bar where I was standing to stay steady. I could not believe that I had never seen any of these comments about my book! So I took a deep breath and looked at the ratings along with the comments and saw I had a 4.7 out of 5 stars and felt proud and relieved. As I continued to look at the ratings, though, I saw the narration rating was a very poor 2 out of 5 stars and my heart sunk. I had done the narration of the book and immediately wanted to run for the hills and leave the world behind…

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James Ochoa Comment

I was diagnosed with ADHD at age 44. Since that time, I have implemented many tools and strategies to help me to thrive in a world built for the neuro-typical. I started taking medication two years ago. This along with some ADHD coaching helped me a lot. All was going well until 6 months ago, when my elderly father was diagnosed with cancer. This situation exacerbated his confusion and mild memory loss. What should have been a fairly uncomplicated course of treatment was fraught with complications; My dad and our family have been on a vicious roller-coaster ride, suspended in a constant state of 'wait-and-see.' While he has received excellent care, we wind our way through the rounds of doctor's appointments, tests, assessments and the sheer logistics of helping a parent to navigate 'the system.'

Since then, my ADHD symptoms have become worse…

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From Hell and Back

I’m a 46-year-old woman, and was misdiagnosed with panic disorder, for most of my life, until January of this year. I now know, that all of my supposed “panic attacks” were really emotional storms, caused by having untreated ADHD.
Starting in my late 20s, and continuing for most of my life, until I found proper treatment for ADHD, I had almost-daily, recurring emotional storms, regarding a repeated type of interaction between my supervisor and myself.

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Deb CohenComment

I’m 21 years old and only recently received medication for my ADD. My whole life I’ve been looked down upon, called names, been bullied, been taken advantage of, everything u can think of I’ve been through it. It’s caused me to feel terrible about myself which gives me anxiety, especially around others cause I’m scared of being hurt by them even if I have no reason to think that they would…

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Completely Off The Rails

Lost my job in January 2019, and now upon reflection my ADHD may have had something to do with it. 4 months have passed, and I have done sqat. Sitting at home and giving me all the time to do stuff, I learnt CAD design, became expert at Home depot, shopped for 3d printers --basically did all non essential stuff…

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Ruining My Daughter's Sweet 16 (and Our Relationship)

My daughter will turn 16 in one week, and I still haven't planned her birthday party. In my defense, I started asking her what she wanted to do a year ago, and she said that she didn't want a party. About 3 weeks ago, she decided that she DID want a party, and that she wanted to get some hotel rooms for her and 12 of her "closest" friends (most of whom I have barely even met).

In the meantime, my son turned 12 one week ago, and I had his sleepover party for 8 boys…

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HealthyADHD the Meltdown

…Inspired by reading James’ book, I created an emotional management program to support women in leading more balanced lives with ADHD.

Only one problem - in all of this I have been unable to make a living. In fact, I have spent far more money attempting to learn and improve myself than I have made in the last couple years…

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Liz LewisComment
The Inception of Shiny Shorts

In the summer of 2018 as I was finishing my video education series, I was looking for my next shiny object to chase. My narrative fiction podcast "The Complex" was being listened to by thousands of people and my mind swirled with possibilities of a second season, yet, the funding was too much to take on. So, I began having lightning strikes, which are mental bursts of activity that jumpstart ideas for me. I ended up getting the idea for Shiny Shorts as the next evolution The Complex. Mind you, I…

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James OchoaComment