ADD and Loving it!
Check out this video documentary about living with adult ADHD. It was made in September 2009
… Patrick McKenna is .. a talented and award winning dramatic actor, and he takes us back to his public school to reveal the dark side, peeling back the layers of a very difficult childhood. Talking about the struggles at school, in his career, and as a parent, exposes a pain that Janis admits, “We spent our whole lives trying to cover up.”
Canadian comedy legend Patrick McKenna is after the truth. “Everything you think you know about A.D.D. is wrong.” In this one hour documentary he talks to researchers, specialists and doctors about A.D.D. and A.D.H.D.. He also chats with ordinary Canadians & Americans who are directly dealing with the challenges of this common problem. Interwoven with these insights, Patrick shares his own life story and his struggle with undiagnosed and untreated A.D.H.D, and now his success taking it on Adult A.D.D..
Patrick is astonished at the amount of scientific research, including breakthroughs in identifying the genes involved. He also learns that most people who think they are A.D.D. are not–many other conditions can look like A.D.D.. About 1 in 25 adults actually have the disorder. But less than half of those people are getting the diagnosis. Even Patrick realizes that moments in his life that he thought were depression were in fact frustration and overwhelm from undiagnosed A.D.D..
Though the suffering is real, Patrick is interested in the good news. When A.D.D. is diagnosed and treated, life can become very sweet. A liability can become an asset. As one expert explains, “This is not a diagnosis to fear. This is a diagnosis to understand and embrace.”
As the excitement of discovery starts to overwhelm Patrick he covers a wall with gigantic Post-Its, listen every question you ever wanted to know about A.D.D. but were afraid to ask. Then in machine-gun staccato, nine top experts provide the answers. The program amuses and amazes us by actually presenting the facts—what we know for sure.
We hear from the people who have it, and the medical professionals who deal with it every day. The program is constantly surprising. As Doctor Stephen Kurtz admits, “Everything I was taught to do in Graduate School to deal with A.D.H.D., I would now consider to be malpractice.” Diagnosing and treating A.D.H.D. is evolving quickly. Patrick makes it clear, the key is education.
There’s plenty of comedy as Patrick’s wife Janis takes him through a slew of the most reliable tests for A.D.D.. They can’t stop laughing in recognition, and Patrick giggles, “You’re enjoying this, aren’t you?” Janis admits, “I didn’t know it would be this much fun!”
But Patrick McKenna is also a talented and award winning dramatic actor, and he takes us back to his public school to reveal the dark side, peeling back the layers of a very difficult childhood. Talking about the struggles at school, in his career, and as a parent, exposes a pain that Janis admits, “We spent our whole lives trying to cover up.”
Along the way Patrick dramatizes the different aspects of A.D.H.D.. He is learning that this is far more complex than just being ‘easily distracted.’ There are challenges with Impulsivity and Hyperactivity. Patrick and director Rick Green lead us through a lively romp about the symptoms of adult A.D.D. But then Patrick learns the five keys to turning A.D.D. from a hidden handicap that sabotages your life to an ally that allows you to soar.
Patrick laughs at the lies, busts the myths, and finally takes on the most controversial aspect of A.D.D., medication!!! Again, prepare to be shocked. Everything you have heard about Ritalin is wrong. Patrick is stunned to learn that for over 75% of people who try medication the results are overwhelmingly positive and life transforming. One successful author and life coach reveals that for her, “Medication was a spiritual awakening.” Patrick concludes, “I’ve realized everything I thought I knew about medication was told to me by people who had no idea themselves.”
At the end of his journey Patrick concludes, “It’s hard to love A.D.D.. But you can
have A.D.D. and love life.”
Source: Global News: ADD & Loving It