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Compared to a new ride called the Life Force Crusher, the ADHD Roller Coaster pales in comparison.  Consider the Crusher’s features:

  • Six disorienting vertical loops,fear_man1
  • 150-feet of highly unstable barrel rolls,
  • a portion in the middle where the ride just suddenly stops for no reason and refuses to start again until riders apologize,
  • an unexpected 310-foot drop at the very end.

And that’s not all!

“This heart-racing, gut-wrenching 90 mph free fall into unhealthy codependence and trust issues will have even the most extreme thrill-seekers begging for it to be over,” reads a Six Flags press release announcing the new coaster, which promises to require more attention and patience than any one man should reasonably be expected to have. “Can you survive the Agonizing Vortex of Unflagging Acrimony?”

If living with ADHD—your own or your partner’s—has grown exceedingly dull, this could be the ride for you! Click here to read more.

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umbrellawedI knew something was up when a greater-than-usual  number of “help, please!” e-mails appeared in my in-box this morning.

Then my friend Doreen gave me the heads up on Facebook: MSN.com had featured a “When Your Lover Has ADHD” tag on its Valentine’s-themed homepage.  It linked to an interview I’d done last year with Health.com: “When Someone You Love Has ADHD: Frequently Asked Questions About Helping Your Partner and Yourself.”  It begins this way:

When journalist Gina Pera married a man with undiagnosed Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) she embarked on a wild ride that took her from frustration and confusion to understanding and advocacy. Today she runs support groups for people with ADHD and their partners, and her book Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? was published in 2008.

“Wild ride” indeed. But our marriage started out more on the rainy side. (That’s us at our outdoor wedding in 1998.  Despite the huge two-person umbrella, my husband still managed to position the dripline right over me. Fortunately, that kind of center-of-the-universe tendency is a relic of the past — or neither one of us, not to mention our marriage, would have survived!) Here’s a sample of the questions:

Q: How did you realize that your husband had ADHD?

Q: In the title of your book, you used the outdated term “ADD.” Why that instead of ADHD? Read the rest of this entry »

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“Your love is like a roller coaster, baby baby. I wanna ride….ooo hoo hoo hoo.” (The headline’s poetic license courtesy of my husband.)

What’s an ADHD Roller Coaster blog without a theme song, especially one you can dance to? Click below to play my top pick: Love Roller Coaster from the Ohio Players. Read the rest of this entry »

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If you live in Anaheim, Baltimore, Philadelphia, or Princeton, the ADHD Roller Coaster is coming to your town! Well, actually, it’s just me, Gina Pera, but I’ll be talking about the ADHD Roller Coaster. Next week, join us at the CHADD Regional Conference in Anaheim, August 22, where I’ll talk about how Adult ADHD affects parenting. In honor of ADHD Awareness week in September, I’ll be visiting East Coast three cities: Read the rest of this entry »

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Introducing: The ADHD Hall of Shame, a new ADHD Roller Coaster department.

Inaugural inductees: HBO show host Bill Maher and his guests Arianna Huffington, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). Two liberals and two conservatives who could agree on one thing only: It’s okay to bash ADHD.

“Paddling a child is inhumane but drugging a child is the way to go?” began an indignant Kingston (R-GA), implying that there’s nothing about ADHD that a good whupping won’t cure. Read the rest of this entry »

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