Variations on ADD-ADHD

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Whad’ya mean“Variations?”


GOOD question!

Here are just a few of the answers:

ADD plus

  • ADD or ADHin addition to one or more of its “siblings” (commonly called “comorbid conditions” ) — like depression, anxiety, Tourette’s, OCD, etc.
  • ADD or ADHin addition to one or more of its “cousins” (commonly called “co-occuring” conditions) — seen frequently in ADDers, but not frequently enough to be “statistically significant

ADD complex

  • ADD or ADHD  in addition to one or more “complicating” diagnoses that muddy the waters or exacerbate the symptoms (diabetes or eating disorders, for example — or sensory integration issues)
  • ADD or ADHD in combination with chronic conditions of any type that “pull focus” in ways that impact your ability TO focus (migraines, arthritis, chronic pain for any number of reasons, etc.)
  • ADD or ADHD in combination with “learning differences” of ANY type,
    LD as well as Gifted
  • ADD or ADHD along with the challenges of addiction recovery
  • ADD or ADHD in combination with physical disabilities, each of which make the other more difficult than they would be in isolation (hearing or sight impaired, wheel-chair bound, etc.)

ADD kinda’ (not really but might as well be)

  • ADD or ADHD characteristics — below the official diagnostic line, but still there and quite the challenge
  • OTHER conditions which “mimic” ADD-affect — because they impact your ability to “drive your brain” in a so-called neurotypical manner, which leaves you (or a loved one) with symptoms and struggles that overlap ADD criteria (but are not technically, diagnostically ADD or ADHD.)

Like what?

To name just a few:
TBI (and family), PTSD, age-related cognitive decline, and “brain-fuzz” as a result of medications you must take to manage another condition

(By the way, from here on, I will use only ADD – if you want to know why,
Click  ADD: Why I will never use the “H”)


There ain’t no IS about ADD™

If ADD-seasoning is any part of your mix, below are some links to a few of my articles with
NEED to KNOW INFO (only if you are planning to thrive, of course).

This information explores some of the many, many flavors of ADD, and some of the primary implications that follow from there — the brain-based reasons behind ADD struggles.

Once you have some basics in place, start with the titles that speak to you.
Branch out as you have time – you’ll find MOST of the articles will relate to YOU too.
(Bookmark this article to make it quick and easy to come back for more).
As I add to the Comorbidities Series, I’ll add links to the most relevent here.

Click the links within the articles themselves (or in the list of Related Content at the bottom)
for still more information — a reminder of  how links work on this site always on the sidebar to your right — usually at the top of each article as well.

HEADS UP Coaches & ADD Pros: we NEED to KNOW 100% of this info
some of it may be a merely a review,
but check it out before deciding you already know what’s there!

Leave us ALL info in the comments if you have additional information
you believe belongs with the article.

“It takes a village to educate a world!”

START HERE, for background:

Get the Diagnosis right!

We are NOT alone – we have more in common than we realize

Dances with Diagnoses: ‘sup with YOU?

Attentional Spectrum BOOKS (with links to more booklists)

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If you’d like some one-on-one (or group) coaching help with anything that came up while you were reading any of the articles linked above (either for your own life, that of a loved one, or as coaching skills development), CLICK HERE for Brain-based Coaching with mgh (with a contact form at the bottom) -or- click the E-me link  <—here (or on the menubar at the top of every page) and I’ll get back to you ASAP (accent on the “P”ossible!)

Graphics gratitude: Sea Creature Vector by, snagged on
Joe Bird is a world-renowned graphic ARTIST who was cool enough to share the doodle above
©Creative Commons, attribution only, playing with new software @ —
you HAVE to click to see what he really does
(play his demo animations, read his bio and be AMAZED!)
It’s a good time for ANYONE who appreciates the visual arts — cool sound-track too!

About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

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