ABOUT Alphabet Disorders

Alphabet City/Alphabet Soup

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
In support of the ADD Basics Series

Phillip Martin, artist/educator

Phillip Martin, artist/educator

Welcome to my clubhouse!

Looking through The ADD Lens™ means so-much-more than looking at ADD itself!

Whenever I use “ADD” or “EFD,” know that I am talking to ALL of the members of a neurodiverse community of individuals who struggle with executive functioning deficits

You’ll often hear me refer
to these struggles as
Attentional Spectrum Disorders.

What I’m actually talking about are individuals who experience “deficits,” in the Executive Functioning mechanism (relative to the so-called “neurotypical” population).

These “brain glitches” produce dysregulations in one or more areas:

• MOOD – how they feel emotionally and how well they are able to weather emotional storms
• AFFECT – how they seem from the outside, including affect regulation ability, and
• COGNITION – how they “attend,” decide, remember & recall, and stay on track as they work through the many tasks of daily living.

  • At one end of the spectrum are those who, diagnosed or not, have been card-carrying club members since early childhood.
  • At the other end are individuals who got their membership cards rather suddenly, as the result of brain injury of one sort or another – or because it came along with a condition of another sort or a side-effect of medication for something else.

Clear as mud?

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No Letter Left Behind

I include ALL of ADD’s EFD relatives, friends and neighbors in my widely cast net, even the distant ones: the comorbid disorders, the look-alike disorders and conditions, and the acquired deficits, temporary or permanent.

I even include a few distant cousins twice removed, that might not seem to deserve an invitation to the Alphabet Soup kitchen, until you think about it — for example:
(check for links below – hover before clicking for what’s there)

Why “Alphabet” disorders?

Alphabet SoupThere is a long list of brain-based disorders that are accompanied by difficulties with the volitional regulation of many of the processes of higher-order cognitive control.

A great many of them are referred to by acronyms, officially or by nickname – OCD, ODD, SPD, ASD, PDA, PDD, MDD, MS, TBI, ABI, EFD, PTSD, APD, etc. – alphabet disorders!

Anyone who is on medication that creates brain-fog is welcome at my table as well.

It’s gonna’ be a GREAT Thanksgiving when we all gather to celebrate the fact that we’ve all finally learned “How to drive the very brains we were born with, even if they’ve taken a few hits in the meantime!”™

(Click on What ARE Executive functions? for an explanation what’s involved –
compiled from some of the experts in the field).

I’m a coach not a doctorthumbs_up_2

  • A member of The Club myself, my focus has always been on explaining what’s behind the behaviors, as I offer you the fruits of my 25 years of experience learning how to work around items that don’t work for US the way they they seem to work for “everybody else.”
  • While I do encourage anyone struggling to pursue an accurate diagnosis for a great many reasons, I don’t think its necessary for me to split diagnostic hairs to offer help.

So when I use the terms “ADD” (Attention Deficit Disorder) or EFD (Executive Functioning Disorder) – I am INCLUDING any of the other “alphabet” disorders that struggle with the regulation of areas of executive functioning that characterize diagnostic “ADHD” — and everybody else who wants to learn how to drive their very very own brains any time the “standard” advice falls flat.

Keep that in mind as you read the articles here on ADDandSoMuchMore.com

award_oscarThey LIKE me, they really like me . . .
(to misquote Sally Field’s Academy Award acceptance speech many years ago)

Take a look below at a recent comment from a PDA advocate – the mother of a child with diagnostic Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome – on the autistic spectrum. She also has a son diagnosed with ASD “The disorder formerly referred to as Asperger’s” (before the DSM-5 Caucus decided, for some bizarre reason, that LESS specificity would be useful as they enfolded it into the widely-cast Autism net)

See her Related Content link below, as you join us in a little prayer that the DSM caucus comes to its senses and puts Asperger’s back IN when it comes time to publish version-6. MEANWHILE, we’ll have to rely on each other for specific help and information.

“I love this blog, even though my area of interest is ASD and PDA your posts are also highly relevant for me. ADD often travels with ASD and so I can see so many similarities, perhaps they are all part of one big family !!!

Here’s another from Edie Flickenger’s BrainInjurySelfRehabilitation blog – an excellent TBI resource, linked in a number of places in this article.  Her comment introduced a reblog of one of the articles here.

There are many articles at addandsomuchmore.com that are helpful to TBI.
Take some time to enjoy the articles and leave comments.

Maybe YOU will find some help here on ADDandSoMuchMore.com too.
That’s why I blog — please help me spread the word that this information is available.

Be sure to remember to cite the source, and include and a link to ADDandSoMuchMore if you use any of the content here on your blogs, or as client resources (especially important for content I have written for inclusion in an upcoming book, or portions of my Speaker’s content).

copyright_sEven though the entire blog is covered by copyright, you may freely share for any usage that does NOT include print publication, conference presentations, trainings, or inclusion in any format you get paid for.  (In that case, written permission must be requested and received, and you might have to share some of your shekels – only fair, right?)

My publishers might not be so laissez-faire about legal recourse, so don’t drop out attribution or permission, ok?

IN ANY CASE, stay tuned. There’s a lot to know and a lot more to come.

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

Alphabet Basics on ADDandSoMuchMore.com

Articles that explain some basic brain-based concepts

A Bit of HELP Getting Things Done

A bit of help getting ORGANIZED to get things done

BY THE WAY: I revisit all my content periodically to update links — when you link back, like, follow or comment, you STAY on the page. When you do not, you run a high risk of getting replaced by a site with a more generous come-from.

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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