posted on November 05, 2012 14:21
F R O M T H E P R E S I D E N
Seek the Best Answers
LAST SUNDAY, I HEARD A SERMON about the necessity of
living in the moment. It was a simple and beautifully drawn three-part
invitation. Let go of the past and the anger tied up with what I did or
didn’t do. Let go of the anxiety created because I don’t
know the outcome of the choices I am making right now. Finally, take as
much care as I can today, because today is all I am really
I know I have spent way too long regretting not understanding enough
about ADHD and making mistake after mistake as I tried to do the best
thing for my daughter. At some point, I had to acknowledge that
I’d never even heard of ADHD before my daughter was diagnosed. My
advice to you is to forgive and forget and continue to search for the
best answers you can find for the challenges ADHD brings to you. CHADD
can provide so much really good information in so many ways.
Given my past expertise, I think that, if I let myself, I could be
really good at spending my time and energy worrying about what will
happen in the future. Now that my daughter is grown and a mother
herself, perhaps it is time to let her worry about her
future. Not the easiest thing to do, I grant you. She has a job and is
working on her college degree. It really is time to let her future be
hers. I do want to know what’s new and what might be a more
effective approach in the future, but I will take that information and
incorporate it into what I know and pass it along to those who need
It’s so easy these days to post a question on the CHADD Exchange
and receive practical, hands-on advice from parents or adults who have
been there and tried that and might suggest a different approach.
Frequently, posters will point to helpful What We Know pages posted on
the website of the National Resource Center on ADHD. Tons of information
in both English and Spanish is available from the NRC, funded by the
Centers for Disease Control through a grant to CHADD.Look for an easier way to
access information as CHADD rolls out its newly redesigned website in
December. This really is an exciting time to be part of CHADD.
Speaking of exciting, I have to mention the International Conference on
ADHD in San Francisco next month. Hyperboles aside, it is the single
most overwhelming source of up-to-date information available to all.
Please consider attending if at all possible. Connecting with others who
deal with ADHD every day and hearing experts explain the latest research
is an unbelievable experience. If attending this year is just not
possible, select presentations will be available online for purchase
shortly after the conference.
Recently CHADD offered a webinar
presentation on ADHD in Reality: Practical Tips for
Parents.Five hundred people signed up to attend. Hopefully this will
lead to the development of monthly virtual chapter meetings for those
who do not live in an area with a local chapter. Volunteers are opening
three or four new chapters every month. If there is no chapter in your
area, you might consider volunteering and investigate what is involved
in opening one with a partner.
CHADD’s Professional Advisory Board is working on several
important issues. Members are asking about research into behavioral
interventions and nutrition and the PAB is working on a rating scale
that they will use to evaluate emerging research and new products. CHADD
plans to add new position papers on comorbid conditions, ADHD and
addiction (particularly smoking), and the connection between ADHD and
What a wonderful time to be part of the CHADD
family—and it really is a family. We deal with the
same issues; we relate to each other’s problems and offer each
other support and acceptance. I’m certain that CHADD has made a
difference for my family. I invite you to participate as fully as you
can to take advantage of what we have to offer each other. Help us
celebrate twenty-five years of the CHADD family.
Hoping to see you in San Francisco.
Barbara S. Hawkins, BA, is the president of CHADD.
This article originally appeared in the October 2012 issue of
Attention magazine. Copyright © 2012 by Children and
Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). All rights
reserved. No portion of this article may be reproduced without written
permission from CHADD.