10 Questions to Ask to find a GRRRRreat! ADD Doc

ADD* & Looking for a Doctor?

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Ten great questions to ask in the initial interview

Cartoon of a Doctor in a white lab coat with clipboard, glasses. and doctor's bag

Most of us are desperate for help by the time we look for it. 

ADD affect combined with a shortage of time and money means we often approach the process as beggars at a banquet, accepting a crust of bread as eagerly as a balanced meal.

If you don’t want to have to “Return to GO” when you find out later that things aren’t working (leaving your $200 on the table with the first doctor!), take some time to think first about what you need, and to find out whether your needs will be met by the care provider you are considering.


SEE: ADD: What’s in a Name? for why I don’t use the “H” – even though you ADHD-ers are definitely included in the articles you will find here.

© Updated 2011, Madelyn Griffith-Haynie,CTP, CMC, MCC, SCAC-orig. on ADDCoach.com – 07/05/95

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The Top Ten . . . Products I wouldn’t want to live without

A Few of my Favorite Things

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

A drawing of a woman surrounded by stuff - a rocking horse, a floor lamp, a trunk, a bowl & pitcher, a painting - wearing a hat with a price tag still attached
Anybody who’s spent much time with very many ADDers knows how attached some of us can get to our stuff. Regardless of how you might feel about that particular quirk of personality, ya’ gotta’ admit, those of us who are stuff-obsessed know our products!

To quote an ADD stuff-opedia I know,
“Honey, Heloise ain’t got nothin’ on me!”  

While I may not give my friend much of a run for her money, check out some of my stuff suggestions (and leave me yours!)

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The Top 10 “useless” things I’ll never get rid of

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 I Won’t Throw – don’t ask me!

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

If you’re a Professional Organizer or an Interior Decorator,
unless you have ADD,
you might want to hide your eyes!

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The Top Ten . . . Stupid Questions from the ADD clue-free

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Another post in the Walking A Mile in Another’s Shoes Series

Stupid questions are those I find impossible to answer at all because the truthful response would be unkind, A graphic of a fat question mark in several tones of gray
and I really do try my darndest not to be

(to my own detriment, more’s the pity!)

For the record . . .

Any time anybody asks questions like the ones below, I always need to stifle a response something along the lines of the following:

  • “Is that a real question or yet another indictment with a question mark at the end of it?”
  • “If you have to ask the question you’ll never understand the answer.”
  • “What part of ‘ADD Poster Girl’ don’t you GET?”

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ABOUT the Top Tens

Top Ten Lists for FUN (and organization?)

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Top Ten Lists are pretty much what they sound like —

Quickie sketch of a piece of paper with lines on it - representing the text of top tenslists of 10 items in a particular category that stand out as the top tier of a possible bazillion items for consideration.

Tone generally varies, depending on mood and functional level of the day, as does format.

Some of my Top Tens here on ADD-and-so-much-more will consist of bullet-points without much explanation or context.  Others will be augmented by comments of some sort, and a few will be more like articles with ten points.

Top Tens and ADD brains are made for each other:

Lists with ten items provide the perfect combination of flexibility and structure — with permission to vamp.

(Oh yeah, and because ADD Top Tens are generally written by ADDers, we can’t afford to be too literal about “top” or we’ll be ruminating over the pros and cons of inclusion ad infinitum.)

The subject matter of any particular ADD Top Ten List is limited only by the particular ADD mind of the author (which is like saying “limited by infinity”).

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Top Ten Things . . . I LOVE about having ADD

Lookin’ on the UPside —
overlookin’ the downside

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Another post in the Walking A Mile in Another’s Shoes Series

Cartoon of female face with REALLY broad smile

Having ADD is a mixed bag!  There are VERY many things about it that make me howl in frustration, and more than a few others that make my life difficult to lead.

I’ll bet you can relate!

But ADD gives us some advantages too, and I think its important to remember what it ADDs to our lives — especially when we’re having “one of those days” when our functional temperature is sub-zero!

A little gratitude helps us keep things in perspective.

So here is a list of ten things about my particular flavor of ADD that make me REALLY happy!  I’ll bet you can relate to some of those too!  

Jump on down to the comments section and let me know what you love about YOUR particular flavor of ADD.

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LOL-OFN-Summer 98

Laughing Out LoudLaughing smiley graphic with tongue hanging out
You know you’re ADD when …

Summer ’98

You know you’re ADD when . . .

…you READ the About LOL” post but you can’t remember what it said –
. . .and you’re not sure which season’s LOL’s you’ve read
.  .   .  so you decide you’d BETTER post one of your own in the comments

just so you can track yourself!

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LOL – OFN Fall 96

Cartoon of court jesterLaughing Out Loud
You know you’re ADD when … 

Fall 96

…you publish an online newsletter and the July issue
comes out August 7th  (and you actually think,“CLOSE!”)

…you realize you’ve found THE perfect niche when you attempt to make excuses for the Fall 96 issue’s tardy arrival — and you get more than a few emails saying, in various words, “It was late?”  ~ MGHCoach

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LOL-OFN Summer ’96

Illustration of a jester mask of the kind used on playing cards for the JokerLaughing Out Loud
You know you’re ADD when ...

Summer 96

…you publish an online newsletter and the June issue comes out on July 14th!!! — MGHCoach
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LOL-OFN-Spring 96

Laughing Out Loud
You know you’re ADD when …

Spring 96

You know you’re ADD when

… when you own 257 socks — and can’t find a mate for any of them. SusanS29

…when you KNOW you own 257 mate-less socks because you actually counted every last one of them!  (then you put them carefully away just in case you find the mates in the wash!) —  mgh

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About LOL

Cartoon of Felix the Cat laughing (HA HA actually written above his head at clock position 11:30 and 1:30Laughing Out Loud . . .

you know you’re ADD when . . .

This little ditty began in the early 1990s on the AOL ADD forum, at a time when America on Line was one of the few places with a vital and rapidly growing community of ADDers. JIMAMS, the official leader of the ADD on-line group, was like the Energizer Bunny in his dedication to AOL’s leadership in the ADD online community.

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Menage a Moi

This article is a brief, light-hearted “About Me”
— for something that reads more like a vitae,
CLICK HERE for my Trainer Bio

by ~8darkened8eclipse8 on DeviantArt.com

~8darkened8eclipse8 – DeviantArt.com

The ADD Poster Girl says
Hello World!

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

I’m a fascinating woman.  Really.  I can jump inside my very own brain and fascinate mySELF for HOURS of eternal now (getting in the way of actual accomplishment, but hey, they don’t call me The ADD Poster Girl for no reason).

Mentalist and empath, visionary and myopic, the sanest person I’ve ever met with the craziest life: a self-aware, self-assured stuttering wonder of more-than-a-mess.

drawing of woman's left shoe (high fashion)In the days when I was a New York actor/director, my agent once described me to a casting director as a woman who could probably run Bloomingdales all by herself.  

And I probably could — if only I could find my left shoe — and the keys that were right here in my hand a single step ago . . . and something to wear with the only pair of pants that aren’t in the hamper, since I can’t wear a skirt when I haven’t a solitary pair of stockings without a serious run.

If my mother had married for money instead of love I could have been more than a contender: I’d have a staff. I mean, one besides the gaggle inside my brain, intent on dressing me, feeding me, grooming me, scheduling me, reminding me and amusing me in simulcast.  

I think they drove the butler mad; no one seems to be in charge.

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