ABOUT Rainbow Brains

Exploring Neurodiversity

Guestpost from Heather McCrae
Neurodiversity Coach and Blogger

Intro by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, MCC, SCAC

If you’ve been following this blog for very long you are surely well aware that  I strongly believe that pathologizing any difference, disorder or disability is a crying shame.  

You also realize, no doubt, that I am ALSO reluctant to jump on the “it’s a difference, not a disability”  bandwagon.

The Power of Diagnostic Identification

In my 25 years in the coaching/training field, primarily working with (and training other coaches to work with) individuals with non-neurotypical brains (aka. “vanillas” – unflavored by the “mix-ins” we find in ADD and/or any of the other spectrum disorders), I have seen the power of an accurate diagnosis to finally turn a life of struggle into one of freedom with accomplishment – time and time again.

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Time OFF for ADD Awareness Week

Remember – links on this site are dark grey to reduce distraction potential
while you’re reading. They turn red on mouseover.

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, SCAC, MCC

Catch Up Time

Some of you may already be aware that in the past month I have lost three people who are very dear to me:

  • Kate Kelly  — You Mean I’m NOT Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! co-author, beloved by thousands
  •  Patti Bryant — a friend since college, with whom I did theatre, as did a great many of the close-knit theatre group who’ stay connected on FaceBook and with periodic reunions, and
  • my father, Col. Millard Earl “Brandy” Griffith, Ph.D.

I’m reeling, and more than overwhelmed.

Running around like headless chickens this past two weeks, flying point on Kate’s Memorial Service details, Kate’s co-author Peggy Ramundo & I have gotten so little sleep that we’re sincerely hoping we don’t drop off as soon as we sit down for the service this Saturday.

Soooo —- I’m taking Edie’s advice (TBI advocate and author of  the BrainInjurySelfRehabilitation blog).

I will be taking next week to grieve (after I catch my breath and a few solid nights’ sleep!)

I’ll be back here on Oct 22 at the earliest.

Jump over to Edie’s blog while I’m gone  – it’s fascinating – check out what her readers are up to, and join in on the conversation.

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JetLagged for Life

Please – take time to read the comments.  We are NOT alone!

(c) Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Part 1 of the  Sleep Struggles Series – all rights reserved

Living with Jet Lag

A first person account of an ADDer with an atypical
sleep disorder — me.

This Series is excerpted from a book I am writing about disordered sleep architecture.  The content in a chapter of the section on some of the lesser known sleep disorders was written from personal experience, hoping to “put a face” on chronorhythm disorders, – disorders of sleep timing.  

I hope that looking at life and living through the experience of a “coulda’ been a REAL contender” sufferer would describe things better than a list of symptoms and probable causes ever could. ~ mgh

As I explained in the introductory article to the sleep disorders content on ADDandSoMuchMore.com (ABOUT ADD & Sleep Struggles), 75% of us here in ADD/EFD-land have sleep struggles, if not diagnostic sleep disorders.

I am one of them.  Here’s why what I have to say on the topic might interest YOU.

I am also an ADD Coach and trainer, one of the life coaching field’s earliest pioneers, founder of the first coaching school with an ADD-specific training curriculum, and creator of many key terms and techniques used in the ADD Coaching field today.

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Healthy Minds have Healthy Hearts

Remember – links on this site are dark grey to reduce distraction potential
while you’re reading. They turn red on mouseover.

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
An article in the Advocacy Series

It’s the 22nd annual

This Year’s National Day of Prayer for
Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding
 Tuesday, October 9, 2012.

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week [MIAW] in recognition of NAMI‘s efforts to increase mental illness literacy so that we can ALL partner in mental health advocacy.

Since 1990, mental health advocates across the country have joined
together during the first full week of October to s-p-r-e-a-d the w-o-r-d.

What word?

That a sign of Mental Health is a refusal to stigmatize Mental Illness!

We ALL need to to help with a global reframe
and a shift toward kindness and understanding.

Pass it on

REMEMBER: ADD Awareness Week is next — October 14-20, 2012

MentalHealthAwarenessRibbon ‎– designed and introduced on May 9, 2007 by
Agis Zorgverzekeringen to create awareness for mental health in the
Netherlands in relation to changes in legislature as of January 1, 2008.

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