If 10 years ago, by some cross-temporal quirk, my husband and I had a chance to attend the Adult ADHD workshop that Don Baker and I have planned for next weekend….. well, sigh, it’s probably better not to contemplate that fortunate scenario. For his part, my husband says, “Who knows. I might have still been skeptical of ADHD’s impact in my life.” In fact, as I note the event’s date (9/12), I am reminded how “9/11″ happened shortly after my husband’s ADHD diagnosis, and that very day we were pursuing intensive couples therapy in Boston. (We live in the Bay Area; that’s how desperate we were).
The therapy went horribly (if you’ve read the book, you’ve read the story, in part, but under another name). But one lucky thing happened on that trip. We were originally scheduled on the fated SFO-bound United flight but changed it at the last minute. Against the backdrop of this massive tragedy, our problems seemed to pale. Did that mean it was a joy being stuck together in a hotel room for four days after couples therapy that only exacerbated our challenges? Not exactly.
During the many years I spent researching and writing my book, my sole motivation was clear: helping others to avoid the painful learning curve my husband and I had endured. If I could do that, our torturous journey held some larger meaning. This past two weeks, as I’ve painstakingly prepared for the Adult ADHD workshop in Seattle (co-hosted with therapist Don Baker, MD, LMHC), my goal has been the same: Giving workshop attendees the best of my hard-earned knowledge so they can fast-forward their success strategies at warp speed. If you already have your tickets, come prepared to learn and laugh!
Here’s how Don describes his impetus for this workshop:
Dealing with relationships has been one of the most significant parts of my own ADHD journey.
Gina Pera says in her book that “ADHD awareness is a social justice issue, a question of each person deserving accurate knowledge and access to care that affords us full access to our talents and abilities.”
My personal and professional experience has taught me that it’s in an environment like the one Gina and I will create Sept 12th that significant learning and growth occurs.