Thank you for the kind feedback. I'm happy the imagery was a help.
The staff at HJ has been asking me to create imagery for ADHD for a very long time. They tell me it’s the most frequent request we get nowadays. I’ve been resisting doing it because I’ve been so busy with PTS, TBI and the military.
But I have to say, your loving, concerned Mom’s note put me over the edge. Fourteen is a very tender age indeed. I’ll start researching it after October, when a lot of my speaking obligations are done with and I’ll have a little white space.
But fair warning: I may be emailing you with questions. I’ll be after specifics about what it’s like to experience ADHD and how it rears its head on a typical day.
I'll need to be further educated on the cognitive subtleties and social/emotional nuances of dealing with ADHD, beyond what the books and experts say about it. I can’t create this stuff without hearing from the people who experience it firsthand or at least within close range of a loved one.
[So that goes for anyone else who would like to educate me from their own experience, either as somebody with ADHD or somebody who works with people who are challenged by it.]
In the meantime, getting a good tutor or life coach or learning psychologist could be a big help to your son. It’s better if the coaching and guidance comes from a non-parent with no emotional over-investment or axe to grind!
And do trust that he'll come out of the other side of this, just as you say. And when he does, he'll have a whole stash of compensatory tools and tricks for managing life that will stand him in good stead for decades to come.