Failing at Normal: An ADHD Success Autism: A Quick Trip To My Home 4 months ago   17:13

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Jessica McCabe tell us the story of her life. Once a gifted child with bright future, who later lives a life of a constant failures, because one thing - her ADHD diagnosis. Until one thing changed everything and she realized, that she is not alone. Her Youtube channel HowtoADHD is dedicated to help not only people with ADHD, but also their parents, partners a teachers and to remind them, that they are not alone.
Jessica McCabe nám rozpráva príbeh svojho života. Kedysi nadané dieťa so žiarivou budúcnosťou, ktoré neskôr žije život plný neustálych neúspechov, len kvôli jednej veci - jej ADHD diagnóze. Až do momentu kedy sa všetko zmení a ona si uvedomí, že v tom nie je sama. Jej YouTube kanál HowtoADHD je venovaný pomoci a usmerňovaniu nielen ľudí s ADHD ale takisto aj ich rodičom, partnerom a učiteľom a takisto aj odkazu, že v tom nie sú nikdy samí. Jessica is the author of popular YouTube series How to ADHD focused on educating and supporting ADHD brains around the world. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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Hein Smit
Thank you for sharing your story. It is also mine. And more than ever I needed to watch this today. Thank you
All the best on your future and calling.
Kristin Bauer
Oh man, tears all the way through this video. Yep. Thank you for putting this out there.
Kleand Rrera
Took an assessment online about adhd and scored high, meaning there's a high probability that I have it. Didn't know about it till now. I'm 31 years old and my life is a mess. I will study more about adhd and see a doctor if there's one here in Albania. Does any one know how can someone check himself if he really has adhd?
Erin and Adam McGarry
Thank you.
Katrina Garnett
I so understand how epic this is for her. Having ADHD makes it so hard to focus and speak your truth. She did that thing!!!
Alyssa Savage
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. X
Ben Wayman
lol. i have serious diagnosed adhd... here kinda drifting through the comment section rather than focusing on the video
Jewels James
You and I have a very similar story.. only I spent about two years of my life in jails and accrued 4 felonies for myself before getting back on meds at 30 years old - almost dropped out of high school two weeks before I graduated valedictorian... I am now 38 and life is still a struggle but Vyvanse changed my life.. I’m so grateful to live in a world that now better understands ADHD because I’d probably be dead or in jail for life otherwise..
This is making me cry. I'm discovering that I might ADHD and everything makes sooo much more sense. I procrastinate a LOT and I can barely even start my homework, let alone finish it. I barely study, too. I try so, so hard to do my homework and study but I just can't do it and it's made my grades horrible and it's made me feel like I'm a worthless, lazy, selfish person. I always feel so disappointed in myself and I was so confused because I knew it wasn't that I didn't care. I care so much about good grades and practicing music and other things but I have so much trouble with them and I think it be because of ADHD.
thatshydork 1
It feels so nice to finally be understood
noob master69
Learning dissabilities are worst
Don't mind me, just a wasted potential coming through :D
Hope Scuffham
ever get distracted trying to learn about adhd because you have it and want to understand yourself but your brain goes NEW THOUGHT every five seconds? me neither
Patricia Hall
Tears! You told my story.
My mom has always told me that I probably have some mild undiagnosed ADHD and I always thought that just meant I trouble paying attention. However, I was bawling while watching this video. After putting myself down for so many things my friends were doing wondering why I could not do them myself, thinking I was lazy, it all makes sense. I thought I just had bad hearing because no matter how hard I would try to comprehend what someone was saying to me I couldn't understand and was fighting so many distractions at once. I saw other people with ADHD and I thought that because on the outside mine case didn't SEEM as severe, it was just an inconvenience. But now I see, all the little details I make errors on, the procrastination, the forgetfulness, it all makes sense. I thought that something was wrong with me or I was too addicted to technology. Thank you for this video, I realized a reason for all the things I have put myself down for.
Will Wunsche
Wow I didn't expect to cry going into this despite having ADD.
Dawn Dodge
I cannot Thank You enough for sharing your story, your advice and your kind heart with us. You made an enormous impression on me that I will never forget.
I cried uncontrollably throughout your lecture...for a few reasons ... relief, validation, anger, regret, "If only I had known this YEARS ago"'s, and also tears of sadness for you whenever you choked up while delivering your story. Thank You for making it through your entire informative, clear and soul-bearing speech!!!
I am 54 years old and have ADHD, and because of you, for the first time in my life I felt someone finally GOT ME!! And equally as kind, you .offered advice and hope about other means besides pills to deal with my own ADHD. Since the description about how your life has played out living with ADHD mirrors my life exactly ... and seeing how well rounded you appear to be now, I look forward to trying some additional coping methods. Oddly, right before I saw your video, I was in a pretty low place ... just had it with, as you'd said, failures and setbacks and constantly struggling to just get through each day ... but you gave me hope that perhaps some counselling and cognitive training could help me ... at my age though I dont expect to gain much, but will be happy if I dont lose or screw up MORE than I have already.
Well thank You so much again and I hope the progress you've made will continue to flourish and that happiness will surround you for the rest of your days!!
Jessica Impson
I always tell people my brain jumps between semingly unrelated yet somehow distantly related topics so fast. I will lay in bed thinking about getting ice cream at the store and then next thing I know I'm wondering if penguins have knees. I can't stop thinking about it until I look it up. So I pull out my phone. Next thing I know it's 3 hours later I know the symptoms and diagnostic criteria for 5 different things, who so and so is with now, and all the developmental milestones in children but I forgot to find out if penguins have knees.

Btw after many times of this question making it's way into my head I finally remembered to look it up. Yes penguins have knees. You're welcome!
Brandon Battye
I just wanted to go up there and give her a hug
Robert Eckelman
Well good luck living and relying on drugs the rest of your life. Big pharma loves sheeple! I remember when Ted talks were good.
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Autism: A Quick Trip To My Home Failing at Normal: An ADHD Success 4 months ago   30:01

In her heart-warming talk, Monique will speak about the alienation and isolation experienced by individuals with autism and the stereotypes that plague the diagnosis. Having autism herself, she wants to raise awareness of the challenges faced by individuals who are on the autism spectrum. Monique challenges society’s perception of autism and urges a change in the way society interacts with autism as a whole.

Monique is a postgraduate student in the University of Surrey Psychology department who has worked with children with autism for a number of years as a Social Care worker. Having autism herself, it has given her an interesting perception on what autism is with regards to communities both locally and internationally. Now studying psychology, her dissertation focuses on the stress of being of being different faced by individuals on the autism spectrum and how it affects their lives.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at