Failing at Normal: An ADHD Success Autism: A Quick Trip To My Home 2 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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Ada Blane
I started crying everytime she started crying because the entire time I felt like that was me up there.
Jessica Bruno
This has helped me to resolve to do something about this. I've thought I had it for years but no-one ever took me seriously. "Oh but that happens to me." Yeah, it does, but not ALL THE TIME. I'm booking a doctor's appointment right now. Thank you!!!
Doug Moan
Thank you
Raushan Kumar
Dear Jessica! I am an Indian male of 26 and I can totally relate to the the entire video. Again I am having a lot of words to say, infact a lot to add, but to avoid the race in my mind, I would sum up saying Thanks to you. Yes I am an alien too.
Now this part of comment is especially for me. I would try to write down the my thoughts in detail and would post here.
A big thanks again dear!
My 12 year old son has just been diagnosed with ADD. My husband only allowed him to be evaluated because of an emotional outburst that happened at school. Now with the diagnosis, the Dr. wants to meet him and has given us the option of Adderall for him. My husband says no. Absolutely no medication. He's against it completely. I, myself, used to feel the same way. But recently, I have been diagnosed with anxiety due to depression and have started taking my own medication. It helps tremendously. I understand being afraid or anxious about the worst case scenario, but to outright refuse something that could potentially help in wonderful ways scares me just as much. Any advice on tackling this issue?
Spoorthy Daniel Boppuri
I didnt come here to cry
Donna King
I am so happy you discovered your value at such a young age. Yes... mid-thirties is YOUNG! I am about 20 years your senior and still struggle with self-acceptance after many years of pain and hiding. I have always felt extreme shame for my neurotypical-ness. You offer courage. Thank you.
I came here for some research to see if I, perhaps, have ADHD... I totally lost focus because I started reading stuff online about ADHD, and one thing lead to another, and all of a sudden I’m not doing ADHD research anymore, I’m just procrastinating.

So, here I am, watching the clip again, and then I started writing a comment instead.

... Well ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
16:16 Thank you.. from South Korea
Josh Erkman
There have been times when I counted 20 unique different lines of thought in 1 minute. Some profound, some humorous, some bad, but having absolutely no time to connect with those ideas or process them. This is what it can look like to have ADHD, to have a mind so full and so vast but to have so little control of the way it works, being a subject of it, depersonalized and impotent.
I don’t think I’ve ever cried harder in my life this makes so much sense
Kathy Edwards
Thank you for you!
Subha shini
Thanks a tonne.
Emma E
Dave Chobanoff
Just found this, but wow, loved it
Roni McGuire
Thank you so much for sharing your story. You just inspired me to start a bullet journal and I ended up watching this video too. I love what you are doing. You are helping so many people. I'm a fan!
Danang Yowandhikamurti
Thank u thank u so happy have a new friend now🇮🇩
Vash died and became Alucard
I don't have insurance and can't see a specialist to be prescribed adhd meds but I have found that the natural plant kratom helps immensely with being able to focus when my adhd gives me brain fog.
ADHD passanger. Carpenter, Motorcycle fanatic whom was raised in the bush and you almost hade me teary...
Thats the first time in my life ...... I felt someone understood. It felt so good I watched it a dozen times.
Your changing an exponential amount of lifes.
So much determination, transparency and heart. Thankyou. I wish you all the happiness in the world. Thankyou
Thank you so much for your talk! My 7 year old daughter has ADHD. I only recently found out even though i knew my daughter was very different to her friends from a young age. Now I know it was not my parenting that is the problem.
Responsible parents of ADHD kids have huge amounts of stress and work very hard to help their child to cope. Your talk gives me hope that my very bright girl will be happy in life with the right support!
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Autism: A Quick Trip To My Home Failing at Normal: An ADHD Success 2 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