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Award winning documentary, ADD and Loving It, now airing on PBS stations.

The award winning documentary, ADD and Loving It, created by the Toronto area team behind the Totally ADD website is now airing on PBS stations.   The documentary trailer can be viewed here.   Although the film focuses on the life of comedian and actor, Patrick McKenna, it also features some of the world’s leading experts in the field (including Dr. Hallowell).  The film combines brutally honest and candid discussions with a blend of humour and a positive outlook.    Check the TV Schedule on the PBS website to find out the time it will air in your area.

21 Responses to “Award winning documentary, ADD and Loving It, now airing on PBS stations.”

  1. doriswoodruff says:

    I am a dentist in Texas with Abe the ADHD husband …we really got tons out of a class just a few years ago via the telephone with Melissa and Dr.Hallowell. Just yesterday a patient who is out of work, found out he is ADHD after having 3 sons on VyVanse for ADHD for years…I told him about the show which is airing several times and while waiting for me to clean his sons teeth he asked for that channel on our waiting room tv…guess what?! The show was on…he was going home to put on the DVR the next showing…this is very very important to more people than you know…thanks so much everyone who did the show.

    We LOVED this PBS show and cannot tell you how much we appreciate any information for adult ADHD..Abe is in masters degree program for Teaching and minor in Special Education…he has gone from 30 yrs computer work into something he loves partly thanks to Dr. Hallowell and Melissa’s work. I would love to see more of them…we just ordered the program ADD and Loving It from local PBS station and will be having a “movie” night for other friends with these couples with ADHD thing to share it and discuss.

  2. GeorgeH says:

    FACT: Antidepressants are dangerous and can and do destroy lives and cause death – period..

    Here’s just ONE link out of hundreds:


    If you don’t want to click, you can read a list of documented symptoms, below:

    1. Crying spells
    2. Worsened mood
    3. Low energy (fatigue, lethargy, malaise)
    4. Trouble concentrating
    5. Insomnia or trouble sleeping
    6. Change in appetite
    7. Suicidal thoughts
    8. Suicide attempts
    9. Anxious, nervous, tense
    10. Panic attacks (racing heart, breathless)
    11. Chest pain
    12. Trembling, jittery,or shaking
    13. Irritability
    14. Agitation (restlessness, hyperactivity)
    15. Impulsivity
    16. Aggressiveness
    17. Self-harm
    18. Homicidal thoughts or urges
    19. Confusion or cognitive difficulties
    20. Memory problems or forgetfulness
    21. Elevated mood (feeling high)
    22. Mood swings
    23. Manic-like reactions
    24. Auditory hallucinations
    25. Visual hallucinations
    26. Feeling detached or unreal
    27. Excessive or intense dreaming
    28. Nightmares
    29. Flu-like aches and pains
    30. Fever
    31. Sweats
    32. Chills
    33. Runny nose
    34. Sore eyes
    35. Nausea
    36. Vomiting
    37. Diarrhea
    38. Abdominal pain or cramps
    39. Stomach bloating
    40. Disequilibrium
    41. Spinning, swaying, lightheaded
    42. Hung over or waterlogged feeling
    43. Unsteady gait, poor coordination
    44. Motion sickness
    45. Headache
    46. Tremor
    47. Numbness, burning, or tingling
    48. Electric zap-like sensations in the brain
    49. Electric shock-like sensations in the body
    50. Abnormal visual sensations
    51. Ringing or other noises in the ears
    52. Abnormal smells or tastes
    53. Drooling or excessive saliva
    54. Slurred speech
    55. Blurred vision
    56. Muscle cramps, stiffness, twitches
    57. Feeling of restless legs
    58. Uncontrollable twitching of mouth

    And for a list of benzodiazepine withdrawal symtoms from Wikipedia (I’ve seen very similar lists on benzo boards everywhere (you may need to google a medical dictionary)—click on the continue here link:

    Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms:

    * Electric shock sensations
    * Muscular spasms, cramps or fasciculations
    * Insomnia
    * Blurred vision
    * Dizziness
    * Dry mouth
    * Aches and pains
    * Hearing disturbances
    * Taste and smell disturbances
    * Chest pain
    * Flu like symptoms
    * Impaired memory and concentration
    * Increased sensitivity to sound
    * Increased urinary frequency
    * Numbness and tingling
    * Hot and cold fushes
    * Headache
    * Rebound REM sleep
    * Stiffness

    * Fatigue and weakness
    * Hyperosmia
    * Metallic taste
    * Photophobia
    * Paranoia
    * Hypnagogia-hallucinations
    * Nausea and vomiting
    * Nightmares
    * Agitation and restlessness
    * Anxiety, possible terror and panic attacks
    * Hypochondriasis
    * Impaired concentration
    * Elevation in blood pressure
    * Tachycardia
    * Hypertension
    * Postural hypotension
    * Depression (can be severe), possible suicidal ideation
    * Tremor
    * Perspiration
    * Loss of appetite and weight loss
    * Dysphoria
    * Depersonalization
    * Derealisation (Feelings of unreality)
    * Tinnitus
    * Paraesthesia
    * Visual disturbances
    * Mood swings
    * Indecision
    * Gastrointestinal problems (Stomach and abdomen)

    An abrupt or over-rapid discontinuation of benzodiazepines may result in a more serious and very unpleasant withdrawal syndrome that may additionally result in:

    * Convulsions, which may result in death
    * Catatonia, which may result in death
    * Coma (rare)
    * Temporal lobe epilepsy
    * Suicide
    * Attempted suicide
    * Suicidal ideation
    * Self harm
    * Hyperthermia
    * Delusions
    * Homicidal ideation
    * Urges to shout, throw, break things or to harm someone
    * Violence
    * Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    * Psychosis
    * Confusion
    * Mania
    * Effects similar to delirium tremens

    Is that enough “science” for you??

  3. GeorgeH says:

    Here’s a link to a site which has ample data on the real nature of antidepressants, and other form of malpractice:


  4. mom666 says:

    I am a mother of 1 daughter(20) and 3 sons (13-18). My children started out in a small Waldorf School and when they had to transfer to public school I was warned that my anti-drug attitude could clash with the new ADD trend. They were right. I made it clear to the first teacher that my children were not going to be popping pills for every ill. My friends would tell me when their kids were labled ADD and I would ask if they had taken them to a doctor for a second opionion since the teacher was just observing them. They repeatedly came back saying the doctor determined they were normal. Our children are generally eating a diet lacking the needed nutrition and rich in sugar and carbs. They don’t sleep well with all the caffeine loaded drinks & computer games. They worry about divorce and money problems that they are helpless to fix. The solution is not drugging them. My children are older now and no longer deemed troubled in the classroom. Children are not easy to raise but we should love them enough to take the time to address their needs and not opt out for the easy road and fill a prescription. I had a friend who put her two boys on the add meds and I asked her what she would do if they diagnosed her daughter with ADD. She refused to believe they would ever do that as her daughter was a straight A student. A year later she came to me and was appalled that the teacher had in fact diagnosed her angel daughter as ADD. She refused the offer to medicate and the girl just graduated a year early from highschool and is going on to college. Be wary of quick fixes. These drugs have serious side effects. Life is hard but you were never meant to be someone’s idea of perfect. Love yourself for who you are and love your children enough to help them over the tough spots. Don’t drug them anymore than you would give them beer and let them drive.

  5. mom666 says:

    WoW… that’s a bunch. I’ve seen firsthand how the kids they put on these drugs can have their weight balloon out of control. My youngest son’s first gf was under close care of a phsychiatrist since she had been adopted and I watched over the years as she was fed drugs and couldn’t help her much. I had a young man in my after-school day care program and he grew very difficult in the months after being put on meds for ADD. His mom had more money than time. Common problem I see time after time.

  6. NetsOfWonder says:

    We just finished watching “ADD and Loving It.” (Curiously, I just tried to copy the title from this web page and it didn’t work…I got it from another site rather than type it in…what’s up with that?)

    I have a mixed reaction to the whole ADD subject…here’s why.

    I am pretty much a full-blown ADHD kinda guy. Had trouble grade school, high school. One of the brightest in school, so they tell me, but one of my HS teachers commented that she wondered if I’d ever amount to anything.

    I got lucky…too much to write here, but from 30 000 ft, here goes. With just a HS diploma, I was made an engineer for a large company on the west coast, taught HS for 3 years, college for 1, and started up my own engineering company, which is still doing well. My history is peppered with these sort of intuitive breakthroughs, and I did well as a result. I love to take risks, and that is good for an entrepreneur, don’t you see? (I also love other risks such as sky diving, piloting planes, racing cars…&c….much to my wife’s dismay.) In short, life rewarded me for being, well, who and what I am.

    Then a few years back, I decided to go to school and get my Ph.D. …something that I had always wanted to do, but didn’t have a chance earlier. Very nearly a disaster! I sooo missed the target when I imagined what returning to school was going to mean. I realized early on that I had some sort of problem, and mentioned it to my profs. All I got was lectures about my study habits. (I was studying my brains out, you know, but not very effectively.) After 4 years, just as I was deciding to drop out with frustration (3.5 GPA in Physics), I decided one depressing afternoon to go to some professionals and see what they had to say. Went to 3 in a matter of a few weeks because I wanted second opinions. They all agreed that I am a classic ADHD person.

    Now, with all the successes that I recounted above, I’d like to say here that it wasn’t all roses. The problems all stemmed from the same sort of closed-mindedness that I am seeing at school. The message is “Normal” means that we are all the same, and you don’t fit the “Normal” profile, so we don’t feel comfortable around you. This is //especially// true at school, the //very// place where folks who advertise that their job is education should be well aware of different learning styles, and be ready to help folks play to their strengths and address their weaknesses. I don’t see it AT ALL. (I’m now back on track, just graduated w B.S. in Physics, and now will try to struggle through grad school.)

    As an engineer (w a HS diploma, recall), I was given several awards for engineering excellence and achievement. For exactly the same behavior, I got slapped down at the U for not doing stuff the U way. What a shock!

    So that’s my beef with the current ADD/ADHD social environment. I went from being highly successful to being a failure, and //I felt the rejection//. So the problem is not /exactly/ that I am ADD, it is that our society is ready to admit us in to “normal” circles. I don’t want to deny the down side of ADD. As long as I was able to work and play in an environment that allowed me to play to my strengths, I was very happy. But this has been a struggle for my wife, and at last we are gaining an understanding of why we see things so differently.

    I’m on the fence about meds at this point. Over the next year or so, I intend to give it a great deal of thought, all the while trying to develop a set of tools that will permit me to succeed in school ling enough to get either a Masters or a Ph.D.

    The message in “ADD and Loving It” about how “safe” meds are is the down side of the program for me. We are too quick in this culture to say that we want folks to “fit in,” and we’ve got just the med to help them do that. I think that better understanding and compassion on behalf of others, notably those in education, would go a long way to minimizing the need for meds. One of the big questions on my mind wrt meds is the “creativity” question. I don’t have any faith at this point that medical professionals know whether the meds actually affect creativity or not. The difficulty in assessing that is not knowing what is missed. For example, in my first year at the U, I solved a Gaussion charge distro problem using a math technique that isn’t taught until grad school. I didn’t know what I had done, and that was one of the times I got my hands slapped – publicly, no less – for doing things “differently.” Had I been on meds, I would likely have been a better student: Would I have had that flash of insight? Would anyone know that I /might/ have, had I not been on meds?

    Well, there you have just a small part of the puzzle from my POV. For my part, I will do what I can to help others develop good coping mechanisms so that they can feel successful. Can’t help but think that we need more Mrs. McKennas in the world … 😉


  7. Mitcher99 says:

    If you don’t have ADD you won’t understand it. I am getting tired of hearing parents of ADD children denying ADD. As a successful adult at 45, I have recently started using Concerta. I have spent the last 14 years with a son with ADD and had always thought that life was a struggle and you have to deal with it to succeed. My son is now graduating high school and moving on to college. He has been on Concerta from the 2nd grade. I started out being a parent thinking how my son just needs to work harder and now realize I was wrong. If you have ADD you need to identify it. Over the years his doctor had pointed out my habits I was showing toward ADD. Finally became time for me to address my ADD. I have been taking Concerta for over two years now and I don’t feel like screaming when work backs up. Just because you are successful doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from treating your ADD. How much more successful could you have been if you could focus like some of the geniuses’ in the world, or even if you’re a genus, how much more you can achieve. I almost cried after watching the show on PBS and felt I was the one telling the story and his wife was my wife saying “I don’t get it.”. If you get anything out of the show it should be that ADD people do the same things as everyone else, it just feels like extra hard work for most of the things we do.

  8. buggie says:

    @Mitcher99- I agree. What bothers me is that my family does not seem to want to try to understand it better. I was diagnosed at age 30 and given Adderall, which has helped, but it is just now occurring to me that I really need to learn more about my ADHD, especially with respect to my career. The more I learn, the more I wish my parents would learn about it so I can explain things that go on in my life better. Right now I am still sort of just the problem child even though I’m almost 33! Whenever I mention ADHD, my dad says, “everyone has ADHD” (and I honestly think he has it too). My mother is proud of me for doing so well in school despite having ADHD, but I don’t think she realizes how much it still affects me every day. It is hard because I don’t have anyone in my life who understands why I just CAN’T do things sometimes. Some people I know think I don’t even really have ADHD, because I am not all that disorganized, but they don’t understand that there is so much more to it.

  9. Haileypenne says:

    Just wanted to Say thank God someone is finaly talking about this like it should be. I may only be 18 but i have lived with this all my life and only my parents and a few school teachers have ever understood! because of ADD i had the hardest time reading i was in like 8th grade reading at fifth grade leval and one teacher who knew what i was going throught finaly took me into her class and taught me how to read! and now reading is my excape from my crazy fast paced life!
    Thank you Again!

  10. addmomof2 says:

    I am a 46 year old RN, married with boy almost 18 and girl just 12. I always knew that there was something a little “different” in my life that I could not put my finger on. Fastforward to 2011 and daughter diagnosed. Had a long talk with son and he requested to be tested. I will be tested next and I am certain I have it as well.
    This is a neurological problem which I did not ask for and which I unfortunately passed along to my children like other genetically based disorders.
    Talking about this , getting a professional diagnosis, and agreeing to work together as a family to address it has been a tremendous relief. Knowing is better than not knowing. Avoiding , rationalizing and just sucking it up has not worked for me or for my children. They aren’t bad or of bad character and neither am I. I thank god for finding a supportive doctor and environment to help us and I thank god for finding this site and Dr Hallowells books and materials. My son is on meds and I will likely do so has well. As far as I am concerned he has suffered enough and he deserves the opportunity to try the medication and see what happens . NO one has the right to judge me for decisions are between myself , my children and their specialists . Ignorant comments on this site are not helpful. Each situation is individual between the patient and parent and doctor.

  11. dalinaw says:

    First of all, ADD and depression is not the same thing. So, when someone is taking multiple types of drugs including depression medication, it is not the same thing as someone who has been diagnosed with ADD taking medication for it. In fact, ADD medications DO NOT cause weight gain and most of them may decrease you appetite if anything. I have ADD- I am not hyperactive but more impulsive and have difficulty listening and paying attention. I have not been on medication for many years but it is a struggle for me constantly. I have actually heard many people say that they did not believe in ADD until they met me. When I was in elementary school I was very behind and could not learn a thing because I could not sit still and concentrate. Many teachers could not handle me. They would get very impatient with me. I had one teacher that actually was physical with me because I would not listen and was constatly “in my own world”. Contrary to what a lot of people are saying here I was actually tested once and was told I did not have it. When we finally got a second opionion I was put on ritalin. It changed my life. For the first time I actually was able to learn something. This was in fourth grade when I could barely read and spell. By high school I was completely caught up. I think that there is some misdiagnoses with ADD and sometimes when kids have a problem with their diet it can effect their attention span. This is different from actally having the neurological disorder. Research shows that a combination of meds and behavioral training is best. If you learn the techniques of how to combat it I think you will be less likely to have to be on meds as an adult. It is not about “fitting in” it’s about being as capable as anyone else. I don’t like being on meds and it is hard as an adult to be taken seriously about it. But there is a price that I pay for not being on them. I constatly have to wonder if I could be doing better if it wasn’t for my disorder.

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