Welcome to Fantastically Focused…if I’m interested! It is my very first blog post, and I’m finding myself excited to share the adventure of blogging about Attention Deficit with you. When I was trying to decide on a name for my blog, I enlisted the help of my Facebook friends. I had some ideas for names, and I asked my friends to vote on their favorite name or offer other suggestions. They gave me some great options and offered suggestions that I likely wouldn’t have thought of on my own. So thank you to all my Facebook friends who contributed! I ended up tinkering with the votes and suggestions and settled on “Fantastically Focused…if I’m interested.” I chose this name because the ADD brain is hot wired for interest. Have you ever noticed with the ADDer in your life that they can be so focused on one thing they really, really like, and then when it comes times to do, oh, homework maybe, suddenly they can’t focus. This used to madden me about my son until I learned how his ADD brain is wired. Because the ADD brain is under stimulated, it is constantly looking for stimulation. It hates to be bored. So, when that brain finds one thing that stimulates it (video games and TV are good examples; even a school subject he/she is interested in,) ADDers can hyper focus on that subject or topic. However, if they are not interested, then you have a potential problem on your hands. Really, Attention Deficit isn’t an accurate name, because ADDers CAN focus, as long as they are interested in the topic. Hence the name, “Fantastically Focused…if I’m interested.” The sub title of my blog is “Doing life with an ADDer.” Life with an ADDer can be really fun. It can be a laugh a minute. It can be filled with love and joy. On the flip side, it can be really frustrating. It can be overwhelming. It can lead to loneliness, and fear that the ADDer you’re doing life with just isn’t going to turn out right. It can be frustrating to not have the resources you need to help your ADDer. It can be overwhelming to try to comb through the plethora of information on the internet about ADHD & ADD. It can be lonely when there is no support in place to let you know you aren’t the only parent or spouse going through the same things. That’s what this blog is all about. I want to be a source of information for parents, students and teachers. I want to be a support system to those who feel alone, because I have been there and I’m sure I’ll be there again. I want to share my stories with you so you can laugh with me and maybe even cry with me. And I want to hear your stories too! I want to learn more about this baffling, often misunderstood disorder so I can help my son and in turn, share that information with you in hopes that you can use the information with the ADDer in your life. I hope you will join me on this journey of blogging as I share information, stories, tips and tools all related to Attention Deficit. Please feel free to subscribe for more!