One of the things commonly experienced by people with ADHD is the deep sense of shame they feel at not being able to be “more normal” particularly when they can also experience themselves as being unusually bright and quick-minded. In ADHD Alien, German comic strip artist Pina Varnel captures the internal life of what it is like to live with ADHD and the impact of finding every day things like prioritizing, time management, focusing on a thing of your choosing… really really hard to do.
“My comics can’t tell anyone if they have ADHD or not, but they might help someone understand the struggles they’ve had and give them courage to seek a diagnosis.
“What I talk about in my comics is so shunned upon and made me feel embarrassed all my life and I just want my fellow Aliens to know they’re not alone. Even though not everyone with ADHD is like me or makes the same experiences, we all suffer from the same stigma.” – German artist Pina, aka the ADHD Alien
Now with over 120,000 followers on Twitter, Pina’s twitter feed has become an invaluable gathering place for people with ADHD to share experiences and offer mutual support and to find emotionally nuanced, precise and accurate depictions of what living with ADHD is like.
If you are looking for resources to help create awareness of the nuances of ADHD symptoms and what lies underneath, ADHD Alien is invaluable. Click here to visit Pina’s website and archive of comics.
Guess who Pina Likes?
According to this article, Pina is a fan of Leading Edge Seminars speaker Russell Barkley!
We are too!
Author of more than 20 books, rating scales and clinical manuals, Russell Barkley is an internationally-recognized authority on ADHD. His work is considered to be the cornerstone for best practices in the assessment and management of ADHD.
He has a new webinar series coming up! In this video, Dr. Barkley gives you an overview of the research he has gathered for you to present ADHD Update: What You Need to Know! (sign up for 2 and get the 3rd one free!)
NOTE: all webinars are recorded and available for viewing at your convenience.
Advances in ADHD Diagnosis and Management/Concentration Deficit Disorder (Upcoming Live Broadcast on Nov. 13… available as a recorded webinar afterwards)
This webinar consists of TWO lectures. In the first lecture, you’ll receive an overview of Dr. Barkley’s ongoing survey of international research on the best practices in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. He reviews the literature every week so that you are kept up to date.
His second lecture focuses on a commonly misdiagnosed and poorly understood related condition: Concentration Deficit Disorder aka Sluggish Cognitive Tempo. Find out how to assess SCT and how it impacts life course development as well as common comorbidities.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder Management/ Management of ADHD Medication (Upcoming Live Broadcast Nov. 18, available as a recording afterwards)
In the first lecture, Dr. Barkley will focus on managing ODD especially when working with families on creating the conditions for optimal behavioural interventions.
The second lecture will give you an overview of the management of ADHD medication with a discussion of the different range of medications available, their known effects and side-effects and how to select specific medications for specific situations.
Optimizing ADHD: Impact of Co-morbidity (Upcoming Live Broadcast on Nov. 23… available as a recorded webinar afterwards) Over 80% of children and adults with ADHD have at least one other psychiatric disorder and more than 50% have at least two such comorbid disorders.