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Michael Phelps, hailed as the greatest Olympian ever, has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Can his, and others', success be used help inspire younger people?

I get this question all the time. “What is ADHD like?”

Or phrased differently, “What does it feel like to have ADHD?”

It’s very hard to describe to someone who has never lived this way. The easiest way for me to explain it is to come up with a metaphor.

ADHD is like holding 100 corks underwater at once.

ADHD is like having a leaky faucet as your brain. Drip, drip, drip…the droplets come so fast, you know you should do something about it, but before you can work it out the sink overflows.

I’ve been trying to explain how it feels for years.

Research suggests that social media use may lead to ADHD. Is that so bad, asks Pravina Rudra, who has the condition

Pravina Rudra

July 25 2018, 12:01am,

THOMAS SKOVSENDE FOR THE TIMES

Make ADHD the enemy; not your child. Catch your child being good every day. Stop blaming others. And other rules for raising a child with ADD that every parent should hear.

BY DEBORAH CARPENTER

Most parents are good parents. But if your son or daughter has attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), “good” may not be enough. To ensure that your child is happy and well-adjusted now and in the future — and to create a tranquil home environment — you’ve got to be a great parent.

I grew up feeling something was wrong with me — that I was lesser, or maybe broken. Now I know that what others misidentified as ‘wrong’ or ‘different’ was actually extraordinary — and that ADHD can be an incredible asset if appreciated.

BY JUNE SILNY

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