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Dec 012013
 

The next Vancouver Adult ADD support group meeting is Tuesday Dec 3rd, 6.30-8.30 at Ravensong Community Healthcare center 2450 Ontario st, Vancouver, BC

The topic is: How ADHD Helps You In Your Daily Life. The Positives of ADHD.

If you are willing to take notes on the meeting and email them to me, I’ll post them on the website for others to read.

What are some of positives of ADHD in your life and how does it help you?

Also, where do the negatives of ADHD to turn into positives? i.e. distractibility & impulsivity to creativity, restlessness to taking action, hyperactivity to unlimited energy etc.

Oct 222013
 

We were had an ADHD Awareness Week info table at Brighouse Library yesterday in Richmond.We did the same thing at The West End Community Center Saturday October 18th, it was right next to Joe Fortes Library, one of the 20 Vancouver Public Libraries which had ADHD Awareness Week book displays.

We had our Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group Volunteers, Jade Vajna, Yuan Jiang, Chris Green and me. We had some interesting stories by visitors. ADHD people have some interesting stories:) All the photos were by Jade Vajna.

Click on the photos to see the larger size on flickr.

Our “90% don’t know… Large poster

90% don't know… West End Community Center ADHD Awareness Week 2013 Large Poster #1 Photo

Our “90% don’t know… Large poster. Close up.

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L to R Pete Quily, Yuan Jiang, Christopher Green

L to R Pete Quily, Yuan Jiang, Christopher Green At The West End Community Center ADHD Awareness Week 2013

L to R Pete Quily, Jade Vajna, Christopher Green

L to R Pete Quily, Jade Vajna, Christopher Green

Pete Quily in Front of our ADHD Awareness Week Poster At The West End Community Center ADHD Awareness Week

Jade Vajna ready for questions about ADHD at our ADHD Awareness Week Table

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Jade Vajna next to our ADHD Awareness Week Poster

Jade Vajna At The West End Community Center ADHD Awareness Week 2013 photo #2

Here’s a video Jade took of our poster on a door at the WECC.

A large version of our BC ADHD Awareness Week Poster

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Oct 202013
 

Dr. Margaret Weiss was interviewed on News1130 Radio by News 1130 Anchor Ben Wilson Twitter, staff bio for ADHD Awareness Week in BC.

Ben did 4 Interviews on ADHD In BC During ADHD Awareness Week Starting Tues Oct 15th at 7.05pm and going until Friday October 18th. Thank Ben and special thanks to News1130′s  Bruce Claggett for helping to make this happen.  Bruce’s staff bio.

Dr Margaret Weiss MD, PhD, FRCP(C) also has a master’s degree in public health and she used to lead the BC Children’s ADHD Childrens clinic and the short lived BC Adult ADHD clinic at the same place until the BC Liberals killed it after a year long wait list of 12-14 months.

She has created an ADHD rating scale, The Weiss Functional Impairment Scale, written a book on ADHD,  ADHD in Adulthood: A Guide to Current Theory, Diagnosis, and Treatment and is on the board for CADDRA. She now runs a private clinic in West Vancouver, The Weiss Clinic for ADHD Care.

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Audio of the interview and story below.

Dr. Margaret Weiss interviewed on News1130 on BC ADHD Awareness Week

ADHD Awareness Week

UBC’s Dr. Margaret Weiss is a pre-eminant expert on the condition

John Streit

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – All this week the News1130 Evening Show is marking ADHD Awareness Week with a series of interviews with experts in the condition, such as people who help support and coach those with it, and people who have ADHD themselves.

We wrap up our series with Dr. Margaret Weiss, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UBC and author who’s one of the pre-eminent experts on the condition.

What is ADHD?

By definition it’s a condition that is considered to be a developmental and neurobiological disorder. Genetic and neurological differences lead to hyperactivity. Not just motor-functions but talking too much, feeling restless inside, always being on the go, difficulty focusing and attention and finally, impulsivity. These are often people who are stimulus seeking and will try anything before realizing the consequences.

Is this something you’re born with or can you develop it as an adult?

We like to say it’s a common final pathway because it’s 80 per cent genetic. If you’re an adult with ADHD, the chances of each child having ADHD is 57 per cent. Same for children that come to the clinic. Many of their parents will have ADHD. In that case, yes, you are born with it. I’ve had mothers who’ve said their fetuses were different and so active that they’ve fractured a rib. On the other hand, anything that damages the brain will lead to difficulty with attention which is probably the most sophisticated part of our thinking function –  lead exposure, a traumatic brain injury, fetal alcohol syndrome will all affect and present in a similar way. We’re all paying a huge amount for this disorder but we could be paying upfront and preventing ADHD.

How has ADHD awareness increased?

There is now a recognition all over the world. This was sponsored by the World Health Organization but there’s now a strong world federation of ADHD. The emergence of awareness among families that deserves the same kind of funding, donations and services as diabetes and cancer. Just like depression and anxiety, this is not a disorder of laziness and boredom or a lack of morality, this is something we can treat.

The Weiss Clinic for ADHD Care is in West Vancouver, call 604-281-1219.

 

Oct 202013
 

Carol Walley was interviewed on News1130 Radio  by News 1130 Anchor Ben Wilson Twitter, staff bio for BC ADHD Awareness Week. Ben did 4 Interviews on ADHD In BC During ADHD Awareness Week Starting Tues Oct 15th at 7.05pm  and going until Friday October 18th. Great thanks to News1130′s  Bruce Claggett for helping to make this happen.  Bruce’s staff bio

CHADD Vancouver Logo

CHADD Vancouver is the parent group of our Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group. Carol Walley, retired public health nurse is the co-cordinator of CHADD Vancouver, Claudia Smith of the Vancouver ADHD Parent Program is the other co-coordinator.

I’m on the board of CHADD Vancouver. Carol and Claudia started CHADD Vancouver in 1996 and have kept helping parent of ADHD Children, and ADHD adults ever since.

CHADD Vancouver meets the 3rd tuesdays of most months (check schedule) at Ravensong Community Healthcare Center 2450 Ontario Street Vancouver 6.30 to 8.30 pm. Same place as my Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group but we meet the first Tuesday at 6.30-8.30pm every month

CHADD Vancouver is part of CHADD Canada and affiliated with CHADD USA

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Here’s the News1130 full story

The Audio

Audio CHADD Vancouver’s Carol Walley interviewed on News1130 on BC ADHD Awareness Week

ADHD support available for parents and children

Interview with former nurse now CHADD coordinator Carol Wally

News1130 Staff October 17, 2013 9:37 pm

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VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – All this week, we’re marking ADHD Awareness Week with a series of interviews with experts in the condition, people who help support and coach those with it, and people who have ADHD themselves.

We spoke with Carol Wally, a recently retired public health nurse who’s one of the two co-coordinators of CHADD Vancouver.

What is CHADD?

The Vancouver chapter of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder provides information and support. We have information and support meetings on a monthly basis for anyone who is interested, mostly parents and adults that have ADHD or parents with children who have ADHD. We also provide an adult ADD support group. We also have a telephone line and email where we respond to questions that people have in the community.

What are some of the myths about ADHD?

I think one of the common ones for many years was that is wasn’t a real medical disorder, that it was more just activity or a child wasn’t managed well by his parent or ate too much sugar or had red dye. But really there’s overwhelming scientific evidence that really all medical associations and government authorities recognize ADHD as a real disorder.

Did you receive special ADHD training when you were a nurse?

No, and I think there’s not a lot of training for people who work with ADHD. One of the colleges used to have a course on ADHD. But I do believe it’s changing as the myths are dispelled and more people are aware of it and actually believe it’s a real condition. And many people know somebody who has ADHD, or knows someone with a child with ADHD or thinks somebody has ADHD so I think just the awareness of it is really helping the education as well.

What kind of advice or coaching does CHADD provide?

We really encourage parents to understand what ADHD is, that it’s a neurobiological condition. There’s information now about the functioning of the brain and learning from mistakes. There’s more and more evidence to explain it to parents. Education is really important so parents understand what it is. It’s not the child misbehaving just to bug you, it’s not something that’s being done consciously for children with ADHD – it’s very difficult. We have support meetings where they come and share with each other. That is wonderful to have parents share their frustrations and what works with each other.

What is the CHADD phone line?

It’s 604-222-4043.

Oct 192013
 

Enjoyed our Vancouver Adult ADD Support Groups ADHD Awareness Week info table at Brighouse Library today in Richmond. Our 90% don’t know sign by Christopher Stanbury got a lot of attention, more than 90% of the Brighouse Library patrons seemed to at minimum look at it, if not read it, tell their family and friends to check it out, and some talked to us about it too.

Was helped by our well made & portable wood display stand by Robert Murray. Thanks to Jade Vajna & Yuanyuan Jiang for helping to staff the table and answer questions from the many library visitors we had who took our brochures, asked us questions and told us their stories on ADHD.

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Jade, Pete & Yuan

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Jade, Pete & Yuan

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Jade Pete & Robert

We were quite busy. Thanks to the Richmond Brighouse Library for hosting us and having their ADHD book display nearby. Very friendly and helpful Librarians. Very well organized and well merchandised Library, excellent signage and displays.

I got diagnosed with ADHD because many years ago I was in that same Brighouse Library in Richmond. Outside the Mac computer lab, I saw a CHADD Richmond (sadly now closed) ADHD book display with a poster of ADHD symptoms, a few books and some brochures. Read the poster and thought, boom, boom, boom, boom, wow that’s me.  Than I found someone who could do a diagnosis, got diagnosed with ADHD.

In 2003 I started a business helping adults with ADHD via ADHD Coaching, started The Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group, one adult ADHD website, one blog on ADHD and this is my 2nd blog on ADHD.

My Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group volunteers and our partners now have 76 ADHD books displays at Libraries and book stores throughout 23 cities in BC’s Lower Mainland.

So whoever in the early 90’s from CHADD Richmond helped put the materials together for that one ADHD book display in the Brighouse Library in Richmond with those symptoms of ADHD and the Librarians who created the display? Thank you.

Your work got amplified.

Thanks to Maggie J.H. Wang (CGD) who created our BC ADHD Awareness Week poster

 

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for suggesting the location and helping us to get it booked.

We’ll be at the West End Community Center at 870 Denman Street, Vancouver,  See map Saturday October 19th 10am to 5pm  for another info table on ADHD Awareness Week. We’ll have brochures on ADHD and our 2 BC ADHD Support Groups and will be answering your questions

Oct 172013
 

I was interviewed on News1130 Radio  by News 1130 Anchor Ben Wilson Twitter, staff bio for ADHD Awareness Week in BC Ben will do 4 Interviews on ADHD In BC During ADHD Awareness Week Starting Tues Oct 15th at 7.05pm  and going until Friday October 18th. Tomorrow is Carol Walley, CHADD Vancouver Coordinator.

Thanks to John Streit News1130’s  Evening Editor for giving me a tour of the News1130 station. Thanks to Ben Wilson for showing me the controls. Very cool he’s like a reporter, announcer, producer all in one. Here’s a photo of me by News1130 editor John Streit

Pete Quily photo in News1130 studio by John Streit

Even with the TV on the studio was so quiet it was palpable. If I every get a big windfall, would love to have a soundproof room. Very easy to concentrate for distractable adders like me. I wonder if some serial entrepreneur like Minna Van who runs The Network Hub would add soundproof rooms like that where for an extra fee people pay extra to be able to focus easier for a few hours on projects.

Much thanks to News1130′s  Bruce Claggett for helping to make this ADHD Awareness series happen.  Bruce’s staff bio.

20% of pathological gamblers have ADHD See more detail on ADHD and Gambling in this Journal of Gambling Study plus 20-30%+ addicts & alcoholics have ADHD. Many ADDers are entrepreneurs see this BC Business article listing a few & quoting me.

So BC citizens & politicians, keep ignoring, discriminating and refusing to have people trained to diagnose and treat ADHD adults and kids and you’ll continue to pay more in taxes for gambling, addiction and crime. Change that? You’ll get more legal and less criminal ADHD entrepreneurs adding jobs and building vs depleting the tax base.

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What ADHD looks like in adults, teens, and children. Courtesy teachadhd.ca

What ADHD looks like in adults, teens, and children. Courtesy teachadhd.ca

Here’s the audio, full story below

Audio of Pete Quily interviewed on News1130 on BC ADHD Awareness Week

Many problem gamblers suffer from ADHD: expert

An expert says 20 per cent of problem gamblers have ADHD

News1130 Staff

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – In the midst of ADHD Awareness Week, we’re hearing many problem gamblers suffer from the condition.

ADHD coach Pete Quily says gambling is an impulse disorder and the three main symptoms of ADHD are hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity.

He says 20 per cent of pathological gamblers have ADHD, roughly 5 per cent of the population. “The government refuses to diagnose us or treat us. When you see the cost of ADHD, whether it be gambling, addiction, or jail, it’s a lot cheaper to treat us. They don’t seem to be taking it seriously, the research is out there.”

Quily says substance abuse is also a major issue. “If you have ADHD and get it treated through medication and other ways, you actually reduce the risk of substance abuse. The smallest number I’ve seen is 20 to 30 per cent of addicts and alcoholics have ADHD.”

He adds 21 to 45 per cent of prisoners in jail have ADHD.

“Don’t you think as a society we should more likely focus on getting these people the treatment they deserve and having more legal entrepreneurs, because many billions have ADHD, instead of criminal entrepreneurs who are self-medicating with booze, drugs and violence,” Quily wonders.

The News1130 Evening Show is hosting a week-long ADHD Awareness special, speaking with experts, support staff, and people that live with the condition.

News1130‘s Ben Wilson will be hosting live interviews nightly at 7:05 p.m.

 

Oct 162013
 

Jade Vajna one of our Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group Volunteers (now her 2nd year helping out, thanks Jade!) was interviewed on News1130 Radio  by News 1130 Anchor Ben Wilson Twitter, staff bio for ADHD Awareness Week in BC

Ben will do 4 Interviews on ADHD In BC During ADHD Awareness Week Starting Tues Oct 15th at 7.05pm  and going until Friday October 18th I’m up today Wednesday

Great thanks to News1130′s  Bruce Claggett for helping to make this happen.  Bruce’s staff bio

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Listen to the audio, full News1130 story is below

Audio of Jade Vajna interviewed on News1130 on BC ADHD Awareness Week

ADHD Awareness Week helping to improve diagnoses

Many aren’t aware they have the condition

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It’s ADHD Awareness Week.

Organizations will use the time to dispel myths, stereotypes and misinformation.

Jade Vajna is a support worker who says not a lot of people know much about the condition. “A lot of people who have it don’t realize they have it until they see a list of symptoms.”

She says she figured out she had ADHD by doing a test online. “It was 2007, a doctor suggested that I have it and then I looked into further. I realized it was me.”

Vajna says symptoms can vary. “For me, for example, I am more impulsive and hyper. It’s just not being able to sit still, being distracted very easily, getting really interested in things and then going bored with them really fast.

Vanja says increased awareness has made it easier to diagnose adults.

The News1130 Evening Show is hosting a week-long ADHD Awareness special, speaking with experts, support staff, and people that live with the condition.

News1130‘s Ben Wilson will be hosting live interviews nightly at 7:05 p.m.

Oct 152013
 

Comedian, actor, producer and director Rick Green of the Great Canadian Totally ADD Website  and the best moving on Adult ADHD ADD and Loving it (see the comments on my post) shares his personal experience with ADHD for ADHD Awareness Week. You may also know him from the Red Green show.

See Rick Green’s IMDB  credits as : Writer | Producer | Actor | Director | Self

Watch Ricks Cool video. Please let others know about it

How do you explain ADHD to people who don’t understand it?

Oct 142013
 

News1130 Radio will do 4 Interviews on ADHD In BC During ADHD Awareness Week Starting Tues Oct 15th at 7.05pm  and going until Friday October 18th

One of our Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group volunteers, Jade Vajna will start it off on Tuesday October 15th, I’ll be interviewed on Wednesday October 16th, and Dr. Margaret Weiss and Carol Walley, the co coordinator of CHADD Vancouver, our parent group will be sometimes Thursday and Friday (not sure of their exact days)

News 1130 Anchor Ben Wilson Twitter  staff bio will be doing the interviews.

Great thanks to News1130’s  Bruce Claggett for helping to make this happen.  Bruce’s staff bio

Thanks to News1130 Radio for helping to reduce the stigma and myths about ADHD and helping to raise awareness of ADHD

Please tell your family, friends and work colleagues about these interviews.

 

Oct 142013
 

Jon McComb host of The World Today  on

CKNW News Talk 980 interviewed me today, the first day of ADHD Awareness Week in BC.

We talked about many things relating to ADHD and ADHD in BC. Got Patrick McKenna mixed up with Rick Green. Sorry guys:)

Also talked about BC politicans and the BC Adult ADHD Clinic the one BC Liberals closed in 2007 after a year long wait list and the bcndp refused to support reopening. But, the BC Conservative leader many of his candidates and the BC Greens Leader and many of her candidates including elected GPBC MLA Andrew Weaver supported reopening the clinic.

I really enjoyed it. For me having conversations on the radio is a good source of dopamine:)

Here’s the audio, click on the link.

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