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About:

Have ADHD? Know someone with ADHD? Want to learn more? You’re in the right place! Most weeks I post a new video with tips, tricks and insights into the ADHD brain.

This channel is my ADHD toolbox — a place to keep all the strategies I’ve learned about having and living with ADHD.  It’s also grown into an amazing community of ADHD brains (and the hearts who love them!) who support and help each other.  Anyone looking to learn more about ADHD is welcome here!

Where to start?

 

Basic Information

  • ADHD is a neuro-developmental disorder, not a behavioural one
  • ADHD is common, not curable, but highly treatable
  • There are many treatments available, including stimulant and non-stimulant medications, cognitive behavioral therapy, ADHD coaching and strategies such as mindfulness meditation and exercise. 
  • ADHD isn’t the same for everyone!  There are 3 different presentations (primarily inattentive, primarily hyperactive-impulsive, and a combination of both). ADHD is also on a spectrum  — it ranges from mild to severe — and it is often accompanied by other conditions like anxiety or depression and learning disabilities like dyslexia.
  • Because it isn’t the same for everyone, what works for one ADHDer may not be right for the next, but most ADHD brains benefit from a combination of treatment strategies. Medication is not enough!
  • ADD is an outdated term, used to refer to the inattentive presentation of ADHD
  • ADHD is diagnosed from the DSM-V by a mental health professional such as a psychiatrist. 
    • Jessica can not diagnose anyone

 

Channel History

HowToADHD put out its first video January 5th, 2016. The channel was originally created by Jessica McCabe, in the Fall of 2015. It is an ADHD toolbox, providing tips, strategies, and insights into ADHD. Edward, Jessica’s then-boyfriend (now-husband!) believed in Jessica’s vision and helped her to create the show. The other members of the team were brought on after the channel began. The channel has grown quickly, with 7,000,000+ views and nearly 150,000 subscribers as of December 30th, 2017. Jessica’s recent TED talk on ADHD has been viewed millions of times.  The organization has had the opportunity to work with several other organizations, including Chegg and Antsy Labs. The videos have also been promoted by other ADHD organizations and communities, including CHADD. The viewers, subscribers, and supporters (individuals who came to HowToADHD for their own benefit) are called “Brains”, while the people who love and support Brains, have been named “Hearts”. Movement to expand and develop the company have been in progress, with the goal of being able to reach as many people as possible in mind. 

The Team:

Jessica McCabe

(Host, researcher, writer, co-producer, editor, of HowToADHD)

  • Diagnosed at the age of 12 after displaying multiple personality similarities with her aunt.
  • Resides in Los Angeles
    • Born and raised in Los Angeles
  • Married to producing partner Edward
  • Jessica is not a mental health professional, but she is an ADHD expert who
    • Is dedicated to providing science-based information about ADHD
    • Has a research team who assists her
    • Does not claim to be a trained professional

Edward

(Producer, head of post production)

  • Diagnosed at the age of 35 
  • Resides in Los Angeles
    • Originally from Florida
  • Married to producing partner Jessica

Volunteers:

SuperBRAIN

(Community Manager, Moderator of HowToADHD)

  • Also known as Isa
  • Formerly Intern and moderator of HowToADHD

DookaHeart

(Assistant Community Manager, Moderator of HowToADHD)

  • Also known as Dooka
  • Formerly Intern and moderator of HowToADHD

Patrick LaCount 

  • Primary research consultant for the channel

Rachelle LeDuc

  • Resident nurse-in-training

Jo Meleca-Voigt

  • Resident teacher and helper

Scot Melville

  • Head of website stuff and deployments and does not claim to be a front-end engineer. If you wish to help, you are welcome to contact him at scot@howtoadhd.com