The ADHD Experience Journal is a collection of stories, pictures, and personal experiences from families about what it has been like to contend with pediatric Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It represents the “collective wisdom” of these families as well as their health care providers. A group of parents and health care providers has reviewed all of these contributions for appropriateness.

The ADHD Experience Journal was created by Boston Children’s Hospital. We welcome family members to enter and explore the ADHD Experience Journal.

The Journal has the following chapters:

We know that there may be some emotional discomfort associated with reading the stories of children and parents describing their experiences dealing with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder issues. Nonetheless, we hope that families learn from the stories of others facing similar experiences. The goal of the ADHD Experience Journal is to facilitate the strength and resiliency that lies in every child and family facing adversity.

According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is classified as having three major subtypes: predominately hyperactive-impulsive, predominately inattentive, and combined inattentive/hyperactive-impulsive. Many people still use the term “ADD” — which stands for attention deficit disorder — to describe the predominately inattentive ADHD subtype. We have chosen to display the words of our contributors as they were told to us and not made any changes to how our contributors chose to describe their experiences with ADHD.