Hello Visitors!

Terry Matlen, ACSW Health Guide
  • Hi!

     

    I would like to introduce myself, for I am new here, but not new to ADHD. Today begins my new journey here at Health Central, where I will be joining Eileen Bailey as one of the ADHD experts. I am really looking forward to being part of this wonderful community. I've already received a very warm welcome!

     

    Let me tell you a little bit about myself....

     

    I wear a zillion different "ADHD hats", so I come to you with the advantage of understanding this from many perspectives, which include:

    • Having ADHD myself
    • Having a daughter with ADHD
    • Being a psychotherapist and consultant who works with people who have AD/HD
    • Being the AD/HD spouse
    • ....And probably more things that I've forgotten for now!

    But what's important is not so much that I happen to have ADHD, but that I am a woman, a wife, a mother, a therapist, artist, musician, etc. etc. who happens to also have ADHD. To me, that is the key. That ADHD doesn't define who or what I am, but rather, it explains part of who I am.

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    More about my background...

     

    I am the author of the book, "Survival Tips for Women with ADHD." By the way, that book would never have seen the light of day had it not been for a wonderful editor who walked me through each phase of this project. Which is another theme I hope to be writing a lot about here- accepting the idea of reaching out and asking for help when we need it!

     

    As director of ADD Consults (www.addconsults.com), I have met many many people from around the world. I absolutely love connecting with people, which is why I'm so excited to be part of the Health Central team.

     

    I'm also the past vice president of ADDA (www.add.org), where I spent many years serving on the board in various capacities. And I was also the CHADD (www.chadd.org) coordinator for many years, here in Oakland County/Michigan.

     

    If you'd like to read more about me, please check out my profile. At any rate, I look forward to writing articles and posts here, and of course, being available to you.

     

    I look forward to meeting all of you; please introduce yourselves!

     

    Yours,

     

    Terry Matlen, ACSW

     

Published On: November 20, 2007