ADHD: Living in Overdrive

The Post profiles several well-known individuals who share their struggles and triumphs in coping with ADHD.

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Shane Victorino
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Shane Victorino

“Early in my career, I had trouble focusing, and I was always interrupting my teammates,” says Shane Victorino, current center fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. “My coach approached me and asked if I had trouble focusing when I was growing up. I told him I had ADHD as a kid, but thought that I had outgrown it. After that conversation, I went to the doctor, who confirmed that I still had ADHD.”

Today Shane shares his story through a national education initiative called “Own It” that helps raise awareness of ADHD in young adults and adults. He urges people to seek help and not be afraid.

“I am not ashamed of my ADHD and am excited to be a part of this educational effort to help other young adults and adults take ownership of their ADHD.”

Listen to his story here.

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  1. THANK YOU for this well written article for an ADHD audience! 🙂

    Loads of great points here. As an adult with ADHD, I know that I’m capable of accomplishing remarkable things if I can just get out of my own way! Not everyone is tolerant, understanding and patient — nor do I expect them to be. I’ve just come to terms with that and with the appreciation of how unique I am. It takes time to see the positive differences we possess because we’ve been told our whole lives about the annoyingly obvious ones.

    But please, if you have ADHD and you’re reading this, don’t give up on yourself. Keep trying. I know that you are working on being the best you can every day. Start by recognizing just one good thing you do differently because you have ADHD. For me, it’s determination – especially when trying to figure something out that seems unsolvable. When others give up, I want to soldier on until we’ve found a solution. I work with my ADHD to explore many different solutions until finding the solution.

    Those of us with ADHD have a big responsibility to show the world that we are more that what our disorder tries to hide with disorganization, tardiness and rambling apparently nonsensical comments. We can do that by facing each day head on, knowing that we have something remarkable to share with the world. Don’t let anyone make you believe anything different.

  2. Great questions, Ann, and glad you enjoyed the article!

    Here are some online resources we’ve found that may help you and your son in dealing with Adult ADHD: is a great place to start your research. At Adults with ADHD: Steps for Beginners you can learn the basics of ADHD and take a self-evaluation. The page also links to helpful suggestions on how to find a medical professional.’s Help for Adult ADD/ADHD page offers plenty of self-help tips, such as staying focused, managing time, and more. Shane Victorino’s Own It project’s resource page, provides lots of helpful links, including the National Resource Center on ADHD.

    Jesika St Clair | Associate Editor
    The Saturday Evening Post

  3. I read the article, If it’s boring I’m done. It is my 50 year old son. This is him to a tee. He is very smart, everyday jobs, he can’t stay focused. Now the horse racing, he loves, as it lights his fire. This can be a big problem. Who should he see for this. Mental Health, Primary Care, or who? He is so smart, he outsmarts himself. I am amazed by this article. Ann Grigway


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