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“The Disruptors” ADHD Documentary Dispels Misconceptions, Offers Hope

In an early scene in the documentary, The Disruptors, a mother fruitlessly tries to coax her third-grade son out from under his bed to get ready for school. Later, she admits, “I constantly feel like I’m barely holding my life together.”The scene is raw, heart-wrenching, and relatable to parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — including Emmy-nominated executive producer Nancy Armstrong, who drew inspiration for the film from raising her children with ADHD.The Disruptors follows five households affected by ADHD, throwing into plain view the daily realities of parenting neurodivergent children.

Viewers meet Emily, a mother who was “super-offended” when a teacher suggested that her son might have ADHD, and Briana, who recognized ADHD symptoms in her six-year-old son after receiving her own ADHD diagnosis.[Self-Test: Does My Child Have ADHD? Symptom Test for Kids]“ADHD is the number one searched term on the Internet,” says Dale Archer, M.D., author of The ADHD Advantage: What You Thought Was a Diagnosis May Be Your Greatest Strength(#CommissionsEarned), but misinformation prevails. The Disruptors dispels many ADHD misconceptions and explains the brain chemistry of ADHD through easy-to-understand animated segments and interviews with ADHD experts and ADDitude contributors like Russell A.

Barkley, Ph.D.; Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.; Ellen Littman, Ph.D.; Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D.; and others.But this is not a doom-and-gloom ADHD documentary.

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Russell A.Barkley Thomas E.Brown Ellen Littman Nancy Armstrong Dale Archer

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