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Wake Forest woman uses her music to raise awareness of ADHD

Posted October 16, 2012

— Fifty-year-old Donna Bland's story about Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – or ADHD - goes back to second grade, when her grades showed she had a problem listening.

“I mean, I remember as a child, ‘Why am I not getting this?’” she said.

Bland, of Wake Forest, videotaped herself singing a song she wrote about her battle with the disorder, and she submitted the video to a contest sponsored by the nonprofit National Resource Center on AD/HD.

The video was the grand prize winner and is being featured this week at the 2012 Children & Adults with ADHD conference in San Francisco. The piece is a public service announcement for ADHDAwareness Week, which is Oct. 14-22.

Bland said a psychiatrist recognized her problem late in life.

“Just knowing what it was was like a revelation,” she said. “This is what's been wrong with me all these years?"

In dealing with ADHD, Bland learned to focus on her interests and her strengths.

“My strength is music and writing little, small lyrics,” she said.

In the video, she sings: “I hope this video will help someone – your momma, your dad, your brother or son.”

Medication helps Bland focus, but she says medication won't work without support.

“The parents, grandparents – anybody that loves you needs to know about it,” she said.


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  • Bozo652002 Oct 25, 2012

    @HereswhatIthink. Yes, that was supposed to be funny. Sorry if it offended you.

    Also, bet you're a lot of fun at parties.

  • BernsteinIII Oct 22, 2012

    ali, you are making stuff up. Please cite your source.

  • Tickterd Oct 22, 2012


    Ignorance is a poor qualification for judgement of others.

  • ali817959 Oct 18, 2012

    @ NCStateFair1. Most of the times just medication will NOT do it for people with ADHD. ADHD patients have usually other conditions that medications won't take care of it. ODD, Anxiety, depresion, learning dissabilities,speech problems, Touret's syndrome. There is no pain ADHD. And there is not a miracle pill to take care of it.

  • childofNC Oct 18, 2012

    "@Bozo - was you comment supposed to be funny? I don't find humor in another person's struggles or disabilities."

    I'm ADHD (with two kids who are ADHD) and I thought it was funny.

  • UNCRules123 Oct 18, 2012

    ADHD is real. However, I guess the mods do not want it broadcast that students with an ADHD diagnosis can receive special test accomodations such as : special rooms and/or double time on tests or up to triple time on exams, etc. If a person has his/her ADHD symptoms controlled with medications he/she is essentially made whole and it can be argued it is a possible advantage when accomodations for special test locations and extra time on tests are granted.

  • HereswhatIthink Oct 18, 2012

    @Bozo - was you comment supposed to be funny? I don't find humor in another person's struggles or disabilities.

    Kudo's to her and for speaking up for ADHD. People need to remember that not all disabilities can be seen.

  • UNCRules123 Oct 18, 2012

    I think we can all agree ADHD exists and is a brain based disorder. Medication is an important part of managing this disorder. However, I do not understand why this is considered a "disability" under the expanded ADA. If a person is medicated and the symptoms are under control,I do not think a patient should received special accomdations in both high school and college because they have a "diagosis". I'm referring to special testing rooms, double time on college tests, up to all day to complete a final exam. This doesn't seem fair and may actually hurt the so called "normal" student. ADH had great intentions but now its out of control.