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Wake Forest woman uses her music to raise awareness of ADHD

Posted October 16, 2012 5:55 p.m. EDT
Updated October 16, 2012 6:53 p.m. EDT

— 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.