Stories from Inside: Part 15

April 21, 2014 in Corrections, Justice, Pilot Project, Stories From Inside by Kyle Dopfel

We asked participants of the ADHD Corrections Project to share their stories of how ADHD has impacted their lives, and how this might relate to their experience with the criminal justice system. The resulting journal entries, written towards the close of their eight-week group coaching session, were remarkably thoughtful, hopeful, and compelling. While each inmate’s story is unique, we can also recognize in them some of the unfortunate experiences that are all too common among those with ADHD. With the permission of our anonymous authors, we’d now like to share with you these powerful first-person perspectives on the relationship between ADHD and the criminal justice system.

15

“This class has helped me to understand and no longer be unaware of people with ADHD and people without it. I think that I have learned the effects on ADHD, on people who find themselves in the justice system like myself. The impact that I got from experience is that I’m aware of something that I was ignorant of for years. And now I think that I understand ADHD and can point out ways to deal with kids and adults who has it. ADHD and the biggest impact it has had on me is that it now makes me want to learn more about it and be able to teach it the way that I learned it from my two teachers…”

Stories from Inside: Part 14

April 14, 2014 in Corrections, Justice, Pilot Project, Stories From Inside by Kyle Dopfel

We asked participants of the ADHD Corrections Project to share their stories of how ADHD has impacted their lives, and how this might relate to their experience with the criminal justice system. The resulting journal entries, written towards the close of their eight-week group coaching session, were remarkably thoughtful, hopeful, and compelling. While each inmate’s story is unique, we can also recognize in them some of the unfortunate experiences that are all too common among those with ADHD. With the permission of our anonymous authors, we’d now like to share with you these powerful first-person perspectives on the relationship between ADHD and the criminal justice system.

14

  “ADHD impacted my whole adolescence growing up. Mischief played a big part in it as well. Growing up I wasn’t aware of everything like what would happen if I did this, where would I go if I take this car, steal this money, sell drugs, live? My thoughts honestly were of me making sure I had everything I needed to survive in this world. Quick to react to certain situations, not really paying close attention even when I’m trying my hardest. In and out of jail isn’t one, or few of my proudest moments but its something I can look back on and say to myself you’re really trying to take the next best step of making it back to your family.”

Stories from Inside: Part 13

April 7, 2014 in Corrections, Justice, Pilot Project, Stories From Inside by Kyle Dopfel

We asked participants of the ADHD Corrections Project to share their stories of how ADHD has impacted their lives, and how this might relate to their experience with the criminal justice system. The resulting journal entries, written towards the close of their eight-week group coaching session, were remarkably thoughtful, hopeful, and compelling. While each inmate’s story is unique, we can also recognize in them some of the unfortunate experiences that are all too common among those with ADHD. With the permission of our anonymous authors, we’d now like to share with you these powerful first-person perspectives on the relationship between ADHD and the criminal justice system.

13

“I think living with ADHD help me in a lot of ways but it also caused me to back track a few times in my life. Living with ADHD isn’t always easy because I believe it changed your thought pattern in many different ways. There may be a friend of yours that has not been diagnosed with ADHD and may be more likely to stay out of trouble because he can control hisself while you can’t seem to stay seated and pay attention for two second because your mind is wondering off. I believed it help me a lot also because having ADHD young helped me cope with it better now as an adult. Now I learned that you have to control it by finding a hobby or at least exercising once a day.”