ADD and Loving It: The Documentary
The A.D.D. Resource Center was established in 1993 to offer help to individuals with ADD (now called ADHD) and their families. We provide many programs, including Coaching and Parenting Classes, that transform the challenges of ADHD, and welcome you to ask us how we can make a difference in your life.
Unfortunately, ADD/ADHD is still a very misunderstood condition that this video (see below), with humor and heart, has made more comprehensible, and we appreciate its value and encourage people to view it.
This one-hour documentary, produced in 2009 by Big Brain Productions Inc., describes life with ADHD from the very funny and poignant perspective of Canadian comedian and actor, Patrick McKenna, his wife, and the directors, Rick and Ava Green.
Patrick McKenna is a talented and award-winning dramatic actor, and he takes us back to his public school to reveal the dark side, peeling back the layers of a very difficult childhood. Talking about the struggles at school, in his career, and as a parent, exposes a pain that Janis admits, “We spent our whole lives trying to cover up.”
Canadian comedy legend Patrick McKenna is after the truth. “Everything you think you know about ADD is wrong.” In this one hour documentary, he talks to researchers, specialists and doctors about ADD and ADHD. He also chats with ordinary Canadians & Americans who are directly dealing with the challenges of this common problem. Interwoven with these insights, Patrick shares his own life story and his struggle with undiagnosed and untreated ADHD, and now his success taking it on Adult ADD.
Though the suffering is real, Patrick is interested in the good news. When ADD is diagnosed and treated, life can become very sweet. A liability can become an asset. As one expert explains, “This is not a diagnosis to fear. This is a diagnosis to understand and embrace.”
There’s plenty of comedy as Patrick’s wife Janis takes him through a slew of the most reliable tests for ADD. They can’t stop laughing in recognition, and Patrick giggles, “You’re enjoying this, aren’t you?” Janis admits, “I didn’t know it would be this much fun!”