Comedian uses show to bring attention to ADHD


POSTED: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 1:28pm

A lot of adults have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and don't even realize it. A comedian with the condition is putting on a stage production to teach people to not only recognize the condition, but learn how to live better with it.

Recently, comedian Rick Green is giving a little comic relief to a serious issue so he can teach people about adult ADHD, a condition he was diagnosed with at age 47.

He turned his frustrations with the disease into a documentary for PBS, and now, an interactive live stage performance called, "Now What?"

Green states, "If you don't know what's going on this can ruin your life, but you'll see you get the diagnosis, and you start dealing with it, and it's transformative."

The stage production is a series of skits, commentary, and advice. Green and cohorts, comedian Patrick Mckenna and psychiatrist Dr. Umesh Jain work with audience members to not only break down myths about ADHD, but learn how to live better with it.

One of Green's first lessons is to recognize that you have ADHD, and then you'll realize it's ok if you do things at the last minute or forget where you leave your belongings.

Green says, "You can't really love your ADHD, but you can have ADHD and have a life you love."

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