When I sent I Always Want to Be Where I’m Not: Successful Living with ADD and ADHD (IAW2BWIN) to press in 2014, I didn’t know what to expect. Nobody was more surprised than I, when tens of thousands of copies sold and I received substantial exposure to my thirteen principals in ADDitude Magazine and other outlets. People from all over the world wrote in asking for consultations by video chat, nearly all of which I had to turn down and refer to local therapists. I was having enough difficulty handling local requests and even with eight clinical staff in my Lawrence Kansas office (and growing) we still can’t meet the demand.
One of my greatest disappointments back in 2014 was that I didn’t have anyone with whom I could coauthor the chapter on medication management. Since psychologists can’t prescribe, I could only assume the role of educated consumer and ask my readers to take all my advice in that spirit.
What a difference five years makes. In late 2012 while in the early stages of writing IAW2BWIN, I contacted a family friend, Kelsey Daugherty, then an RN with MD Anderson in Houston, and asked her a simple question: “Do you want to go to graduate school and become a nurse practitioner and come to work for me.” She didn’t hesitate for a moment in saying yes.
“And did I mention our office will pay for it?” I asked.
“Better yet,” Kelsey said.
By June 2013, Kelsey was in her first year of doctoral school at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She began practicing with us in 2015 at the masters level and completed her doctorate in 2016. Finally I had the prescriber I’d always dreamed of, someone who had trained from day-one to do medication management the way we like to do it at Family Psychological Services, integrated closely with treatment. Even better, I had a coauthor.
This week I’m beginning my final draft of the manuscript before it’s sent off to the editor, then the indexer, and then the reviewers, during which time we’ll get the ebook ready to go and start recording the audiobook, which is about the most awful part of the whole process, despite years in radio. If you’ve heard my audiobook for I Always Want to Be Where I’m Not, don’t cringe. I promise this one will be A LOT BETTER. No really. I know what i”m doing now.
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