Author Explores ADHD in WTAMU Distinguished Lecture Presentation

Feb. 13, 2015

CONTACT:    Dr. Jeffrey Doty, 806-651-2472,

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Author Explores ADHD in WTAMU Distinguished Lecture Presentation

CANYON, Texas—Author Timothy Denevi will read from and discuss his memoir Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD in a Distinguished Lecture Series presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall.

Denevi, who was diagnosed with ADHD as a child, shares his insight on the diagnosis and treatment through his book and explains why more than four million children are medicated for hyperactivity today. The author himself was subject to a barrage of treatments for hyperactivity in the 1980s, including Ritalin, which triggered a psychotic reaction, as well as behavior therapy, antidepressants and a liquid diet.

In his book, Denevi shares with readers the history of ADHD, beginning in the late nineteenth century when hyperactivity was attributed to defective moral conscience, demons or head trauma, to the twentieth century when food additives, bad parenting and even government conspiracies were blamed, followed by the most recent in genetic research. But the main focus of Hyper is how Denevi makes his way through school, knowing he is a problem for those who love him and longing to be able to be good and fit in. He finally realizes he has to come to grips with his disorder before his life spins out of control.

Denevi earned his M.F.A. in nonfiction from the University of Iowa. He’s the recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. His works have appeared in various magazines and journals, including Gulf Coast Arts & Letters, Hobart, Instant City and Hawaii Review. He lives near Washington, D.C. and is the Nonfiction Visiting Writer in the M.F.A. program at George Mason University.

The Distinguished Lecture Series presentation, hosted by the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages, is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow Denevi’s lecture. For more information, call the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages at 806-651-2455.


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