Why Get An ADHD Diagnosis?

By Kelly Babcock
Yeah, mine doesn't look like this either

Yeah, mine doesn’t look like this either

There are benefits to getting a diagnosis. For one thing, a diagnosis opens up your options for treatment.
Without a diagnosis, you might read books about ADHD and avail yourself of certain behavioural tricks and hacks.

Without that diagnosis, you also might read this blog and blogs written by others and then make use of suggestions found therein. Those would include ways you might keep your focus or means by which you might remember important things or even advice on apps, computer programs and hardware that will make your life less … you know, scattered and scrambled.

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Do It Now! Or Forget About It

By Kelly Babcock
What was I looking for? Search me!

What was I looking for?
Search me!

Has this ever happened to you? You sit down at the computer, just checking in on the social media medium of your choice, and you think, “Oh yeah, I was going to look up squirrels with odd coloured tails.” or perhaps something else of equal importance.

And then? Then you congratulate yourself for remembering. And then you decide to finish up what you were engaged in when you remembered your quest. And then you completely forget what you had remembered.

And, you forget that you had remembered anything.

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What I Missed While I Was Distracted

By Kelly Babcock
Not every clock tells time ...

Not every clock tells time …

What have you missed in your life due to being distracted? There are all the usual things you and I both know. There are burnt dinners, overdue payments, overdue library books, medical and business appointments, social and educational dates.

There are coupons on my fridge door from 1̶9̶9̶8̶ (just cleaned the fridge) 2012. I have a short story manuscript currently being reviewed for a prize. The prize is something like one thousand dollars, the prize for the contest it was written for was two thousand five hundred … but I missed that deadline. I had it ready to go, I just forgot to send it. Luckily I found another contest.

As you can see, it’s not just important things that we miss, there’s little things as well.

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This Is Not About ADHD … It’s About Life

By Kelly Babcock
It's like there's a guage for stress ....

It’s like there’s a gauge for stress ….

This blog is about ADHD. But it’s also about life, life with ADHD. It’s about how life affects ADHD and about how ADHD affects life.
And that means I get to tell you how things positively affect our lives and our ADHD.

But it also means I have to tell you how other things negatively affect or lives and our symptoms.

And today I have to tell you that tomorrow, Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.

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What Things Exacerbate ADHD?

By Kelly Babcock
CanADHDian

CanADHDian

I’ve seen my ADHD symptoms fluctuate. And I’ve seen other’s symptoms fluctuate as well.
The first thing that happened to me when I was diagnosed was my thinking “Ah, that explains … everything.”

My follow up thoughts seemed to orbit around the idea that I should be able to compensate for my symptoms, now that I knew what they were, how they manifested and to what extent they influenced day to day life.

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Computer Programming And ADHD

By Kelly Babcock
Hyper-focus program

Hyper-focus program

Many of us with ADHD have a little problem with addiction. Mine manifests in different ways.

The worst addiction in my life is a 40 year struggle with alcohol. I’m happy to report that the last nearly 31 years of this struggle have been without the physical influence of the stuff. That’s right, I’ll have been sober for 31 years in early December.

But I’ve had other bouts with being unable to surface from immersion in substances and behaviours. Caffeine is a big one for me. I have gone to great lengths to educate myself about the stuff, because frankly, I believe that an addiction will always need to be a part of my life.

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It’s Time To Let The Horses Take Me Home

By Kelly Babcock
Yes, that's me ...

Yes, that’s me …

There was a time when life was simpler for most people. Maybe not in the big ways, but in the little ways.
And maybe some of those ways are bigger than they seem. We take driving for granted these days, everyone knows that it’s done and many, if not most people, actually do drive.

But at one time there was another brain involved in driving, the horse’s. And they usually knew enough to stay on the road and even knew where they were going quite often.

My grandfather was a gentleman farmer, and a horseman. He didn’t ride, but he kept a working team on the farm long after they were needed. He kept them out of pride and love, and maybe he missed their part in getting things done.

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Accomplishments And ADHD

By Kelly Babcock
Success is on the rise!

Success is on the rise!

Every time I do something, it’s an accomplishment.

Every day is filled with accomplishments from one end to the other. But there are things I set out to do that I don’t accomplish in a day.

Seems like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? It seems like one of those dichotomies of which I sometimes speak. And I guess, to some extent, it is.

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We Are The People With ADHD

By Kelly Babcock
And we're not leaving ...

And we’re not leaving …

So I thought I’d take a moment to explain what that means.

We are the ones who can’t find our keys because we left them in the door, or in the car, or in the suit that was taken to the cleaners.

We are the ones who go to the store for milk, just milk, and come back with two to three bags of groceries including a really great new coffee blend that you just have to try, but … sorry, we have no milk.

We are the ones who might well have too many cats because we can’t say no, even if we think about the consequences, which we won’t.

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How Could We Possibly Do Better With ADHD?

By Kelly Babcock
Are symptoms escalating or are conditions improving

Are symptoms escalating or are conditions improving

I hear from people all the time who tell me about their ADHD. I hear directly from people who comment here, and from people who email me privately (do some snooping here on the blog and you’ll find an email address for me if you are so inclined).

I also hear from people on social networking sites, in online support groups, and from people who know me and just want to talk.

They, well, you, or people like you, tell me about the ways that ADHD manifests itself in your lives.

And one of the most amazing things about ADHD is that, while you or I may not have the manifestation that someone else has, it is almost always an easy reach to understand the symptom that is being described.

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