ADHD Discussion Articles

You’ll Need More Than A Towel

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
On the job!

On the job!

With apologies to Douglas Adams, a towel is a great thing to have, but you need more than just that.

I’ve relocated to my old haunt up north of my home where sometimes I work for a friend who is a better contractor than I. I call him “the boss.”

The boss had a job he wanted to get done, and up here in Canada, autumn is coming on. The job in question is an outdoor one. We’re replacing the roof on a park model camper trailer.


Overwhelmed Is As Overwhelmed Does

Monday, September 15th, 2014
This might be overwhelming ...

This might be overwhelming …

What is overwhelmed? Overwhelmed is when something that needs attention is so intimidating that it stops you from being able to attend to it.

Sometimes what overwhelms us is not an individual task but the prioritization of several tasks.

I’m there now. And it isn’t fun.


ADHD; It’s All About The Shortcuts

Friday, September 12th, 2014
It's how you get there ...

It’s how you get there …

So you want to know how to keep from being distracted, eh? Well, there’s only one sure way. Avoid distractions.

Sorry, that sounds pretty simplistic, doesn’t it? And yet, it’s the truth.

I’m a non-practising alcoholic. I’ve been sober for over 30 years now. And the simple truth of my sobriety is that I don’t drink. I still think about it, still long to have that drink. “Just one,” I tell myself, “surely wouldn’t hurt.”


Too: The ADHD Adverb

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Too bad!

Too bad!

Am I too late? I hope not. I don’t like being late. I especially don’t like being too late. It’s too troubling and causes too much anxiety.

I get too late from being too easily distracted. Too often I forget to check the time.

Then I try to make up lost time by going too fast. That means too many things get forgotten, too many tasks get missed. Eventually it all becomes too much and I too get forgotten in the melee.


3 Legal Non–Prescription Stimulants For ADHD

Monday, September 8th, 2014
Is it legal?

Is it legal?

Prescription stimulants are the things that help many of us focus.

Why do they help us focus? Well, it seems that they actually make the part of our brain that functions in a … shall we say “scattered” way, work better. That means that the part of our brain that should focus our thoughts is unable to do that well, allowing our brains to wander from this to that. Stimulants seem to stimulate focus.

There also seems to be, in the ADHD brain, an increased speed of thought that isn’t regulated. When our focus is more easily controlled, that rapid firing of our brains is either also controlled, or since we are better able to focus, not relevant. The speed of our thinking doesn’t matter.


Comply Or Defy, ADHD Reaction To Routine And Structure

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Getting to the bottom of things

Getting to the bottom of things

I’ve written about routine and structure before. I’ve blatantly stated: “Structure good, routine bad!”

And I’ve explained it. Structure allows some freedom within it’s confines, providing more of a guide to life. Routine allows no freedoms, providing instead a regimen that allows no room for creativity or variety.

But even structure can be somewhat stultifying. If structure provides a guide, for instance, to let you know what needs to be done, once you start taking care of those things you perceive a schedule or routine.

Once that routine is perceived, you’re going to do one of two things. You will comply, or you will defy.


16 Quirks Of ADHD

Monday, September 1st, 2014
The things we're known for ...

The things we’re known for …

We are unique. We are unusual. We are people with ADHD.

Some people say we’re no more creative then others. Well, we may not be more creative, but if we aren’t, we are more likely to let our creativity flow unchecked. I call that a plus, though it does often preclude us doing other things we should be doing.

We also have drawbacks common to ourselves. We are more likely to miss appointments then those without ADHD. We are more susceptible to unwanted pregnancy and more likely to visit the emergency room.


No ADHD Excuses … Well, Maybe Just One

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
Thinking up excuses ...

Thinking up excuses …

To those of you who noticed that I missed publishing my blog on Friday, I have a good excuse. I have ADHD. No, I’m not going to tell you that I forgot, I’ve got a better imagination than that. I’m going to tell you a wee bit of a story.

I have ADHD, and when I decide to do something, I often stick to it until it’s done. It’s called hyper-focus in some circles, perseverance in others, pig headedness in my world.

But, be that as it may, there it is. And it has stood me in good stead on many occasions. That’s the pig-headedness I’m talking about.


All Apples Are Round! ADHD Thoughts

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Pondering bad logic

Pondering bad logic

I detest false logic. I particularly detest its use in the marketing of so called “ADHD cures.”

You know the stuff I’m talking about, “My son goes wild whenever he eats certain foods. My son has ADHD. Therefore, if you keep your child from eating these foods your problems will be solved. … What foods? Why, the ones I’ve listed in my book for just $29.95. And don’t take my word for it, here’s five carefully selected testimonials …”


A Day In The Life With ADHD

Monday, August 25th, 2014

A play in seven thousand acts.

 

Comedy? Or tragedy?

Comedy? Or tragedy?

Script:

Act 1:

Scene 1:

Kelly is walking towards patio door. In right hand is coffee. In left hand is bowl of cereal. Through the door we see his computer on a patio table beside his deck lounge. He is hurrying to put down the things he is carrying because he has suddenly thought of something he also needs, something that will help him do something that he thinks is a great thing, a great idea. He walks out onto deck, sets down coffee and bowl, turns back excitedly to door.


 

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