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ADHD And Sleep

Friday, January 30th, 2015
Turn on the TV, it's time for bed ...

Turn on the TV, it’s time for bed …

ADHD is such a varied thing. There’s a grab bag of symptoms and you don’t always get the whole bag. Sometimes things that are supposed to be symptoms are so not for you that they make you wonder whether the doc was right.

I know at least two people with ADHD who are totally uncluttered and organized at their desks and in their homes. I just can’t believe, looking at their spaces, that they have ADHD. But then they speak, and trust me, they have it.


The Scariest ADHD Things You Will Ever Hear … Or Say

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Heard any good ones lately?

Heard any good ones lately?

ADHD is not necessarily a good place to be. It’s not the Ritz, not easy street, not a walk in the park.

And yet, for the most part, if you have it, it’s where you’re most at home. Like me, if you have ADHD, you’ve lived here all your life.

It’s kind of like living on the so called “wrong” side of town. It’s not really all that unsafe, so long as you know where to walk, what to do, who to steer clear of. You know, the little things … all those things we’re not all that good at remembering to do.


ADHD Medication RePrimer

Monday, January 26th, 2015
A hard pill to swallow for some ...

A hard pill to swallow for some …

How long has it been since we talked about medication? That long, eh? Well, that won’t do. Lets have a chat, shall we?

Many of you may remember that I am not pro medication, but that I’m also not against it.

I happen to know that ADHD medication has been around for a long time. I know that the established medications have been tested and that the newer ones are being tested. Rigorously tested.

I know that there are some people for whom the medications may not work. I know that there are some people for whom the medications will cause side effects.


How Real Is ADHD?

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
There's no such thing as "Not ADHD!"

There’s no such thing as “Not ADHD!”

So, you’ve been hearing so called experts say that there is no such thing as ADHD. Well, I’d buy that, I guess, although, I still think I have some doubts that tell me it’s real.
Let’s start with the argument that it has been made up by pharmaceutical companies. That makes sense, I suppose. I mean, if I could make a ton of money by inventing a drug and then inventing a disorder to use that drug as a treatment for … well, sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.

But wait, there have been documented descriptions of psychological case studies that describe the symptoms of ADHD long before it was treated with stimulants. How does that fit in to this theory?


Refresher Course On ADHD

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
I may be old, but I'm still bright ... sort of.

I may be old, but I’m still bright … sort of.

I’ve been doing some writing about ADHD the last five days or so. No, not this blog. Well, not just this blog.

I’ve been engaged to write a few articles on the subject.

And I’m learning some things, relearning some things, and remembering some things.

I’ve been reminded of how young this disorder is and yet how far back in history you can go and still find descriptions of it.


ADHD & Mental Health Diagnosis As Therapy

Monday, January 19th, 2015
I am!!!

I am!!!

I’ve met a lot of people who may have ADHD. Some say “I have that. Well, I’m pretty sure I do.”

Others don’t say anything, possibly not recognizing themselves as being on the spectrum.

But without a diagnosis, you really don’t have a starting point for treatment. In fact, without a diagnosis, you’re just guessing.

When I first realized I had ADHD, I was stunned. I spent long moments trying to rationalize my life up ’til this point, and other long moments trying hard to deny and disprove the theory I had managed to create. It’s a very long distance from realization to diagnosis.


I Have ADHD, I Don’t Need Your Help

Friday, January 16th, 2015
I'm serious about this ...

I’m serious about this …

There are things I don’t do well. And there are reasons for that.

No, I’m not talking about paying attention … well, not just that.

I don’t do well at running a nuclear reactor. Or, at least, I imagine I wouldn’t. I’ve never really tried, because I’ve never had any training. I suspect that it involves more than just flipping a switch.

I don’t do all that well shifting gears in big trucks and tractors that require double clutching. It’s not that I don’t know how, it’s that I don’t practice much.


ADHD ~ It Just Seems Wrong

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Pondering the possibility of the cursed gift

Pondering the possibility of the cursed gift

I know some of you are determined to view ADHD as a gift. And I’m not going to argue with you.

I’ve also heard from some folks who say thinking of ADHD as a gift is being delusional. I can’t really argue with that either.

But the truth, as far as I’m concerned, is very different. I look at it like this. This quirky, far ranging, rapid firing, often absent, wickedly misbehaving, thrill seeking, bicycle on a bobsled track without brakes brain of mine is what I get to work with.


Coming Clean With The ADHD Laundry Conundrum

Monday, January 12th, 2015
So this is why my dresser is empty ...

So this is why my dresser is empty …

I don’t write a help column. If you’re looking for tips & tricks, hints to a happy life, what the kids are calling “hacks” these days, you may find a few that work for you here, but that’s not my job.

What is my job? Well, among other things, I talk about what my life is like and the things I notice that are likely part of, or at least influenced by, my ADHD.

If you read my blog and you catch yourself saying “Me too!” or “So that’s why that happens.” or even just “I understand that totally … I don’t do that, but I see how that could be.” then you get the big part of why I’m here.


Trapped With ADHD

Friday, January 9th, 2015
Waiting for a storm

Waiting for a storm

I live half way between the equator and the north pole. Well, not quite, I’m a 40 minute drive from the 45th parallel.

Close enough though. I can say that “half way” thing without feeling like I’m lying. I’m not standing on the line, but I’m a stones throw from it in a global sense.

What that means is that I’m living in an area that experiences real winters. Frozen ponds, several feet of snow in a normal winter season, and daily high temperatures that are well below freezing are the things my winter days are made of.


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