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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.


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.


ADHD Is Not A Benign Disorder

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
I'm glad there's a consensus

I’m glad there’s a consensus

You may have heard me quote from the International Consensus Statement on ADHD from January 2002 before. I rather like what it has to say. Basically, it tells us that there isn’t the “the jury is out” scenario that some journalists would have us believe.

I borrowed the title of this blog post from that statement. The full quote I wanted to use as a title was too long …
ADHD is not a benign disorder. For those it afflicts, ADHD can cause devastating problems.”


Goodbye Mr. Williams

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Good Morning Vietnam, Courtesy of Wikipedia

Good Morning Vietnam, Courtesy of Wikipedia

Today is the first full day, since the birth of Robin Williams, that we will have to make do without his presence in our world. For so many of us that is going to be difficult.

I’m not prone to fame fuelled hero worship. A person has to be more than well known for me to admire them. Admittedly, it is easier to determine whether or not a person is worthy of admiration if they are well known.

Mr. Williams was thought to have ADHD, though he never confirmed that. He was known to have substance and alcohol abuse issues, and was reportedly known to have Bipolar Disorder and Depression.

So many people think that Depression (with a capital “D”) and depression are varying degrees of the same thing.


A Question Of ADHD Impact

Friday, August 8th, 2014

 

Congratulations?

Congratulations?

Like all health issues, an ADHD diagnosis requires that you manifest a certain percentage of the symptoms that define the disorder.

But there’s more to it than that. You also have to manifest those symptoms in more than one setting.

And still you may not receive a diagnosis. There is one last requirement. You see, these symptoms also have to impact your life negatively.


ADHD Creates

Monday, August 4th, 2014
A CD that has a song I created on it

A CD that has a song I created on it … yes I can create

There are people who say that having ADHD makes you creative. And there are those who say that that hasn’t been proven. And there are those who say that ADHD creativity is a myth.

I say that creativity is a matter of creating. And creating requires you to be able to concentrate on the process. And concentration on a single process is what is known as focus.

Having ADHD is pretty much the opposite of being able to focus, at least on things that you choose to focus on. “But we have hyperfocus.” I hear you saying. And yes, there are times when we can zone in on something But Dr. Charles Barkley suggests that “hyperfocus” is the wrong name for that.


Random Thoughts From The Sleep Deprived ADHD Mind

Friday, August 1st, 2014
Don't be alarmed ...

Don’t be alarmed …

Interesting how the mind works, or in some instances doesn’t work. I went to bed on Wednesday night, a tired man. I was counting on getting lots of sleep, counting heavily on it.

And sleep I did. I know this because every time I woke up I realized I’d been asleep. I’ve had this happen before, it isn’t pleasant.

Sometimes it occurs because I had my last cup of coffee for the day to long before going to bed. I need that coffee to be right before my bedtime if I’m going to count on my mind not zinging around like a bullet in a steel barrel. Counter intuitive, I know, but that’s me, your friendly neighbourhood ADHD enigma.


I’ve Done It Again, ADHD And Overload

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Wondering how I got into this ...

Wondering how I got into this …

I’ve told you all before how I get caught up in my schedule. Not caught up as in everything done, caught up like a fish in a net.

And I know I’ve mentioned that it seems to happen without me seeing it coming. It’s usually like a walk in the park … that suddenly results in being lost in the woods in some nightmare situation with wild animals and movie demons chasing me.

Then there’s a bunch of different colored doors but they’re all locked and I have a key but I don’t know which door it opens and it’s color is some kind of wonky plaid tie-dye …ENOUGH!


Making ADHD Work ~ Part II

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Wait ... what??

Wait … what??

On Monday we had a little talk about a friend of mine who has a local business and told me about how much he valued the strengths that an employee with ADHD could bring to the table.

I asked him if he had to do anything differently to make the value evident, and he offered the following suggestions.

He suggested that lists were a bad thing. I looked at him kind of oddly, and he clarified by explaining that if a person makes a list of things they need to do, that’s fine. It’s their list, they’re invested in it. But if they are handed a list, it will get lost.


What Did I Just Tell You?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

 

The key to success ... might be one of these ...

The key to success … might be one of these

What did I say on Wednesday? What were those fateful words? Yeah, I don’t remember either, let’s look them up.

Here they are, “And what about all those things you’ve been unable to keep track of that have caused you so much aggravation? Sure we can call that a flawed memory, but we could also look at it as training in the fine art of trouble shooting, of salvaging situations when they go pear shaped. And we didn’t get good at that by being normal, did we?”

And on Monday, I was talking about being overwhelmed. In that post I said, “Some missteps can be lessons, and I’m always ready to learn. True, I have to experience some lessons an inordinately large number of times, but eventually I clue in.”


 

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