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This Is Not About ADHD … It’s About Life

Friday, November 21st, 2014
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.


It’s Time To Let The Horses Take Me Home

Friday, November 14th, 2014
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.


Being A Canadian With ADHD Means I Get To Warn You

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Let me look in to your future ...

From which I look into your future …

What’s the difference between an American and a Canadian? I know you’ve heard some of the jokes. So have I.

A Canadian is basically an unarmed American with health care. That used to be a funny one.

But even those lines are getting blurred, aren’t they.

Now the biggest difference seems to be that we Canadians only worry about West Nile Disease seasonally.

But there is a difference, culturally, that gives me the opportunity to see into your future, just a little bit.


ADHD Has Been Good To Me

Friday, October 24th, 2014
Well, it builds strong character ...

Well, it builds strong character …

Yes, ADHD has made me the success I am today. Without it I’d be … well, I’d not be me. I’d be someone else.

And who that person I might have been is, I will never know.

The question is, would I have been that much better off if I didn’t have ADHD?


ADHD On Standby

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Am I under control?

Am I under control?

My stereo has three modes, on, off, and standby. When it’s off, it is right off. When it’s on, and when I manage to have the right combination of controls in the right place, it plays music, news, sports, and weather for me.

When it’s on standby, it is supposedly ready to fire up instantly, just turn it on and it is working.

And it is. It’s just instant. But it can’t turn itself on, it has to be done by me.


I’m Thankful That ADHD Means Having Regrets

Monday, October 13th, 2014
Thankful for another year ...

Thankful for another year …

It’s Thanksgiving here in Canada, and soon it will be Thanksgiving in the U.S.A.

Maybe we could be thankful for something unique. What about our regrets?

What regrets you ask? Well, for starters, we forget. We get distracted. We make poor decisions. We practise deluding ourselves. And as a result, our lives suffer.

But all these things are parts of many peoples lives. True, we do these things and others to extreme. But it’s the phrase “we do these things” that is at the root of our regrets. We make bad choices, bad decisions.


How To Pay Attention With ADHD ~ 101

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Before the collection agency takes it over!

Before the collection agency takes it over!

Why do they say “pay attention?” Is it a debt we owe? I’ve noticed that paying for something after I’ve already gotten the thing I’m paying for, is really boring.

Maybe if we had different terminology for the act of being attentive we’d be better at it … but I doubt it.

We’re not attentive to things that aren’t interesting because we can’t shut out things that are interesting.

The trick, I’ve found, to making things more interesting, is to make things up.


Happy Blog Anniversary

Friday, September 26th, 2014
Happy anniversary to me and my blog ...

Happy anniversary to me and my blog …

Last Sunday was the three year anniversary of this blog, ADHD Man of DistrAction. So this is my anniversary week, so to speak.

How did I celebrate? Glad you asked. This is a blog about ADHD, so I did the same thing I do every week. I performed perfect examples of ADHD symptoms. And now I’m going to write about some of those things, just to reassure others out there that they aren’t alone. Maybe some of you will comment in the hope that you’ll assure me that I’m not alone.

Let’s start with Monday. I was on the road, taking turns navigating and driving on a fifteen hour drive home from another province.


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.


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