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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.”


The Best ADHD Medicine Is …

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
In search of a cure

In search of a cure

There are lots of treatments for ADHD out there. Sadly, lots of them are drek!

There are the mental exercises that I like to call “mind games” because that’s pretty much all they are. I don’t deny that they help you. They may make you more capable and confident and that’s worth lots. But they will not cure or even treat your ADHD.

However, being more capable and confident should reduce stress. And ADHD is a context sensitive disorder, stress makes the symptoms more intense and more frequent. So reducing stress should be part of an ADHD treatment regimen.


ADHD Parents: Stop Blaming Yourselves

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Me and my mother ...

Me and my mother …

I had a great childhood, but I had a rough time anyway.

When I was growing up, we didn’t know about ADHD. That was partly because we lived in a somewhat remote area, but mostly because ADHD had not been defined at that point as ADHD.

Back then, it was called Minimal Brain Dysfunction, and we certainly had never heard of that.


I Need A Break From ADHD

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
Break Time!

Break Time!

I get that I’m a busy guy because I have a busy mind. I’m okay with that.

And I’m okay with the fact that I don’t finish my projects because my mind is always leading me away to begin others.

You see, I need lots of things going on to keep me from dying of boredom. And before you say that no one has ever died of boredom, are you sure?


ADHD Peace Be With You

Friday, June 13th, 2014
Peace of mind or mind of peace?

Peace of mind or mind of peace?

I have lived a long time, I guess. 55 years and still clicking along.

I don’t feel like I’ve lived that long, though. I mean, come on, 55 years? It seems like just yesterday I was wondering what to be when I grew up.

Okay, that was yesterday, I still don’t feel grown up, and though I want to be a writer, I have to eat too, so I augment my writer’s income with odd jobs until writing does pay enough for me to survive on. I hope that happens soon.


ADHD holding me back? How?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Penalty: One Lifetime for Holding!

Penalty: One Lifetime for Holding!

ADHD definitely has a negative effect on my life. I missed my dental hygienist appointment on Monday. I wasn’t late, I didn’t go. I was looking for it on my phone calendar today to see what time it was and discovered it was yesterday.

Okay, that’s kind of like being late. But that won’t hold me back. Not in my career, not in my life. I’m not an actor, I don’t make a living with my smile.


A Busy, Busy, Busy ADHD Boy

Monday, May 5th, 2014
My busy high speed life looks like it's going this fast.

My busy high speed life looks like it’s going this fast.

Do I take on more things than I should? Of course I do. I have ADHD.

Do I plan things out in advance? Of course I don’t. I have ADHD.

Do I reconsider my commitments, and make my fond excuses to others when it becomes clear that I can’t follow through on all the things I’ve committed to? Of course I don’t. I have … wait, haven’t I told you this already?


Why Try To Be Normal?

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Snapshot_20121010First, we’d have to define normal. What is normal? Every child knew someone they wanted to be like. It was how we learned. We watched others and saw how they were treated. Then we chose how we wanted to be treated and acted accordingly. Or tried to.

After a while we came to appreciate that it might be easier to just fit in. we reassessed and tried to become a person who was as close to the average as we could get. We called this normal.

Many times we failed, but we just assumed we needed to work harder at it. It seemed so easy for many of our peers.


Overwhelmed By Sneak Attack

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Looks like a good place for a sneak attack

Looks like a good place for a sneak attack

Did the local hoodlums waylay me at the corner? Have I fallen to the ravages of some dread physical disease? Did someone steal my coffee?

No, none of these things happened. I got busy with many things, I thought I was doing okay as far as all the things I could do in concert with each other.

I wrote things on my calendar with a pen and then I had to go , ’cause, pen, right?

I know, I’m always busy. I’m a busy guy. It’s what I do. It’s who I am. But being a busy person is not the same as having a busy schedule.

I can wake up in a hotel on a day off in a strange town, and from the moment my feet hit the floor, I’m busy.


 

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