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You’re How Old? And You Have ADHD?

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
This is how old I am!

This is how old I am!

I have a problem. Well, I have lots of problems, but I have one I’d like to share.

It’s my age, or rather, my ages. I have ADHD, so I have a chronological age, a physical age, an emotional age, and an age based on how much time it feels like I’ve lived.

Those ages, in that order, are 56, 86, 13, and 21.

Now the 56 can be ignored, that’s just the amount of time since my birth. I don’t look that old, and I feel much older (has anyone seen my liniment?).


A Biased Look At The Three Groups Of ADHD Opinion

Friday, February 27th, 2015
I think that maybe ....

I think that maybe ….

I know there’s lots of information out there about ADHD. And there seems to be three distinct groups, according to social networks and news outlets.

Those three groups differ greatly in their approach to the validity of ADHD.

And then, to complicate things, there is a bisection of these three groups. Each of these three groups is made up of people who don’t have ADHD … and people who do have ADHD.


Dismiss Your ADHD – Five “True” Dismissive Statements

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Really? Truly? Are you sure???

Really? Truly? Are you sure???

You’ve met them. You may even know some of them quite well. Those people who, unencumbered by any valid instruction in the concepts of mental health issues or disorders, are perfectly happy to dismiss ADHD as fake. Maybe you are one of them.

I love the line, “Well, I have a [brother in law, gas station attendant, hairdresser, paper delivery boy, or other valid source of scientific gossip] who says that ADHD is [made up, something everyone has, what was the question, caused by diet soft drinks] so I know enough not to give it any credence.” Large sigh – yep, I never get tired of hearing that one.

As if someone else saying it first makes it somehow less imbecilic or more acceptable.


ADHD For Valentine’s Day – Part II

Friday, February 20th, 2015
Don't worry, all part of the plan ...

Don’t worry, all part of the plan …

I know. Even later now than on Wednesday. Again, I’ve been busy. Cray-cray busy. But I explained all that in the already late ADHD For Valentine’s Day. And I did promise to address this issue.


ADHD For Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
I love Valentine's day ... maybe

I love Valentine’s day … maybe

Just in time for Valentines day, I wrote this post to help you out.

Actually, I’m well aware that it’s late.

I wanted to do something like this, but I have been busy. No, really, I have been busy.

And not just ADHD busy. You know ADHD busy, right? That busy when you’re supposed to be doing one thing and instead you’re picking up and putting down one thing after another and just doing one more little thing, deluded into thinking that you’re being efficient and making things easier and you’re finally going to get ahead of it all.


The Real Victims Of Stigma

Friday, February 13th, 2015
It's the right thing to do

It’s the right thing to do

The idea that a mental health disorder makes you less of a person is pretty deplorable. And sadly, it’s also a rather common mind set.

And it hurts those who are victims of it.

This is, of course, what stigma is, this very idea. And to say that it’s hurtful is a huge understatement.

And the victims of stigma are everywhere. Some are easy to spot if you look, some are not so easy to see. And some of them are down right surprising.


ADHD – The Once And Future Disorder

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
We Rule! (Deniers drool)

We Rule!
(Deniers drool)

There’s a lot of noise in the news and around the water fountain and even in coffee shops and on the street and, well, everywhere, about why ADHD never existed before and why there’s such an increase in diagnoses.

The oft suggested answer of “It’s a made up disorder to sell pharmaceuticals.” would seem to fit the narrow view of a few facts taken out of context and arranged in a convenient way.

Truth has a way of sitting back and quietly letting people make fools of themselves.


ADHD Deadlines Are Great … Kind Of

Monday, February 9th, 2015
Gets me going every time

Gets me going every time

If you asked me what helps me accomplish more things than anything else, I’d have to say deadlines.

If you asked me why I’m just shy of having an ulcer, I’d say deadlines.

Deadlines are what the world seems to be made of. And in a way, that’s great. Because deadlines provide the impetus to perform.

But it seems that often the deadline has to be looming, hanging over my head before it becomes powerful enough to keep me focused on the task at hand.


How Much Distraction Do I Need?

Friday, February 6th, 2015
This might be of note ...

This might be of note …

So the thing is, I can work better with the radio on. But I don’t work better if the radio is talking to me. It has to be music.

And it has to be music I like. If it’s music I hate, I’ll hear it, and hate it … actively. Well, in truth, I don’t really hate any music, but some of it is a bit annoying when you’re trying to concentrate. So I actively am annoyed at it.

Also, oddly enough, if it’s music I love, that will distract me too. I’ll start bopping to the rhythm and then I’ll be humming the song and then I’ll be thinking about the lyrics and one thing will lead to another and … well, I won’t be on the page I was writing or reading.

But this all points up another oddity about ADHD. If there are too many distractions I can’t concentrate, but if there aren’t any distractions, then where I am is too dull and boring and that’s painful. Too damned painful to work.


The Chemistry Of ADHD

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
"Fire in the hole!"

“Fire in the hole!” The occasional synaptic flare up …

You’ve heard that brain chemistry is a big part of ADHD. And you’ve heard that brain development also plays a role.

The role that development plays is most likely related to the chemistry. The parts of the brain that do not develop adequately are most likely those parts involved with the dopamine and norepinephrine functions. Those functions would be production and use of these chemicals.

The ADHD brain is developed well enough to have some production and some use of these two chemicals. And it does not take long for the affected brain to discover how to compensate for the missing functions.


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