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Hyperactive Meets Motion Sickness

There are people who debate the existence of hyper-focus. There are those who say it isn't focus if you can't control it. The term comes from being focused on something to the exclusion of all else, whether there are more important things that need ones attention. So, since it is about being focused on, and unable to withdraw that focus, I'm okay with the term hyper-focus, so long as it isn't suggested that I can turn it on and direct it toward something. But there is no one who will argue the validity of the label “hyperactive.” While I take exception to the other words in the name “Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder,” and while the “hyperactive” part doesn't apply to all of us and is therefore suspect as well, the truth is that for those of us that have the “H” gene, it is absolutely the perfect term.
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Distracted Driving? Welcome To ADHD

I keep thinking that being a school bus driver would be a perfect job for me. I don't mind getting up early. I'd have the end of my mornings and the beginning of my afternoons free, and I could still write, probably as much as I already do. And yet, I really do know better. The repetitive aspect of driving a bus would mean I'd become inattentive. I'd start to forget little things. Things like that it was Monday, or I'd leave my license and bright yellow vest at home. Next it would be where I was going. Eventually I'd forget to pick up kids or drop them off where they were going.
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All Or Nothing ADHD

In so many ways, ADHD is the disorder of "All or Nothing!" When we are on the ball and focused, we do it all. All the things we need to do get done. And that's a good thing? Right? Well, except for when we give people the impression that that is our standard operating procedure, our S.O.P. But when we go off the tracks with rampant symptom experiences we can just as easily get nothing done that was required of us. We might even, at that point, get all the wrong things done. A different kind of "all" that results in "nothing."
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ADHD, The Word Of The Day

I am a writer. Among other things, I write two blogs. I also contribute to another group blog on a regular basis. That amounts to an average of somewhere between ten and eleven posts a week. And I write other things that I've mentioned so often here I'm sure you're all sick of hearing about them. And I think I might have mentioned that I don't really get anything that resembles normal writer's block. I seem to have a knack for just sitting down and writing when I have to.
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ADHD – Define Day Off

I have no idea what a “day off” actually is. I just realized that. Yes, I've had days off from jobs I've held. It's true. And I always looked forward to them. And now that I work mostly for myself, and especially now that I'm winding that work down, I've been declaring that this day or that one is a day off. But I really haven't got a clue what that could possibly mean. For one thing, these so called days off seem to be full of me doing all kinds of little things I'd set aside as being unimportant enough to take up time on work days.
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I Have ADHD, I Can’t Say No

Please don't ask me, I can't say no. Well, I can, but it hurts. I mean, it really hurts. I'm a retired contractor, retired as of three months ago. I've spent that time working on my own house. And that's helped me a lot. You see, when someone asked me to do something during that time, I could honestly say I was busy. But it still hurts. I hate saying no. It feels like I'm letting people down, and I don't deal with that well at all.
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ADHD Going Forward

As a writer, I detest the phrase, “going forward” as a description of conditions under which certain actions will be appropriate. Why? Because it describes the one condition that will absolutely take place. “This will be our policy going forward.” Well, yes it will be. But “This will be our policy.” says exactly the same thing. But as an ADHD writer, I want to reclaim the phrase, “going forward,” and redefine it.
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ADHD Writer – Feast Or Famine

As a writer, I've never been plagued by writer's block. This makes me the envy of other writers I'm told. I suspect my ADHD has something to do with that. Give this mind of mine a topic or an idea and stand back. Parts may fly off, gears may slip and grind, but the engine never stalls. And that isn't to say that, given a topic, my mind will stay on track. Ask me to write about a tractor and you're liable to get a story about an entire farm. Or ask me for a general description of urban life and you might end up with a seven thousand word description of my favorite café. It's a gamble every time I open up the trunk and start pulling the words out.
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ADHD On Holidays

I've been giving some thought to what an ADHD holiday might look like exactly. And surprisingly, I don't really know what that might be. I thought about extreme sports things. Why not go hang gliding. Zip lining looks fun too. And what about parachuting? Does the idea of getting out of a perfectly good airplane that isn't sitting on the ground appeal to you? While some of us self-medicate with the rush of such things, we don't all like that. So I can't say I'm recommending such things. I can say they're not really on my list, I've fallen out of and off of enough things already in my life, I don't need to do that sort of thing on purpose.
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ADHD Games

The Olympics have just ended. Did you watch them? Maybe you were one of the ones who attended? Maybe you even participated, some athletes have ADHD. I find the concept to be amazing. The Olympics are that collection of games that have set rules and regulations calculated to level the playing field for the athletes. This is done so that only the skill and the results of their training impact the athlete's standing at the end of each competition.
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