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ADHD Back On Medication

I'm serious. I'm thinking about this. I'm thinking this is something I could do that would be positive. And yes, I mean back on medication. Yes, I've been on medication. And yes, it did help. So now you're asking why I'm not currently medicated, right? Okay, some of you are asking that, and some of you may just be saying, “Who cares?” And some of you may even be screaming at your screens saying, “DON'T DO IT!!! Where to start ... lets start at the beginning. When I was first diagnosed, my diagnosis came with a recommendation that I be given a prescription for Methylphenidate. You'd know it by its more common name of
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Where ADHD Belongs

I don't feel as out of place now as I used to. It's true that before my diagnosis I used to just assume that the feeling of not really belonging was something everyone had, but I still had that feeling. Presently, I often feel that way still, but there are places where I can forget about it easily enough. Since the changes to my life that have occurred in the last eight or so years, I've found several sub-communities that feel like they are made of people like me. Some of those communities acknowledge the ADHD among us. Informal support groups like those that spring up on
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ADHD Has No Choice?

If you don't have ADHD, then you may not know these things. But that's okay, I'm going to tell you, then you will know. You may think that ADHD is being absent minded. That's not true. Our minds are never absent, they are always present, they just like to be present in way to many trains of thought. We can't help that. You may think that we have too many things on the go. That's not entirely true either. We do try to multitask, even though nobody can multitask really. Not even computers truly multitask. They do what everyone does, they allot slices of
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Stress And ADHD

I knew this was going to be hard. I knew it going in. I psyched myself up for it, charged my mind, prepared myself. Or so I thought. I'm quite sure that it would have been much worse if I hadn't, but I'm wondering if I could ever have made myself completely ready for this. And I'm not talking about moving. I haven't sold my house yet. Haven't even listed it yet. No, we're in the “staging” … er, stage. And I'm stressed; yep, I'm stressing about the dressing. The house, my house, is great. But the art of staging, as I understand it, has more to do with leaving everything, or as much as possible, up to the imagination without making the place look vacant.
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ADHD, Where Do I Begin

So where do I begin and where does the ADHD get off? Er, I mean end, where does it end? Well, yes, that's a question, but it isn't the only one. I have a different question to ask today. What part of me is me, and what part of me is ADHD? Although, I guess that's really a different view of the same question, isn't it? What am I talking about? Okay, fair enough. I'm talking about being a human being … with ADHD. As I've said before, the symptoms that come with ADHD are the same ones that come with
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ADHD And Exhaustion

I'm tired. Like, really tired. I have more than three jobs. It's like three and a half, actually. And that's just my normal life. I write blogs, I write fiction, and I write music. And the half job? I play the music I write whenever I get a chance. I'm also a contractor at times, though I'm trying to retire from that. All this is the norm for me Yes, it is, but right now is not a normal time in my life.
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ADHD Is Not A Talent

When I was born, there was only me. I was all there was in this body, in this mind. And I was enough for a long time. I was good enough, I was happy enough, I was smart enough. Then as I got older, like all children, it became apparent that there were things I was good at and things I was not so good at. Now everyone has things they're good at. We call that talent, and we try to help people capitalize on those things. And as to the things that we're not so good at, we often just learn to avoid the situations where the need for those skills might arise.
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Life Expectancy And ADHD

I have no statistics on ADHD and life expectancy. I have no idea if there are actuary tables on ADHD, but there should be. You see, there are studies that suggest we end up in the emergency room more often than the statistically defined average person, and there is one strange statistic floating around out there that says we are more likely to die from accidental poisoning than that same mythical statistically average person. We get more speeding tickets than others, not collectively, but a thousand randomly selected people with ADHD will have received more speeding tickets than a thousand randomly selected people without ADHD.
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Mental Health Issues That ADHD Mimics

There is a vast array of mental health issues, a spectrum of disorders, and many of them share at least some symptoms. Why is that? Well, we're dealing with the brain, a complex engine, far more complex than, say, a car engine. And yet we can draw a parallel just to give an example easily enough. If you turn the ignition on in your car and nothing happens, do you immediately know what is wrong? Nope. It could be the battery is dead. It could be that the terminal cable has finally loosened the amount it needed to not make sufficient contact. It could be that the solenoid switch is stuck. And yet, every one of these problems looks similar on the outside.
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Seeing Back Through ADHD

I used to think I was unlucky. Thought that had to be why things went wrong. The truth is that ADHD is a wicked life master at times. As a youth, I was pretty agile. I was also pretty athletic. Go figure, a hyper-active guy who was athletic. It was, no doubt, due to my hyper-activity that I was in such good shape. As a teenager, for instance, it was nothing for me to just decide to go for a two mile run at 11PM. And I don't suppose I need to mention that there wasn't much I couldn't climb. Ha, now that I think about it, the first day that I moved into the house I currently live in I got it into my head that I should have a close look at
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