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The ADHD Treasures


I'm past the double nickle now, 57 to be exact. It's likely that I've lived more then half my life at this age.

And I suspect that having ADHD means that my life expectancy might be shorter than the norm. I mean, come on, we are more likely to wind up in emerge at any given time, more likely to die of accidental poisoning (that's true, I read it somewhere on the internet so it has to be true, right?). How are we ever going to live as long as “the others?”

And where am I in my life? Am I a success? Am I ready to retire like that “Freedom Fifty-Five” stuff says? Ha! I wish.
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I Have Defects, And ADHD


I am not perfect. For one thing, there's my ego. Perhaps if I could get rid of it, I'd then be perfect?

Okay, maybe not. Let's consider a few things and see. My teeth are not what they used to be, certainly not the brilliant white of childhood or my young teenage years. But I'm still okay with them. Defective? Maybe, maybe not.

My hair is definitely getting thinner, though it still covers my head without the aid of a comb-over. It used to be platinum blond when I was just a wee tyke, now it's more silver. So thinning and greying, but still not really defective.

At this point, if we're assessing me, I have to mention that my joints and muscles give me some grief. They don't feel like they used to, I used to revel in their free and easy use. Now, though they operate much the same as they always did, they don't do it without complaint. But I can't call that a defect really.
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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions


ADHD is a disorder that affects the decision making abilities of millions of people.

It doesn't always make us make the wrong decisions, though sometimes that happens. It doesn't always make us stress out over decision making situations, though that happens lots too.

And it doesn't always freeze our minds in a state that leaves us unable to make a decision at all, making us look like the supreme procrastinators that we can sometimes be. It doesn't always do that, but sometimes it does.
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Get Me Through My ADHD Day


When my day is all about one thing, when I have just one job to do, when there's nothing around to distract me ... I get sluggish.

Nothing can take my mind from sharp, bright and quick to dull, dark, and struggling like being stuck doing just one thing for an over extended period of time.

But the good thing is that, for me, the cause would seem to be the cure.
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Myth Information Can Be Dangerous


You see that meme there? I stole it. Well, to be honest, it has no copyright on it. Maybe it did where it was posted originally. Maybe there was something in the comments. I don't care.

Why don't I care? Because I'm doing the person who created this meme a favour by not including their copyright. I'm not telling the world who the person who created this lie is.

If they're smart, they'll take down their copy of it. Let it become an urban legend, and internet mystery. Who was it that first created and posted that stupid lying meme about 1980 and 2014?
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ADHD? That’s A No Brainer

“I wouldn't let them diagnose my son with ADHD. He's way too smart to have that.”
I've heard variations of this. And I did not lose my cool, did not get angry, didn't even blink.

It's true that in rapid succession, thoughts went racing through my brain. Sad thoughts, nasty ones.

I wondered how people can manage to survive, being that narrow minded. But then again, narrow minded humans have been surviving for a long time.

I thought I should say “How fortunate that he has you to hold him back.” But I didn't.
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You Think ADHD Is Funny?


You and I know that there are a lot of inside jokes about ADHD that are funny. And if you're like me, you don't mind sharing them with people who don't have ADHD, so long as they are open minded people.

When narrow minded people use ADHD as the punchline of some joke or personal humorous anecdote I start having a problem.

And when the humor comes from a supposition that ADHD is not real or not as invasive or insidious as we know it to be, then I lose my sense of humor really quickly.
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Speaking With An ADHD Accent


Do people with ADHD have passion? Does it drive us at higher rates of speed? Is that what makes those of us who are hyper so very, very, very hyper indeed?

I say yes. And I say so even though I can't prove it clinically. I say that every time I screw something up, passion likely had something to do with it. And every time I do the opposite, come up with the win, save the day, stop the train before it reaches the heroine tied to the tracks, it was passion that was my super power.

Okay yes, that was a little melodramatic ... but was passionate, right?
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ADHD And Oral Hygiene


I'm in a little bit of a bind. My oral health (teeth and gums), isn't the best, they aren't in the best of shape. A quick search online gives that situation the patina of truth and commonality for people with ADHD.

And I currently have an issue with a tooth that is rather important to me. I'm not vain, well not terribly vain, but this tooth is part of my smile. And my smile is part of my stage presence. Lets just say the loss of this tooth could possibly jeopardize my stage work. ... okay, there's a fair bit of vanity involved also. I'm human.

Now the thing is, people with ADHD have oral health problems. Speaking personally, I don't have an aversion to brushing my teeth, but if I head to the sink to do that, there's a good chance that I'll be sidetracked, distracted. And the risk grows exponentially with any increase in distance from where I am to that sink when I get the idea to go brush my teeth.
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Today I Love ADHD


I'm not one of the people who says ADHD is a gift. Nor do I say it's a curse.

I'm actually one of those people who says ADHD is a disorder. And it's a damned insidious one. The real insidiousness of it is that medication won't cure it, stress makes it worse, and knowledge makes it more obvious.

But still, in all of that, there are things about it that make me certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I would not want to be anyone else than the person I am. I would not give up the way I am in order to get rid of the disabling aspects of my ADHD.
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