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It’s ADHD Times Like These

I'm only 18. If you've read much of my blog, then you've heard me say that. I haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up. You've heard me say that, too.

You've also heard me say that I'm 56 years old. And that's true as well. And you've heard me say that I've been hard on my body and it really has started to take its toll on me.

The thing is, I have to live with these truths.

And I've said all this recently, so if you're bored, I'm sorry.
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This Old ADHD Man

Go ahead, ask me how old I am. I'll happily tell you. I'm ... no wait, that can't be right. Oh yeah, I'm 56.

I always get confused, you see, I feel like I'm 18. Well, not physically, physically I feel like I'm 86.

Yeah, it's been a hard life. Having combined type ADHD means that I have been physically very active. You might say I've been kind of hard on my body.

And it doesn't help that I spent about twelve years as a devout practising alcoholic. You can't put that much alcohol through the system and expect it to bounce back completely.

And another thing about addictive substance abuse, something people with ADHD are susceptible to, it doesn't lead to smart decisions. And I don't mean which savings plan to choose or should I get a will drawn up or just let them wing it if I die. I mean day to day decisions like “I wonder if I can jump off this roof without hurting myself?” or “I wonder why so few people try walking on the top of a garden fence?” or even “I wonder what it's like to go twice the speed limit?”
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Just A Few More ADHD Questions

 Sometimes I feel like I'm some kind of detective. I've puzzled out more than my share of things regarding ADHD, had my share of “A-ha” moments, and busted my share of hoaxes.

Well, okay, I don't bust hoaxes, I usually just dis them, but they're good and dissed when I do it.

And like some of the great TV detectives, I've done my share of pondering the evidence and I've had my share of epiphanies.
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If It Is Broke, Should You Fix It?

On Wednesday I said, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it.” about people who's ADHD predated a diagnosis and who seemed to be making things work.

And I meant it. It's absolutely imperative that we recognize that ADHD is not diagnosable if there is no perceived negative impact. That's part of the diagnosis criteria ... and it's a good thing!

Someone could well have all the symptoms they need for a diagnosis. And they could also have had those symptoms since childhood, another criterion for diagnosis. But if they cannot relate to the diagnostician any negative impact, they should not be given a diagnosis.
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ADHD, Now And Then

generation ...’,” she said.

“I see gifts and talents from their generation.”

This got her thinking, and she admitted that it seemed to be true. People from my generation (not quite as old as dirt, but close) weren’t being unproductive in life.

“I see gifts and talents from their generation.” she told me honestly.

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Reading And Writing Between The ADHD Lines

I love to read. I love to write so the reading would follow you'd think, but the truth is that, of course, reading came first.

And as a child, I remember being surprised that I was expected to write my own thoughts. I couldn't imagine why anyone would want to read them.

I somehow grew up wanting to make what I wrote as interesting as possible. I resolved that, if people read what I wrote, only to find it wasn't worth the effort, they weren't going find out from me. I made every effort to craft what I wrote in a way that was worthy of the time and effort they put into reading it.
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My Top 3 ADHD Keys To Productivity

I get lots done. Lots of little things at least. You know those things that have to be done first in order for something else to be done? I get lots of those things done.

But I don't always get the things done that I was preparing for by doing the little things. Mind you, I am getting better at it, getting those big jobs done. And I have some tricks I use.

And sometimes these tricks help me get things accomplished that surprise even me.
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Seat Of Your Pants, ADHD Learning

Life for me is almost always a “by the seat of my pants” experience. If I accomplish things it's always easy to describe the accomplishment as “just managed,” or “just made it,” or “just at the last minute.”

There's lots of “just” ... but little of “justice.” It's just the way it is. I am always just squeezing through the door, just under the wire, just there.

And I think that's okay. I do a lot of things, but am successful at only a small percentage of them in my opinion.
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Maybe Attention Deficit Is The Right Term

I keep saying that we don't have a deficit of attention, we have a deficit of attention control.

What I mean by that is that people with ADHD don't seem able to choose what to pay attention to and then maintain that attention. Instead, our attention is attracted by many things. And the import of those things does not bear up under inspection.

We see the plane in the sky and hear the bird in the tree and feel the breeze on the back of our arm and feel the irritation of the label in our shirt collar and hear the traffic and the children laughing and see the people on the street and the traffic lights changing and feel the roughness of the park bench we're sitting on ... all at the same time .... and all in the space it takes to read one line in a book or on a blog post.

And then we realize that we were attending to all those sights and sounds and sensations. And we read each word in that line. But we never parsed those words into a meaningful phrase.
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