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Anatomy of My ADHD Brain Fog

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
I'm a little foggy about why I included this picture ...

I’m a little foggy about why I included this picture …

I seem to have a problem that would almost be the opposite of ADHD, except, it’s not. My ADHD mind is usually a whirl of thoughts and ideas. It’s a rare occasion when I am unable to come up with an idea for … well, for anything.

In fact, standard operating procedure for me is to have too many ideas and to little patience on the part of whoever is listening to my ideas. That’s life in the fast lane for this brain … most of the time.

ADHD Medication Delivery Systems, Successes and Failures Part II

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Delivering the goods ...

Delivering the goods …

On Wednesday I began a discussion on ADHD stimulant medication delivery systems. Not the nice man from the drug store who drives around town, but rather the way in which the stimulant is delivered to your system.

In that post, I discussed the old method of trying to remember to take multiple small doses through out the day. It worked, when you succeeded.

ADHD Medication Delivery Systems, Successes and Failures Part I

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Learning about Medication Delivery systems

Learning about Medication Delivery systems

Today and Friday I’ll be discussing systems used to deliver ADHD stimulant medications. Did you know that you and your health care practitioner have a choice in how your medication is delivered?

To the best of my knowledge, there are three delivery systems for ADHD stimulant medications. They range from “chancy at best,” to “pretty damned good.”

And in between those two extremes, they make a stop off at “should work … most of the time.”

5 Lesser Known ADHD Self-Medication Alternatives

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Some of us need alternatives

Some of us need alternatives

Diagnosed or not, many of us self-medicate. And we often do it with things that can be dangerous.

Marijuana comes to mind quickly whenever I talk about self-medication. But alcohol is also a common one, and of course the heavier drugs that are available don’t get left out.

And since stimulation is the thing that most of us find to be useful in combating ADHD symptoms, anything that provides that reaction will do. So dangerous behaviors or risk taking activities are big things.

Who Am I Now; A Post Diagnosis Discussion

Friday, January 31st, 2014
... because I'm just that lucky!

… because I’m just that lucky!

Before my diagnosis, I was easily distracted. Now, I’m … easily distracted. Before my diagnosis I would sometimes say inappropriate things. I still do that.

Before my diagnosis I would get bored with long, drawn out, mind numbing presentations and slip off into my own world. I would spend long periods of time staring out the window and living in my head. I would misunderstand people who were speaking to me in my native tongue, English. I would falter and fumble when I was in social situations where I wasn’t sure of myself.

A Season Worth Celebrating

Monday, December 9th, 2013
A time worth considering celebrating ...

A time worth considering celebrating …

Today is Monday, December the 9th, 2013.

30 years ago today I was 24 years of age. I had a job. I was making reasonably good money. I spent some of it on gas, some of it on food, some of it on rent, and a lot of it on alcohol.

I didn’t know I had ADHD. I didn’t know I was an alcoholic. Okay, not true. I was in denial, the kind of denial you have to work hard at because you know the truth.

ADHD Medication Revisited – Part II

Monday, August 5th, 2013
Medication may help ...

Medication may help …

So, on Friday, we observed the irrefutable fact that calling something “chemical” didn’t make it evil or bad. We also noted that I’m opinionated but willing to allow others to be as well. Just don’t tell me your opinions are the only ones that matter.

Today, I want to discuss the validity of the use of stimulant meds as a way to help your mind work better. In my opinion, you should, but only if they help.

ADHD Medication Revisited – Part I

Friday, August 2nd, 2013
Are you sure you want to chance those chemicals?

Are you sure you want to chance those chemicals?

There are lots of rumours, lots of gossip going ’round regarding ADHD medication. Some of them, a few at least, are correct. Some of them are worthless and wrong. Some could be dangerous.

The one I hate is the idea that medication is intrinsically wrong. I’ve heard people say that they would never take “chemicals” just because their brain worked differently. This is often followed by a dramatic “involuntary” shudder to indicate the extent of their displeasure with that idea.

I’m a little more open minded, I guess. I like to consider that there is more to this world than just drama and opinions. I do have my own opinions, but I choose to give them as such and accept that they might not fit in with the opinions of others.

Unmedicated ADHD At A Meeting

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
I may still be out there, but I'm working on being organized , and out there.

I may still be out there, but I’m working on being organized , and out there.

Up until I turned 49, my life seemed okay. I didn’t analyze it, I didn’t really pay it much attention, I just assumed it was okay. I thought it could be better, but whose life couldn’t, right?

It’s true, I’d had more than my share of jobs, and I couldn’t find a hobby that I liked well enough to stay with it, forsaking any others. And yes, there was room for improvement in my tax return filing skills. But I was okay.

In 2009 I became aware that I might have ADHD. Lots of research and one diagnosis later, I became a certified member of the ADHD tribe.

Shortly thereafter, in an effort to better my life, a prescription was written for stimulant medication, with my name on it.

Me, My Meds, And I: Confession Time

Monday, February 25th, 2013
 F̶o̶c̶u̶s̶ ̶i̶n̶ Focusing on a pill

F̶o̶c̶u̶s̶ ̶i̶n̶ Focusing on a pill

I want to tell you about my current medication. It’s changed. It’s changed rather suddenly, but for reasons that grew subtly. And I’m happy about the change in some ways, but disappointed in others. And I’ve learned some things that I’ve found rather surprising.

Before we discuss this change, I want to say that emotionally biased opinions of my medication are not welcome. If you are planning on telling me I should or shouldn’t do something, I would caution you to consider that I am not telling you how to approach your treatment. I’m not telling you to take medication or not. I’m giving my opinion on the efficacy of medication.



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