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Out Of ADHD Prison

On Friday we talked about how to get yourself into prison, especially if you have ADHD. If it's something you aspire to, then your impulsivity and lack of executive function can be great tools to help you achieve this goal. If prison is something you would rather avoid, then it's best to discover how to manage impulsive behaviour and compensate for a lack of E.F. in advance of becoming responsible for your actions. And if you don't, you might end up in the general population of the corrections system. You might end up ... in stir, as they say.
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It’s Just ADHD

I get a kick out of people who are dismissive of ADHD. Well, I don't really get a kick out of them. I don't get as big a kick out of them as the one I'd like to give them in return for their opinion, but still ... it's entertaining to hear how uninformed people can be. It's true, though. ADHD may not look like much because we are very capable. But that capability came at the expense of years of struggling with these symptoms. Struggling and learning, that's the life of the person with ADHD. We develop neuro-plasticity from having to deal with a condition that no one else can help us with very much. That's why, if you are a casual observer, you don't see what we go through. That's why you have no idea what goes on in our heads.
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Remember Everything

Recent studies suggest that memories, especially ones about ourselves, are likely suspect. That's not to say that they are false, but they may have details that have been manufactured, and they may have left things out. It's also suggested that some of your memories might not be real at all. And this is important to people with ADHD. Very important. It won't make any difference to how you behave, how your mind works. But it can make a great deal of difference in how we live, a great deal of difference to the stigma we experience at our own hands.
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ADHD: What You See, What You Get

You think you know what ADHD is? You think you've got it figured out? You think because you have a friend or two with it you recognize it and what it means? Or maybe you're a manager or an employer and you have someone on staff with ADHD. And you think that you have an idea of what that means? Or you're married to someone with it, or in a relationship with a person with ADHD. You think you've got it figured out?
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Two Groups

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who divide the worlds population into groups, and those who don't. Obviously, I am in the first group. There are many other criteria for dividing up the population, gender, skin pigment, political leanings, and so on. And without exception, the divisions should only be applied for the sake of statistical analysis. Never for application of service or restriction of same should populations be divided. But there are other divisions that we might study as well. There are those who
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ADHD, What It’s Like

Having ADHD is like being normal, 'cause for me, it is normal. I've never been any other way. To me, people without ADHD are the oddballs. No offense, but from where I sit, they're really quite strange. I mean, really, how can you live with a brain that moves that slow? It's like it must be stuck in low gear or something. And then they're always stopping to think. How does that even make sense? “Let me stop and think about that for a minute ...” Really? Stop what? Thinking? I say, “Let me think about that, along with everything else I'm currently pondering!”
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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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Relentless ADHD

It has come to my attention that there is a persistent idea that ADHD is not a valid mental health issue. It's perceived kind of like the new father's mixed up son from a previous marriage that stay's mostly with his mother but every now and then you have to put up with him visiting. Or like those e-bikes out on the street that aren't cars or trucks, but they're not really bicycles and they sure aren't motorcycles.
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ADHD – A Different Life

Let's examine a few facts. Current statistics tell us that somewhere around ten percent of the population is affected by ADHD. We know that there is a still larger segment of the population that does not fall into the category of neuro-typical. And I'm not going to attempt to guess what that percentage is. Now I'm okay with the word normal, it's the antonyms that I have problems with. The idea is that those of us who fall outside the realm of neuro-typical are not normal. We're abnormal, sub-normal. But down through the ages, ideas have been wrong. And this one is wrong also. This one is very wrong. It's wrong because there are many of us. How can we not be normal if there are so many of us. Well, that's easy, because there are only one to five of us in any one classroom, only 10 to 50 of us in any ten classrooms. In any work place with more than 10 people there is likely to be one or more of us. That's not a lot of us.
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ADHD Labels Are Bad, Right?

Some people say labels are a bad thing. Sometimes I agree. But not always. Here's the deal, sometimes labels are bad. If you label someone, you marginalize them. What does that mean? It means that they are being relegated to the outskirts, they are being set aside either because they are deemed to be not salvageable or they will be dealt with later if there is time and money. Additionally, if you label someone, you run the risk of that label being used as judgment by others. You may not have intended any negative stigmatization, but others may not perceive the label that way.
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