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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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Sometimes Peanuts Come In Threes


You know that there are millions of horses out there, hundreds of breeds, dozens of colors and markings.

Horses are cool because people talk about them by their markings and color. Palominos, paints, buckskins, pintos, bays, every one is a mark of distinction. And who doesn't love horses? Right?

I did own a palomino once that seemed to have some weird ideas that made me question his intelligence, but I treated him as well as the other horses in the stable and possibly a smidgen better since he was my ride.

When we differentiate among ourselves by color, however, it usually isn't for positive reasons. We're never as good to ourselves as we are to horses in that respect.
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ADHD Month? Isn’t That Every Month?


I noticed a week ago that October was ADHD month. I thought, “Well alright. I didn't miss it, it didn't sneak up on me.”

Then I kind of forgot about it. Now we're a week in. And rather than being embarrassed, I'm kind of proud. What better way of heralding our own month in but by doing so a week late, but with the best of intentions.

And besides, ADHD awareness month is kind of a joke. Well, at least it is for us. If you have ADHD, you either know it or you don't. If you have it and don't know, it's because you don't yet know what ADHD really is. And if you have it and do know, then you're already aware. Well aware. And you're aware in the other 11 months too, not just October.
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You Want To Call Me Names?


I'm not ADHD. And ADHD isn't me.

I have ADHD, but that's not who I am. You can get to know me and never suspect that I have ADHD. Because again, that's really not who I am.

I can take a course in just about anything. I may do well, or I may struggle. Either way, it may be because of my ADHD, but you will never know that, because I'm a person. I'm not ADHD.
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ADHD And Acceptance


One of the most needed commodities in the life of a person with ADHD, is acceptance. Many of us seem to crave positive social interaction.

Yet, when our social interactions take on a negative caste, many of us are understanding of that. It's as if we just believe that we don't deserve to have positive experiences. Or as if we were trying to hide our flaws, but had to admit that, of course they would be discovered.

But I've become aware of an interesting thing with regards to acceptance. It seems to be contagious.
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Are you ADHD Self Aware?


It is arguably the single most important aspect of being human, that we are aware of ourselves. We must be aware of our existence in order to be able to advance.

And as a species, we have advanced greatly. The fact that you are reading my words, whether you live around the block from me or on the other side of the globe, is the result of our awareness that we are.

I write for you because I'm aware you are there.

And of course we are self aware. The other reason I write is because I enjoy writing. I'm aware that I enjoy it.
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A Biased Look At The Three Groups Of ADHD Opinion


I know there's lots of information out there about ADHD. And there seems to be three distinct groups, according to social networks and news outlets.

Those three groups differ greatly in their approach to the validity of ADHD.

And then, to complicate things, there is a bisection of these three groups. Each of these three groups is made up of people who don't have ADHD … and people who do have ADHD.
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The Real Victims Of Stigma


The idea that a mental health disorder makes you less of a person is pretty deplorable. And sadly, it's also a rather common mind set.

And it hurts those who are victims of it.

This is, of course, what stigma is, this very idea. And to say that it's hurtful is a huge understatement.

And the victims of stigma are everywhere. Some are easy to spot if you look, some are not so easy to see. And some of them are down right surprising.
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The Chemistry Of ADHD


You've heard that brain chemistry is a big part of ADHD. And you've heard that brain development also plays a role.

The role that development plays is most likely related to the chemistry. The parts of the brain that do not develop adequately are most likely those parts involved with the dopamine and norepinephrine functions. Those functions would be production and use of these chemicals.

The ADHD brain is developed well enough to have some production and some use of these two chemicals. And it does not take long for the affected brain to discover how to compensate for the missing functions.
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