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A Biased Look At The Three Groups Of ADHD Opinion

Friday, February 27th, 2015
I think that maybe ....

I think that maybe ….

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.


Dismiss Your ADHD – Five “True” Dismissive Statements

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Really? Truly? Are you sure???

Really? Truly? Are you sure???

You’ve met them. You may even know some of them quite well. Those people who, unencumbered by any valid instruction in the concepts of mental health issues or disorders, are perfectly happy to dismiss ADHD as fake. Maybe you are one of them.

I love the line, “Well, I have a [brother in law, gas station attendant, hairdresser, paper delivery boy, or other valid source of scientific gossip] who says that ADHD is [made up, something everyone has, what was the question, caused by diet soft drinks] so I know enough not to give it any credence.” Large sigh – yep, I never get tired of hearing that one.

As if someone else saying it first makes it somehow less imbecilic or more acceptable.


The Real Victims Of Stigma

Friday, February 13th, 2015
It's the right thing to do

It’s the right thing to do

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.


The Chemistry Of ADHD

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
"Fire in the hole!"

“Fire in the hole!” The occasional synaptic flare up …

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.


ADHD & Mental Health Diagnosis As Therapy

Monday, January 19th, 2015
I am!!!

I am!!!

I’ve met a lot of people who may have ADHD. Some say “I have that. Well, I’m pretty sure I do.”

Others don’t say anything, possibly not recognizing themselves as being on the spectrum.

But without a diagnosis, you really don’t have a starting point for treatment. In fact, without a diagnosis, you’re just guessing.

When I first realized I had ADHD, I was stunned. I spent long moments trying to rationalize my life up ’til this point, and other long moments trying hard to deny and disprove the theory I had managed to create. It’s a very long distance from realization to diagnosis.


In 2015, I Resolve To …

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
It's almost next year

It’s almost next year

So here it is. My last post of 2014. And this is the last day of 2014, New Year’s Eve day.

And today is traditionally the day that New Year’s Resolutions are made.

And boy aren’t we good at making those resolutions. We don’t typically wait until New Year’s to make them, either. If I had a nickel for every time I said “I’ll never do that again!” I’d be somewhat better off than I am today.

Better yet, if I had a nickel for every resolution I’ve made that I wasn’t able to keep, we’d be talking about my new car right now instead of resolutions.


Give Me A Gift For The ADHD Holidays

Friday, December 5th, 2014
Is it bigger than a bread box?

Is it bigger than a bread box?

There was a time when I thought I was normal.
Okay, you can stop laughing now. What I meant was I thought I was well within the normal spectrum and that, while unique and quirky, I was still just your everyday, average guy.

You’re laughing again, I’ll wait ’til you finish …. done? Good.

Then everything changed and I realized I’d never be within that so called “normal spectrum.”


How Could We Possibly Do Better With ADHD?

Friday, November 7th, 2014
Are symptoms escalating or are conditions improving

Are symptoms escalating or are conditions improving

I hear from people all the time who tell me about their ADHD. I hear directly from people who comment here, and from people who email me privately (do some snooping here on the blog and you’ll find an email address for me if you are so inclined).

I also hear from people on social networking sites, in online support groups, and from people who know me and just want to talk.

They, well, you, or people like you, tell me about the ways that ADHD manifests itself in your lives.

And one of the most amazing things about ADHD is that, while you or I may not have the manifestation that someone else has, it is almost always an easy reach to understand the symptom that is being described.


I’m Thankful That ADHD Means Having Regrets

Monday, October 13th, 2014
Thankful for another year ...

Thankful for another year …

It’s Thanksgiving here in Canada, and soon it will be Thanksgiving in the U.S.A.

Maybe we could be thankful for something unique. What about our regrets?

What regrets you ask? Well, for starters, we forget. We get distracted. We make poor decisions. We practise deluding ourselves. And as a result, our lives suffer.

But all these things are parts of many peoples lives. True, we do these things and others to extreme. But it’s the phrase “we do these things” that is at the root of our regrets. We make bad choices, bad decisions.


Making ADHD Work ~ Part II

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Wait ... what??

Wait … what??

On Monday we had a little talk about a friend of mine who has a local business and told me about how much he valued the strengths that an employee with ADHD could bring to the table.

I asked him if he had to do anything differently to make the value evident, and he offered the following suggestions.

He suggested that lists were a bad thing. I looked at him kind of oddly, and he clarified by explaining that if a person makes a list of things they need to do, that’s fine. It’s their list, they’re invested in it. But if they are handed a list, it will get lost.


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