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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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ADHD & Mental Health Diagnosis As Therapy


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.
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In 2015, I Resolve To …


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.
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Give Me A Gift For The ADHD Holidays


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.”
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How Could We Possibly Do Better With ADHD?


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.
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I’m Thankful That ADHD Means Having Regrets


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.
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