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ADHD: The Journey Of A Lifetime

Friday, September 19th, 2014
Ready to hit the road

Ready to hit the road

It’s been five years since I was diagnosed with ADHD. I am now 55 years old. So technically, I’ve had ADHD for five years.

But realistically, if one assumes that ADHD is heritable, I’ve had ADHD all my life.

From the time of my birth, when development was still ongoing, right up to the point in my life when symptoms, had they been known and understood, could have been observed, I had ADHD.


You’ll Need More Than A Towel

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
On the job!

On the job!

With apologies to Douglas Adams, a towel is a great thing to have, but you need more than just that.

I’ve relocated to my old haunt up north of my home where sometimes I work for a friend who is a better contractor than I. I call him “the boss.”

The boss had a job he wanted to get done, and up here in Canada, autumn is coming on. The job in question is an outdoor one. We’re replacing the roof on a park model camper trailer.


Too: The ADHD Adverb

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Too bad!

Too bad!

Am I too late? I hope not. I don’t like being late. I especially don’t like being too late. It’s too troubling and causes too much anxiety.

I get too late from being too easily distracted. Too often I forget to check the time.

Then I try to make up lost time by going too fast. That means too many things get forgotten, too many tasks get missed. Eventually it all becomes too much and I too get forgotten in the melee.


3 Legal Non–Prescription Stimulants For ADHD

Monday, September 8th, 2014
Is it legal?

Is it legal?

Prescription stimulants are the things that help many of us focus.

Why do they help us focus? Well, it seems that they actually make the part of our brain that functions in a … shall we say “scattered” way, work better. That means that the part of our brain that should focus our thoughts is unable to do that well, allowing our brains to wander from this to that. Stimulants seem to stimulate focus.

There also seems to be, in the ADHD brain, an increased speed of thought that isn’t regulated. When our focus is more easily controlled, that rapid firing of our brains is either also controlled, or since we are better able to focus, not relevant. The speed of our thinking doesn’t matter.


No ADHD Excuses … Well, Maybe Just One

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
Thinking up excuses ...

Thinking up excuses …

To those of you who noticed that I missed publishing my blog on Friday, I have a good excuse. I have ADHD. No, I’m not going to tell you that I forgot, I’ve got a better imagination than that. I’m going to tell you a wee bit of a story.

I have ADHD, and when I decide to do something, I often stick to it until it’s done. It’s called hyper-focus in some circles, perseverance in others, pig headedness in my world.

But, be that as it may, there it is. And it has stood me in good stead on many occasions. That’s the pig-headedness I’m talking about.


Procrastination Is An Island In Denial

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
There you go!

There you go!

Firstly, I apologize for the sorry pun. But it works on so many levels … well, okay two, it works on two levels. The sorry pun is one level.

The other level is the fact that denial is the full time facilitator of procrastination.

I don’t mean that we deny that tasks exist, or that they need to be done. We’re smarter than that.

We deny that the imperative nature of a thing is … well, is as imperative as it is.


I Am Not Overwhelmed Just Because I Have ADHD!

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Portrait of a busy boy

Portrait of a busy boy

I just spent a very long weekend. Actually, I spent a long week leading up to the weekend. I mentioned I’ve been working as a volunteer, helping to get the 39th Annual Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival ready.

Well, we succeeded. But my writing suffered. I missed my deadline last Monday, and again today. I still published, but late.


The ADHD Show Must Go On

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
Telling it like it is

Telling it like it is

Have you ever felt like life is a show? Does it seem like you’re constantly trying to act in an acceptable way? Are you on guard all day, every day, to make sure that you don’t do the wrong thing, say the wrong thing, or miss the point that everyone else is getting?

I’ve spent a lot of my life engaged in that activity, and I have to say that it’s tiring, most of the time. But there is a time when I don’t worry. It’s when I’m on stage.


ADHD Creates

Monday, August 4th, 2014
A CD that has a song I created on it

A CD that has a song I created on it … yes I can create

There are people who say that having ADHD makes you creative. And there are those who say that that hasn’t been proven. And there are those who say that ADHD creativity is a myth.

I say that creativity is a matter of creating. And creating requires you to be able to concentrate on the process. And concentration on a single process is what is known as focus.

Having ADHD is pretty much the opposite of being able to focus, at least on things that you choose to focus on. “But we have hyperfocus.” I hear you saying. And yes, there are times when we can zone in on something But Dr. Charles Barkley suggests that “hyperfocus” is the wrong name for that.


Random Thoughts From The Sleep Deprived ADHD Mind

Friday, August 1st, 2014
Don't be alarmed ...

Don’t be alarmed …

Interesting how the mind works, or in some instances doesn’t work. I went to bed on Wednesday night, a tired man. I was counting on getting lots of sleep, counting heavily on it.

And sleep I did. I know this because every time I woke up I realized I’d been asleep. I’ve had this happen before, it isn’t pleasant.

Sometimes it occurs because I had my last cup of coffee for the day to long before going to bed. I need that coffee to be right before my bedtime if I’m going to count on my mind not zinging around like a bullet in a steel barrel. Counter intuitive, I know, but that’s me, your friendly neighbourhood ADHD enigma.


 

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