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You’re How Old? And You Have ADHD?

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
This is how old I am!

This is how old I am!

I have a problem. Well, I have lots of problems, but I have one I’d like to share.

It’s my age, or rather, my ages. I have ADHD, so I have a chronological age, a physical age, an emotional age, and an age based on how much time it feels like I’ve lived.

Those ages, in that order, are 56, 86, 13, and 21.

Now the 56 can be ignored, that’s just the amount of time since my birth. I don’t look that old, and I feel much older (has anyone seen my liniment?).


ADHD Deadlines Are Great … Kind Of

Monday, February 9th, 2015
Gets me going every time

Gets me going every time

If you asked me what helps me accomplish more things than anything else, I’d have to say deadlines.

If you asked me why I’m just shy of having an ulcer, I’d say deadlines.

Deadlines are what the world seems to be made of. And in a way, that’s great. Because deadlines provide the impetus to perform.

But it seems that often the deadline has to be looming, hanging over my head before it becomes powerful enough to keep me focused on the task at hand.


How Much Distraction Do I Need?

Friday, February 6th, 2015
This might be of note ...

This might be of note …

So the thing is, I can work better with the radio on. But I don’t work better if the radio is talking to me. It has to be music.

And it has to be music I like. If it’s music I hate, I’ll hear it, and hate it … actively. Well, in truth, I don’t really hate any music, but some of it is a bit annoying when you’re trying to concentrate. So I actively am annoyed at it.

Also, oddly enough, if it’s music I love, that will distract me too. I’ll start bopping to the rhythm and then I’ll be humming the song and then I’ll be thinking about the lyrics and one thing will lead to another and … well, I won’t be on the page I was writing or reading.

But this all points up another oddity about ADHD. If there are too many distractions I can’t concentrate, but if there aren’t any distractions, then where I am is too dull and boring and that’s painful. Too damned painful to work.


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.


The ADHD Butterfly Effect

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
So subtle, yet ...

So subtle, yet …

Have you heard of the butterfly effect? It’s named that because it’s the idea that a butterfly flapping it’s wings can effectively change the course of a weather system weeks later. So basically, it’s the idea that seemingly inconsequential things from earlier in a time line can cause huge divergences from forecasted outcomes.

Let me tell you a story. It might be true, or it might be false. The truth is that it’s as true as it can be given the hazy layers of the varnish of memory applied by the distant brush strokes of time.

There are folks who were born in the late fifties, and I’m one of them. I was born in Toronto. And if I’d stayed there, I might eventually have been diagnosed as a child with Minimal Brain Dysfunction.


The Scariest ADHD Things You Will Ever Hear … Or Say

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Heard any good ones lately?

Heard any good ones lately?

ADHD is not necessarily a good place to be. It’s not the Ritz, not easy street, not a walk in the park.

And yet, for the most part, if you have it, it’s where you’re most at home. Like me, if you have ADHD, you’ve lived here all your life.

It’s kind of like living on the so called “wrong” side of town. It’s not really all that unsafe, so long as you know where to walk, what to do, who to steer clear of. You know, the little things … all those things we’re not all that good at remembering to do.


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.


ADHD ~ It Just Seems Wrong

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Pondering the possibility of the cursed gift

Pondering the possibility of the cursed gift

I know some of you are determined to view ADHD as a gift. And I’m not going to argue with you.

I’ve also heard from some folks who say thinking of ADHD as a gift is being delusional. I can’t really argue with that either.

But the truth, as far as I’m concerned, is very different. I look at it like this. This quirky, far ranging, rapid firing, often absent, wickedly misbehaving, thrill seeking, bicycle on a bobsled track without brakes brain of mine is what I get to work with.


Coming Clean With The ADHD Laundry Conundrum

Monday, January 12th, 2015
So this is why my dresser is empty ...

So this is why my dresser is empty …

I don’t write a help column. If you’re looking for tips & tricks, hints to a happy life, what the kids are calling “hacks” these days, you may find a few that work for you here, but that’s not my job.

What is my job? Well, among other things, I talk about what my life is like and the things I notice that are likely part of, or at least influenced by, my ADHD.

If you read my blog and you catch yourself saying “Me too!” or “So that’s why that happens.” or even just “I understand that totally … I don’t do that, but I see how that could be.” then you get the big part of why I’m here.


Trapped With ADHD

Friday, January 9th, 2015
Waiting for a storm

Waiting for a storm

I live half way between the equator and the north pole. Well, not quite, I’m a 40 minute drive from the 45th parallel.

Close enough though. I can say that “half way” thing without feeling like I’m lying. I’m not standing on the line, but I’m a stones throw from it in a global sense.

What that means is that I’m living in an area that experiences real winters. Frozen ponds, several feet of snow in a normal winter season, and daily high temperatures that are well below freezing are the things my winter days are made of.


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