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Making ADHD Work ~ Part III

Friday, July 25th, 2014
... and hopefully on time

… and hopefully on time

So, lets see. On Monday we talked about what values ADHD people might bring to the table, and I think there are lots more than the ones we covered.

Since no two of us are identical, the real point is to find the abilities that each person with ADHD has and, for want of a better term, exploit them to the advantage of all involved.

The benefits of this to the person with ADHD are great. And perhaps the least of them is gainful employment. I say this because, in my opinion, the greatest is the self worth and self esteem generated by the feeling of being an active and valued part of a functioning and successful organization.


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.


Making ADHD Work ~ Part I

Monday, July 21st, 2014
How to employ a winner

How to employ a winner

Last night I was at a concert. During intermission, I got talking with a friend of mine who runs a local business. I mentioned that I had a 6:30 AM deadline for my blog, and that I wasn’t sure what I’d write about.

He asked me why I didn’t just write about the fact that anyone who wants their business to be a success should hire someone with ADHD.

I looked at him like I had questions … which I did. I took out my pen and pad of paper and said “What makes you say that?”

So he began to tell me the reasons someone with ADHD was, in his opinion, essential to running a successful business.


How Did I Get So Old

Friday, July 18th, 2014
Younger than I feel, older than I remember

Younger than I feel, older than I remember

I need to write this post quickly, before I forget what I’m writing about. Wait, is that old age that causes that?

Or is it ADHD. In actuality, I’m only 55 … but geez, even saying that makes me think “Who? Me? 55? Really?”

You see, I feel, mentally that I’m 18. Also, I feel emotionally like I’m 25. All right, all right, 22.

And while I have, in fact, a rather remarkable memory for things that have happened and for mostly useless bits of trivia, I don’t remember enough to be able to feel like I’ve lived for 55 years.


There Are Things I Need In My Life

Monday, July 14th, 2014
... you get what you need

… you get what you need

Being a rural Canadian, there are naturally some things I need. I need to see the Canadians play hockey whenever they’re playing on the world stage.

I need to be submersed in fresh water several times each summer season, and that doesn’t mean in swimming pools.

I need some snow each year, and I need some sun. It’s the way it is. I can’t help it.

Being a person with ADHD, there are other things I naturally need. I need to be challenged in order to be able to focus. I need notes in order to be able to keep track of things I’d easily forget, and sometimes still do.


Lesson Learned

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Okay, the numbers still check out ...

Okay, the numbers still check out …

Have you had enough of being considered unusual and different? Have you had enough of being judged and found wanting?

Or do you line up with those who are judging you? Do you agree with those assessments. Do you wish you could “cure” yourself? Do you wish someone could offer you a cure?

If it’s a cure you’re wanting, there is hope. But it’s not maybe the kind of hope you were … well, hoping for.

It’s not a change in the way you are or the way your brain works. It’s a change in your perception.


Overwhelm Me Now, I Can Take It

Monday, July 7th, 2014
A bit more than I can handle at times

A bit more than I can handle at times

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post on being overwhelmed. Actually, it was partly a post on being overwhelmed and partly a post on how not to be overwhelmed, how to fix that situation.
It was also a post on using the word “overwhelm” as a noun, something I’ve heard some of the leaders of our ADHD community do, but I’m still uncomfortable with that.

In that post I pointed out that a friend, one who doesn’t have ADHD, was able to simply point out the next obvious step while I and another friend, one who does have ADHD, were overwhelmed by the inability to isolate that next logical step.

It’s likely a prioritizing thing. And I’m still lousy at that. But I have discovered that if I just pick a step to take, it’s priority will promptly become obvious.

If it’s the wrong one, I just have to back peddle (and hope that I haven’t ruined anything).


Blog Entry, June 27, 2014

Friday, June 27th, 2014
Dear D̶i̶a̶r̶y̶

Dear D̶i̶a̶r̶y̶

Dear Blog:

First, I have to say, it’s been two days since I last wrote in here.

Those two days have been hectic ones to say the least. I spent one working hard and running from job to job and the other looking for work, but not finding any.

So, hectic days. Yep, that’s right, pretty much normal.


ADHD Parents: Stop Blaming Yourselves

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Me and my mother ...

Me and my mother …

I had a great childhood, but I had a rough time anyway.

When I was growing up, we didn’t know about ADHD. That was partly because we lived in a somewhat remote area, but mostly because ADHD had not been defined at that point as ADHD.

Back then, it was called Minimal Brain Dysfunction, and we certainly had never heard of that.


7 ADHD Things I Think We May Have In Common

Friday, June 20th, 2014
At least, I think we do ...

At least, I think we do …

Symptoms. You’re saying we have symptoms in common, and of course you’re right. I thought the same thing when I first considered this title.

For instance, if you have ADHD – Predominantly Inattentive type, then we possibly share being distracted, forgetful and disorganized. We are likely to have poor concentration and spend more time than we should daydreaming. Oh, and we may also have difficulty completing tasks. Lucky us.

If you have ADHD – Predominantly Hyperactive type, then we possibly share a tendency towards excessive fidgeting, and being restless. We might share hyperactive, and we probably have difficulty waiting in line or staying seated when needs dictate that we should. We might also have a tendency toward , immature and/or destructive behavior. (Who? Me?)


 

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