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ADHD In Shadow And Light


There can be a lot of differences in lives with ADHD depending on where the light shines in them, and where the shadows fall. Acceptance or denial can mean so much in the long run.

Let's consider two boys, the same age, in the same grade, in similar schools, in similar towns, each with ADHD.

Let's call them Art and Bert. Sorry if your name is Art or Bert, this is a fictional scenario, so this isn't you. This is them. And here they are:
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The ADHD Treasures


I'm past the double nickle now, 57 to be exact. It's likely that I've lived more then half my life at this age.

And I suspect that having ADHD means that my life expectancy might be shorter than the norm. I mean, come on, we are more likely to wind up in emerge at any given time, more likely to die of accidental poisoning (that's true, I read it somewhere on the internet so it has to be true, right?). How are we ever going to live as long as “the others?”

And where am I in my life? Am I a success? Am I ready to retire like that “Freedom Fifty-Five” stuff says? Ha! I wish.
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Get Me Through My ADHD Day


When my day is all about one thing, when I have just one job to do, when there's nothing around to distract me ... I get sluggish.

Nothing can take my mind from sharp, bright and quick to dull, dark, and struggling like being stuck doing just one thing for an over extended period of time.

But the good thing is that, for me, the cause would seem to be the cure.
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My ADHD Super Power


So here's my question: Is it fair to use my ADHD powers for personal gain? Well, I suppose that to answer that question, I'd first have to ascertain what those powers would be, wouldn't I?

I mean, if I'm just deluded into thinking that I have powers of any sort that stem from my ADHD, when in fact I do not, then the answer to the first question would actually be “Whatever.”

On the other hand, if I do have super powers, they'd be worth investigating, you know, so I'd know what I've got to work with, right?
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Speaking With An ADHD Accent


Do people with ADHD have passion? Does it drive us at higher rates of speed? Is that what makes those of us who are hyper so very, very, very hyper indeed?

I say yes. And I say so even though I can't prove it clinically. I say that every time I screw something up, passion likely had something to do with it. And every time I do the opposite, come up with the win, save the day, stop the train before it reaches the heroine tied to the tracks, it was passion that was my super power.

Okay yes, that was a little melodramatic ... but was passionate, right?
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Today I Love ADHD


I'm not one of the people who says ADHD is a gift. Nor do I say it's a curse.

I'm actually one of those people who says ADHD is a disorder. And it's a damned insidious one. The real insidiousness of it is that medication won't cure it, stress makes it worse, and knowledge makes it more obvious.

But still, in all of that, there are things about it that make me certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I would not want to be anyone else than the person I am. I would not give up the way I am in order to get rid of the disabling aspects of my ADHD.
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Freedom 80, The ADHD Retirement Plan


Ha, that sounds funny. And it's a bit misleading. I'm not writing about how to retire.

And I'm not jesting about how long it will be before I'm able to retire at the rate I'm going. The truth is I doubt I'll be able to retire at the age of 80, even though I've retired a couple of times from different things already.

I'm talking about an article I read yesterday. "Eighty Years Old with ADHD? Frequently, Yes." It's not in a medical journal, but it does offer citations and links to journals and credible sources.

And it offers an interesting observation,
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5 Things Your Boss Needs To Know About Your ADHD


There are things that your boss, supervisor, or employer should know about your ADHD. But oddly enough, not one of those things that they need to know is the fact that you have ADHD.

Now there are exceptions to every rule. For instance, if I hadn't told Dr. Grohol that I had ADHD, he would probably not have offered me the opportunity to write about it here.

But this isn't the only place I work, and while he isn't the only boss I have that knows about my ADHD, I don't tell everyone about it.

And really, this is a special case. My job here is to tell people about ADHD.
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The Right Way, The Wrong Way, and The ADHD Way


There are many things that can be done the right way or the wrong way. And there are rather a lot of things that can be done different ways.

To be truthful, there are lots of people who believe that things must be done a certain way to be done the right way, even if others believe that those same things should be done a different way. Some people are just set that way and can't be reset.

And yes, there is always a wrong way to do anything. There's probably several wrong ways to do anything and there are some things that have many wrong ways of being done. In fact, the doing of some things is wrong. Murder, theft, and homophobic, misogynistic or bigoted actions come to mind.
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ADHD Month? Isn’t That Every Month?


I noticed a week ago that October was ADHD month. I thought, “Well alright. I didn't miss it, it didn't sneak up on me.”

Then I kind of forgot about it. Now we're a week in. And rather than being embarrassed, I'm kind of proud. What better way of heralding our own month in but by doing so a week late, but with the best of intentions.

And besides, ADHD awareness month is kind of a joke. Well, at least it is for us. If you have ADHD, you either know it or you don't. If you have it and don't know, it's because you don't yet know what ADHD really is. And if you have it and do know, then you're already aware. Well aware. And you're aware in the other 11 months too, not just October.
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