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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.


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.


5 Tips To Surviving A Life With ADHD

Monday, March 31st, 2014
How I did it ... so far

How I did it … so far

I may have mentioned this before, I have ADHD. And though I’ve only known that for six years (I was diagnosed five years ago), I’ve had it most of my life.

I have an interesting view of my life, yet not a terribly unique one (there are many people my age just finding out about their ADHD). My view of my life is one where I have memories of life as a confused person thinking I was just like everyone else.

Now, as I look back, I see the effects of ADHD and the intricate ways in which I rationalized, ignored and denied those effects.


I Hate When People Use ADHD As An Excuse

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Cracks in your self esteem? Forget about them!

Cracks in your self esteem? Forget about them!

Some title, eh? And I hear this in different ways. There’s the old dismissive standard: “ADHD is just an excuse for ! (fill in the blank)” And then there’s: “Every time you do that, you blame your ADHD!” And one of my all time favorites: “Instead of talking about your ADHD, why don’t you do something about it?”

It’s nice that there is so much help out there, isn’t it? And the great thing is that any one of these remarks immediately makes me retreat into myself, disengage from the person who says them, and re-establish my relationship with the cracks I’d thought I had patched in my shattered self esteem.


Anatomy of My ADHD Brain Fog

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
I'm a little foggy about why I included this picture ...

I’m a little foggy about why I included this picture …

I seem to have a problem that would almost be the opposite of ADHD, except, it’s not. My ADHD mind is usually a whirl of thoughts and ideas. It’s a rare occasion when I am unable to come up with an idea for … well, for anything.

In fact, standard operating procedure for me is to have too many ideas and to little patience on the part of whoever is listening to my ideas. That’s life in the fast lane for this brain … most of the time.


ADHD Medication Delivery Systems, Successes and Failures Part I

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Learning about Medication Delivery systems

Learning about Medication Delivery systems

Today and Friday I’ll be discussing systems used to deliver ADHD stimulant medications. Did you know that you and your health care practitioner have a choice in how your medication is delivered?

To the best of my knowledge, there are three delivery systems for ADHD stimulant medications. They range from “chancy at best,” to “pretty damned good.”

And in between those two extremes, they make a stop off at “should work … most of the time.”


5 Lesser Known ADHD Self-Medication Alternatives

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Some of us need alternatives

Some of us need alternatives

Diagnosed or not, many of us self-medicate. And we often do it with things that can be dangerous.

Marijuana comes to mind quickly whenever I talk about self-medication. But alcohol is also a common one, and of course the heavier drugs that are available don’t get left out.

And since stimulation is the thing that most of us find to be useful in combating ADHD symptoms, anything that provides that reaction will do. So dangerous behaviors or risk taking activities are big things.


Who Am I Now; A Post Diagnosis Discussion

Friday, January 31st, 2014
... because I'm just that lucky!

… because I’m just that lucky!

Before my diagnosis, I was easily distracted. Now, I’m … easily distracted. Before my diagnosis I would sometimes say inappropriate things. I still do that.

Before my diagnosis I would get bored with long, drawn out, mind numbing presentations and slip off into my own world. I would spend long periods of time staring out the window and living in my head. I would misunderstand people who were speaking to me in my native tongue, English. I would falter and fumble when I was in social situations where I wasn’t sure of myself.


 

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