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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.


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.


ADHD Means Never Being Speechless

Monday, January 5th, 2015
I'll say!

I’ll say!

I don’t know about you, but over the years I’ve had to learn not to open my mouth every time there’s silence. The result is that I’ve had less things to apologize for.

Note that I said less things and not no things. That’s because, even if I do pause before speaking, I don’t always make the right choice about whether or not to say something. But there are times when it helps.

In 55 years of life I’ve managed to maybe reduce the inappropriate things I say by perhaps half.


My 8 Totally Doable ADHD New Year’s Resolutions

Friday, January 2nd, 2015
I make resolutions all the time ...

I make resolutions all the time …

So, I realize that the title of my last post was a little misleading. What was I thinking? “In 2015, I Resolve To …

Did I tell you what my resolutions were in that post? No. Which makes me wonder … why are you reading this one? I lied. You should have higher standards.

No, wait, don’t go away. It was a mistake … the title meant that I resolve not to make resolutions that are bound to fail.
And? …


12 Things That ADHD Is To Me

Monday, December 15th, 2014
Thinking thoughts of ADHD

Thinking thoughts of ADHD

Just what is ADHD? I know, there’s a clinical definition. But writing it out here would likely take up the whole post.

There’s examples of development shortfalls and effects that must persist, and situations that produce certain overwhelming feelings and … well, it does go on.

But maybe there’s a shorter way to say it. Or maybe it isn’t shorter, but more understandable. Maybe it would help if I gave some examples of what ADHD is.


I Can’t Seem To Hold Back Time With ADHD

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
It won't slow down ....

It won’t slow down ….

I whistle, in the dark.

I consciously look for the light places. I search for the good. I concentrate on the things I love.

And for the most part, I’m a positive person.

I make known my happy and cheerful thoughts and those thoughts come back to me from every corner of my world, magnified and multiplied by those who appreciate hearing good news in their own worlds.


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