3 Legal Non–Prescription Stimulants For ADHD

By Kelly Babcock
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.

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Fun By Design: Dial Turned Up To ADHD

By Kelly Babcock
Off to work again ...

Off to work again …

There are reputedly lots of people in the entertainment industry with ADHD.

Why is that? Good question, let’s discuss that.

Let’s consider the high of performing. Taking chances provides a buzz that is addictive to us. And one of our go-to self medications is adventure/adrenaline.

And the instant gratification of success on stage is, well, pretty instant … and pretty gratifying.

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Comply Or Defy, ADHD Reaction To Routine And Structure

By Kelly Babcock
Getting to the bottom of things

Getting to the bottom of things

I’ve written about routine and structure before. I’ve blatantly stated: “Structure good, routine bad!”

And I’ve explained it. Structure allows some freedom within it’s confines, providing more of a guide to life. Routine allows no freedoms, providing instead a regimen that allows no room for creativity or variety.

But even structure can be somewhat stultifying. If structure provides a guide, for instance, to let you know what needs to be done, once you start taking care of those things you perceive a schedule or routine.

Once that routine is perceived, you’re going to do one of two things. You will comply, or you will defy.

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16 Quirks Of ADHD

By Kelly Babcock
The things we're known for ...

The things we’re known for …

We are unique. We are unusual. We are people with ADHD.

Some people say we’re no more creative then others. Well, we may not be more creative, but if we aren’t, we are more likely to let our creativity flow unchecked. I call that a plus, though it does often preclude us doing other things we should be doing.

We also have drawbacks common to ourselves. We are more likely to miss appointments then those without ADHD. We are more susceptible to unwanted pregnancy and more likely to visit the emergency room.

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No ADHD Excuses … Well, Maybe Just One

By Kelly Babcock
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.

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All Apples Are Round! ADHD Thoughts

By Kelly Babcock
Pondering bad logic

Pondering bad logic

I detest false logic. I particularly detest its use in the marketing of so called “ADHD cures.”

You know the stuff I’m talking about, “My son goes wild whenever he eats certain foods. My son has ADHD. Therefore, if you keep your child from eating these foods your problems will be solved. … What foods? Why, the ones I’ve listed in my book for just $29.95. And don’t take my word for it, here’s five carefully selected testimonials …”

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A Day In The Life With ADHD

By Kelly Babcock

A play in seven thousand acts.

 

Comedy? Or tragedy?

Comedy? Or tragedy?

Script:

Act 1:

Scene 1:

Kelly is walking towards patio door. In right hand is coffee. In left hand is bowl of cereal. Through the door we see his computer on a patio table beside his deck lounge. He is hurrying to put down the things he is carrying because he has suddenly thought of something he also needs, something that will help him do something that he thinks is a great thing, a great idea. He walks out onto deck, sets down coffee and bowl, turns back excitedly to door.

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Procrastination Is An Island In Denial

By Kelly Babcock
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.

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ADHD Is Not A Benign Disorder

By Kelly Babcock
I'm glad there's a consensus

I’m glad there’s a consensus

You may have heard me quote from the International Consensus Statement on ADHD from January 2002 before. I rather like what it has to say. Basically, it tells us that there isn’t the “the jury is out” scenario that some journalists would have us believe.

I borrowed the title of this blog post from that statement. The full quote I wanted to use as a title was too long …
ADHD is not a benign disorder. For those it afflicts, ADHD can cause devastating problems.”

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I Am Not Overwhelmed Just Because I Have ADHD!

By Kelly Babcock
Portrait of a busy boy

Portrait of a busy boy

I just spent a very long weekend. Actually, I spent a long week leading up to the weekend. I mentioned I’ve been working as a volunteer, helping to get the 39th Annual Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival ready.

Well, we succeeded. But my writing suffered. I missed my deadline last Monday, and again today. I still published, but late.

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