ADHD Deadlines Are Great … Kind Of

By Kelly Babcock • 1 min read
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.

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How Much Distraction Do I Need?

By Kelly Babcock • 1 min read
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.

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The Chemistry Of ADHD

By Kelly Babcock • 1 min read
"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.

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The ADHD Butterfly Effect

By Kelly Babcock • 2 min read
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.

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ADHD And Sleep

By Kelly Babcock • 1 min read
Turn on the TV, it's time for bed ...

Turn on the TV, it’s time for bed …

ADHD is such a varied thing. There’s a grab bag of symptoms and you don’t always get the whole bag. Sometimes things that are supposed to be symptoms are so not for you that they make you wonder whether the doc was right.

I know at least two people with ADHD who are totally uncluttered and organized at their desks and in their homes. I just can’t believe, looking at their spaces, that they have ADHD. But then they speak, and trust me, they have it.

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The Scariest ADHD Things You Will Ever Hear … Or Say

By Kelly Babcock • 1 min read
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.

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ADHD Medication RePrimer

By Kelly Babcock • 2 min read
A hard pill to swallow for some ...

A hard pill to swallow for some …

How long has it been since we talked about medication? That long, eh? Well, that won’t do. Lets have a chat, shall we?

Many of you may remember that I am not pro medication, but that I’m also not against it.

I happen to know that ADHD medication has been around for a long time. I know that the established medications have been tested and that the newer ones are being tested. Rigorously tested.

I know that there are some people for whom the medications may not work. I know that there are some people for whom the medications will cause side effects.

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How Real Is ADHD?

By Kelly Babcock • 1 min read
There's no such thing as "Not ADHD!"

There’s no such thing as “Not ADHD!”

So, you’ve been hearing so called experts say that there is no such thing as ADHD. Well, I’d buy that, I guess, although, I still think I have some doubts that tell me it’s real.
Let’s start with the argument that it has been made up by pharmaceutical companies. That makes sense, I suppose. I mean, if I could make a ton of money by inventing a drug and then inventing a disorder to use that drug as a treatment for … well, sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.

But wait, there have been documented descriptions of psychological case studies that describe the symptoms of ADHD long before it was treated with stimulants. How does that fit in to this theory?

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Refresher Course On ADHD

By Kelly Babcock • 2 min read
I may be old, but I'm still bright ... sort of.

I may be old, but I’m still bright … sort of.

I’ve been doing some writing about ADHD the last five days or so. No, not this blog. Well, not just this blog.

I’ve been engaged to write a few articles on the subject.

And I’m learning some things, relearning some things, and remembering some things.

I’ve been reminded of how young this disorder is and yet how far back in history you can go and still find descriptions of it.

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ADHD & Mental Health Diagnosis As Therapy

By Kelly Babcock • 1 min read
I am!!!

I am!!!

I’ve met a lot of people who may have ADHD. Some say “I have that. Well, I’m pretty sure I do.”

Others don’t say anything, possibly not recognizing themselves as being on the spectrum.

But without a diagnosis, you really don’t have a starting point for treatment. In fact, without a diagnosis, you’re just guessing.

When I first realized I had ADHD, I was stunned. I spent long moments trying to rationalize my life up ’til this point, and other long moments trying hard to deny and disprove the theory I had managed to create. It’s a very long distance from realization to diagnosis.

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