ADHD Creates

By Kelly Babcock
A CD that has a song I created on it

A CD that has a song I created on it … yes I can create

There are people who say that having ADHD makes you creative. And there are those who say that that hasn’t been proven. And there are those who say that ADHD creativity is a myth.

I say that creativity is a matter of creating. And creating requires you to be able to concentrate on the process. And concentration on a single process is what is known as focus.

Having ADHD is pretty much the opposite of being able to focus, at least on things that you choose to focus on. “But we have hyperfocus.” I hear you saying. And yes, there are times when we can zone in on something But Dr. Charles Barkley suggests that “hyperfocus” is the wrong name for that.

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Random Thoughts From The Sleep Deprived ADHD Mind

By Kelly Babcock
Don't be alarmed ...

Don’t be alarmed …

Interesting how the mind works, or in some instances doesn’t work. I went to bed on Wednesday night, a tired man. I was counting on getting lots of sleep, counting heavily on it.

And sleep I did. I know this because every time I woke up I realized I’d been asleep. I’ve had this happen before, it isn’t pleasant.

Sometimes it occurs because I had my last cup of coffee for the day to long before going to bed. I need that coffee to be right before my bedtime if I’m going to count on my mind not zinging around like a bullet in a steel barrel. Counter intuitive, I know, but that’s me, your friendly neighbourhood ADHD enigma.

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I’ve Done It Again, ADHD And Overload

By Kelly Babcock
Wondering how I got into this ...

Wondering how I got into this …

I’ve told you all before how I get caught up in my schedule. Not caught up as in everything done, caught up like a fish in a net.

And I know I’ve mentioned that it seems to happen without me seeing it coming. It’s usually like a walk in the park … that suddenly results in being lost in the woods in some nightmare situation with wild animals and movie demons chasing me.

Then there’s a bunch of different colored doors but they’re all locked and I have a key but I don’t know which door it opens and it’s color is some kind of wonky plaid tie-dye …ENOUGH!

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5 Survival Tips For An ADHD Life

By Kelly Babcock
The five!

The five!

Lets face it, there are more of them then there are of us. You know them, the neuro-typicals.

So, all the magazine survival tips that are supposed to make life easier, richer, better are directed at them. Yeah, they might help us. They might help us with the things that are high on the list of the neuro-typical, but they’re not “the big ones” to us.

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Making ADHD Work ~ Part III

By Kelly Babcock
... and hopefully on time

… and hopefully on time

So, lets see. On Monday we talked about what values ADHD people might bring to the table, and I think there are lots more than the ones we covered.

Since no two of us are identical, the real point is to find the abilities that each person with ADHD has and, for want of a better term, exploit them to the advantage of all involved.

The benefits of this to the person with ADHD are great. And perhaps the least of them is gainful employment. I say this because, in my opinion, the greatest is the self worth and self esteem generated by the feeling of being an active and valued part of a functioning and successful organization.

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Making ADHD Work ~ Part II

By Kelly Babcock
Wait ... what??

Wait … what??

On Monday we had a little talk about a friend of mine who has a local business and told me about how much he valued the strengths that an employee with ADHD could bring to the table.

I asked him if he had to do anything differently to make the value evident, and he offered the following suggestions.

He suggested that lists were a bad thing. I looked at him kind of oddly, and he clarified by explaining that if a person makes a list of things they need to do, that’s fine. It’s their list, they’re invested in it. But if they are handed a list, it will get lost.

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Making ADHD Work ~ Part I

By Kelly Babcock
How to employ a winner

How to employ a winner

Last night I was at a concert. During intermission, I got talking with a friend of mine who runs a local business. I mentioned that I had a 6:30 AM deadline for my blog, and that I wasn’t sure what I’d write about.

He asked me why I didn’t just write about the fact that anyone who wants their business to be a success should hire someone with ADHD.

I looked at him like I had questions … which I did. I took out my pen and pad of paper and said “What makes you say that?”

So he began to tell me the reasons someone with ADHD was, in his opinion, essential to running a successful business.

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How Did I Get So Old

By Kelly Babcock
Younger than I feel, older than I remember

Younger than I feel, older than I remember

I need to write this post quickly, before I forget what I’m writing about. Wait, is that old age that causes that?

Or is it ADHD. In actuality, I’m only 55 … but geez, even saying that makes me think “Who? Me? 55? Really?”

You see, I feel, mentally that I’m 18. Also, I feel emotionally like I’m 25. All right, all right, 22.

And while I have, in fact, a rather remarkable memory for things that have happened and for mostly useless bits of trivia, I don’t remember enough to be able to feel like I’ve lived for 55 years.

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On The Road Of Life With ADHD

By Kelly Babcock
Get on board the magic bus ...

Get on board the magic bus …

I’ve noticed that a lot of ADHD references involve transit. Dr. Edward Hallowell often talks about us having Ferrari engines and bicycle brakes.

I’ve talked about our thoughts being like the tracks in a rail yard where all the switches randomly shunt our focus around from one siding to another.

And we all know how rapid our minds can work, jetting from one place to another with little use for tickets, passports or connection schedules.

So it’s little wonder that I got thinking about my ADHD yesterday while I rode the bus.

I guess I should tell you first off, I’ve never ridden the bus in my town before yesterday. So naturally, when a thing called “Transit Tuesday” came up, I got myself a one dollar day long bus pass and I got me onto the bus.

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There Are Things I Need In My Life

By Kelly Babcock
... you get what you need

… you get what you need

Being a rural Canadian, there are naturally some things I need. I need to see the Canadians play hockey whenever they’re playing on the world stage.

I need to be submersed in fresh water several times each summer season, and that doesn’t mean in swimming pools.

I need some snow each year, and I need some sun. It’s the way it is. I can’t help it.

Being a person with ADHD, there are other things I naturally need. I need to be challenged in order to be able to focus. I need notes in order to be able to keep track of things I’d easily forget, and sometimes still do.

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