Snowed Under With ADHD

By Kelly Babcock
Why is it always about time?

Why is it always about time?

It’s November here in Canada, and for many of us that means snow coming. Some of us already have it, those farther north, this is a big country.

The thing that is upseting to me about snow, is not the thing that upsets the vast majority of people who are bothered by the stuff.

The thing that upsets me is time.

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Divide And Conquer ADHD Overwhelmishness

By Kelly Babcock
I can't deal with all this right now ...

I can’t deal with all this right now …

What is being overwhelmed for someone with ADHD? For us, being overwhelmed can be a sensation that spans the spectrum from annoyance to paralysis.

It is the feeling that the task or situation in front of us is beyond our ability to cope with.

And it is the thing that can bring even our racing minds to a halt. Not stopped, so much as stuck, like a car in the mud.

The cause is usually a situation where we have something that needs to be done, but the order of sub-tasks is not clear.

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The Zeroth Law Of ADHD

By Kelly Babcock
My three favorite robots, R2D2, C3PO, and ADHDroid ... ooops, looks like someone's late

My three favorite robots, R2D2, C3PO, and ADHDroid … ooops, looks like someone’s late

I have ADHD. You also may have ADHD. Or maybe you know someone who does.

That’s what this blog is about. At least, that’s what it’s usually about.

Sometimes, though, I talk about other things. Sometimes I talk about how things relate to ADHD, rather than talking about ADHD.

Today, I want to talk about a writer named Isaac Asimov.

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Restless Body Syndrome or ADHD, Hyperactive Type

By Kelly Babcock
Not quite toast yet ...

Not quite toast yet …

I was leaning against the kitchen counter yesterday morning, waiting for the toaster to pop and wondering what today’s blog post should be about.

As is often the case, I thought “No worries, something will come to me.”

I relaxed and let my mind wander, which is to say I let go of it and it started whirling around with a thousand thoughts.

I noticed, not for the first time in my life, and not likely for the last time, that every two or three seconds, my legs would tense like I was about to go somewhere. I also noticed my arms would flex like they were prepared to assist my body in balancing as I started to move.

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ADHD Has Been Good To Me

By Kelly Babcock
Well, it builds strong character ...

Well, it builds strong character …

Yes, ADHD has made me the success I am today. Without it I’d be … well, I’d not be me. I’d be someone else.

And who that person I might have been is, I will never know.

The question is, would I have been that much better off if I didn’t have ADHD?

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ADHD On Standby

By Kelly Babcock
Am I under control?

Am I under control?

My stereo has three modes, on, off, and standby. When it’s off, it is right off. When it’s on, and when I manage to have the right combination of controls in the right place, it plays music, news, sports, and weather for me.

When it’s on standby, it is supposedly ready to fire up instantly, just turn it on and it is working.

And it is. It’s just instant. But it can’t turn itself on, it has to be done by me.

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The Autumn Of An ADHD Life

By Kelly Babcock
Life is starting to feel matured ... even if I'm not

Life is starting to feel matured … even if I’m not

I have no idea if I’m in the autumn of my life, in ways it really feels like I am, but in other ways it still feels like spring for me.

It’s truly difficult to reconcile wondering how I’m going to finance retirement in 10 years with wondering what I should be when I grow up.

And I’m still not sure what the requirements are for grading a life. Will mine be considered a success? Or will it be a failure?

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The Layers Of ADHD Life Are Not So Neat

By Kelly Babcock
Layers of shingles ... I think i did all right.

Layers of shingles … I think i did all right.

There are days when I go to work and, if the planets are aligned, I’ve eaten enough protein, and quaffed enough coffee, things fall into place smoothly.

Even if there are troubles at work, if I’m not stressed or in an ADHD fog, I can meet them and roll with the punches they bring.

These are the good days, the very good days.

And both of them were very memorable …

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It’s Not That I Have Too Much Time On My Hands

By Kelly Babcock
Sometimes, despite being on the job, you just have to stop and make a butyl caulking mouse sculpture with baneberry eyes and maple leaf stem whiskers

Sometimes, despite being on the job, you just have to stop and make a butyl caulking mouse sculpture with baneberry eyes and maple leaf stem whiskers

I’ve heard it many times … “You’ve got to much time on your hands!”

Often I hear it at the end of some project that was absolutely not necessary, was totally too time consuming, and was impossible for me not to engage in.

That’s right. I could no more stop myself than I could fly to the moon. No, I lie, I could have stopped myself, but that would not have made me more productive.

I’ve learned to gauge distractions and determine if the engagement would take less of my time than the attempt to ignore the distraction.

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I’m Thankful That ADHD Means Having Regrets

By Kelly Babcock
Thankful for another year ...

Thankful for another year …

It’s Thanksgiving here in Canada, and soon it will be Thanksgiving in the U.S.A.

Maybe we could be thankful for something unique. What about our regrets?

What regrets you ask? Well, for starters, we forget. We get distracted. We make poor decisions. We practise deluding ourselves. And as a result, our lives suffer.

But all these things are parts of many peoples lives. True, we do these things and others to extreme. But it’s the phrase “we do these things” that is at the root of our regrets. We make bad choices, bad decisions.

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