Overwhelm Me Now, I Can Take It

By Kelly Babcock
A bit more than I can handle at times

A bit more than I can handle at times

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post on being overwhelmed. Actually, it was partly a post on being overwhelmed and partly a post on how not to be overwhelmed, how to fix that situation.
It was also a post on using the word “overwhelm” as a noun, something I’ve heard some of the leaders of our ADHD community do, but I’m still uncomfortable with that.

In that post I pointed out that a friend, one who doesn’t have ADHD, was able to simply point out the next obvious step while I and another friend, one who does have ADHD, were overwhelmed by the inability to isolate that next logical step.

It’s likely a prioritizing thing. And I’m still lousy at that. But I have discovered that if I just pick a step to take, it’s priority will promptly become obvious.

If it’s the wrong one, I just have to back peddle (and hope that I haven’t ruined anything).

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ADHD Can Be Cured By What?

By Kelly Babcock
I'm going to eat this ...

I’m going to eat this …

On Wednesday I published a post in which I said that you can’t cure ADHD with diet.

RonH commented, “Actually, it may be possible to cure ADHD with diet. ADHD is not a disease, but a set of behavioral symptoms. If you are lucky enough to have a doctor who will do a thorough ‘differential diagnosis’, it is often possible to locate and treat the underlying cause of ADHD symptoms. [...]” and so on.

He goes on to talk about a doctor with a book and a diet cure, of course.

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The Best ADHD Medicine Is …

By Kelly Babcock
In search of a cure

In search of a cure

There are lots of treatments for ADHD out there. Sadly, lots of them are drek!

There are the mental exercises that I like to call “mind games” because that’s pretty much all they are. I don’t deny that they help you. They may make you more capable and confident and that’s worth lots. But they will not cure or even treat your ADHD.

However, being more capable and confident should reduce stress. And ADHD is a context sensitive disorder, stress makes the symptoms more intense and more frequent. So reducing stress should be part of an ADHD treatment regimen.

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Speed Is Relative … Even Mine

By Kelly Babcock
Relative infinity

Relative infinity

I know several couples where one half is diagnosed as having ADHD and the other is not. But on observing the so called Neuro-Typical or NT component of those relationships by themselves, I’m sometimes left wondering if perhaps they aren’t possibly worthy of a diagnosis themselves.

The earth’s circumference is 24,901.55 miles at the equator. If you are standing at the equator, not moving in relation to the ground on which you stand, you are considered to be still. But, since the earth rotates one complete turn every 24 hours, then any given spot at the equator is travelling at 1037.56 miles per hour, and so are you.

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Blog Entry, June 27, 2014

By Kelly Babcock
Dear D̶i̶a̶r̶y̶

Dear D̶i̶a̶r̶y̶

Dear Blog:

First, I have to say, it’s been two days since I last wrote in here.

Those two days have been hectic ones to say the least. I spent one working hard and running from job to job and the other looking for work, but not finding any.

So, hectic days. Yep, that’s right, pretty much normal.

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I Like The Rain And Other Quirky ADHDisms

By Kelly Babcock
Yep ...

Yep …

There are people who like the rain. And I’m one of them. My liking the rain has to do with it limiting my distractions when I’m driving.

I like close ceilings of cloud cover that touch the ground and limit visibility to an adequate distance for driving safely, say three to four hundred yards.

I like this because it means I’m not staring off at distant vistas and ignoring traffic in front of me.

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ADHD Parents: Stop Blaming Yourselves

By Kelly Babcock
Me and my mother ...

Me and my mother …

I had a great childhood, but I had a rough time anyway.

When I was growing up, we didn’t know about ADHD. That was partly because we lived in a somewhat remote area, but mostly because ADHD had not been defined at that point as ADHD.

Back then, it was called Minimal Brain Dysfunction, and we certainly had never heard of that.

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7 ADHD Things I Think We May Have In Common

By Kelly Babcock
At least, I think we do ...

At least, I think we do …

Symptoms. You’re saying we have symptoms in common, and of course you’re right. I thought the same thing when I first considered this title.

For instance, if you have ADHD – Predominantly Inattentive type, then we possibly share being distracted, forgetful and disorganized. We are likely to have poor concentration and spend more time than we should daydreaming. Oh, and we may also have difficulty completing tasks. Lucky us.

If you have ADHD – Predominantly Hyperactive type, then we possibly share a tendency towards excessive fidgeting, and being restless. We might share hyperactive, and we probably have difficulty waiting in line or staying seated when needs dictate that we should. We might also have a tendency toward , immature and/or destructive behavior. (Who? Me?)

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I Need A Break From ADHD

By Kelly Babcock
Break Time!

Break Time!

I get that I’m a busy guy because I have a busy mind. I’m okay with that.

And I’m okay with the fact that I don’t finish my projects because my mind is always leading me away to begin others.

You see, I need lots of things going on to keep me from dying of boredom. And before you say that no one has ever died of boredom, are you sure?

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Pride Is Pride, Whether It’s Yours Or Mine!

By Kelly Babcock
Communities? Make mine inclusive.

Communities? Make mine inclusive.

On Saturday I went to a Pride picnic in my town. I have some friends in the LGBT community and the annual celebration is for members of this community and their friends.

I know what being marginalized is like. I know what being judged for who and what you are is like. And I don’t think it’s right.

Now I’m not suggesting that people with ADHD have been treated as badly as the lesbian/gay/bisexual and transgender community. There is absolute vehemence and intolerance in this world directed towards members of this community.

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