ADHD

I Am The ADHD Boy


That’s one hundred percent true. And I don’t mean the ADHD poster boy, though I could be that too. I mean, if you need someone with ADHD, I’m the candidate you’re looking for.

“Why would I need someone with ADHD?” you’re asking yourself.

“Because we get things done!” is my answer.

Don’t laugh, I’m serious. We get things done.

The trick is to put us in the right place at the right time with the right tools. That’s no more than you’d have to do for anyone else.
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Apples And Oranges And ADHD


In our ongoing series of posts that, although not advertised as such, are aimed at debunking myths associated with ADHD, a decision has been made to address the discrepancy in ADHD diagnoses in North America and Europe.

Those who are in the camp that suggests that ADHD is made up, will point out that there is no ADHD in many European countries.

Well, you got me. That's pretty much true, as far as it goes. But they don't say why that is.

They don't mention that is that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, is not commonly used for diagnosis there. Instead, they are more likely to use a reference work produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) called the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, or ICD.
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Adult ADHD

Sudden Increase In ADHD Diagnoses Explained


If ADHD were a real disorder, we'd expect a graph of diagnoses to look like the picture on the left.

But for some reason it doesn't. It doesn't look like that at all.

In fact, the diagnosis of ADHD is a rate that has been climbing steadily for some time.

And that steady increase is viewed as suspicious by nay sayers and self appointed anti-ADHD evangelists.

And like all evangelists, they spout the selected facts out of context in a raving rant that leaves no doubt as to their convictions ... and no space or time for questions or discussion.
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It’s ADHD Times Like These


I'm only 18. If you've read much of my blog, then you've heard me say that. I haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up. You've heard me say that, too.

You've also heard me say that I'm 56 years old. And that's true as well. And you've heard me say that I've been hard on my body and it really has started to take its toll on me.


The thing is, I have to live with these truths.


And I've said all this recently, so if you're bored, I'm sorry.
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ADHD

ADHD – This Is Our Time


Fifty years ago there was no ADHD diagnosis. Now that has changed. It didn't come about suddenly, the history of the ADHD diagnosis is long and storied.

That history has included many names and descriptions over decades and centuries of documentation.

But we now have a diagnosis that is verifiable and, if not perfect, growing more accurate all the time.
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This Old ADHD Man


Go ahead, ask me how old I am. I'll happily tell you. I'm ... no wait, that can't be right. Oh yeah, I'm 56.

I always get confused, you see, I feel like I'm 18. Well, not physically, physically I feel like I'm 86.

Yeah, it's been a hard life. Having combined type ADHD means that I have been physically very active. You might say I've been kind of hard on my body.

And it doesn't help that I spent about twelve years as a devout practising alcoholic. You can't put that much alcohol through the system and expect it to bounce back completely.

And another thing about addictive substance abuse, something people with ADHD are susceptible to, it doesn't lead to smart decisions. And I don't mean which savings plan to choose or should I get a will drawn up or just let them wing it if I die. I mean day to day decisions like “I wonder if I can jump off this roof without hurting myself?” or “I wonder why so few people try walking on the top of a garden fence?” or even “I wonder what it's like to go twice the speed limit?”
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Just A Few More ADHD Questions


 Sometimes I feel like I'm some kind of detective. I've puzzled out more than my share of things regarding ADHD, had my share of “A-ha” moments, and busted my share of hoaxes.

Well, okay, I don't bust hoaxes, I usually just dis them, but they're good and dissed when I do it.

And like some of the great TV detectives, I've done my share of pondering the evidence and I've had my share of epiphanies.
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If It Is Broke, Should You Fix It?


On Wednesday I said, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it.” about people who's ADHD predated a diagnosis and who seemed to be making things work.

And I meant it. It's absolutely imperative that we recognize that ADHD is not diagnosable if there is no perceived negative impact. That's part of the diagnosis criteria ... and it's a good thing!

Someone could well have all the symptoms they need for a diagnosis. And they could also have had those symptoms since childhood, another criterion for diagnosis. But if they cannot relate to the diagnostician any negative impact, they should not be given a diagnosis.
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ADHD

ADHD, Now And Then

generation ...’,” she said.


“I see gifts and talents from their generation.”


This got her thinking, and she admitted that it seemed to be true. People from my generation (not quite as old as dirt, but close) weren’t being unproductive in life.

“I see gifts and talents from their generation.” she told me honestly.

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