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Halloween is EVERY Day with ADHD

Monday, October 31st, 2011
Why, yes. I DID draw this myself as a matter of fact... ©Zoë Kessler, 2011

Why, yes. I DID draw this myself as a matter of fact... ©Zoë Kessler, 2011

Halloween. Samhain. All Hallows Eve. All Souls’ Day. Whatever you call it, it would be all too easy to be negative about ADHD today. It’s a nightmare; it’s like being one of the living dead; it’s no treat.

I’d like to offer another perspective on ADHD as I anticipate tonight’s onslaught of goblins and ghouls.


ADHD Women as Role Models

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Zoë learning to play bass; being an unconventional ADHD woman at age 52

Zoë learning to play bass ©Photo by Jake Chegahno 2011

Before my diagnosis (at 47) I spent decades wondering why I couldn’t do what other women did. You know: really complicated stuff like getting to work on time; finding a skirt and a top that matched; or high-functioning things like throwing a party or holding down a job.

And keeping a tidy, organized house? Forget it.

When I first discovered how my ADHD had left me in the dust when it came to dusting, I found it kind of depressing.

Officially, we’ve dropped the expectation that women must do it all: housework, childrearing, social organizing, etc. But let’s face it – most of us still try. If 9-to-5ers without ADHD lament not being able to keep up, try being me. (That was rhetorical, unless you’re a masochist.)

Admitting defeat…sort of

Prior to diagnosis, I’d adopted the persona of an eccentric renegade. This was my way to save face while admitting to myself that I’d never be as organized or competent as other women. On the inside, I had a secret agenda. So secret, in fact, that even I didn’t know it.


ADHD Awareness Week In Progress!

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
Zoë Kessler, Chick ADD

Zoë Kessler, Chick ADD

How’s ADHD Awareness Week going for you?

So far, I’ve participated  in Terry Matlen’s Q and A on “Women with ADD” at her site Moms with ADD/ADHD and checked out Linda Roggli’s ADHD & Work teleseminar with guest speaker Wilma Fellman.

I’ve also been paying WAY more attention to my Twitter feed, just to find out what’s going on and what I might want to tune in to. I found Dr. Ned Hallowell’s podcast there and listened in.


Generic Versus Name Brand Medications: Are They Equal?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

generics versus brand name medications: are they the same?A while back I wrote about generic versus patented Concerta, a long-acting stimulant drug used to treat ADHD. Recently, as I was filling out a questionnaire for Canadian adults with ADHD at Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC), this very topic came up.

I just about choked when I read the question, have you contacted Health Canada about being switched to the generic substitute? Why no, I thought; I had no idea I could do that.


ADHD Multimodal Treatment: Soul Food, Part II

Monday, October 17th, 2011
My dad, my ADHD coach, my mentor, my friend

1960: My dad, my ADHD coach, my mentor, my friend; lifting me up, as always

ADHDers never give up. Ever. At least, that’s what I’ve noticed. Me, and a lot of therapists and professionals who work with us.

Even so, we’re only human. The combined effort of life’s usual troubles, plus the extra layer of ADHD challenges can sometimes overwhelm us.

That’s why I’ve started to explore and share some personal sources of inspiration, and am encouraging you to do the same. Last week, I started with the Goddess Diana, the personification of aiming for goals and living in harmony with nature.

Today, I’m sharing a more earth-bound source of hope and inspiration:  my dad.


Zoë’s Pet Peeves: Top 10 Reasons Why I Didn’t Get A Post Written Today

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Zoë's Pet PeevesIt’s been one of  “those” days. We all have ‘em. It’s 1:51 p.m. I’ve started and stopped my Pet Peeve for today about 20 times over the past six days. Still nothing.

Not only have I started to write the post, then stopped, I’ve changed the topic about 10 times. Much of this was due to new and unplanned disruptions, most of them emotionally draining and time-consuming to address. Some of them involved others who were also affected, and the whole mess turned into a cauldron of Sensitive Stew which made us all sick. Today, suffering from psychic Salmonella, I’ve been unable to quell the queasiness in my stomach, to turn off the tossing in my brain and settle on my planned Pet Peeve du jour.

Let’s examine why I haven’t been successful at bringing you today’s Pet Peeve. Make that, at why today’s Pet Peeve is my inability to create a Pet Peeve. Or something like that…


ADHD Multimodal Treatment: Soul Food, Part I

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Finding the natural rhythms of life: ADHD in tune with natureI mentioned on World Health Day that I’d like to share a few personal sources of faith and inspiration that have helped sustain me as I’ve learned to manage and live with ADHD.

Specialists agree that treating ADHD with a variety of approaches, including medication, exercise, coaching, and others, is the best way to manage ADHD symptoms.  I’d like to add attending to your spiritual / inner life as an important component in treating ADHD in a holistic way, addressing mind, body, and spirit.

I’m hoping that sharing some of my sources for inspiration and faith will help you think about yours. You might even want to expand your repertoire of resources to turn to for spiritual succor.


Mental Health Day: Drawing From the Well

Monday, October 10th, 2011
ADHD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, we're all in it together.

We are not alone

I’ve been thinking a lot about inspiration lately, and about faith. As we recognize World Mental Health Day here at Psych Central, I’m aware that conditions for those of us who struggle with emotional challenges vary widely around the globe. Right here in Canada, it’s the luck of the draw whether or not you’ll find a practitioner who is qualified to treat you, let alone to diagnose.

While appropriate treatment and services to support those of us who are struggling with mental health issues may or may not be available, there is one thing all of us share, no matter where we live: sources for faith and inspiration.


ADHD Conferences, Classes and Coffee Klatsches

Thursday, October 6th, 2011
ADHD conferences, classes, and teleseminars

Step away from the desk, Zoë!

I started writing this blog post a few days ago, but got interrupted. Lame, I know. Some of the events I listed are over already. I meant well. I really did.

*sigh*

I decided to list this stuff anyway, in case there were podcasts that might be available after the fact. AND – I want you to know the kinds of  things that are going on. A lot of these events are annual, or more frequent, and I still think it’s important for you to know about them.


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