Archives for ADHD Symptoms
Most of us (thank goodness) aren’t plagued by ADHD in every area of our lives. For example, I’ve heard from women who are successfully managing a law career, but fall apart when it comes to managing their home life. Some have relationship success, but struggle when it comes to meeting deadlines, getting organized, and arriving at work on time.
Who says you can’t have it all?
Don O'Brien via Compfight If I had to list my relationship with time on Facebook, I’d have to choose, “It’s complicated.” Shortly after my late-in-life diagnosis, I learned my ADHD brain was to blame. Sure, it was great to be absolved of time-management guilt, but I was pretty sure the rest of the world would still expect me to arrive on time, ADHD or not, so I poured over ADHD books seeking time-management tips.
RussellReno via Compfight I’ve been thinking since my last post about the issue of ADHD and ADHD look-alikes. I’ve written about them before, but found myself taken by surprise at recent events in my life. For example, ADHD and depression often go together. While I’ve never been diagnosed with clinical depression, I know plenty who have been, including those who are doubly endowed with both.
Hamish Irvine via Compfight “Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was...” I’m not Catholic, but that whole confession thing speaks to me right now. Let’s try it like this: Forgive me, Dear Readers, for I have sinned neglected my blog. My last confession post was two months, three weeks, and two days ago and these are my sins issues:
When I was diagnosed with ADHD late in life, a series of tumultuous emotions washed over me, from relief to regret, from anger to embarrassment, from shame to sorrow. It was several years before I realized how undiagnosed ADHD might have affected my beleaguered adoptive mom.
A towel rack for someone who loves double-entendres.The calendar days are dwindling down. Winter Solstice will soon be upon us and once more, the light will return. Still, I procrastinate. All year I've told myself, Tomorrow, I’ll go swimming. With the New Year fast approaching, I’m starting to panic. What if this year closes, and I haven’t started on my goal? Why not make it a New Year’s resolution? I thought, seduced by the age-old tradition of setting our sights on a fresh start in the New Year.
Kevin Dooley via Compfight Christmas is a time of abundance. This may be especially true for those of us with ADHD. Yes, there is more chocolate (always a good thing). But there’s also more impulsivity and more serious consequences for the future. Unless you want a diet, an overdrawn bank account, and emotional burnout in your post-holiday future, heightened impulsivity will not serve you well at this time. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, or nothing at all: there’s more. More of being overwhelmed. More distraction. More emotional stress. More disorganization, more time management challenges, more opportunities for social faux pas.
What we do need more ofSo how do we avoid getting more of the ADHD “gifts” that we’d rather return? When asking for gifts this year, just remember that “S” does not just stand for “Santa:” it’s also for simplicity, support, supplements, serenity, and surrender: five things we do need more of.
Brandon Warren via Compfight “What will it take to get you here on time?” I cringed when I heard that question. It wasn’t directed at me, but it had been in the past. I cringed with recognition. I cringed with embarrassment for the person it was directed at. And I cringed because I knew, had I been asked a decade ago, I’d have no answer.
Sometimes I feel like I don’t have to explain ADHD at all. Just watch me live my life, and you’ll pretty much have it. I don’t mean “have it” as in have it. ADHD, thank goodness, is not contagious (as far as we know, but to watch some people’s reactions when I tell them I’ve got it, you'd think it was). My life is in and of itself a pretty good crash course on how ADHD looks to the outside world. Let me share with you some, we'll call them "highlights" although I'm pretty sure that's not the right term, from last week’s ADHD roadtrip to illustrate what I mean. My mini-speaking tour was truly exemplary when it comes to walking the talk and living la vida loca (which, come to think of it, would make a marvelous theme song for ADHD).