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7 Great ADHD Gifts I’d Like to See

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

mood ring 2‘Tis the season of giving. The perfect gift for me would be something to help me with the day-to-day circus that is life with ADHD. Something like, say, these fine (and fictitious) products. If only!


Holiday Abundance and ADHD

Monday, December 8th, 2014

The warm glow of a winter house 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 of

So 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.


Psych Central ADHD Webinar Roundup

Monday, November 24th, 2014

ADHD coachingI’ve been hosting webinars for Psych Central for a while now. Did you know we have a growing library of archived webinars?

A number of experts, both in-house and special guest experts have covered a wide variety of topics in addition to ADHD, such as codependency, narcissism, the psychology of success, mindfulness and more – so please check our YouTube Channel if there is another subject that interests you.

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing links and information about ADHD-related topics that we’ve covered in the past.


ADHD Time Management: What Will It Take To Get You There On Time?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Alice in Wonderland: White Rabbit - I Never Ever Ever Do a Thing About the Weather 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.


ADHD Awareness Month Road Trip

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
In spite of ADHD, Zoë presents about ADHD

In spite of ADHD, Zoë presents about ADHD

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).


Happy ADHD Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

adhd-zoe-book6So how did you feel when you read the word happy?

You might have smirked and thought, “Who is she kidding?” Or maybe you thought, “What the heck are we celebrating? My ADHD never did anything good for me.” Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who saw the words Happy ADHD Awareness Month and simply smiled and thought, “You too Zoe.”


ADHD Coaching: Everything You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask (Upcoming Webinar)

Friday, September 19th, 2014
mark jones anchored awareness adhd coaching

Mark Jones, ADHD Coach

I’ve been sharing a few updates about my ADHD coaching experience here at my blog. Now, it’s your turn!

Mark Jones, from Anchored Awareness Coaching, has offered up his time and experience to present a webinar for us this Monday, September 22 at 7 p.m. ET to talk about ADHD coaching: what it is (and isn’t), and to answer your questions.

I invited Mark because I still have a few questions about ADHD coaching myself. I’ve come to know several ADHD coaches over the years, and it seems that their styles and approaches, while offering the same or similar basics, also differ somewhat.

I guess it’s appropriate that coaches take different approaches. After all, every one of us with ADHD is unique in our challenges, strengths and personalities, even though we too have a through line that makes us all – well – a tribe.

So how do you know which coach is the right coach for you?


5 Ways to Happiness Through the ADHD Golden Rule

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

adhd_ahead1aLearning about ADHD late in life has taught me a few things about how I’d like to be treated. There were many times in the past (before my diagnosis) that things might have gone more smoothly if I’d understood myself better, and what I needed from others.

This got me thinking: maybe the way I’d like to be treated would work for others too.

That’s when I came up with my ADHD Golden Rule:


Coronation Street: Examining the Usual (ADHD) Suspects

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Zoe Kessler with a TiaraI’ve been asked by readers to follow up on the ever-evolving Coronation Street plot featuring 7 (or 8, depending on the source) year-old Max as a potential candidate for the dreaded ADHD diagnosis.

So here’s the promised update (as of the Canadian programming schedule; further episodes have aired elsewhere and, spoiler alert, it looks like Max goes on medication and it helps).

Sugar and spice and tv’s not nice… apparently…

So far we’ve got television and ice cream as two alleged culprits cited as the source of Max’s behavior. The usual suspects. But what do the experts say?


Sensitive: A Documentary for HSP’s

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The countdown is on! Seven days are all that’s left to change the world for the better.

But let me begin at the beginning.

Being diagnosed with ADHD at 47 was a revelation. It explained so much about my life, there was no way I could imagine having another experience that paralleled the insights from learning about ADHD (for example, why the only part about Martha Stewart I could understand was the jail part; at the time of my diagnosis I was about five years behind in my income tax).


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