I’ve been racking my brains trying to figure out why I can’t think of an April Fool’s Day post. I love writing humor, why would this be so hard?
This morning on Twitter one of my wise and wonderful Twitter peeps pointed out the obvious: her ADHD son has been dreading April Fool’s Day for weeks. Aha!
April Fool’s Day with ADHD is no joke.
How can you get creative and have fun with a day that scares the hell out of you? Writer’s block was inevitable.
In ADHD and Gullibility – Part I I shared an incident where I nearly got caught by a telephone scam artist. Those of us with ADHD might be smart, but unfortunately that doesn’t inoculate us against being taken advantage of.
In today’s post I’ll explain why we can be sitting ducks for practical jokers, scammers, and con-artists, and what to do about it.
As kids, a lot of us with ADHD were either drowning in social awkwardness; having too much fun splashing in the pool; or too busy fantasizing about sailing the seven seas to have learned to read social cues.
In Yoga and ADHD Treatment – Part I, I talked about some similarities between the discipline of yoga and ADHD treatment. Today, I’ll cover some specific yoga components that might be helpful in managing ADHD symptoms.
Be prepared for some surprises!
Besides wearing comfy, funky Lululemon clothes (with the notable exception of the see-through pants, that’s just not a good look for me), I gained a lot of positive benefits from my experience as a member of a Kripalu Yoga Centre oh-so-many years ago.
Last year, I stepped up my commitment to yoga practice. For inspiration, I picked up a book called The Yoga of the Yogi, written by Kausthub Desikachar.
Desikachar’s book fuelled my hypothesis that yoga has the potential to be tremendously helpful to those of us with the Gift.
The popularized notion of yoga leads us to believe that it’s merely a form of exercise where we turn ourselves into human pretzels and balloon animals. As fun as that sounds, yoga is much more than that, and its primary focus is the mind, not the body.
yoga is to direct the mind on a chosen focus and maintain that focus without distraction
- from the Yoga Sutra by historic yoga master Patanjali, as quoted in The Yoga of the Yogi
I am aware that some people with ADHD are perfectly capable of managing in the kitchen. I am not one of them, especially if someone else is in the kitchen with me. This might help you understand how Christmas 2013 put my ADKD (Attention Deficit Kitchen Disorder) to the test on a scale heretofore unimagined.
Like every year for the past several, once again I got together with my dear friend Elaine for Christmas. Unlike every other year, Elaine and I were on our own making the Christmas feast. Did I mention we both have ADHD?
Worse, we were both unmedicated. This is not my usual state, and my ADHD fog was thicker than the gravy. This did not help my already flagging confidence in the combined abilities of Elaine and me in regard to our kitchen prowess. For several days before the actual event, I started to think our plans to cook this festive meal together were ho-ho-hopeless.
In ADHD According to Zoë, I shared some of the non-pharmaceutical ways I treat, or even capitalize on, my ADHD traits.
One way is through improvisational comedy classes. What better place to channel impulsivity, quick-thinking, and high energy into something creative?
As an undiagnosed 20-something, my first taste of improv was at a Theatresports group. Many moons and one ADHD diagnosis later, once again I’m taking improv classes.
I looked forward to being in a safe, non-judgmental place where unfiltered blurting was not just accepted, it was expected as part of the skill set. Little did I realize – now that I’m post-ADHD diagnosis, improv class can mean oh-so-much more.
It’s often said that acting is a great career for people with ADHD. After all, it’s a job with constant change: costumes, locations, and roles. Anything but boring, right? (and we all know that people with ADHD actually can die from boredom).
I too assumed it was the highly stimulating nature of the work that made acting such a great job for people with ADHD.
I was wrong.
Okay, partially wrong. I’m sure the frequent change-ups are great. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: there’s another reason.
So far, I’ve only been diagnosed with ADHD. On the other hand, the number and severity of my ADHD traits once caused a friend to pronounce me “President of the Club.” A dubious honor at best.
During ADHD Awareness Month, for those of you struggling with more than just ADHD I thought I’d introduce you to some of my colleagues at Psych Central. If you haven’t already read their blogs, you’re missing out.
This weekend, my friend Elaine came over and together we refurbished my shed. (Ok, mostly I got in the way and held stuff and she used her power tools and ample woodworking skills, but still, I supervised).
Saturday was sunny and warm and our work went smoothly. Then, the darkening skies found me holding a flashlight and Elaine rushing to finish attaching one wall to the shed’s framework. The opposite side was stripped down to the frame so we put the plywood sheet inside to deter any would-be thieves (even though it was unlikely I’d be robbed).
Our brief exchange stayed in my mind for hours after we parted. I wonder: how do HSPs (Highly Sensitive People) and emotionally hypersensitive ADHDers cope with the elephant in the room? The obvious answer is we jump on and ride her out into the wild again.
Nowadays, it’s not just elephants who need protection when they’re out in the wild.