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Girl Guides – ADHD Style!

Friday, January 20th, 2012
Girl Guides and ADHD...they gave a badge for starting fires, but I don't think that's what they meant...

Did someone say “Starting fires?”

Girl Guides. They had me at “fire-starting.”

Did you go to Girl Guides when you were a young ADHD girl? I did, and I loved it. Turns out a lot of the skills I learned in guiding were handy for a budding ADHDer. The camping trips didn’t hurt, either.

What’s not to love?

There was the aforementioned fire-starting (initially, the leaders and I had different ideas about that. We worked it out.)

Then there was financial management. I discovered that if I spent my dues on candy before the meeting, I’d be too hepped-up and sent home. I decided to pay my dues. Besides, I didn’t want to lie about losing my money. I actually did lose it often enough as it was.

8 Gifts for ADHD Kids

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
Chick A-D-D Zoë Kessler, 1962

Chick A-D-D Zoë, Christmas, 1962 (I'm the little drama queen in the front)

I’ve been feeling pretty nostalgic this Christmas. In particular, I’m remembering what it was like being a hyperactive little girl with undiagnosed ADHD.

Based on on my research and my experience as an adult with ADHD, I’d like to suggest the following gifts that parents can give to their ADHD kids, both during the holidays and throughout the year.

I know these gifts aren’t “one size fits all,” but I’m pretty sure most of them would have been great for me. Maybe some (or all) of them would be good for your son or daughter, too.

Reefer Madness: Parenting ADHD Kids

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Reefer Madness: Keeping your ADHD kids off illegal drugs with appropriate ADHD medication and ADHD diagnosis and treatmentOk, Universe. I can take a hint. Twice in the past week I’ve found myself talking to concerned adults (one parent, one teacher) about the connection between marijuana use by teenagers and young adults and ADHD.

This tells me that there’s still not enough out there on this topic, so I’m devoting today’s blog post to the subject. I’ve written about ADHD and self-medicating in previous posts (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Part II: Drugs), but obviously it’s important to keep talking about it.

One concern that’s expressed time and time again by parents of ADHDers is that if they put their ADHD kids on medication, especially stimulant medications, before long, the kid’ll be smoking dope, snorting coke, and chomping on ‘shrooms. The fear is that legit ADHD drugs will act as a gateway drug, a one-way ticket to la-la land.

Why I Like the Flu

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Creative Commons Licence Photo Credit anna gutermuth

I just figured out why I like being sick.

I admit, it’s partly the dreamy, germ-induced haze I’m enveloped in. It’s much quieter than when I’m healthy and thoughts are bombarding me like electrons in a quantum physics experiment.

I know, that sounds weird. But honestly, it’s a complete relief not to have to live up my rigorous agenda or perfectionistic standards. I’m just too weak and tired to give a damn. And frankly, it’s the most peaceful and relaxed I’ve been in a long time.

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 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.

ADHD Olympics

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

ADHD OlympicsI was thinking about how many awards events there are out there: Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, heck, there are even child beauty pageants (ew) and an Olympics just for farmers!

While a lot of us with ADHD started off with high aspirations and great expectations, by the time we’re diagnosed as adults we can feel downright demoralized. Sometimes we feel like we’ll never excel at anything. This is depressing.

So – how about an ADHD Olympics? At least if we had our own Olympics, we’d have a chance at a gold medal.

Zoë’s Pet Peeves: Dumb-Ass Stuff People Say to Me About ADHD

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Zoë's Pet Peeves: Dumb-ass Stuff People Say to Me About ADHDOk, I admit, maybe they’re not referring to my ADHD per se.

Ya, they are. You might have heard some (or all) of these, too. Didn’t you wish you had some quick response at the ready? Feel free to use any (or all) of these, any time. You’re welcome.

Invent This…ADHD Brilliant Ideas

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
ADHD Anti-Distraction Blinders

ADHD Anti-Distraction Blinders

I’m looking for a partner for my million dollar ideas. Everyone knows every ADHDer is brilliant, creative and entrepreneurial, right?  So says the media.

The bad part is, we’re big on ideas, short on follow-through. That’s why I need an entrepreneurial type to take my brilliant ideas and run with them.

A solution came to me while driving home last night. My creative juices were flowing. Or maybe it was sweat. The heat wave, after all, hadn’t broken yet, so who can say? Point is, all this sweating and thinking and driving through the rolling countryside set my mind a-wandering…

Almost Famous: Re-thinking Being a Famous ADHDer, Part II

Friday, July 29th, 2011
Fame: good for ADHD symptoms, or not? Zoë contemplates the impact of fame and fortune on her ADHD brain

Fame: good for ADHD symptoms, or not? Photo ©Kelly Babcock, July 2011

In Almost Famous: Re-thinking Being a Famous ADHDer, Part I, I began to think about what it might be like to achieve my goal of being a famous writer.

ADHD + success = trouble?

With the recent passing of British singer Amy Winehouse, I started worrying about success luring me to the dark side, unleashing my less healthy tendencies.

Would fame and fortune erode all my hard work, neutralize my ADHD meds, and unleash the pre-diagnosis beast within? Worse, would it exaggerate my less-than-desirable traits?

ADHD According to Zoe
ADHD According to Zoe
Check out Zoë Kesslers's brand new book,
ADHD According to Zoë, as well as her previous bestseller, Adoption Reunions.

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