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ADHD and Gullibility – Part I

By Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.

ADHD gullibility...Is Your Fridge Running?Remember the first time someone pointed at something over your shoulder, you turned around and they pulled a fast one on you? I still blush when I get caught. You’d think at my age I wouldn’t get caught. Or blush.

Apparently, I’m not alone in my gullibility and sometime naïveté. There are some good reasons why adults with ADHD might be more gullible or overly trusting than others.

I’ll explore the reasons for this in Part II. For now, here’s a story about how last week, I nearly got caught.

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Corporations and Mental Health: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

By Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.

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I thought twice about sharing the news about the academic scholarship from Shire (see Scholarship for ADHD Students). I’m well aware of the large faction who generally vilify pharmaceutical companies and specifically skewer those of us who are open about including ADHD medication as part of our treatment regime.

The week before, I was invited to participate in Bell Canada’s “Let’s Talk” campaign to raise awareness and remove stigma from mental health. Bell is one of Canada’s largest corporations, and again, there was a churning in the pit of my stomach. But why?

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Scholarship for ADHD Students

By Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.

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Because of the deadlines, I wanted to get this post out right away. I will be sharing some thoughts and considerations regarding corporations and mental health in a future blog post, but for now, just (mostly) the facts.

First, a disclaimer: in sharing this information I do not stand to gain in any way, financially or otherwise from, nor do I have an affiliation with or any association whatsoever with Shire or Shire Canada Inc. or with the Edge Foundation. Psych Central is also not affiliated with this program. For more information, please read the Disclaimer & Disclosure statement.


For those of you enrolled in post-secondary education, there’s a chunk of money and a year’s worth of free coaching in the offing. I’m tempted to sign up for school just to get my hands on that free coaching, and that’s one of the compelling reasons I’m sharing this news with you.

Depending on which side of the border you live, the program is called the Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship (in the United States) and the Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program (only available in Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Québec at this time).

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ADHD Management: When Enough is Enough

By Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.

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I’ve been noticing a growing anxiety over the past few months, especially when I open my email. It wasn’t until I got away from my desk to a quiet, contemplative place (also known as the library) that I realized what was happening.

Last year, I signed up for newsletters, free webinars, courses, and other offerings from ADHD experts. After all, managing your ADHD is a full-time job, right? Paradoxically, things were already going well. So well, I didn’t have time to read, let alone participate in most of the forthcoming e-mails’ invitations.

Every time I ignored an expert’s e-mail, I felt guilty, incompetent, and worried that I’d missed the ADHD tip of the century! I’d inadvertently recreated my pre-diagnosis sense of failure. Once again, I just couldn’t keep up.

I’d voluntarily subscribed. The problem was, I’d never stopped to ask why.

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Yoga and ADHD Treatment – Part II

By Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.

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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!

A few of my favorite yoga things

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.

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Yoga and ADHD Treatment – Part I

By Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.

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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

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ADHD and Hey Look! A Squirrel!

By Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.

I don't have ADHD. I'm a squ... HEY look! A Human!In keeping with my goal of digging deeper into the issues that surround ADHD, today’s post offers some penetrating insights into a now-ubiquitous cultural phenomenon.

I’m sure you’ve heard the jokes, worn the t-shirts, and seen the photos with the caption connecting ADHD and the sudden verbal outburst of “Hey look! A squirrel!”  This punchline is commonly used as shorthand to illustrate the high level of distractibility in those of us with ADHD.

But let’s see if we can crack that old chestnut.

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An ADHD Christmas Miracle

By Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.
Putting the gravy on ADHD

Putting the gravy on ADHD

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.

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Zoë’s Christmas Turkey

By Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.
Who's the turkey now?

Seriously, how hard can this be?

I was heading into the Christmas season calm, cool, and collected. Note that I said, “was.”

So how did things go so terribly wrong?

Let me tell you. Through a simple act of kindness, that’s how.

I helped a neighbor dig out after a snowstorm, and she rewarded me by leaving a 15-pound frozen turkey hanging on my side door.

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A Life Lived in ADHD – Finding Inspiration

By Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.

Strictly Ballroom“You really are a gutless wonder! Hard? Hard? How hard do you think it’s been for me?”
- Fran, lead female character in Strictly Ballroom

For someone who’s lived for 47 years slamming into invisible brick walls, there’s an extra reward in watching someone on the big screen who is even more klutzy, even more of an outcast, even more awkward than you are, making it big. And doing it because they are different, not in spite of it. Fran, the leading female role in Strictly Ballroom, is such a character.

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