Using Some Discretion

The better part

The word discretion means several things. It means to have the freedom to act, as in "at your own discretion."

It also means acting with decorum, choosing actions that are socially acceptable, as in "Use a little discretion, won't you?"

I have ADHD, which means I am familiar with both of these meanings. I discovered at a very early age that I was at my own discretion all the time.

That is,...


Required Negative Impact Of ADHD

It might help ...

There are criteria for diagnosis of ADHD.

And they keep changing.

Why? I don't know specifics, but mostly because we keep learning things.

But there may be some influences on the changing criteria that one could only call political.
For instance ...
One cannot be diagnosed with ADHD if there is no indication of childhood affliction.

What indicates childhood affliction? History and verification by family members.
But there's a problem
There are people who deny the...


Electric Ecstasy

De clutter might soon be de-cluttered ...

Hey, you! Do you have ADHD? You do? How tidy are you?

Me? Not so much.

I work hard enough at it and I'm moderately successful at it, but I'm not great. In fact, I wouldn't even try to claim that I'm good at it.

I do tidy, but I don't do tidy well.
Like so many things
Disorganization is a way of life for many of us. Not...


Can’t Slow Down

... and don't really want to!

Have you ever been going too fast on a road and missed your turn because it surprised you?

I get into a groove sometimes when I'm driving. You'd be surprised how often I miss the driveway to our own cottage.

And while I do drive an eentsy bit too fast, or at least a teentsy bit over the limit, I don't really speed like I would do...


Am I A Space Cadet?

Reporting for duty ... in a minute or two

Sometimes we refer to ourselves as space cadets.

It's a reference to the foolish things that can occur in our lives because of our intermittent inability to focus.

We've all experienced things like that, and those of us with ADHD have it happen more often than others.

And we're used to it.
To spell it out
Sometimes we are supposed to be down to...


To The Nineteen Year Old Me

My best imitation of me at 19

Hi. I know you're busy, but I need to tell you a few things.

Yes, that is a very fine looking pickup truck you're driving, but try to listen, okay?

No, I don't want a cigarette ... no, not the beer either.

Listen to me. Just shut up a second or two and listen.
You're going to crash!
... too late. Well, that was a nice truck.

Listen, I...


Pencils Up, Heads Down

Get to work!

Sometimes I have trouble getting to work.

I don't mean finding my way, I usually work in the recliner in the living room. I know where it is.

I also don't mean I have trouble sitting down and doing the work, though yes, I am often distracted by things both important and trivial.

I mean that once I'm sitting at my keyboard I often avail myself of the vast world laid bare...


Do It Yourself ADHD

Let's get ready to grumble ...

I'm thinking of creating a game called DIY ADHD.

The concept is simple.

Actually, that's a huge lie. The concept is complicated.

Or maybe the concept really is simple, but the execution is complicated. I'm not really sure.
Let's start with the concept
The concept is a game that allows people to compete, but one that also makes people aware of what it is like to have ADHD.

There will...


Are You Special?

... it's on right now

If you have ADHD then you had a pretty good chance of being in a "special" class.

And it was always about challenges. Either they felt the curriculum challenged you or they believed that it didn't challenge you enough.

And the truth is that any one of us could have ended up in either group.
If you have ADHD than you know that there are things you can do...


The Beginning Of A Year

Get ready for it ...

Yeah, I know. It isn't New Year's yet. But it will be 2019 by the time I publish here again.

So let's call this the New Year's post.

I have some things to say, and they seem important to me.
It really is all about you. But in a subdued way.

I'm not telling you to ignore others, deny their needs or wants. That's a recipe for ending up alone.