Archives for January, 2012

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The ADHD Person Behind The Mask

It’s easy to follow the creation of the ADHD mask. It starts when we are young. Our behaviour is questioned, isolated, centred out for ridicule. We learn to hide things, first our pain, then our desires. Finally we suppress our goals.

Our pride dies. Not a painless death, but the long drawn out tortured agony of a thousand deaths. Each time we think we have done away with it, we find ourselves feeling a bit...
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ADHD or Not, I’m Having A Good Day!


I’m tired today. Actually I was pretty tired yesterday, too. Exhausted is probably the right word. I didn’t sleep well the night before last, and I woke up early again this morning.

My brain feels numb. It’s crawling through thoughts like they’re thick porridge, and it crosses my mind, not for the first time, that this might be the speed the so called normal mind thinks at.

That thought makes me laugh,...
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Decisions, Decisions, An ADHD Guide To Indecisiveness


I always thought my decision making skills were pretty good. If I was having trouble making a decision I would stop waffling, step back and ask myself which choice would be the hardest to undo if it were wrong. Then I’d choose the other.

The result of this is that I have no piercings, no tats, and no baroque plaster statues with clocks embedded in their stomachs. You can’t get un-pierced...
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What Is Your ADHD Age


I often tell people, when age is being discussed, that I’m 70 physically, 53 chronologically, 29 intellectually and 12 emotionally. I've wondered if there was a formula to calculate my virtual age, my ADHD age, and today I decided to create that.
What? Why would I call that your ADHD age?
Well, let me explain ... First, I’m 53. That’s just the fact. I’ve lived that many years, and...
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My ADHD Bucket List


A few days ago a new friend took me by surprise when she asked “So, what’s on your bucket list?”

I have one, of course. Actually I have two. One that is easily accomplished, and one that will require more effort to complete.

Since then, I've been thinking about that encounter, and what is meant by the term “bucket list.” And I've realized I have a third bucket list....
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Friday 13th, My Lucky ADHD Day!

Or "Why I'm Not Triskaidekaphobic!"
It's my birthday today, Friday the 13th, my lucky day. I've always felt different, out of sync with the world, not a fit. I've always been a square peg looking at a bank of round holes. But I've always felt lucky.
Tuesdays child is full of grace
At one time I would tell people I had actually been born on a Friday 13th, no...
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A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the ADHD Medicine Go Down

I'm not the sort of person that needs to be coddled. I take my medicine when I'm told to. And, though I don't always admit the need, when there's no denying the need, I don't.

The sugar, for me, is the curing of whatever the medicine was prescribed to cure. A bitter pill is not so hard to swallow if there is a resultant healing in the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately, my ADHD is not curable, at...
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ADHD? Doesn’t That Describe Everyone?


What is ADHD? I hear this question rather frequently. My standard response is to say “Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder” and then give a quick description of the three main symptoms: distraction, inattention and hyperactivity.

If I’m on my game the sincerity in my delivery makes the questioner realize I’m talking about something beyond the occasional distraction, something more than not noticing your spouse's haircut, and something a bit more...
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