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Archives for February, 2012

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Truth in Advertising and the ADHD Label


We have a love/hate relationship with labels, don't we? Often we're happy to have a name for our troubles. But we do hate being grouped and judged by poorly understood criteria.

And as labels go, ADHD is pretty ineffectual. It misses the mark. It tries to be a catchall, yet only covers some of our many symptoms, and it does...
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Positively Child Raising; ADHD or Not!


Today, I have to confess that I've been suffering from a bit of hero worship lately.

Max and Millie (not their real names) can be seen in my town on the local sled hill, or skating, or they can be found chasing each other on main street in playful hide and seek fashion. Or they can be in hiding at home, spending a Saturday morning dueling on their game console...
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Due to ADHD and Other Circumstances …


... beyond my control, there will not be a regular blog post today. Ill health has descended on my home and has become the main topic of conversation. Yes, I’m alone, but you all know already that I talk to myself, right?

Anyway, influenza has commenced to influence the weather inside my head. A warm front interspersed with frequent chills has taken over creating a...
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Dichotomy; ADHD Style


I'm always on time! Well, almost always. I worry about being late, so I make every effort to be punctual. I get distracted like every other ADHDer, I lose focus and wander. But my anxiety always brings me back.
Punctuality is the hallmark of good manners
So my anxiety is the cure for my potential tardiness, that's a dichotomy of sorts.

The fact that we can...
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Education is The Best ADHD Medication


A retired teacher from Manitoba once told me that when parents asked for her thoughts on ADHD medication for their child, she always told them their child would be medicated, the only choice was whether it was by the doctor or by the child themselves.

All she had was experience, this wasn’t a policy of her school or the board that she worked for as far as I know, but...
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Abandonment or Emancipation … or ADHD Anxiety


My psychologist is letting me go ... in a good way. A couple of sessions ago I said to her: “I'm getting better, aren't I?”

She replied with a statement that I'm sure is in the textbook entitled Therapy 101: “What makes you say that?”

Ha! I was ready for her! “Because you're laughing more in my sessions!” I said.

Apparently she was ready for me too. “That's...
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Hardwired – ADHD Style


There are things I can count on my brain for. Thinking of inappropriate things to say is one of those things. Doing the thing I already figured out is not the next step in a sequence of tasks ... I do that too. Skipping steps, well, that's just another way of saying the same thing, isn't it. But it looks different sometimes, so I'm leaving it...
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