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Archives for November, 2016


Taking Note with ADHD

... even the important things

I may have mentioned before that I keep a notepad in my back pocket at all times. It's a contractor thing. It's a writer thing.

Okay, it's an ADHD thing.

As a contractor, I use it to write down measurements, make lists of materials, keep track of phone numbers I don't need in my phone, or addresses I'll never need again unless I'm working there again in the future, at...
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ADHD: The “Wait, What?” Disorder


I never noticed before, how often I am taken by surprise by my life and the things that go on in it. That's probably because I've never lived any other life but mine and it has been full of surprises.

Not always big surprises, and not always true surprises. In fact, I'm looking at a Monday ahead of me here and I'm unsure about whether I have something I'm supposed to be doing...
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ADHD Ambivalence

Yes or no?

Ambivalence can mean experiencing contradictory feelings at the same time. And if you have ADHD and if you are reasonably self aware, you know exactly what that is.

But ambivalence can also mean, and I'll quote Merriam-Webster here, "uncertainty as to which approach to follow" ... and that says more about ADHD than many other states of mind.

That definition of Ambivalence permeates our lives and our situations endlessly. Whether it's a...
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ADHD and Right On Time

Just in time!

Hey. How's it going? Yeah, it's me, Kelly, the writer of this blog.

I'm in the satellite office today, out on the road, holed up in a café, trying to think of something to write about.

And as is usually the case in these situations when the pressure is on, my mind started wandering around. I was kind of struggling here.

And then it hit me ...
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ADHD At Church

... especially in hindsight!

I didn't find out I had ADHD until I was almost fifty years old.

No, it isn't that I have mild ADHD, and it isn't that ADHD is not that obvious.

It's that normal isn't that apparent to someone with ADHD. And ADHD can almost be described as the disorder of lying to oneself.

See, we spend a lot of mental energy on trying to determine why things aren't working out the...
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Eclectic Life Suits Fine

Things I may have already tried ...

There is a not so subtle difference that is apparent in comparing the lives of adults with ADHD to those without it.

And that difference may be surprising to people with ADHD, because we don't really notice it without taking the time to step back and assess our lives.

People with and without ADHD have multiple interests. That's just a condition of being human. People have the wherewithal...
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The Perfect Time To Be ADHD

The perfect time ...

I'm not trying to suggest that it's a good thing to have ADHD, but if you've read my blog before you know I'm also not saying that I'd want to be anything else than someone with ADHD. I don't want to be me if I'm not the me I am.

When I was a child, there was ADHD, but there wasn't any common understanding of it. When I was born,...
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Things You Can Count On

Count on this in life at least ...

There are few things you can count on in this life. It was once said and is often quoted that the only two "are death and taxes."

Being the kind of person who is always looking for flaws in absolute statements, I was fond of replying that one might escape the later if one availed themselves of the former early enough in life.

But the dawn's light...
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Where Are My People?

Lest we forget ...

Did you know that people with ADHD thrive in certain job situations and languish in others?

It's true, and another thing that is true is that no two of us are alike in that respect. So though we thrive in some jobs and don't in others, we don't all thrive in the same jobs.

That being said, there are some jobs that are more likely to be the right fit for...
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The Things That Distract

Congrats, America.

It's Wednesday, November the 9th, 2016. It's the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election in the United States. And I, a Canadian, am just wandering around social media observing things.

One thing I'm observing is the number of posts on Facebook that start with, or include the word "Wow." That held my attention for a little while, I can tell you.

And though I'm a Canadian, as are most of my...
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