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Archives for July, 2017

Adult ADHD

You Relax Your Way

Get busy and relax ...

I understand what relaxation is. It actually means several things.

People without ADHD probably find the most likely definition of "relax" to be "To relieve from tension or strain." That seems sensible.

But the physics definition would seem more accommodating to those of us with ADHD.
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Take The Day Off

My day off ...

So it's Wednesday, and the week is only half over.

And it's true that I work at so many different jobs that it's impossible for me to take an entire day off.

And worse still, I work seven days a week, though it's true that I only do a couple of things on the weekend, unless something comes up in one of my weekday jobs that needs my attention.

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Lean On Me

Strength, like character, is built

I'm not the strongest person I know, but I'm as strong as I need to be if you need me to be there for you.

You see, I've had times when I could have used a friend to lean on. ADHD will do that to you.

And the worst of it is that many of those times when I could have used someone to lean on were times when...
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On Tenter Hooks

... and somewhat stressed over it

Have you heard that turn of phrase before? It turns out that the original reference is to the stretching of woolen fabric after it has been cleaned and washed to remove dirt and oils from the original farm production of wool.

It seems that the fabric was stretched, wet, over a frame called a tenter, and held in place by ... you guessed it, tenter hooks.

And there was...
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Speaking My Language


I don't know what causes it, but there are times when you just don't speak my language.

The oddest thing is that I recognize the words you're saying. I can even accept without doubt that they go together.

But what do they mean? I don't know.

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Still Moving Forward

... no matter what speed

There was a time that the development of my brain would have been referred to as having been "retarded."

The word simply meant that some of the development occurred slower than was considered normal, or didn't complete. Fair enough.

But every time the medical community comes up with a label for the description of brain development that doesn't complete or goes astray in some manner, the world's neuro-typicals...
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We Learn

We learn how to do this, this thing called ADHD. We learn because we repeat things, mistakes, and coping skills. We learn because we have no choice.

We learn to live with our distractible natures. We learn to tolerate our repetitive foibles and lapses.

And we learn to accept the judgements that are constantly handed down to us.
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The ADHD Flight Plan

Find your own way down ... I'm flying

So yesterday, I took you on a trip up a ladder onto the roof of an old log cabin with a twelve year old me. My father and my eleven year old brother and I were tearing the shingles off the roof as the beginning of deconstructing the log cabin in order to move it.

And in true ADHD fashion, I found myself accidentally...
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Adult ADHD

Taking Flight With ADHD

Cruising the skies?

I'm going to tell you a little story. It happened over four decades ago, but it is a first hand story, it happened to me.

The racing ADHD mind is often wandering. And anything can trigger a new and random thought train.

My mind was constantly involved in the riddles of physics because the physical world distracted me perpetually.
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Is It Friday Yet?


You know when you're driving to the cottage, or grandma's place, or the water park, and the kids all start asking, "Are we there yet?"

Well, that's how it feels sometimes for me in the middle of the week.

And it's not because I'm looking for a break from a busy work week. It's actually me looking for a faster pace of activities. I'm just like those kids, bored with the work week...
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