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ADHD

Too Smart

... to believe

Have you heard it yet? Have you had someone tell you that they know you don't have ADHD because you're too smart?

Have you had someone tell you that their child was offered a diagnosis of ADHD but they refused to accept that because they knew it wasn't true. And they based their declaration on their knowledge of their child's intelligence. They declared their child too smart to smart to...
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Nuclear Health

Do it!

Listen, my local power generation corporation, Bruce Power, is up to something. And it has to do with mental health. It really does. I swear!

I mean, I have issues with nuclear power generation. For starters, everyone is quibbling about them burying coveralls and booties in a deep geological repository near the shore of Lake Huron, and no one is asking the tough questions, like ... "Where are the...
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Out Of ADHD Prison

Finding way out ...

On Friday we talked about how to get yourself into prison, especially if you have ADHD.

If it's something you aspire to, then your impulsivity and lack of executive function can be great tools to help you achieve this goal.

If prison is something you would rather avoid, then it's best to discover how to manage impulsive behaviour and compensate for a lack of in advance of becoming responsible for...
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It’s Just ADHD

... not just at all!

I get a kick out of people who are dismissive of ADHD.

Well, I don't really get a kick out of them. I don't get as big a kick out of them as the one I'd like to give them in return for their opinion, but still ... it's entertaining to hear how uninformed people can be.

It's true, though. ADHD may not look like much because we are...
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Remember Everything

How reliable?

Recent studies suggest that memories, especially ones about ourselves, are likely suspect. That's not to say that they are false, but they may have details that have been manufactured, and they may have left things out.

It's also suggested that some of your memories might not be real at all.

And this is important to people with ADHD. Very important.

It won't make any difference to how you behave, how your mind works. But...
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ADHD: What You See, What You Get

... can't see the forest?

You think you know what ADHD is? You think you've got it figured out? You think because you have a friend or two with it you recognize it and what it means?

Or maybe you're a manager or an employer and you have someone on staff with ADHD. And you think that you have an idea of what that means?

Or you're married to someone with it, or in...
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Two Groups

There are three groups of people in this world

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who divide the worlds population into groups, and those who don't.

Obviously, I am in the first group.

There are many other criteria for dividing up the population, gender, skin pigment, political leanings, and so on.

And without exception, the divisions should only be applied for the sake of statistical analysis. Never for application...
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ADHD, What It’s Like

... and it only took me three minutes

Having ADHD is like being normal, 'cause for me, it is normal. I've never been any other way. To me, people without ADHD are the oddballs. No offense, but from where I sit, they're really quite strange.

I mean, really, how can you live with a brain that moves that slow? It's like it must be stuck in low gear or...
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ADHD Has No Choice?

I already know about ADHD ...

If you don't have ADHD, then you may not know these things. But that's okay, I'm going to tell you, then you will know.

You may think that ADHD is being absent minded. That's not true. Our minds are never absent, they are always present, they just like to be present in way to many trains of thought. We can't help that.

You may think that...
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Relentless ADHD

Drip, drip, drip ...

It has come to my attention that there is a persistent idea that ADHD is not a valid mental health issue.

It's perceived kind of like the new father's mixed up son from a previous marriage that stay's mostly with his mother but every now and then you have to put up with him visiting.

Or like those e-bikes out on the street that aren't cars or trucks, but...
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