Autism And ADHD, I’d Never Say I Told You So …

I'll tell you why I might consider it though.

A few months ago, a tragic event occurred. There was a shooting in a school in Connecticut.

And then, because tragedy isn't apparently enough for some, there were comments made about the mental health of the alleged shooter. I took the stance that his mental health was secondary to the issue, and only played a part in so much as societies treatment, marginalization and stigmatization of him would have played a far greater role in the events under scrutiny.

I have not changed my mind. But in a post entitled Asperger's, ADHD, Autism and Violence: Is There A Connection ... I suggested that ADHD was on the Autism Spectrum.

You'd think I'd said God was dead. I was questioned about my stance. I was abused about it. I was insulted, called names, and lectured.


Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here

In Dante's Divine Comedy, specifically in the first part referred to as Dante's Inferno, the title of this post appears as the ninth line of a poem carved on the gate to hell.

Where are we going?

I'm not taking us to meet anyone worse looking than our own images in the mirror, so unless you feel particularly satanical, I think we'll be safe enough. But I am going to offer a new thought. Well, maybe not a new thought, but some in-depth observation on a way of thinking about our lives ... or at least the way I'm starting to think about my life.


What You Should Know About Your ADHD Symptoms

I have ADHD. It is something I talk about a lot. I've been accused of wearing it on my sleeve, in fact. But the truth is, there isn't a part of my life that it doesn't impact. Having said that, I must admit that I didn't know I had ADHD until I was 50.

How did that happen?

It happened because I fit in with the world, my world. The distractedness and inability to focus, the wondering what I came into this room or that for, the tantrums, the tree climbing, all of it were exactly what was expected of me because I was that type of person. No one asked the question “What type of person is that, exactly?”


How Not To Use Your Calendar

I'm standing in a reception room with a stunned look on my face, looking at my phone. It's Thursday morning, 8:50am, and I have a 9 o'clock appointment. But the receptionist is telling me I have the wrong day.

I'm looking at my phone, at my calendar on my phone actually. With a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach, I'm confirming what I already know to be true. She's right, I have no appointment at 9 o'clock this morning. I hit the menu button and select weekly view to find out what day my appointment is for ...


Intuition, Empathy, Stereotyping, Or Super Power?

When I was young, everyone talked like I did where I grew up. Everyone except my father. Well, okay, he talked like everyone else ... except when he got excited, then he would slip back into his old accent.

He came from Newfoundland and I thought his accent was neat. It didn't help that it came out when he was upset. It came out when he was upset with me, trying to lecture me about something he thought I should be aware of. He was less amused when he found out I was amused.

When I first heard my grandfather talk, I realized he sounded like dad when dad was upset, but grandpa sounded like that all the time. The accent is lilting, borrowing much from Irish, Scottish and English accents.


Potential Side Effects of Stimulant Medication

Yes, it's true. ADHD stimulant medication has side effects. And as we all know, side effects are bad. Only drugs with no side effects should ever be allowed.

So that leaves us with ... nothing. Even sugar piles used as placebos have potential side effects.

To avoid the risk of side effects, you can no longer eat. There is no food that you might not potentially be affected by. Even if you've eaten it before with success, you may develop a reaction to your favourite vittles any day now.


How Not To Prioritize To-Do Lists

I have my priorities straight: be honest in my dealings with others, pay my bills, maintain my health. These are easy, no brainers, right? Right!

But prioritizing isn't always so easy, especially when it comes to the smaller things. Being unable to focus on single things is an issue when deciding what's important. Do I take out the garbage or fold the laundry.

Well, I should do both. But in my world, doing one or the other first usually means I'm choosing which one has a better chance of getting done.


How ADHD Stimulant Medication Slows Me Down

Stimulants motivate people. Stimulants make people more active. At one time (and probably still) stimulants were used as diet pills.

People with ADHD are often very active, especially those of us with the “H” switch turned on and the hyper drives set to warp ten.

I'm one of those. I can go through the day feeling like I've accomplished nothing, yet I won't have stopped “doing” all day long.

To itemize my accomplishments you sometimes have to be very creative. I moved a book from my night stand to my dresser, some receipts from my dresser to my desk, a dirty coffee cup from my desk to the kitchen counter, my phone charger from the counter to the hall table, the newspaper from the hall table to the end table, my shoes from beside the end table to the side door, my keys from the door to the key rack ... you know I could go on.


Lets Talk! Bell Makes Mental Health Easier To Talk About

As marketing schemes go, this was a good one. Bell, Canada's telecommunications giant, has been ramping up to February 12th, choosing that day to put mental health in the limelight.

I know this brought them a great deal of publicity, but I don't have a problem with that. The money they spent on this campaign could easily have gone to slick commercials and a cadre of spin doctors figuring out how to make saving a nickle look like something worth the money and effort needed to invest in getting signed up for that “save a nickle” program.