Focus On Hyperfocus, A Positive View Of ADHD

I’ve talked about the ADHD gift vs. curse thing here and elsewhere until I’m almost as tired of thinking about it as I am of my ADHD. I do believe, however, that under the right circumstances, some aspects of ADHD can be leveraged to create an advantage.

Under the right conditions I can engage my mind in a task and keep it there until the task is complete. But there in lies the catch. What are the “right conditions?”

Let’s take a look at that shall we?

I’ve recently realized that being at home means being derailed. I’m trying to write at home right now and I can hear the laundry calling me softly from the laundry room. Calling me softly is a pretty clever trick for my laundry since I don’t use fabric softener.

I know there are dishes to do as well, and I also have bills to pay and plants to water. There’s a floor to scrape (the time for sweeping was surpassed a month ago) and a lawn to cut, all very distracting stuff.


Overwhelmed by Symptom Spectrums: ADHD And More?

I have a problem. I have ADHD, and I have some anxiety issues. I also seem to have some depression, albeit very mild. But this, or these, aren’t my problems. Well, they’re my problems, but not the problem I’m referring to.

Follow along with my logic here, won’t you?

Ten percent of the population, roughly, have ADHD. I’ve read some statistics that suggest that thirty percent of all ADHDers have a comorbid condition, and fifty percent of persons with ADHD and a comorbid condition have more than one comorbid condition.

That’s fifty percent of thirty percent of ten percent, or one and a half people in every hundred (fifteen in every thousand for those of you who don’t deal with half people very well) have not only ADHD but also at least two comorbid conditions.


Happy Mother’s Day … Belated, Of Course

It’s the day after Mother's Day. I’m feeling a little lonely. Those of you who know me know that I lost my mother in 2007. Those of you who read my blog regularly will also know that I credit her with making my childhood an experience I would not trade, even if I could.

It was after her passing that I became aware of my ADHD, and the very real likelihood that she too had this disorder.

I believe my coping strategies were taught to me by her and I believe that they were strategies that she honed over years of seeking out what worked for her.


Questions And Answers About ADHD Meds! Part I

I’ve always been willing to answer questions regarding ADHD medication, but I’m not a health care professional. I’ve read a lot on this subject, but I’ve always had to qualify my answers.

So it is with great pleasure that I get to tell you all that today’s blog, and Friday’s, will be answers to some of the questions that I’ve heard most often. And these answers will be given by someone whom I am honored to have share her expertise on my blog.

Laurie Dupar, PMHNP, RN, PCC is a certified ADHD coach and a nurse practitioner. Her web page can be found at


Dual Identities, Both With ADHD

Credo: I will be in the moment as often as I am able. I will pay attention to my work. I will be aware. I will take care of my self, and my kami so that I can do what needs to be done.
Taylor McKinlay I’m not a man of religion, but I am a man of faith. And while I have trouble defining my faith in so many words, I can say that it’s what keeps me going.

Some of you may know that I used to write sometimes using the name Taylor McKinlay. I maybe got away with a little more using that name, but it wasn't because I could hide from my name.


Many Lenses, The ADHD View

I've heard it said that ADHDers can't see the trees for the forest. I know that's often true, but sometimes I can't see the trees because I'm focused on a single tree.

That would be ADHD hyper-focus.

But maybe hyper-focus, or at least focus, is the wrong word. If I look at the forest and don't break things down, I get overwhelmed.

It's not that I'm unfocused, it's that I'm not focusing in on individual trees, or items in my world.


The Town That Accepted ADHD

I have friends who are musicians. They are also a couple. He is a guitarist and singer, she is a guitarist, drummer and singer. They write music as well.

One of them is also an accomplished kazoo player and the other one has ADHD. Okay, since playing a kazoo requires nothing more than humming into the thing, I’m sure they can both play one, but the one that does it on stage is very good at it.
I like to hang out with the rich and famous
... I wonder where the rich were?
I attended a release party recently for their EP. Actually, it took place in two locations on two different days. The first one was in my city, and the second one was in the small town where they have roots. I like to refer to these two people as friends. And we share a lot in common. We’re all musicians, all song writers, and ADHD plays a big part in all our lives.


Is ADHD Self Talk All Talk?

“Isn’t that a beautiful sky?” I said to myself last night as I backed into my west-facing driveway.

I turned off the engine and as I undid my seat belt and opened the door I realized I’d spoken out loud. Well, it was a beautiful sky.

I’m doing that more and more these days, talking out loud when I’m alone. I had done it less when I started taking Concerta, but I’ve been doing it more since my wife died.


ADHD Stereotypes

I abhor prejudice. To decide that someone is unacceptable on some level because of a perceived difference is intolerable to me. I cannot believe that a person is better, or worse for that matter, because of a difference in skin color, faith or religion, political affiliation ... the list goes on.

Stereotyping, while a milder form of prejudice, is still a form of prejudice. And it isn't always milder. Witness racial profiling.

In the same way that some people think that a person with a physical disability has all physical disabilities, a person who has the appearance of the so called “average terrorist” ... must be a terrorist.