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ADHD

The ADHD Emergency Kit

Things I might need

Go get a box. No, wait, you'll put it somewhere and forget where that was.

Oh hell, you need the box, go get a box. We'll worry about where it is later.

Now, get an old envelope and a pen and get ready to make a list of what you need to gather to put in the box.

If there's ever an emergency, you're going to need things that others...


ADHD

Busyness

An oven on it's way to my house

The problem of focus I have outlined often.

I've explained how it manifests in me, and how I've been able to deal with it sometimes and be taken down and beaten by it at other times.

Today was an odd day, or at least, this morning was an odd one.

This morning I was on the ball.
It's Wednesday
Every Wednesday my partner works in a different...


ADHD

The Myth Of Lists

Not much to do today, eh?

- Boot up computer
- Think up topic
- Write today's post

Lists run my life. And I am thankful for them. I started this morning with a pen and an empty, recycled envelop beside my bowl of hot cereal. By the time my cereal was eaten I had a to do list of eleven things.

The first item on the...


ADHD

Sometimes It’s A Good Thing

I've got this ...

When you're hyper focused on something, it is almost always not good.

I mean, it might be the thing you're supposed to be doing, but let's face it, you're not focused on it because it's the right thing to be focused on.

The truth is, when I'm hyper focused on the right thing, I couldn't pull myself away from it if I wanted to. Well, not without a huge amount...


ADHD

Too Many Irons

I also do laundry ... when I remember to

Some day I'm going to do an episode of my radio show on word association.

The problem is that my radio show is about music, not writing or ADHD or any of the other things I do.

In fairness, I do music too. I've written a few songs, gigged a bit in my home town, had one of my songs recorded by a local professional...


Adult ADHD

In This World

They are there ...

In this world there are rules.

Some of them are unwritten, assumed to be known and understood.

Some of them are written, and also assumed to be known and understood.

But the written rules are often written somewhere where they can't be seen by people living in this world.
And we ...
We often have no idea that there are rules, written or unwritten, about the weirdest stuff, like behavior.

We break...


ADHD

ADHD, A Ready Made Market

I got a good deal ...

Those of us with ADHD know much of what we all have in common.

Attention control, not so good. Distraction levels, off the chart. Poor working memory, or something like that if I recall correctly. Time management, not really. Executive function, doesn't.

And what's that other thing? The one that fits in with all of this, or maybe is a combination of these things or the...


ADHD

Stress, It’s On!

All tied up

So, the other day my partner and I were talking about ADHD as it relates to her practice in eye care.

She was not giving out details of patients, she has rules and she's very conscientious about following them.

But she was talking about how she often sees ADHD come in groups called families.

We've discussed the heritability of ADHD and our conversations have confirmed the facts for us both.
She...


ADHD

Will You Still Need Me?

There's never enough candles around anymore

Today, I'm sixty one years and one day old. I'm not 64.

But the Beatles song, "When I'm Sixty-Four" is playing in my head and I can't get it to stop.

That song asks some questions that have anxiety at their root.

Will you still need me? Will you still feed me?
I can be handy
Well, we don't have fuses in our house, we have breakers, but I'm good at...


ADHD

I Have Secrets

Really good secrets!

I totally have secrets. Things that no one knows about me.

For one thing, I never shut up. Well, I do, but I don't. I'm always talking, often to myself, but sometimes I can get by with just talking to myself inside my head.

But I talk out loud enough that everything about me has been said by me at one time or another.
So, secrets? How?
How is it that I...