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5 Things People With ADHD Have In Common

We're just like you ...

Sometimes, when people find out I have ADHD, they look at me like I have two heads.

I do not, in fact, have two heads, nor do any of my shiny, squirrel noticing cohort. We have, in fact, the same number of heads as an identical sized control group.

And okay, my title is misleading, because what I'm actually listing here is five of the thousands of things that people...
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The Communication Problem

Communication Problems

I have a problem communicating. Actually, I have problems communicating. Plural problems.

And ADHD is behind them. Or at least my ADHD makes them worse.

And that means to be a good communicator, I need to guard myself, find coping mechanisms, put them in place and keep them there.

And the problems start with ...
If communication is the art of conveying ideas, abstracts, and concepts clearly and succinctly, distraction is the art of...
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Writing With ADHD

What's the story?

How does this work? Well, much like any other task, the less time my attention is required, the better the outcome.

And yes, I've written over a thousand posts, but I've done them one at a time ... mostly.

But now I'm in a kind of bad place. Not with the blogs I write, with a novel I was working on.

You see, it stopped suddenly and it took me some months...
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Absent Minded ADHD … Not!

I'm outta here!

There is this popular idea that people with ADHD are absent minded.

To that I have to respond ... what even is absent minded?

Are they suggesting that my mind is ... what? Shut off? On a lunch break?
I Wish!
I cannot count the number of times I've gotten out of bed in the morning and realized my mind is still churning with the thing I thought last when I went to...
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The Illusion Of ADHD

The disorder is real, what about the perception?

That title might make you think that I don't believe ADHD exists.

But you know me better than that, right?

There is an illusion surrounding ADHD, but only the gullible could ever believe it doesn't exist in the face of the still mounting tidal wave of evidence of its reality.
So what's the illusion?
The illusion has to do with the fact that ADHD is a spectrum...
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Successful Vacationing with ADHD

But that's not what I'm talking about ...

While I was away, I published my 1000 post.

I'm accepting congratulations for that, but ...

It was a post like any other that I've written. And since I wrote it before I went on holidays, I wasn't aware at the time that it was the one thousandth post I had written for this blog.

So, no fanfare occurred, my boss didn't pat me on the back...
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I’m Back!!!

Okay, I was on Holidays. I was around on the other side of the globe.

And now I'm back.

Well, I'm supposed to be back, but I may well be exhausted, so I wrote this post in advance, just in case I couldn't manage to put...
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It’s Not That I’m Not Interested

... maybe

I know. It sometimes seems like I'm not paying attention.

But there's a really good reason for that. Sometimes, I'm not paying attention.

But listen, don't take it personally, it isn't you, it's more likely to be what you're talking about.

And it isn't that it isn't important enough, it's just that ... well ...
It could
It could be one of several things.

If I've already heard it before, I've already heard it before. Listening...
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A Mind Full Of Mindfulness

Just relax?

I either am nothing but mindful, or I haven't got a clue what mindfulness really is.

I'm not joking here either. I'm told that having ADHD means I have trouble staying focused, that my mind is skipping from one thing to another and that this may be the opposite of mindfulness.

But what is mindfulness? I'm aware of where I am if you ask me. I can tell you what I'm doing, and...
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How To Make The Best Mistakes

Make the best ones ...

How do you know when you've made a mistake? You're going to say that something goes wrong, right? Well, you're mistaken.

When something goes wrong you've caused a problem, but unless you regret it, it wasn't a mistake.

If you did it on purpose, even if something goes wrong, if you don't regret it, it wasn't a mistake.

If you did it intentionally, and now you regret it ... yep, mistake.

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