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Coping Strategies

3 Truths for Life With ADHD

One of the best things you can do with an ADHD diagnosis is use it as a starting point for reevaluating your life, questioning your assumptions about what life is and figuring out what your priorities are. Now, I realize that's very philosophical for early on a Friday morning! But I want to talk about this because I think it's one of the most empowering parts of ADHD treatment.


General

Distractibility by Any Other Name

Why are so many people with ADHD drawn to creative activities? A lot of us either have creative careers or have creative hobbies that are a big part of our lives. For me, writing and music are two activities that are central to my life. One possible reason I see is that distractibility and creativity are actually two sides of the same brain. The difference between them is partly just a question of semantics.


Coping Strategies

4 Strategies for Staying Motivated With ADHD

Because of how science works, researchers usually name disorders before they understand them. So we're stuck with terms like "ADHD" even though the heart of what ADHD is goes far beyond inattention and hyperactivity. One aspect of ADHD that doesn't always get as much credit as it deserves is motivation. Researchers are increasingly recognizing problems with motivation as a fundamental part of what ADHD is, and they've linked these issues to concrete brain differences having to do with dopamine.


Living with ADHD

ADHD vs. Alarm Clock

Hyperactivity is a core ADHD symptom, but you'd never know that if you saw me most mornings. No matter how many times I promise myself I'm going to start my day at a certain time tomorrow, waking up always turns out to be an intricate process.


Millennials

The E-Word and Why “Millennial Values” Are Good News If You Have ADHD

Words are tricky things. They can be dangerous. One reason ADHD stigma is so persistent is that it's hard to find the words to describe ADHD to people who haven't experienced the condition first-hand. Talking about ADHD in terms of "distraction" or "lack of attention" not only doesn't adequately convey what life with ADHD is like but can even make things worse because it gives some people the false impression that ADHD is basically the same as everyday distractibility, so people who complain about having ADHD just need to stop whining and suck it up like the rest of us.