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Archives for August, 2012

ADHD (General)

Don’t Touch Me There

An Unhappy ADHD Princess; hypersensitivity to whalebone corsets ain't pretty

One of the things that surprised me about ADHD was that along with all the usual traits like impulsivity, being easily distracted, and so on, a lot of us are hypersensitive.

Our physical sensitivities include more childhood colds, allergies, ear aches and asthma, which can also carry on into adulthood. As a child, I often...
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ADHD (General)

The End to Procrastination

I'm sure, like me, you've had days where at the end of it all you asked yourself, "What the heck have I accomplished?" Or "Where did the time go?" (said while staring at the clock with five minutes to go in your work day and noticing the pile of work on your desk for the first time).

Sadly, these thoughts tend to be followed by pummelling self-incrimination, making...
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The ADHD – Asthma Connection

The Norwegians would.

ADHD can take your breath away. Literally.

One of the most surprising and confusing things I learned after my ADHD diagnosis was that kids with ADD have more colds, respiratory infections, ear infections, asthma and allergies. (Apparently quite a few of us are allergic to homework too, but that's purely...
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Trying On My Big-Girl Pants: An ADHD Late Bloomer

Being diagnosed with ADHD late in life meant I had a lot of catching up to do. While other kids were learning social skills in public school, I was busy perfecting my one-liners and trying not to freak out from mind-numbing boredom while standing in the hall for my aforementioned one-liners (perfect though they may have been).

I've always considered myself a late bloomer.  Little did I know that ADHD...
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Money in the Bank: ADHD Treatment

Manage your ADHD; manage your money

I was rifling through one of the piles in my office when I found a royalty check from my first book (Adoption Reunions). The check's date was February, 2010. I found it July, 2012.

It’s amazing how much money I’ve lost over the undiagnosed years. How much? Don’t ask me. First, I’d die of boredom looking for the documents to...
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Inspiration for Art and ADHD

I’m reading a book and I’m saying, out loud, “Oh my God!” “Yes!” “Amazing!” And no, it’s not Fifty Shades of Grey that I’m reading. I’m having that orgasmic response to re-reading Julia Cameron’s "The Artist’s Way." I mentioned her book in my last post.

There’s lots of inspiration there for a woman who was diagnosed late in life with ADHD. Perhaps you too might find...
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The ADHD Artist’s Way

Untitled, ©Elaine Doy, 2012

Having just revisited Julia Cameron's excellent book, The Artist's Way (I've chosen it as my Book-of-the-Month Pick for August), I've been thinking a lot about ADHD and creativity lately.

This weekend, I attended an art show in the countryside. A number of local artists from seasoned professionals to those at the beginning stages of their careers participated in...
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The Key to Excellence in Olympics and in ADHD

Practicing, practicing, practicing.

I woke up miserable this morning. You'd think that Ken's electric guitar playing would have made me snap.

It didn't. He's such an amazing guitarist, I don't mind when he practices. I’ve even made requests: Hey, Ken. Can you play "Hey Joe" for me next time you practice? (he does a killer cover of the Hendrix classic).

Ken knows I’m working upstairs, and he's respectful, keeping his volume low....
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