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ADHD and Hey Look! A Squirrel!

I don't have ADHD. I'm a squ... HEY look! A Human!In keeping with my goal of digging deeper into the issues that surround ADHD, today’s post offers some penetrating insights into a now-ubiquitous cultural phenomenon.

I’m sure you’ve heard the jokes,

4 thoughts on “ADHD and Hey Look! A Squirrel!

  • January 13, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I just wanted to say that I have recently found your blog and I can’t stop reading. I was not really diagnosed (or whatever one can call the trial and error) until late last year, at 34. But as I learn more about ADHD and about myself looking through that lens, it’s like a door of understanding has opened. Is it weird that it’s exciting in a kind of way? Although it is frustrating and hard, it’s a reward to finally understand that some parts of my personality are not because “I need to be a better person,” but rather “I need to learn the tools to understand and manage this.”

    • January 13, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      Touché! I couldn’t have said it better myself. For someone so recently diagnosed, you’ve got a fantastic grasp of what it will take to move forward and to truly learn to accept yourself, just as you are, and to maximize your strengths and talents while (as you say) managing the challenges. Honing the attitude and understanding that we are different, not defective, is incredibly important I think.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to share a bit of your story with us.

      All the best on your journey!


      • January 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm

        Thank you for your encouragement! I wish I could drag the BF to the psychiatrist with me, poor thing. And it gets awfully confusing in my head. But I guess it’s like I tell folks in my career (conservation) — awareness is the first step.

  • May 10, 2018 at 3:44 am

    Dear Zoe
    I found “Hey look a squirrel” fascinating, but then I would since I’ve had ADHD for over 80 years! When my wife (of 61 years) and I lived in Lake Zurich, Illinois, I used to love looking at the squirrels scampering across our huge back lawn to the bird feeder. We bought one with a bar that closed the feeder when they would leap onto it from the from the tree branch, but I didn’t want them to stop coming so I placed the old feeder on the ground and filled it with the corn and nut mixture we bought for them. The pair of chipmunks that would dash out from under the porch were a special treat as well.
    I have started writing a book on my self-diagnosed ADHD that I’ve titled “Some Days are Crazier Than Others” and would love to include your piece as a special chapter, giving you and your website full credit of course. I don’t know if it will ever be accepted for publication, but if it isn’t I will pay to have it published with a limited issuance for my friends and family.
    If you consent and e-mail me your mailing address, I’d be pleased to send you an autographed copy.
    Lloyd Shanks – please email me at [email protected]


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