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Archives for July, 2016

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Talking on the Phone with ADHD

Sometimes my mind wanders while I talk on the phone. It's not just long calls, or boring ones. I'm just not good at keeping a good pace with the person on the other end. Suddenly I think of all these things I could be, and should be, doing other than being tied to a phone call. I try to stick with it and my lack of interest is often rooted out when...
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Wait, What was I Doing Again? ADHD and chores

Have you ever stood at your kitchen sink drain wondering why you are standing there? I stare deeply at my drain a few times a day and think about the things I was doing just only a moment before—but they are gone. Poof, just like that.
The kitchen sink always seems to be the spot I return to when I draw a blank, even if I didn't realized I'd forgotten yet the sink is where I end up. I credit all the years...
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Planning with ADHD: Looking at the Bigger Picture

I had planned a long weekend of camping, hiking and working a half-day cleaning a vacation cottage on the rocky coast of Maine's Downeast region. The kids were gone with family, each one was sent off to a different place for individual time with loved ones. My tent was rolled tightly into my pack, wilderness foods were meticulously prepared and I put my socks, underwear and toilet paper in Ziplock bags and sucked...
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Maybe it’s Good to be Bored: ADHD and Boredom

My work is done for the day and my house is looking nice and clean. Wait, now what? When it comes to focusing my on myself, ADHD meddles with that too. 

I could paint the desk and end tables white like I've been wanting too. I could clean out the fridge or organize the recycling, nah. Maybe I ought to call someone or hang out with my sister, she just lives a few miles away. Sometimes...
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Reading Into It: The Self-Diagnosis Boom

Chances are the last time you looked up a health issue it was on the internet and not in a book. Maybe that's how you found this very blog. Books are more static and unable to offer the ease of use, hyperlinks and endless second opinions. It can be hard to figure out which information is useful, well researched and even possibly incorrect or harmful. Anyone can set up a blog and pretend to be someone...
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Coping Skills

How Cats Help with ADHD

Tending backyard chickens is a passion of mine. They are useful, don't require much work and are endlessly entertaining. But they are nothing like having a good cat around.

Our overweight feline, Mr. Mittens, is a strange cat. He has a lot of little quirks. But he definitely doesn't have some kitty form of ADHD. He does everything carefully, one step at a time.

Mr. Mittens grooms himself for an hour each night and late each morning....
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