Trauma and ADHD: How Are They Related?

Trauma and drama follow me around and ADHD seems to draw off thier negative impact on my daily life. I recently found out that ADHD can be directly correlated with my past history of traumatic experiences and is thought to be mistaken for the other. When I heard this I looked it up on my iPhone and found several articles about this newly studied linkage.

I'm very good at denial. Mental illness is...


Overwhelmed with ADHD: “Racing Mind” Reduction

Deadlines for work have not only drawn close, most of them went by days ago. Emails have built up and been flagged for importance leaving 44 red flags await my immediate response. Voicemails filled my mailbox until it would not accept any more. My computer stayed quiet in my green pack next to my phone, both turned off for days. This is incredibly unlike me and people are worried.

My grandmother passed last weekend and I'd spent a week...


Dinner is Always Late in Our ADHD Home

Sometimes I make an extravagant pasta sauce from scratch and forget to boil the pasta. Other days I make enough for an Army and have leftovers for a week. No matter the meal, it's generally late but delicious.

I have fall back plans for when I forget to thaw a package of deer steaks or had a mixed up day.

Make frozen dinners ahead that are simple to stick in the oven.
Cook twice as...


Too Many Ingredients in My Pie: ADHD Cooking

With an apple pie in mind, I set out to make the perfect butter based crust. Six large apples are all peeled and lay naked and browning before me. Everything was done on a massive butcher block I use for major baking projects—which is what every baking project usually becomes.

After the apples are all chopped, I remember the lovely organic cranberries in the fridge just...

Coping Skills

Winter Planning for ADHD Homesteads

My son's and my own ADHD has become a major factor in misorganized life on a busy homestead. Staying on track and keeping everything together is hard for me. It doesn't help matters that we work odd schedules with seasonal busy spells. Maine's long winters are known for unpredictable weather that can drop an inch of freezing rain or a foot of snow at random. I could plan for a long...


Enjoy Life for Better ADHD Management

I like ducks. No, really—all oddities aside, I enjoy the quirky company of a dozen ducks. We also have several breeds of chickens, two heritage breeds of turkey and in total 22 birds in our mixed flock. Our family has had chickens for years.

All birds are individuals with their own personality traits, like the Easter egger who is the most feisty during wing clipping and the speckled banty who is the fastest out of the pen...


Why ADHD isn’t a Good Excuse

Oops, I forgot to check the mail at the post office and lost that coupon for the new chips I like. Darn why didn't I gas up before my early work day commute? These things may have something to do with ADHD, but they can't be completely blamed on it.
Using ongoing ADHD symptoms as a crutch is denying personal responsibility for them. This way of thinking can lead to...