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My ADD ADHD Problem: Stalled, Stuck, and Overwhelmed — ADD Tip o the Day 531

Stuck Since I changed my schedule I haven’t been able to get reorganized yet.                       My to do list is way too long, and I’m blocked and stuck. Strategy I … Continue reading

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My Wife Complains – – – ADD Tip O the Day 530

My wife told me this morning that I’m very difficult to  live with.      I have no reason to doubt her.  She’s  unhappy because I got lost walking in the neighborhood the other day and she was concerned about me. … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD is Messy — ADD Tip o the Day 529

Making a mess: I previously told you about my struggles with the plastic dish pan for foot soaking. I would have the pan at the sink, fill it with hot water from the teakettle, take it over to the table and put it under … Continue reading

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Not Getting Things Done? – – – ADD Tip o the Day 528

On not getting things done: My sister does not have ADD ADHD, but she sure comes up with some good tips.       Thanks Lucy. Here’s her email:  Doug,   Am trying a new strategy & wonder if it … Continue reading

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Messed Up Again with ADD ADHD– – – ADD Tip o the Day 527

Confession: On Friday, I stood up my friend for our monthly breakfast appointment. I felt badly about that plus I really enjoy our meetings. At our last meeting, I’d written the next  appointment time in my appointment book, but I’d only … Continue reading

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Messed Up Again with ADD ADHD– – – ADD Tip o the Day 527

messed this up too, this was not supposed to be posted yet. Don’t get upset, I’ll post it in a few days.

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Rules: Friend or Enemy? – – – ADD Tip O the day 526

Some of my current rules – these are essential: 1. When I write an appointment in my appointment book, put down both the time and the activity; either one without the other is not very useful. Double check to make … Continue reading

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My Worst ADD ADHD Problem – – – ADD o the day 525

So many ADD ADHD symptoms: Distractibility, procrastination, impulsivity, blurting out, not finishing, not starting, not understanding time, not managing time, sloppy, uncoordinated, losing things –                   and what else? My worst problem: It’s hard … Continue reading

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Outgrowing ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 524

New brain imaging studies I don’t pretend to understand this, but this is as close as I can get: Years ago, I was taught that children outgrow ADHD ADHD during adolescence. This is wrong. Our brains are different: In children, … Continue reading

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Trying Medications for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 523

ADD ADHD medication question: Recently posted: “My doctor is prescribing buproprion for adhd. Is this experimental? Am I a Guinea Pig?”     My response:  buproprion is a well known antidepressant that works on the same neurotransmitters as the stimulants, and … Continue reading

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Do You Know the Principles of Humanity? — ADD Tip o the Day 522

PRINCIPLES OF HUMANITY 1. If we struggle and struggle with a problem, and finally find something we can do that works, the next thing we will do is stop doing it. 2. People will choose up sides, and make it … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Change of Schedule – – – ADD Tip o the Day 521

I changed my schedule. And Oh, my! Wake up. Pills, pills, and more pills. Kegl exercises (don’t ask). Quiet time. Check net. Breakfast and read paper. Brush teeth. And so my day is begun – Change of schedule But recently … Continue reading

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Daytrana Patch (Ritalin) — ADD Tip o the Day 520

My Daytrana patch is helping. This is Ritalin absorbed through the skin. It gives me more control and doesn’t have the G.I. side effects I get from Ritalin. But I need to remember to take it off early, so that hopefully I … Continue reading

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Don’t Need Structure — ADD Tip o the Day 519

Escape from structure Camil and others write about being free of structure, “Relief from all this silly rules.” And “Just let my mind fly anywhere it wants to.” That sounds wonderful to me, and now that I’m retired, seems like … Continue reading

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Retirement, Time, and Other ADD ADHD Illusions — ADD Tip o the Day 518

With ADD, ADHD, we tend to be interested in a lot of different things. When we moved to Santa Fe, I planned to cut down my practice. Then I would have time to do things on my wish list, like … Continue reading

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Time, Pressure, Urgency, Impatience and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 516

Urgency! 1. I did the hard work – reviewed the records, made notes, and then dictated the report and edited it. It’s ready to go, except there’s two documents I’m missing. I don’t think they’ll make any difference, but I … Continue reading

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Piddling with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 515

Do you piddle? I was going through my emails, deleting some and putting some into folders, which is like touching the same piece of paper twice, not really doing anything. I paid a bill and made a few to–do notes.  I … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Tips From Homey— ADD Tip o the Day 514

Fresh out of ideas: Although we with ADD ADHD are supposed to be blessed by extra creativity, I am totally out of ideas this week, so I am just posting some of Homey’s great tips. thanks again, Homey. from Homey: … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Schedule — ADD Tip o the Day 513

Lots of choices We have good  friends visiting from New York , and there’s a lot of options of neat things to do. They don’t want to make the beautiful drive up to Truchas, via the Sanctuario with its holy … Continue reading

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Women and ADD ADHD (and even sex) — ADD Tip o the Day 512

Women’s symptoms of ADD ADHD get worse after puberty. I didn’t know this.  What do you think?  from jeg Girls often don’t get diagnosed From Lisa Tims, special education specialist What is fascinating is that many girls with ADD have quite … Continue reading

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Blurting Out — ADD Tip o the Day 511

We with ADD or ADHD have problems with blurting out; for example, saying the wrong thing to the wrong person at the wrong time. “Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?” Here’s some guidance on how … Continue reading

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Chaining in ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 510

            While working on the new book, Living Daily With Adult ADD.  I noticed that I was procrastinating on finishing the fifth draft,  when I only had a few more tips to edit.  I asked myself, … Continue reading

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Women and ADD ADHD part 2 — ADD Tip o the Day 509

Follow up from homey (slightly edited): “If it’s bothering you enough to want to change it” is a big one. I have a family member who doesn’t write anything down and she frequently gets herself in BIG trouble. We both came to the … Continue reading

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New Brain Studies in ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 508

New studies using brain imaging: The studies show two types of network within the brain, a resting one and an active one. In children and adults with ADHD, the resting one does not function properly – two major parts of … Continue reading

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Women and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 506

Too Disorganized I enjoyed meeting again with my friend, the lovely lady who claims that she’s too disorganized to get organized, or to use any of the tips or strategies. She says she doesn’t have shirt pockets, although she guesses she … Continue reading

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Beliefs and ADD ADHD, Controversies, part four – – – ADD Tip o the Day 505

A long article from derek halpern  says it better than I have, here’s an excerpt:   Here’s The Big Reason Why People Don’t Change Their Minds When Confronted With New Data It’s proven that when we’re confronted with information that … Continue reading

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“What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” – A New ADD ADHD Strategy — ADD Tip o the Day 504

What could go wrong? “I know, let’s invade Iraq and capture all those weapons of mass destruction. We have the best army in the world. What could go wrong?” “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome aboard. I … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Controversies part two— ADHD Tip o the day 502

Confusing correlation and cause; confusing cause and effect The blog claiming that French children do not have ADD ADHD carries a number of comments from people  observing that when children  in their classroom are provided structure and discipline they behave well. They conclude that children actually … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Controversy and Other FlimFlams – ADD Tip o the Day 501

Regarding recent writings questioning the diagnosis of ADD, ADHD and the possible misuse of Ritalin and other medications: Why is there such an increase in diagnosis of ADD ADHD in children? Increased awareness of ADD ADHD? Increased expectations of children, … Continue reading

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ADD and ADHD Blog — THIS IS IT ! ADD Tip o the Day 500

The best Tip o the Day so far: For most of us, our to do list is infinitely long and keeps growing, But – we need to work from a to do list that has five things maximum on it. … Continue reading

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Living with ADD from Dr. Robin Binnig — ADD Tip o the Day 498

This is from Robin, who is a psychologist,an ADHD expert, and an ADDer.  She tells it like it is.  And offers some of her tips. Robin: “Isn’t it something how we can miss ADHD for so long in someone?  I … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Medications and “Normals” and Problems — ADD Tip o the Day 497

These from Oren  Mason, MD, ADDer — too  good to let go by: Oren Mason Author and Educational Speaker “This could be another hole poked in my belief that these medications do not help people who do not have ADD … Continue reading

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Do It Now — ADD Tip o the Day 496

This is a follow up on the “ADD ADHD and living 12 hours ahead” post. If I can do it now, I won’t need to do it then. There are a lot of strategies related to this: 1. It is … Continue reading

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Increase Self Control — ADD Tip o the Day 495

Ritalin May Increase Self Control If it does, this would presumably apply also to the other stimulants, Adderall, etc, as well as possibly to Straterra. This could be another hole poked in my belief that these medications do not help … Continue reading

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Sleep And ADD ADHD – – ADD Tip o the Day for 494

Sleep is very important with ADD or ADHD It makes a difference.  For one thing, if I don’t get enough sleep, my memory gets even worse.  So I have medicines to help me sleep, melatonin for sleep and gabapentin (Neurontin) … Continue reading

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Living with ADD ADHD 12 Hours Ahead — ADD Tip o the Day 493

  Living with ADD ADHD My wife said, “Doug, you’re always living twelve hours ahead!” I don’t think she meant it as a compliment. But she’s right, I do. Packing for a trip If I’m going on a trip, I … Continue reading

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I have ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 491

I have ADD ADHD, my attention span is short, I’m not good at passive, I’m impatient, so I don’t: -read long posts -watch u tubes -listen to comcasts -participate in webinars -always document my sources when I post -always check … Continue reading

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Labeling? Do you want to be labeled? — ADD Tip o the Day 490

New Controversy More recent controversy about ADD ADHD – about the harm of “labeling”.   Is there a difference between a label and a diagnosis? Boy, when I got a label I grabbed it and held on – “Oh, I have … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Improvement!!

More good stuff from Jerry Bair:   10 Ways ADHD Adults Can Improve Themselves In Just 10 Minutes A Day   Like many adult ADHDers, there are a million things I want to do or improve in my life. Eat … Continue reading

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To Do Lists? — ADD Tip o the Day 489

“Lists don’t work for me!” Some people with ADD ADHD have told me that to do lists don’t work for them.  That may be so, because we are each unique, but my guess is they aren’t using them properly.  Then … Continue reading

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More On Esquire Article — ADHD Tip o the Day 488

The Esquire article was lengthy,                                                                       … Continue reading

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Beliefs, Where Do They Come From? — ADD Tip o the Day 487

According to research, we all do this, ADD ADHD or not: Most of our beliefs come from our emotional responses; we then dig up data to support them. If we come across information that refutes or doesn’t support our belief, … Continue reading

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The Non-strategy ADD ADHD Strategy — ADD Tip o the Day 485

We need strategies to deal with our ADD ADHD problems, but what if it doesn’t have to be a problem in the first place?  Sometimes it’s our attitude or our assumptions that make something into a problem.  Tom has a … Continue reading

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Overcoming Overwhelmed — ADD Tip o the Day 484

Structure: Routine,Schedule With my ADD ADHD I need structure, which comes from routine and schedule.  Some people don’t like routine and schedule; it makes them feel confined and they prefer free wheeling and spontaneous.  For me, that is not freedom, … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Myths, Controveries, and Fantasies — Tip o the Day 481

My new book, “The World Is Flat, The Round Earth Is a Communist Conspiracy and Ritalin Will Make Your Ears Fall Off”, will be out soon.  I expect it to be an immediate best seller, and certainly featured in the … Continue reading

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“Organizing Clutter” —- ADD Tip o the Day 480

Thought that was an interesting title, assume it means moving the clutter around into different piles? With our ADD ADHD we are indeed prone to clutter, and can’t find stuff, and don’t function as well in disorder and mess.  It’s … Continue reading

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Stop with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 479

STOP is a very useful technique for ADD ADHD.  It cuts down on impulsiveness and can help deal with feelings  – “upset”, angry, confused, frustrated, demoralized, etc. It’s an awareness practice, which can help us decrease getting caught up in … Continue reading

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Overgeneralizing with ADD ADHD – ADD Tip o the Day 478

Overgeneralizing isn’t a feature of ADD ADHD particularly, but it seems rampant everywhere. There are two main types, the personal and the universal. “I took medication X (ritalin, adderall, sterrata, wellbutrin, etc) and and had horrible side effects.” Yes, OK, … Continue reading

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Overwhelmed!! Living with ADD or ADHD – ADD Tip o the Day 477

I’m pretty good at seeing other people’s ADD ADHD problems and offering good advice; it’s very hard for us to see ourselves. Finally got the message I finally read the signals: 1. Rerun of old dream about college – haven’t … Continue reading

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Homey WOW! congratulations

Homey i just saw your fix up project – i can’t do that kind of stuff, I ‘m handyman challenged as well as technologically challenged.  I’m impressed with all you are doing – a lot!! anything i try involves at … Continue reading

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