irritable ——– ADD Tip o the day 43

I am very irritable.  I get easily annoyed, often over small things, often over things that really aren’t even annoying.  I thought it was just me, one of my character flaws.

I looked up ‘ADD-irritable’ on the net and got 648,000 hits!                                                How come I didn’t know this??? 

(If you want to try it yourself, google ‘adhd adult irritable -bowel’.)

The net says that the meds don’t particularly help with this symptom.           My strategy:

1. mindfulness-just note to myself, without judgement or trying to change it – “Oh, I’m feeling irritated right now.”

2. I ask myself – “Why?”

3. Logic – “Is this really something to be irritated about?”

4. laugh.  Just laugh.

5. a short prayer

This combination seems to work pretty well.  The irritation usually evaporates, especially if there is no good reason for it.


more on the book soon.                                                           Did you see Ostrich the Grouch?

About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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