Morals and ADD ———- Tip of the Day 44

I asked a patient about his use of alcohol and drugs,                                                                  he made a comment about his”vices”.     

A friend commented on his ADD, said rules don’t work for him because he just rebels against them, said he doesn’t have a  conscience, that it doesn’t bother him when he doesn’t get things done that he should.  

When I am deciding if I will eat something that I “shouldn’t”, I argue with myself that “it will be alright.”  Then I usually eat it.

My friend has a conscience, his parents are still living in his head telling him what he should do, is supposed to do, and he is telling them that he doesn’t have to if he doesn’t want to.

We are making these into moral issues, and they are not, they are about what is best for us, what will make our life go better.

ADD is not a moral issue, a character flaw.  It is not about trying harder.  It is about having strategies to make our life better.


book is coming along, should be out in fall, 2011

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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