Getting started with ADD — ADD Tip o the day 164

Stuck. Paralyzed. Stagnating. Avoiding. Procrastinating.   All of the above.

Procrastinating is one of the hallmarks of ADD or ADHD, but we don’t even always recognize when we are doing it, and even when we do we can still be stuck.

I had two bills that needed to get sent, both to the same company.   I’d been thru this before and these people were hard to deal with.   There was a lot of complicated paperwork involved and I wasn’t even sure I could find it all.  I was avoiding the whole thing.  In other words, procrastinating.   Well, I do have ADD after all.  Finally I realized that I need to take my own advice, apply a strategy.  I picked one of the bills.  Focused on that one and forgot about the other one.  Was able to get that one done, then did the other one.

Strategies: Focus on one thing at a time.   Small steps.  It works!










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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3 Responses to Getting started with ADD — ADD Tip o the day 164

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  2. Scott Andrus says:

    “Stuck. Paralyzed. Stagnating. Avoiding. Procrastinating.”

    Doesn’t everyone have these problems? Is there a continuum from people who procrastinate at times, to people who clinically have ADD? Or is there something that forms a break: that distinguishes people with ADD from those who notice stagnation at times?
    Was there ever a kid who wasn’t bored at times — lots of times — in school?

    In any case, the strategies you recommend look useful even for people who do not have ADD.


    • yes and yes and yes. you are right on. if we list all of the ADD symptoms, most everybody has some of them some of the time.
      those of us with ADD have most of them most of the time. thats the difference
      and yes again, the strategies are useful for almost anybody – but essential for us ADDers
      thanks for the comment


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