Excerpt? — ADD Tip o the day 209

thought I’d post an excerpt from the book.  Is this a good idea? or not so much?

Chapter 3

Our focus center 

Our focus center is different. This is the hypothetical spot in our brain that has to be turned on in order for us to focus our attention on something.  Our focus centers simply don’t turn on like people’s without ADD (or ADHD).

Our lack of focus is our primary problem and the source of many of our difficulties, like procrastination, trouble setting priorities, trouble dealing with time, trouble finishing projects, perfectionism, and the inevitable demoralization. We have trouble starting something, staying with it and not getting distracted. We drift into dead ends and into unneccessary and fruitless pursuits and time wasters. All of this is due to our focus center not being turned on when we need it.

Paradoxically, sometimes we have extreme focus. If our focus center is turned on, we can focus – we can really focus! This can be good; we can really accomplish something if our focus center is turned on. But we can have trouble shifting to something else when we need to.            


anyway its easy to do.  would appreciate comments.

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 amazon.com, or smashwords.com (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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2 Responses to Excerpt? — ADD Tip o the day 209

  1. Marc Perry says:

    Yes. By all means it’s both helpful and appropriate to include excerpts of the book here, Doug.

    You have a crisp, clear writing style which is particularly potent in the book “Your Life Can Be Better.” As a person diagnosed with ADD, I’ve never seen in print some of the symptomology, tips, traits, coping mechanisms and strategies you describe so aptly through your writings and your invitations for others to share, express, and in the process receive valuable affirmation of our innate gifts and value as human beings. Human beings who struggle with yet-to-be-mapped territories, such as the hypothetical center in the brain that must be turned on in order for us to focus and achieve.

    The ‘work’ for me of living with my diagnoses crosses and includes multiple domains, including: clinical, psychological and biochemical aspects of the physical/medical sciences, as well as the spiritual and emotional domains of the “Self,” who occupies the physical body and struggles with the aforementioned challenges to reach my full potential. Your compassionate, clear communication style helps me incorporate all of these things into the simple tasks of learning to incorporate strategies to become more fully who I am: A being always in process of becoming –who also must leap the additional hurdles posed by living with ADD.


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