More irritation — ADD Tip of the day 279

add,adhd,irritable,grouchy,living with add, livingwith adhd,coping with add, copoing with adhd,adult add,adult adhdI’ve previously noted that I am very irritable.  It was a blessing to learn that irritability is a part of ADD or ADHD and not just another of my character flaws.  But it is annoying to be so irritable, at any little thing.  Small sounds.  Tiny inconvenience.  Nothing at all. 

I’m grateful that I’m not angry like I used to be, and don’t lose my temper anymore.  I attribute that to spiritual growth, therapy, meditation, exercise, and dare I say, some increase in maturity.

And I use strategies.


anahi ortiz on self esteem  clik here

I’m always trying to improve, sometimes I think too much.

Should I try to improve on that?

my other posts on irritability:  clik here, here, and here

(If I’m writing so much on it, it must be important.)

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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11 Responses to More irritation — ADD Tip of the day 279

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  5. Betsy Davenport, PhD says:

    I am aggravated. Less so by far than in the past, which I used to attribute to careful use of medications, then to a course of neurofeedback, then to sheer forbearance, now to not giving a damn. But emotional regulation is a brain function, poor such is a brain dysfunction, and I’m still waiting to find the line for a standard issue brain.


    • i like your comments, and the not giving a damn sounds like a great strategy. its connected to the strategy of asking, “is it really important?” (Next post). lots of recent comments/blogs about the benefits of ADD, do you want to trade in your brain for one less creative?


      • Anonymous says:

        That’s the wrong question. I know plenty of creative people who don’t have ADD. I’d like to be like that. In fact, I am more creative when my ADD symptoms are at a low ebb. Our the converse: when the symptoms are under better control, I am more creative.

        Wild horses could not drag out of me the phrase, “gift of ADD.”


        • in truth, I’m with you. I would give up the gifts, whatever they may be, to have these problems. but i can’t tell if my creativity, such as it is, is related to the ADD or not. moot point, it is as it is. best wishes


  6. I think two links go to the same post–


    • sorry, dystechnologica. hope it wasnt too irritating. thanks for telling me. should be post 207, 176, 162, and 43.
      can you find them? i’ll try to fix it. maybe tomorrow? (procrastinating?)
      thank you for commenting
      best wishes


  7. I’m interested in reading those other posts. I, too, am irritable and I cannot stand it.


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