Conversation Follow Up from Southwestern College

Thanks to all attendees at our conversation “ADHD – the Ignored Problem”,  Oct 2 and for your great participation.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Of course, having ADD or ADHD, I had a problem with time and used up the first half going over 20% of the information.  So there were things we didn’t get to.  Need to think up a strategy for this repetitive problem.

The Motto – Do it now, Do it right, and Do the hard part first.

This motto is very useful  as habit to think of it when a decision comes up.  Let’s emphasize “Do the hard part first” cause the hard part is a significant part of why we’re procrastinating.  Once that’s done, the rest go easily.

Relationships –  I have had patients with depression and/or anxiety, and once we figured out that they were living with someone with ADD or ADHD, we were able to make things much better.  It’s hard.

Mimics – we can’t jump to a diagnosis, because other things can look like ADD or ADHD: depression, anxiety, mild autism, early dementia, substance abuse, medication side effects, learning and processing difficulties, other brain problems.  Careful evaluation can clarify this.

Strategies – I have lots of strategies to share that help me, but everyone has to find the ones that work for them.  The book is not a list of all the strategies in the world, but a presenting of the concept of strategies and how to use them.

Routine – this is a very useful tool ( or strategy; but we do need variety within the structure of routine )

These are the main things that didn’t get addressed.

Also, October is ADHD Awareness Month.  How apt is that!!

ADD coach – the only ADD or ADHD coach I could find in Santa Fe is in Montezuma.


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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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