Stop with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 479

STOP is a very useful technique for ADD ADHD.  It cuts down on impulsiveness and can help deal with feelings  – “upset”, angry, confused, frustrated, demoralized, etc.

It’s an awareness practice, which can help us decrease getting caught up in distractions.  And it’s just good for your health in general.

Stop what you’re doing.
Take a few breaths.
Observe what’s going on for you, internally and externally.
Pick what would be best to do next.

I got from this lynne, she got it from dr. bertin


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Feeling overloaded?
Just STOP.

from lynne   STOP clik here

pause, from my sister

Sit, from me

PS I put “upset” in quotes because it’s a general term used for an uncomfortable emotional state but camouflaging its true identity.  It is more helpful to be aware and specify the exact emotion you are having.

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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8 Responses to Stop with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 479

  1. abder says:

    My comment came late, but here it is anyway: tools are good, but while flooded by emotions, you forget to use them; and even if you remember them, it can make you more angry to think about using them!


    • abder – yes it’s hard. but that’s one of the reasons we need to make key tools or strategies into habits, so emotions won’t interfere, it won’t be based on thought or remembering, just habit.
      thank you for commenting


  2. homemakersdaily says:

    Stopping is definitely a very helpful strategy. It gets you pointed back in the right directions.

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  3. mommaadd says:

    STOP is an awesome tip! I enjoy your blog and am benefiting from it. I find reading your blog every few days helps to get me back on track. It’s great.


    • momma – great, thank you. i like things that help us stay on or get back on track. i use the blue book for that too The Quiet Mind – multiple times a day.
      as always, thank you for commenting. good to hear from you.


  4. betsy, dont know if i think its the BEST tool, but it’s valuable. if parents can tolerate letting kids have their feelings, and not try to get them out of them, and identifying them “yes, you’re really sad about that” that might change the world.


  5. betsydavenport says:

    I have often thought the best tool parents can give their children (of any kind, ADD or not) is the vocabulary for naming feelings. Just as we tell our toddlers what objects are called (dog, box, spoon), we should tell them the names for their feelings (sad, mad, afraid, excited). This would, I am convinced, do more for the mental health of the population than almost any other single thing. And then, parents have to be as interested in hearing about the SAD as they are about the DOG.


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