My Worst ADD ADHD Problem – – – ADD o the day 525

So many ADD ADHD symptoms:

Distractibility, procrastination, impulsivity, blurting out, not finishing, not starting, not understanding time, not managing time, sloppy, uncoordinated, losing things –                   and what else?

My worst problem:

It’s hard to pick out the one that causes me the most trouble, but I think it’s distractibility, which leads to poor time management.

I find so many things interesting. I have a hard time setting priorities, and so little  willpower, that when I’m doing something I’m always darting off onto something else in the middle.  I wind up spending time on things that are not important while the important thing slide.


My strategy  is to be aware that this is a problem, recognize it and label it when it happens, write the new interest down,  and stay on task.

Usually works.

Secondary strategy: Interrupt myself frequently to ask, “Is this the best use of my time?”

Third strategy: Ritalin, in the form of Daytrana, helps me with distractibility.



Question o the Day:

What ADD ADHD symptom causes you the most trouble and how do you cope with it?

Bonus Links:

from keath low on managing ADD ADHD

here’s another one full of misinformation – a “fictitious disorder”

from oren mason md on measuring improvement

ADD, ADHD,adult ADD,adult ADHD,attention,deficit,procrastination

Look straight ahead. Focus.

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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5 Responses to My Worst ADD ADHD Problem – – – ADD o the day 525

  1. rammkatze says:

    Seems to be an old post, but I’d like to share. My biggest hurdle is the one that lead to the diagnosis: irritability towards people – not usually unundeserved, but disproportionate in relation to the nuisance. Sadly, I still don’t have a decent coping technique. I just shut my mouth tight so I don’t lash out, I kind of hurt from this sort of bad adrenaline rush and I either look like a total doormat or feel and look so utterly jittery and fake-smiley that people don’t react well. Like most add things, this too is worsened by stress. And of course, my concentration abilities are close to zero for hours afterwards.

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    • ram – irritability is a big problem for me too. I do have some strategies to help cope with it. Have you tried typing “irritable” into the search box at the top of the ADD post? There’s four or five posts on the topic. You may find something helpful there.
      thank you for commenting..


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  3. homey-
    boy, do I know what you mean! Distractibility. Start to do something in get lost doing something else and don’t finish that either. Maybe too much stress?
    Thanks for the comment.
    two votes for distractibility, as the worst.


  4. Since my ADHD has been worse lately, I’ve been having a heck of a time with distractability. I’ve opened half the curtains (on the same window), fixed the grandkids chocolate milk but forgot to close the lids and hand them to them, and a bunch of other stuff. I’ve never had this much trouble before. In the past, I was able to stay focused pretty well. This new phase is annoying me. How hard is it to finish something!!!! Especially opening the curtains or fixing chocolate milk. Seriously. It’s annoying. Okay – and sometimes it’s funny. When I saw the curtains half open, I did have to laugh.


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