Scattered, Distracted, and Too Many Options for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 598

Isn’t Life Interesting!    So Many Shiny Things To Choose From!

I’m working on:

Executive dysfunction and EFD ( executive function disorder) and ADD ADHD

Food allergies and food coloring and ADD ADHD

New York Times says childhood trauma can mimic ADD ADHD

The neuro anatomy of ADD ADHD

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Me neither.


Tip O the Day: Try to pick one thing and focus on it until it is done.

(Yeah.  Right.  If I can do that, maybe I don’t have ADD ADHD after all?!)


Links: (Take your choice)             

ADD,ADHD,attention deficit,adult ADD,adult ADHD,food,diet,food coloring,food colouring,choices,options,NYT,new York times,child trauma,childhood trauma,trauma,efd,executive function,executive dysfunction,brain circuit,neurocircuitry,

But isn’t hyperfocus a gift?


Food and food coloring

neuro circuitry




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. 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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12 Responses to Scattered, Distracted, and Too Many Options for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 598

  1. Pingback: Many things on my mind, with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 684 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. Overwhelm. Yep. I’ve got that and it’s especially bad right now.

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  3. Oh, Doug, just yes. I understand that completely. Having quite a day here myself!


  4. Scott Marckx says:

    Thank you Doug!
    I just read a post on the Zen Habits blog about the “anti-bucket list” that was talking about not putting things on our list that may sound fun or interesting, but aren’t as important to us. Getting overwhelmed with a big list of cool things to do is so common for me. I never thought of the option of choosing to leave something off my list… Your cards ideas is a little like this, selecting the top 5 things and then the first thing, but I still have those things on the other list(s). Sometimes I get tired of re-copying them to the new list and they go away, but this concept of not putting them on a list intentionally… that’s a neat idea! Here’s the link if you are interested:

    All the best and thank you for your blog posts,


    • Scott – thank you, for your contributions. I liked the zen post and the concept one of our “gifts” is that we are interested in so many things, but then its hard to say no to something – no, i’m not going to be able to do that.
      occasionally i stop and review my priorities, what’s really important to me, and then try to make sure the things on my to do list are heading in that direction.


  5. rammkatze says:

    Hi Doug. I too am overwhelmed with too many interests (most of which involve Impulse buys). Working part-time leaves me with lots of time and little money, so I delve Ingo DIY home improvement – I have about a gazillion wood projects (I should take a carpentry course. Let me put the real stuff aside and Google for one) and home gardening (I should buy a bigger vase for that plant, but wait! Which orchid can I plant on tree bark? Let me sit down with that Book). Whew! I comfort myself remembering how full of inertia I was pre-meds (people asked for my hobbies and I was at a loss) and that Luke someone you once linked put so nicely “The meds are like a pair of glasses, you still have to learn how to read.”. Trivia: writing in english on a cell phone with german auto-correct is a good challenge of an ADDer’s patience!

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