Who’s the Expert On ADD ADHD? — ADD Tip O the Day 618

With ADD ADHD We Need Experts

Who would you nominate?

Long Definition of Expert:

An expert  is someone widely recognized as a reliable source of technique or skill whose faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely is accorded authority and status by peers or the public in a specific well-distinguished domain. An expert, more generally, is a person with extensive knowledge or ability based on research, experience, or occupation and in a particular area of study.

Short Definition of Expert:

a person who has special skill or knowledge in some particular field; specialist; authority.

(Would we have to define “widely” or “extensive” or “special”?)

My Expertise

I’ve studied ADD ADHD a lot and have worked with ADD ADHD patients.   Mainly though, I have lived with it. And lived with it. And lived with it.

I don’t consider myself a scientific expert although I make an effort to stay knowledgeable.  And I don’t know a lot about ADD ADHD in kids.  (When I was a kid I didn’t know I had it.)

Some scientific experts are Drs. Farone, Barkley, Parker,  Mason and  Levin.  They don’t always agree with each other but seem to know what they’re talking about, based on scientific studies and not just opinion.

And most certified  coaches know about ADD ADHD.

If I am an expert it would be on strategies.

Strategies:

If we have ADD AHD we need strategies to help us cope and make our life better.  But we need to know how to devise strategies  and tweak them to fit our unique selves and unique situations, and we need to know how to use them.  I think those are the things I know something about.  An expert!

Should be, after all this time.

So, Tip O the Day:

Try to be sure your “expert” knows what they’re talking about.

Tip O the Day Number Two

It is up to you to educate yourself about ADD ADHD and become an expert too.  So, you’re reading this blog right now. Good for you!

doug

ADD,ADHD,attention deficit,adult ADD,adult ADHD, strategy,strategies,science,expert,knowledge

ADD ADHD Strategies don’t always work out well.

Quote O the Day From Homey: 

” I only like change when it’s my idea & I only like noise when I’m making it.”

Bonus Links:

From Homey’s collection of tips: May 2015 Tips, Tricks & Techniques | Homemakersdaily

Strategies for Using Strategies

Stupid Question O the Day:

Does this do anything  #ADD #ADHD ? 

I’m not an expert on Twitter. I have to wait until my grandson gets back in town.

Irrelevant Comment O the Day:

The blog just reached 70,000 hits!   I’m excited!

Thank you all!

doug

 
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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. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at amazon.com, or smashwords.com (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 Who’s the Expert On ADD ADHD? — ADD Tip O the Day 618

  1. D K Powell says:

    Simple and down-the-line good advice there Doug. In this day and age there’s actually no need for any of us to rely on ‘the expert’. Instead we use their knowledge and that of others to empower ourselves and become expert enough to judge whether or not their advice was sound in the first place Or so we should.

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    • ken – discernment!
      thanks for commenting
      doug

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    • Dianne in the desert says:

      There really never is one expert on anything. Seriously, I have spent years at this; been reading books, watching videos, working with therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists We do two things with what we hear, see, and feel. We either try it out, or we put it away for later use, or we drop it like a hot potato. The same is true for experts. They write about (or otherwise produce) what they think has worked. Have you noticed that the experts never talk about the failures?

      Talk about crazy making stuff. Wow. No, I am not a naysayer who says that none of it works. I am a senior adult who didn’t know that her problem was ADD until long after it would have served me better had I known sooner. Nevertheless, I “got it” and I worked with it, sometimes even against my ADD, in order to have a life that I could tolerate. It is, after all, each person’s life that has to be lived.

      There is no “one size fits all” in anything — including clothing sizes. What works works. What does not work is tossed out like the trash.

      It is my belief that if the experts could fix us, they would have found the methods and tools long ago.

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  2. You definitely have to become your own expert. Some of the stuff I’ve read on-line about time management when you have ADHD is horrible advice. It’s not practical at all. The advice is exactly the same advice that’s given to everyone else and while some of it is valid, people with ADHD have unique challenges in time management and the one-size-fits-all method presented by the time management “authorities” doesn’t work for most of us.

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    • homey – great point, everyone is unique and ADDers are more unique? or are in a separate category to start with.
      if i could do some of the strategies for the vanillas, then i dont have ADD.
      thank you always for commenting
      doug

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  3. Dianne in the desert says:

    There is a single truth that goes along with strategies. Write down your strategy and really look at it to determine if it can “grow” with you. The example of the sticky notes is classic. The notes work well until there are too many of them. Focus is our problem, so limiting what we have to focus on is a good tactic and lends itself well to our strategy.

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