ADD ADHD and Wisdom? A Dozen Top Tips — ADD Tip O the Day 645

We ADDer’s are not renowned for our wisdom. Even so, you would think that by this advanced age I would have learned some things that could be of value to others.

So here is my advice, for what it’s worth. Some of it is specific to ADD ADHD.

  1. Trust in God. This is very hard to do.
  2. Do what is right. Be prepared to pay the consequences.
  3. When you are absolutely sure you are right, consider the possibility that you’re wrong.
  4. Look for opportunities to help others but take care of yourself and don’t be a patsy.
  5. Practice saying “No.”
  6. Meditate. Exercise. Take omega three fatty acids and a multi-vitamin. Do not smoke. Try to keep your weight down – this is very hard.
  7. Do it now, do it right and do the hard part first.
  8. Break everything into small steps and focus on one thing at a time.
  9. Make a long to do list but work off of a short one.  Realize that you will never catch up.
  10. Recognize that the most important things are your relationships, your health and your time.  Really!
  11.  Don’t ignore the negative but focus on the positive. Appreciate the beauty that you are surrounded with.
  12. Remember that we are all more alike than different, yet everyone is unique. And everyone is carrying a wound or a burden that you are not aware of.

Extra Note: There is so much more than we can ever imagine and so much that we cannot ever understand.

Invitation: Will you share your own hard earned wisdom with us here?


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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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10 Responses to ADD ADHD and Wisdom? A Dozen Top Tips — ADD Tip O the Day 645

  1. And listen to the little voice when it tells you to do or not to do something.

    Great advice, Doug.

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  2. Dinos says:

    I took this as inspiration from your book (and your #6, 7, and 8) to try and live by this:

    Setting yourself up for success isn’t enough; to succeed you have to set yourself up so that failure isn’t possible.

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  3. rammkatze says:

    Well, my wisdom fits under your nrs 2 and 3, but whenever I stubbornly argue with someone, I go check afterwards who was right. I’ll keep my silence if I find out I was right, but if I find out, the other person was right, I make it a point to go to them, apologize and tell them how I checked out that they were right. Saves me some restlessness, if not all of it. 🙂

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  4. Karolyn says:

    Thanks, Doug, for the twelve tips. These will be daily reading…
    I’m working on ‘giving up the need to defend my point of view.’ This goes with your #3.

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  5. jeff – yes, most of my ADD ADHD “wisdom” is in the book, i haven’t learned that much since i wrote it. good for you, very observant
    i like your tips – thank you. and we have to stay on top of our own medical care for a lot of reasons, most dr.s are overwhelmed and dont have time to look after you as they should. a shame.
    thank you for commmenting


  6. Jeff says:

    Hey Doug, Didn’t I read most of these tips in your book? I guess that means I passed the comprehension test! 😉 I’ve been highlighting most of the important tips in your book. Unfortunately, there are so many that I’ve been quickly going through highlighting markers!

    My tips to share:
    1) Always try to maintain a good attitude! A good attitude can see you through a lot of the adversity in your life!
    2) Listen to your doctor’s advice, but keep in mind that he/she may just be trying to cover his/her rear end to avoid a possible malpractice suit. Case in point: My doctor said my recent CT scan revealed that I have cysts on my liver, and wants me to have an MRI to check into this further. Scary situation, as I don’t know if I should be concerned. Does my doctor want me to have an MRI because he is concerned for my health, or is he just trying to protect himself? I guess I’ll never know the answer to this question! Jeff


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