ADD ADHD and My Addictions. What Are Your Addictions? — ADD Tip O the Day 655

Many things can be addicting for us.  I’ve been  addicted to computer war games and to caffeine, but not anymore.  My only current addiction is food.

Hall marks of addiction are craving, time and energy and money spent on thinking about it, on seeking it, and on doing it, and loss of control. Boy, I have sure had those.

I loved my computer games but they were eating up my life.  I came up with a good strategy to deal with that.  It didn’t work, so I figured out another good strategy.  It didn’t work either.  After three or more strategies, I erased all the games off my computer and threw away all the discs.  It was very painful.  I loved those games.

I still have free cell on my wife’s computer (she never plays it) and chess and poker on my cell phone, but so far I can control the free cell, am not playing it at all lately, and only play the phone games when I’m stuck waiting or on a trip.  So these haven’t been a problem.  Yet.  And maybe they won’t be – I enjoy them but don’t love them.

What are your addictions and what do you do about them?


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One of my old dear addictions.


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If playing computer games was an occupation, ADD ADHD would not be a disorder.


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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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11 Responses to ADD ADHD and My Addictions. What Are Your Addictions? — ADD Tip O the Day 655

  1. Pingback: Miscellaneous ADHD Stuff — ADHD Tip O the Day 942.1 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. We’ll I understand where u are coming from as well, but mine went a lot worse I was diagnosed at 6 always felt different , started meds and conciling things seem too pick up, then parents after 19 years where getting a divorce a nasty one so with my 3 sisters and brother my treatment got put on back burner. So coasted through self medicating as got older pot daily, then it was not helping anymore then I broke back, and I found what I thought would and could save me hydrocodone 12 years at one time was taking 20-25 pills a day got all kinda trouble jail, lost jobs , lost wife, anyway started getting psychiatric help after I got off opiates with suboxone , I explained my diagnosis when I was young and how I did good for awhile until all craziness went on. So now doing great 40 years old Vyvanse 60mg , I got life back !! My doctor told me that kids who where not treated or wrongly diagnosed have a really good chance too become addicts from self medication, I ruined 12 years of life but would not trade now for anything thanks

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  3. D K Powell says:

    Facebook. Simply Facebook for me 🙂


  4. Soda. Food. iPhone games. Planners (maybe).

    My biggest struggles right now are the planners and games. I didn’t struggle much with my planner until my schedule went crazy and now I’m constantly thinking about how to manage my time. Time management is important but it’s getting out of hand. I think I’m making it too hard and thinking there’s a good solution when there just isn’t it. But I’ll get this figured out.

    I can’t tell you how relieved I was to read that it took you several tries to solve the computer games issue. I’ve done a couple of things already but haven’t succeeded yet. I felt like such a failure. But your comments encouraged me. You don’t always succeed the first or second or third time but you keep trying.

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    • homey- glad you’re relieved. beating up on ourselves can only make things worse. If it was me doing that, you would be tolerant and understanding, so could you do the same for yourself?
      yes, time is a booger, and managing it is an ongoing necessary effort that never succeeds. its like scisyphis (???) pushing the boulder up the hill. so you’re right, there is no solution, and maybe there is no perfect planner?
      thank you for your great comments


  5. rammkatze says:

    My biggest addiction is home improvement – buy wooden furniture and paint it myself, buy and try to care for plants, fix my bike (need help for that one)… I’ve renovated my kitchen in January and can’t get the idea of repainting my living room out of my head. Also replacing the white shleves with wooden brown ones, so it will all match. But wait, I probably can make shelves myself! There’s probably some woodshop courses in the area, lemme just google… (you see where I’m going with this?) I’m planing an expensive but custom-made system to organize my spice cabinet. Because you know, a normal spice-rack just won’t cut it for me. And it won’t keep me busy and going to several stores to see if they happen to have the pieces I need or if I need to build my own custom pieces… I don’t bother fight this addiction because, while expensive, it’s a hobby and it gives me an amazing sense of acomplishment. Second addiction is food. I’m trying to cut down on the food to cut down the costs. So I can feed my first addiction. I know, I’m so bad. :p

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