Too Much, Too Much, Too Much — ADD Tip O the Day 670

Sometimes with my ADD ADHD, I can’t think straight, or even walk straight.  Sometimes it’s all too much.

I was going to the library. It was a nice day. I was going to walk.

Since I was going out, my wife wanted me to take the old newspapers to the trash bin. And on my way, to also take the filled water bottles back to my car. And while I was there, get the empty water bottles out of her car, and also check to see if the scarf I lost yesterday was in there.  And bring  the water bottles back to the apartment, and the lost scarf, if I found it.

Arrggghhhhh!  My head was spinning and my brain was about to explode.

But I did it! And I didn’t even get lost on the way.

And I did find the scarf.

I have strategies.

 Strategy 1.  It would have been smart to just stop and write it all down, but that would’ve felt silly and it would’ve required enough patience to stop and actually do it.

Strategy 2.  So I just kept saying it over and over to myself: trash, my car bottles, her car bottles, scarf.  That seemed to help; the headache that was coming didn’t.


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See how confusing it is?



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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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6 Responses to Too Much, Too Much, Too Much — ADD Tip O the Day 670

  1. I do that all the time, I try to find a tune to repeat the steps too. My current favorite is “The Lady is a Tramp” you can’t go wrong with Frank Sinatra

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  2. Laura says:

    Haha! This just made my day (well, night really, since, in adhd land, I am on Facebook at 2 am instead of asleep, because, well, Facebook is adhd hell)!

    Anywhoo.. I do the mental list all the time to **try** to keep my focus! But sometimes when I complete one of the tasks I lose my flow and forget the whole thing! 😦 I make lists, but then I lose my lists. Oh well, at least I’m not alone!

    Congrats on a productive day! 😉

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    • laura – see homey’s comment on using a tune. It’s great idea. sounds like you need a strategy for lists – you already have identified a specific problem, that’s a good first step. thank you for commenting


  3. Martha – i think they’re in my car. will find out tomorrow


  4. Martha Puryear says:

    Oh my, Didn’t mean to set off that chain of events but thanks for persevering. Now, where are the earmuffs???

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