Frazzled and My ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 701


Homey just wrote about overwhelmed, but yesterday, I was frazzled. It’s not the same. My appointment was canceled and rescheduled, I was behind on my blog posts and everything else, Marge broke her arm and I needed to walk her dog for her, I was on the phone trying to get something straight with a lady,  and my wife came in and started writing me a note.   I threw my hand up in the air and waggled it at her but she kept writing.

All my structure was falling apart, too many things were happening at once.  I wanted to throw both hands up in the air and waggle them and scream. But I didn’t.   I finished the phone call and looked at the note. Funny, the urgent note was my wife telling me that the lady I was just talking to wanted me to call her.   That was fine, but I wasn’t any less frazzled.

Unsettled, agitated, spinning, jittery, disorganized, disconbobulated – frazzled.

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, once said, and I paraphrase, “I’m really busy today. I’ll have to take an extra hour of prayer.”

So there was all this stuff I need to get done, and I was frazzled. I stopped and had my quiet time. It worked. I wasn’t frazzled anymore. I’m not saying I was great, just that I wasn’t frazzled.


  1. Recognize that you’re frazzled.
  2.  Stop.
  3.  In this example, I stopped and did my quiet time. I think taking a walk outdoors probably would’ve worked too.


Bonus Links O the Day:

Frazzled 1

Frazzled 2


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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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2 Responses to Frazzled and My ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 701

  1. holdthatthought says:

    hey Doug,

    sorry you had a frazzling day. i’ve got an idea/suggestion that may help in the form of an app recommendation for this exact sort of thing.

    it’s an app called Pause, here it is in action:
    is it weird that i’m excited for the next time for me to feel stressed/overwhelmed to try it out? will let you know how it works out. maybe it’ll help your friend, too

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Bully says:

      hold- I like the concept of Pause, but that particular app does not appeal to me. We are each unique. Please do let us know how it works out.
      Thank you for contributing.


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