Tips for Surviving with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 730

What can we expect of ourselves, or of someone else, with ADHD?

“Life can be hard, and with ADHD, it’s even harder.”

“Some days, just surviving is a triumph.”

            Doug Puryear

The great cell phone adventure

The 1:20 alarm on my cell phone went off.  That’s a signal to take off my Daytrana patch so that I’ll be able to sleep tonight. I needed to turn off the alarm, but I couldn’t find the phone. The loud ringing continued.  It seemed to be coming from the kitchen, so I walked in there. There was  a cell phone on the counter, but I double checked and it was Martha’s. It sounded like maybe the ringing was coming from her purse on the counter, but when I stuck my ear in there, it wasn’t. It wasn’t in the cupboard under the counter either.

The phone kept ringing.  Then, God forbid, it sounded like it was maybe in the dryer, but it wasn’t (there’s another story behind that). I moved back to the dining area, but clearly it was coming from the kitchen on my left. I went back in and looked under the dryer. Nope.

It was then that I realized it was in my left pocket. I was wearing my exercise pants, very baggy, and hadn’t felt it.

I turned the alarm off.

It wasn’t until the 1:30 backup alarm went off that I realized that in all the excitement I had failed to take off the patch, which, of course, was the point in the first place.

What it takes

As Homey just pointed out in her comment, we have to work harder. We can accomplish,  but we do have to work harder to get things done. Nonetheless, although we tend to drive our significant others crazy, we can accomplish things and succeed in life.


From Dr. Prevatt Tips on surviving with ADD ADHD.  She has hit most of my tips!

from Melissa Melov on nagging and reminding

Bonus Link O the Day:

Can you have ADHD and be in a relationship?

Note: Did you recognize the tips hiding in the phone story?

Yet another note: I have a new excellent job, so I’m even busier than before.  Think I will revive some of the best old posts from time to time. Hope you will find the review beneficial.

@addstrategies  #adhd  #add  @dougmkpdp

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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5 Responses to Tips for Surviving with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 730

  1. holdthatthought says:

    also, congratulations on the new job!


  2. holdthatthought says:

    Hahaha sorry that happened to you.
    One afternoon I spend like 3 hours looking for my glasses all over the house. I checked everywhere–the fridge, dog kennel, in the sofa cushions, everywhere. My girlfriend walks through the door and asks me what I’m looking for.

    They were on my face.

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  3. Jeff says:

    Hi Doug. I enjoyed your cell phone adventure story, LOL! I’m sure that has happened to me also. I think I found my phone in the breadbox once! I recognized the tip about using alarms, and currently use many alarms via my PC, plus manual alarms. It drives my wife crazy when she’s home! But I’ll have to look into using the alarm feature included with my cell phone. Haven’t done that yet.

    Good luck with your new job! No problem with you reviving old posts. Quality is more important than quantity! I haven’t been following you all that long, so some of your old posts will seem new to ME! I’m also hoping to begin a re-read of your book, which I bought and read last year. I think I need a refresher! Jeff

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    • jeff – i have lots of ways to drive my wife crazy. alarms is a good one.
      a refresher sounds like a good idea. we forget, and also when we find something that works, we quit doing it.
      i will try to pick the quality posts
      thank you for contributing


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