Open Mind VS Old Patterns — ADHD Tip O the Day 737

With ADHD, we need to make some changes.

It’s hard to change a habit, but there are strategies:

  1. Spotting – This is the first step. Instead of trying to stop the old habit, just recognize every time you do it, spot it.  – “Oh, there I did it again.”  Later you will be able to shift to, “Oh, there I’m doing it again.”  It takes time.                                                                                       
  2. Substitution- We don’t just stop doing something; we need to do something else instead.  Replace the old habit with a new one.


Links O the Day:

James Clear on Habits  The Habit Guru     

doug on Habits

doug  on Problem,Strategy,Habit



Stupid Comment O the Day:

” Hope this post will take off. “



@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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3 Responses to Open Mind VS Old Patterns — ADHD Tip O the Day 737

  1. Pingback: A Bad Habit — ADHD Tip O the Day 829 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. jeff – great! yes, memory is a problem, and we surely need strategies. glad your wife is better, knowledge helps

    and, as always, thank you for commenting.


  3. Jeff says:

    Hi Doug. I don’t see any other comments, but I found this post very helpful. Especially the links! Your link to James Clear led me to BJ Fogg’s Tiny Habits Academy. Now I’m to start an online class on creating good habits tomorrow!

    Your link to Alan Brown’s video on ADD memory helped because it summarized how ADD affects the memory (my wife said that MY memory is worse than the typical ADD memory, as I apparently have SEVERE ADD). Maybe ADD Crusher has other good videos.

    And your third link goes to a post in which you said you are very fortunate to have a partner who will work with you on the ADD stuff. Yes, Martha sounds like a great gal. In the past, my wife was always very angry over the problems caused in my life by my ADD. However, since learning that ADD is the cause, she has been more tolerant in helping me cope with my ADD, and developing new strategies.

    As always, thanks for all of your help! Jeff


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