It’s Christmas/Hanuka/Holiday Season -A challenge with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 758

The Holidays are supposed to be Joyful

But with ADHD, they can be just extra challenging.

Did you procrastinate on getting the gifts or the cards?

Does the prospect of  making choices and decisions terrify you?

Are you having trouble using unscheduled free time?

Are the memories of previous holidays making you feel depressed?

Does the prospect of another ‘joyful gathering’ with your family fill you with dread?

Well, welcome to the group.  The holidays are stressful and distressing to many people, and probably more with ADHD.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you.



  1. Remember to use your basic ADHD strategies – sometimes we forget.
  2. Cut down – set smaller goals, do less.
  3. Remember that you do not Have To do anything you really don’t want to.  Think about it; you really don’t Have To.
  4. Be sure to watch the movie, Home for the Holidays. This is one of our annual traditions.

Very Appropriate Links:

An ADHD night before Christmas by Rick Green

Downsizing Christmas – from Beth


@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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8 Responses to It’s Christmas/Hanuka/Holiday Season -A challenge with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 758

  1. rammkatze says:

    I can’t go home for the holidays, so I’ll be spending it alone. But I was always very fond of Christmas, so it’s the one thing I don’t procrastinate. This year I just baked a whole bunch of cookies and sent it all over the world: back home to Portugal, to one of my sisters in Norway, to my sis and niece in Australia, to my best friend in France. It’s a booger to have your loved ones scattered all around the globe and not celebrating Christmas, but I do remember the dread of travelling to see the family – very stressful. I’m still making nice food for me and will skype with family and friends, so spending this time alone doesn’t mean I’ll be sitting bitterly in a dark corner. 🙂

    I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

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  2. Martha Puryear says:

    Hanukkah or Chanukah.

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. Scott Marckx says:

    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

    Thank you for your helpful blog and book.

    I’m still trying to cut down the extra to dos of the holidays and trying to build healthy habits. Found myself saying the other day that if I can figure this out at this time of year I’ll have really learned something! Even if I don’t figure it out I’m defitely learning…perspective is everything;-)

    All the best, Scott

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