Who’d Have Ever Thought My ADHD Would Bring Me Fame, Other Than From An Horrendous Accident Or A Terrible Crime
I am honored, and excited, within reason of course, to be a guest on a podcast recorded last Thursday. It’ll show in October 2, for ADHD month.
The hostess is Jennie Friedman, a genuine ADHD maven and coach. She has a good web site, ‘See in ADHD’ where I’ll also have a guest post in early September. Jennie is a very active member of the ADHD tribe.
Our topic will be ADHD and Anxiety, and it made me nervous just to think about it. The first podcast I ever did, I filled with verbal tics – “Uh”, “You know.”, etc. You know? I was appalled when I heard it, thought I had gotten over those.
The next one, I sounded like I was at the bottom of a well. Well, that’s not my fault, it’s the mike on my laptop, I guess.
Fortunately, you can’t see how I look in the podcast; that’s not my fault either. Unless you insist on bringing up all those years of dissipation.
Since I am extremely technologically challenged, I was anxious about getting logged in, and afraid I might miss the whole thing while trying to figure out how to connect. But like last time, Jennie held my hand and walked me through it. It went alright.
So, obviously you want to be sure to tune in October 2nd and see how I screwed it up this time. And you’ll meet Jennie, if you don’t already know her. And you might learn something new that will make it worth your while.
We’ll be talking about anxiety and ADHD.
Reserve the time, but you can check out her stuff before that.
Hope you enjoy.
- If you’re anxious about doing something, do it anyway.
- Ask, “What’s the worst thing that can happen?”
- Then ask, “So what? What will it matter 10 years from now? Five?”
- Then make a plan B – “Assuming the worst does happen, what would I do then?”
- Use breathing techniques. I used to think that these were woo woo nonsense, but I’ve learned they do work for me. Very useful.
Fantasy O the Day: When I get back to my regular computer, I’m going to figure out how to make these pictures come out right on Facebook.
Half Serious Suggestion O the Day, Just to Make a Point About ADHD:
Mark the date on your calendar. You know you’ll never remember it.
Addendum To Half Serious Suggestion:
If you do write it on your calendar, write it legibly so you can read it later. Just saying.
yes, 6 est
looking forward to it
hey Doug, i hear you about being anxious. i’m discovering that it’s the uncertainty that makes it scary, so maybe it’s the uncertainty with what we’re about to do (or are supposed to do?) that’s what is actually scary, right?
like, our fear of messing up. or our fear of failure…and what we think it all “means” about ourselves.
i get it. i graduated college in 2011 (somehow) and am now taking grad classes as a non-degree seeking student hoping to eventually get into the program.
it’s absolutely terrifying. I’m so overwhelmed, it’s wild to think that i have to do every single thing that is my weakness to succeed.
anyway, about your issues with getting those pictures to show up right on Facebook: i think i can help. i’m actually pretty technologically savvy and it’s kind of a passion for me to make technology less frustrating for people because I’m kind of good at it & know how that frustration feels. i should be good at it, anyway–it’s kind of my job to be–but i totally get where you’re coming from & the feelings that these experience usually engender. me helping you (in any way) would be a very small way for me to repay you for the multitude of ways that you helped me with your book.
good for you for what you’re doing. maybe if you can break the problems down into small specific pieces you could come up with some strategies to make it easier?
thank you for your kind offer. i would be delighted to accept any help with the images.
i get them from different places, and save them in my folder “pictures/ADHD funny” and then download them into word press. when i put them in a blog, usually in a gallery, they usually come out too big for facebook and part gets cut off. since i post on many facebook sites, trying to correct each one individually doesnt seem to be an option.
i have tried every thing i can see on the wordpress site and nothing works. occasionally one suddenly comes out OK and i cant figure why.
if thats clear at all, maybe you have a suggestion.
anyway, thank you as always for commenting
hey Doug, i’m sorry it’s taken me this long to reply–things have gotten crazy and you know, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with everything even in your red notecard to do list. anyway, question: once you post the pictures on wordpress from the ADHD pictures folder, are you then trying to post the pictures on Facebook from WordPress? or from the folder still?
things will probably be calmer in these next couple of days and I’ll be more available 🙂
hold – no rush, thank you for offering help
the images are in a folder on c drive, downloaded to wordpress library, and then selected for a wordpress gallery for a post. gives edit options but none seem to have an effect.
since i put the post on a number of facebook and linked in sites, cant separately edit each one.
any suggestions will be much appreciated.
I’ve thought about your issue with the Facebook pictures (but I’ll be honest, it didn’t take me 7 days of thinking about it to get back to you–i have ADHD, you see).
so if I’m understanding the process so far:
you’re uploading the pictures from the “pictures/ADHD funny” folder in your C drive–into the WordPress library.
you then post the pictures from the WordPress gallery into your blog posts. so far so good?
the issue, as I understood it, occurs when you try to share the pictures from the WordPress site onto Facebook and LinkedIn?
have you tried just uploading the picture (s) from your C drive to Facebook? if so, do the pictures still not come out right?
ideally, I’d like to see/observe exactly what’s happening and what your picture uploading/sharing process is so I can be sure of what’s going on. I think that this might be a super easy fix.
if you would like, we could Skype sometime this weekend (I promise to put it on my calendar–and create reminder notifications) so I could watch you do it & we could figure out a resolution
you are very kind. i will get back to you and set a time. skype is a technological challenge for me but can probably work it out
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do you have a laptop with a built-in webcam? if not, that’s not a problem at all–there are other ways & they’re also easy. if you do, but aren’t sure about the logistics/specifics on how to get this going, i can help with that too–i’m really really good at writing guides (with pictures & arrows!)
i have a lap top with web cam
how about sunday at 4Pm mt time? will that work for you?
and what do I need to do to set it up?
thank you for your kindness
4pm MT ( that’s 6pm EST, right? don’t let me down, google) is perfect.
it’s on my calendar! I’ll send you a Facebook message with details on how we’ll proceed
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