A Bad Habit — ADHD Tip O the Day 829

I have a bad habit. No, it’s not sexual, no matter what you may have been imagining. Still, it’s too embarrassing to tell you. It’s just a bad habit which causes me some discomfort. I don’t like it.

I’ve tried many strategies to stop it. None of them have worked.

Recently, I realize that there’s an antecedent. There was something I did every time just before I did the bad habit, and I never did bad habit without doing the antecedent first. I started spotting the antecedent. Every time the antecedent began, I said, “Antecedent!”  Then I stopped doing it.

I have stopped the bad habit. Pretty much.

The Tip:  When one strategy doesn’t work, try another one.

doug

Links:

Using spotting to change a habit. 

Changing habits

The 21 day habit myth

Bonus Link:

ADHD and marriage, or relationship.  (Is anyone getting married anymore?)

 

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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. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at amazon.com, or smashwords.com (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 A Bad Habit — ADHD Tip O the Day 829

  1. dave adair says:

    the bad habit tip ? r u jokin what was ur bad habit y can u not say and how is saying aoloud “antecedent ” goin yo help,,,,, also bad habits eg nailbiting etc I,,,u don’t realise until u already done it , then too late to say your magic word antecendant,, wotevwer that means,, forget this bullony people , bad habits often stem from feeling uncomfortable at that time ,, its a comfort zone thing, when anxious ya can stammer, physical jumpiness, nailbiting, u can even cough, blink , chew repettetively, get more into anxiety management ,, awreness of breathing , helps lower heart rate etc,, plus I find exposure gettin outside ya comfy zone helps especially with dealin with people, eye to eye contact,

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    • dave -you bring up a lot of good strategies for coping with stress or anxiety.
      the antecedent does help me. It means something that comes before. I haven’t been able to stop the habit, but I found that the antecedent always came before, and that I can stop the antecedent. I use the strategy of spotting, catching myself starting the antecedent, and naming it. I am able to stop the antecedent, and so the habit doesnt happen. This a general strategy for stopping any undesirable behavior.
      thank you for commenting
      doug

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