ADHD and the Holidays – A bad mix?

Happy holidays!

Happy holidays????

Happy holidays!  Arghhhhhhh!!!!!

OK, are you clear now that it’s pretty normal not to enjoy the holidays, and probably more so with ADHD.  It’s just all too much.

There are so many blog posts on how to handle the stress that I won’t really go into that and I’ll just post some links below.  They all seem pretty much the same.

My Holiday Tip O the Day:

Make taking care of yourself your top priority and don’t feel pressured to do things that are gonna mess you up.  Well, you will feel pressured, but just don’t do them.  Do things the easy way, not the great way or the expected way.

My gift to you:

Extra memes – enjoy

Personal Notes o the Day:

        I find the holidays pretty stressful.

        Managing Your ADHD  is in  the nineth draft.  I think the tenth will get published.  But when?  Just be patient please.

Best wishes




Relationships can be especially stressed during the holidays

Holidays and stress

Even more stress

Oh, Well.

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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10 Responses to ADHD and the Holidays – A bad mix?

  1. Ken Powell says:

    Merry Christmas Doug – for once I’ve taken an early break from my work to make sure the season doesn’t frizzle me out. Today is my first day. Of course, I’ve loaded it up with an impractical amount of things to do and have several projects planned for the next two weeks I know full well will not be completed (or started, probably). The ADHD life eh?!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. rammkatze says:

    I strangely love the holidays with ADHD. I’m an impulvise eater and sometimes impulsive drinker, so it’s my one chance to indulge with and in front of everyone. Plus, there’s gifts! I love getting them as much as I love giving them. Some yeard I go overboard and sort of hyperfocus on how to wrap them (though I think that’s not going to be the case this year).
    Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones, despite the stress of it 🙂

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    • Ram
      yes, the holidays do give us license to over indulge, which i do anyway, but less guilt and remorse with the license. and the gifts are nice in the anticipation but in the reality, not always so much (more underwear???). wrap???? i understand that some people know how to do that, you must be one of the blessed ones.
      always thank you for commenting
      merry Christmas


  3. Karolyn Wayman says:

    Doug, thank you, thank you!! k/j



  4. Mrs Peterson says:

    just had to share

    “Keep looking up, Someone cares.” ________________________________

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mrs Peterson
      Yes, the holidays are supposed to be about faith, and having faith can help us get thru them.
      thank you for commenting
      best wishes


      • Mrs Peterson says:

        Hi Doug,

        LOL, my computer did this after I read your post. The “keep looking up, Someone Cares” is my signature line in my email. I don’t know what in the world happened, but this computer has been doing strange things as I type and use it. Just lightly touching the outside of the touch pad closes my screen or opens two others.

        I seem to recall you had a wonky computer here a few months ago, how did you tell it to behave????

        Christmas Elves are playing with mine. So sorry for the random comment.

        **oh nelly! As I read this to my husband to let him know we need to get my computer looked at, I realized, no. It was me. I was trying to email it to him so he could enjoy the giggles I had from your post, and somehow I just replied and emailed it back to you. I think I need a vacation.

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        • Mrs. P
          no apologies, i was happy to get your (inadvertent) comment. my wonky computer? First i tried a lot of cursing. that made me feel a little better but didnt seem to improve the computer. finally i gave in and called a geek who came and fixed several things, only cost an arm and half a leg. computer works now, so the keyboard has decided to start acting up. the tech gremlins are unrelenting.
          glad to hear about your giggles. thank you for your comments, all of them
          best wishes


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