Happy New Year, even with ADHD

Welcome to the new year, to you and to your ADHD, which certainly came along with you.

If you can, read the NY Times opinion piece from

Nicholas Kristof  12/31/2022: Summary:  The world is in terrible shape.  The world is improving – there are advances in clean energy, the troublesome essential batteries, vaccines for various diseases, treatments for cancer, and childhood mortality.  The world desperately needs to continue to improve.

I’ve been reading lots about New Year’s resolutions and why we can’t keep them. There are many reasons:  we expect it to be easy to change, distractions, our situation changes after we make them, and many more.  The strategies suggested are the same as the ones I recommend:  make sure you really want to do it, think small and realistically, small steps, turn it into a contest or a game, make it fun, use rewards, etc.

Question O the Day: Are you sure you really need to improve?  Maybe you’re good enough just the way you are.

Personal Note O the Day:

I’ve made a habit of editing five pages early every morning.  This is easy, doesn’t take long, and leaves the work up on my computer screen where it’s easy to resume later.  Plus I often do more than five pages once I get started.  So Managing Your ADHD is coming along. Now I’m searching for a formatter. 


Recent Washington Post Headline:

“How to Cure and Prevent a Hangover”

My Response:

How to Cure:  very difficult

How to Prevent: Duh!

Self Esteem with ADHD

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 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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10 Responses to Happy New Year, even with ADHD

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  3. tbwsalinas says:

    Thanks for this. Full of delights. Re: my adderall prescription. My physician, a relatively young guy, Jason Cobb, told me that if I didn’t hear from psychiatrist, Zane Maroney, after I had sent him a letter with a list of my current symptoms of ADHD along with a pleading regarding the stress of not having the Adderall has been making on my marriage, that he woud prescribe it, himself. Which he did. His comment was on the line of “For God’s sake, he’s 85. He should have what he needs if its not hurting anyone.” That’s not it, exactly. He was not happy with ZM.Happy New Year to you and Martha,Tom


    • Tom
      Thank you for commenting. I am so glad you got your prescription. What a mess. That guy is your psychiatrist?? Do you have any other options?
      Happy new year.


  4. martha
    thank you!


  5. sfmarckx says:

    Happy New Year Doug!

    I’m glad you are finding ways to make progress on your book.
    My main goal for this year and beyond is to try to focus on process and let go of perfection. At first I was thinking of that just in terms of my work, but then I realized it can be applied to my life in general.
    Now we’ll see if I can remember this next week, next month,…
    I really appreciate your posts!
    All the best, Scott

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    • Scott –
      yep, the challenge of sticking with it.
      your thoughts sound very interesting about focus on the process and about applying to life in general. if you’d be willing to expand on the ideas i might could use it as a post. ( a guest post)
      anyway it could be useful to our other members as a comment.
      and it might help you to stick with it
      as always, thank you for your contributions
      best wishes


      • sfmarckx says:

        Thank you Doug!
        I’m starting to write notes on this as I try to sort out how to explain it. I guess to start with, perfection to me represents those little nit picky things that I can waste tons of time on and aren’t worth it in the big picture, but are so shiny, in an ADHD way that it is difficult to let them go.
        Process, represents the strategies, the schedule for the day, the reminder to move on to the next thing, the ways of prioritizing, and the big picture of figuring out what works and constantly refining that to make it work even better.
        All the best, Scott

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        • sfmarckx says:

          Also perfection is when I beat myself up for my inevitable mistakes.
          Process is acknowledging the mistake, trying to learn from it like it is a gift of insight, and moving on.

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  6. Martha Puryear says:

    Good one!❤️

    Sent from my iPad


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