An Almost Truism For ADHD

I’ve written this before but today I have new examples and the principle is so important it’s worth repeating.(And I’m proud of myself for solving these problems.)

If you can identify something as A Problem and not just life, you can find a solution.  This isn’t one hundred percent true, but it’s an extremely useful belief.   There is no shortage of Problems, and we can make our lives better.

I need to remove my Daytrana skin patch (Ritalin) by two PM or I’ll have trouble sleeping. I tried all kinds of tricks to remember to take it off and none of them worked well.  If I set my alarm for two pm, my mind would say, “Oh, I need to turn off the alarm” and nothing about the patch.  Then I discovered that Alexa not only will tell me when it’s time to “Take off your patch”  but also sends that text to the alarm when I turn it off.  Problem: Solution.

My wading suit has built-in stocking feet. Then the boots go on over them.  It used to take me 45 minutes to get the suit and boots on and often I had to call for help.  Then I discovered that if I pulled the suit on by grabbing it lower on the leg and used a long-handled shoe horn for the boots, I could do it all without help in less than ten minutes.   Problem:  Solution.

I place my glasses and phone on my bedside table at night but I had trouble finding them in the dark and I’d noisily knock things over. Then I realized that if I put them in the same places near the front of the table every time, it was easy to get them, even in the dark.  Duh!  Problem: Solution.

Personal Notes O the Day:

One: I was so excited by the first 75 pages of the book, Coming Alive, by Michels and  Stutz, that I impulsively recommended it.  The Part X concept was immediately very helpful to me and has continued to be.  Then it had a weird imaging tool to cope with Part X.  This was a little helpful, but you need practice to make it work well. I have been practicing a little.

Further on, the book gets increasingly weird.  But the first part helped, so I intend to go further but not until I master the first part.

Two: I thought that when I finished writing Managing Your ADHD I’d have lots of free time   Hah!

The book is now in the hands of the formatter and the cover person.

Three: Some people start each morning with a mantra, like “ I’ll be happy today” or “I’ll be kind to someone today.”

My morning mantra is, “ I’m finally going to get organized. Tomorrow.”

Links:     My new enthusiasm, meditating

Did it again!

ADHD Meds Are Hard to Find

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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2 Responses to An Almost Truism For ADHD

  1. Martha Puryear says:

    Good one!❤️

    Sent from my iPad


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