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Ouch! Hypersensitivity and ADHD – – – Tip O the Day 809

I know I am hypersensitive. Am I hypersensitive as a symptom of my ADHD? Or have my ADHD problems, including so many screw ups, just made my self-esteem fragile? So is the hypersensitivity an ADHD symptom or a consequence? I … Continue reading

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In ADHD, Attitude Makes the Difference – But Then, There is Word Power — ADHD Tip O the Day 807

With ADHD, Everything Can Be Difficult But there are strategies to make things less difficult. Last post, I said that my job is difficult, but I love it. What helps me is using the power of words and keeping focus … Continue reading

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ADHD Plus Anxiety – The Podcast — ADHD Tip O the Day 805

Do you have ADHD?  Then you know about anxiety:      Am I going to screw this up, too? Am I going to get my to do list done?  Am I going to get anything done?  Am I going to blurt … Continue reading

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Is It Distraction? Or Something Else? -An ADHD Dialog with Scott — ADHD Tip O the Day 804

I fear that some people may not read all the comments, which are over to the right on the site.  You are missing something.  Here are some great issues that Scott brings up (slightly edited): Hi Doug, I just realized, … Continue reading

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Just About Everything About Coping with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 803

ADHD is about coping – you don’t cure it, you don’t overcome your symptoms, you learn to cope, to minimize the effect they have on your life. Today I’m feeling lazy, kind of stuck, hard to get moving.  To be … Continue reading

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A Tool for ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 802

ADHD and Stress. With ADHD, we experience a lot of stress.  With more stress, our ADHD symptoms intensify. This makes it harder to function, which creates more stress.  Can you see where this is going? Some years ago, I saw … Continue reading

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ADHD and Accident Prone? — ADHD Tip O the Day 797

With ADHD We Need to Be Aware of These Things Perhaps it would be better not to set it down right on the edge? Just saying. doug #adhd  @dougmkpdp

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Vacation! and ADHD. Vacation? — ADHD Tip o the Day 794

Have been on vacation a week now.  It’s wonderful!  But- I had two goals for this vacation: To relax.  It’s about time, To get some things done, get caught up. Unfortunately, the two goals are incompatible.  And guess what?  I’ve … Continue reading

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ADHD Help Number Two — ADHD Tip O the Day 792

Three Basic Ways to Improve Your Life with ADHD  Sleep  2. Exercise  3. Get Outdoors Help Number Two — Exercise. Our son Duane had ADHD and learning disabilities.  He was extremely smart but couldn’t actually function.  The only thing he … Continue reading

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Three Simple Proven Helps for ADHD, or Maybe More — ADHD Tip O the Day 791

Making Your Life Better –  Even With ADHD Here are the basics of dealing with ADHD: Get enough sleep, whatever it takes.    Your best bet is to practice sleep hygiene, and/or use melatonin, or whatever.  Exercise Get outdoors More … Continue reading

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Cross Off Your ADHD —ADHD Tip O the Day 790

The Power Of Positive Reinforcement We all need positive reinforcement, ADHD or not. One way to give it to ourselves is crossing off. That’s one of the side benefits of the to do lists; we get to cross things off. … Continue reading

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Life With ADHD. Oh, My! — ADHD Tip O the Day 787

With ADHD, I need a wife, an iPhone, and strategies. I had an 8:30 breakfast appointment with my boss at an excellent restaurant. And he was paying. I set the alarm; it worked. I got up on time, got ready … Continue reading

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The Cell Phone Saga: Another Chapter in My Life with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 785

My iPhone has a great GPS and since I’m directionally challenged, I use it a lot.  Sometimes it sends me on a wild goose chase, but usually it’s right on. So I set it in the cup holder of the … Continue reading

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“Are We Overdiagnosing and Overtreating ADHD?” Or Not? Or What? — ADHD Tip O the Day 784

This is the title of a recent ADHD article in Psychiatric Times (reference below, for the compulsive or curious.) ADHD was first identified as a syndrome in 1935. (I didn’t know this, did you?  — Syndrome – “a group of symptoms … Continue reading

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Is My ADHD Messing With Me Again, Or Is It Something Else? —Tip O the Day 783

Is it ADHD or Human Nature? Puryear’s Principle of Human Nature #2: Once we find something that helps us  cope with a problem, we will quit doing it. And this does apply to me.  Oh, my. The Index Card System … Continue reading

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Is It Ethical to Diagnose A Public Figure? — ADHD Tip O the Day 782

It is unethical for a psychiatrist to diagnosis a person, either private citizen or public figure, without personally examining him.  If the psychiatrist has indeed personally examined a person, it is then unethical to make that diagnosis public, or even … Continue reading

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ADHD Strategies 40 Tips — Tip O the Day 781

Living With ADHD, Ain’t It Awful?  No, It’s Not. Just got a bad book review from Frances.  She said she couldn’t read the book because my life is so awful it made her feel awful to read about it.  She … Continue reading

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“Hurry!” – An Unpleasant ADHD Attitude— ADHD Tip O the Day 780

Is being in a hurry an integral part of ADHD? Being in a hurry is unpleasant and inefficient.  It is also not based on reality but it’s an attitude.  The attitude generates the feeling, which generates the behavior, or perhaps … Continue reading

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Super Comments from Ram and Sue — ADHD Tip O the Day 778

Lots of people have contributions to help the ADHD tribe I hope each one of you reads all the comments here, but I’m not sure.  Maybe you don’t read ALL of them?  Here are two recent ones that are too … Continue reading

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The Perfect Approach With ADHD (or without) — ADHD Tip O the Day 777

The Perfect Approach to Life With ADHD OK, I’ll admit I get lazy, and that I’m still behind, but trust me, that’s not the reason for this post.  The link below is just perfect: The Perfect Approach Trust me. doug … Continue reading

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Lists and ADHD, or Not? — ADHD Tip O the Day 776

ADHD and To Do Lists? Some people have graduated from to do lists.  God bless ’em!  I don’t know how they do it.  I can’t function without to do lists.  The long list. The short list.  The list of five. … Continue reading

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One At A Time – – – ADHD Tip O the Day 773

With ADHD, we need to work harder, but it’s more important to work smarter. When I got back to work after two weeks vacation, there was a huge stack of papers on my desk. I used a very good strategy and started … Continue reading

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” I Don’t Need Any Medicine!” — ADHD Tip O the Day 772

Learning More About My ADHD The Hard Way Had a wonderful vacation.  Was amazed to find I didn’t need my Daytrana patch at all, did just fine without it.  Lying on the beach, eating and drinking, and even reading and … Continue reading

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A New Approach to My ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 765

Manila folders are God’s gift to people with ADHD,  and yellow stickies may be his bonus gift. I have used my index card system successfully for many years, and have written and written about it. Quote O the Day: “Whenever … Continue reading

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Mindfullness, Meditation, and ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 763

Non-medication treatments for ADHD – part two 2017 Mindfullness – means pause in what you are doing and take a nonjudgmental inventory of your thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and situation.  The key is nonjudgmental, just be aware, that’s all you … Continue reading

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Be Prepared, if you have ADHD, even if you’re not a Boy Scout — ADHD Tip O the Day 761

What could possibly go wrong, with ADHD? I was recently honored to be a guest, one of many, on Jennifer Friedman’s podcast.  I must confess that I don’t listen to podcasts, don’t have the patience, probably missing out on a … Continue reading

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ADHD and Self Esteem? A Plan for the New Year—ADHD Tip O the Day 760

Self-esteem is essential and precarious, especially with ADHD Our self esteem suffers when we don’t complete something, and that demoralization makes it harder to start the next job.  When we do complete something, the boost in self-esteem helps us move … Continue reading

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Five Disconcerting Facts, Relevant To But Not Limited To ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 759

Disconcerting Facts: 1. Our decisions are made unconsciously, based on unconscious factors, mostly emotional.  After a decision is made, we think we “decide.”  Then we come up with “facts” to support our decision and make it appear to be rational. 2. … Continue reading

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It’s Christmas/Hanuka/Holiday Season -A challenge with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 758

The Holidays are supposed to be Joyful But with ADHD, they can be just extra challenging. Did you procrastinate on getting the gifts or the cards? Does the prospect of  making choices and decisions terrify you? Are you having trouble … Continue reading

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Using ADHD Strategies On the Job  —  ADHD Tip O the Day 757

ADHD Strategies at Work Probably everyone uses strategies for their work, but it’s more essential if we have ADHD. I like my new job at the pen. I’ve needed to work out the strategies specific to this job. I’m writing complicated orders that have to be written perfectly.  I also need to make sure each patient’s name and the date are correctly put on the order and on each progress note. So I check each chart before I close it. Then, if I have time, I check each one again before I turn it in. I also complete each chart before I see the next patient, so I don’t get behind and feel rushed, and so I don’t need to remember anything about that patient for later. Some officers are fast in bringing the patients to me, so I have the patients wait while I finish the chart before I dismiss them. Then the new patients don’t arrive before I’m ready.  If the officers are slow, I dismiss the patient … Continue reading

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I Whipped My ADHD Procrastination -for the moment. —ADHD Tip O the Day 756

With my ADHD I wasn’t doing what I need to do. On my to-do list, for a very long time, was “car and tires”. I needed to get my car to the mechanic for an oil change, and to the … Continue reading

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Some semi morbid thoughts somewhat related to ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 754

With ADHD, I really like to plan ahead. Just  finished a funeral and reception. Pretty good as those things go, but funerals are always painful and sometimes can be awful.  This one was pretty good. You all are invited to … Continue reading

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A whole bunch of stuff, including a valuable secret, related to ADHD— ADHD Tip O the Day 753

With ADHD, sometimes our brain gets clogged up.  And we seem to need to justify what we’re doing, like this post, for example.  Some days my brain is crowded with lots of stuff, not all of it relevant but all … Continue reading

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A Book Suggestion, Partly About ADHD, and How We Are Being Gamed — ADHD Tip O the Day 752

I wrote this blog on a plane on a little notebook flying to a funeral and it’s not my best but the best I could do and I wanted to get something in so here it is.  Not even any … Continue reading

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Blessings of ADHD? — ADHD Tip O the Day 751

With our ADHD, we tend to be interested in many things. This is one of the blessings of ADHD. It is also one of the curses. I am working a half time job, trying to keep up two blogs (and … Continue reading

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Do the Hard Part First? — ADHD Tip O the Day 750

Life is complicated, especially with ADHD One of my favorite  tools, a slogan or motto, is, “Do it now; do it right; and do the hard part first.”  This has been extremely useful for me, and I highly recommend it. … Continue reading

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Busy, Too Busy, Way Too Busy, Life with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 746

I am way too busy – is it life, or me, or ADHD? I know that “busy” is only a state of mind and not a reality.  I truely believe this, although I have found it difficult to sell the concept … Continue reading

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Bad Attitude with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 744

The Attitude I don’t know why I’m rather gloomy today, although to be honest, I do have an idea. But I don’t intend to stay this way and I plan to change it, right after I finish this post. In … Continue reading

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ADHD and Attitude Adjustment — ADHD Tip O the Day 743

ADHD – Frustrated, Irritable, and Discouraged I get easily frustrated, often over little things, and I’m irritable, which is a symptom of ADHD, and sometimes I get discouraged, tho not often.  But I have a strategy. The Strategy I’ve developed … Continue reading

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Do a To- Do List or Don’t Do a To-Do List? — ADHD Tip O the Day 740

Life with ADHD is a booger, especially without a to-do list. Your to-do list isn’t guaranteed to make you happy, but if you have ADHD and don’t have a to-do list you’re pretty guaranteed to be unhappy. Although a to- do … Continue reading

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Open Mind VS Old Patterns — ADHD Tip O the Day 737

With ADHD, we need to make some changes. It’s hard to change a habit, but there are strategies: Spotting – This is the first step. Instead of trying to stop the old habit, just recognize every time you do it, spot … Continue reading

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Goals and ADHD — ADHD Tip o the Day 731

  With ADHD, sometimes we need to lower the bar. “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”               Robert Browning This is one of the guiding principles … Continue reading

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Tips for Surviving with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 730

What can we expect of ourselves, or of someone else, with ADHD? “Life can be hard, and with ADHD, it’s even harder.” “Some days, just surviving is a triumph.”             Doug Puryear The great cell … Continue reading

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Getting Diagnosed with ADHD – and Life Before the Diagnosis. Part 2— ADHD Tip O the Day 729

From Jeff – a comment on a previous post and on Ram’s comment on that post.              (The embolding is my doing.) “Hi Doug. I have a different perspective from Ram’s that I thought I’d share. … Continue reading

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Time is a Booger with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 728

I got a new job, and I played in a concert, and I let time get away from me and I didn’t get a post ready.  So I collected some ADHD links.  Hope you will like them. Time management – … Continue reading

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This free technique helps my ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 726

A Buddhist Practice, Borrowed for ADHD My wife went to a Buddhist retreat.  It was very good for her.  She brought home a practice to share. At this temple, one practice is at the sound of any bell, stop whatever … Continue reading

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Diagnosis of ADHD Can Be Upsetting — ADD Tip O the Day 725

Late ADHD diagnosis I got a message from someone recently diagnosed with ADHD.  They were struggling with anger that they had been diagnosed late, and thinking how much better their life could’ve been if diagnosed sooner.  They asked how I … Continue reading

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More and more and more ADHD pictures — ADD Tip O the Day 717

OK, I’m swamped, over my head, behind – does that sound like ADHD? Strategy:              punt. So my post is just some ADHD pictures that are too good to waste but haven’t fit into any … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day and ADHD, or, Living with an ADHDer —ADD Tip O the Day 715

With ADHD, Nothing Is Easy Hope you had a great Mother’s Day, whether you’re a mother or not.  You deserve it. I took Martha, the mother of my kids, and Laura, the mother of my grandson, to a nice restaurant.  … Continue reading

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Just Be? With ADHD? — Tip O the Day 712

With ADHD, we need to be DOING My very wise sister suggested that I need to do more “being” and less “doing.”  She’s right. That’s very hard for me to do. The internal flywheel keeps spinning. The to-do list keeps … Continue reading

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More Apps for ADHD – – – ADD Tip O the Day 710

I am taking the easy way out and just posting Hold’s comment here in case you didn’t see it.  Many cool apps, get what you like: Hey doug, I apologize. In classic ADHD fashion I’m a week late in seeing … Continue reading

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Four Great ADHD Tips, Number Four – – – ADHD Tip O the Day 709

As promised, here is Great ADHD Tip, Number Four-except, not quite-   Do This With ADHD we get distractions. And when we start off on one distraction, other distractions will occur. With ADHD, we get distracted from our distractions. I … Continue reading

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Four Great ADHD Tips, Number Three — ADHD Tip O the Day 707

ADHD Vocabulary: I highly recommend editing your vocabulary and eliminating the words “should” and “have to.”  As soon as we say one of these bad words to ourselves, we develop automatic unconscious resistance to doing the task. We really don’t … Continue reading

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Four Great ADHD Tips, Number 2 — ADHD Tip O the Day 705

When we’re doing a task, we want to focus on that task and not be thinking about the rest of the ADHD to-do list. But a good strategy is, “What next?”  When we start a task, we can say “What’s … Continue reading

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Four Great ADHD Tips – – – ADD Tip O the Day 704

I have four great tips that will help you with ADHD.  I’m going to try something different, and piggy back them, adding one at a time. ADHD Tip Number One When you make a to-do list, the new rule is that you cannot … Continue reading

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Frazzled and My ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 701

Frazzled Homey just wrote about overwhelmed, but yesterday, I was frazzled. It’s not the same. My appointment was canceled and rescheduled, I was behind on my blog posts and everything else, Marge broke her arm and I needed to walk … Continue reading

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Homey’s Back! – Strategy for Overwhelmed — ADD Tip O the Day 700

Affirmations I love it when someone comes up with strategies that match mine. Looks like I might be on the right track. For Overwhelmed Homey has good tips for when she’s overwhelmed.  They match some of my general strategies – … Continue reading

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Technology and ADHD? — ADD Tip O the Day 698

Technologically Challenged with ADD ADHD I’m technologically challenged.  That’s just part of my ADD ADHD. But I’m finding some apps very helpful. Of course, the iPhone is both a gift and a challenge. It pretty well solves the problem of impatience and boredom while … Continue reading

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Resume, Recoup, Retry with ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 697

If we have a problem, and  finally find a solution, the next thing we do is to stop doing it.              from Puryear’s Principles of Human Nature, Principle One I’m rewriting Living Daily with Adult ADD/ADHD,365 … Continue reading

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Yes, You read it. But how much do you remember? — ADD Tip O the Day 695

How to read effectively I am blessed with the ability to read fast.  I’ve read a lot of books, and I can get through most books quickly.  But like most gifts, there’s  a downside.  It’s a blessing if I’m reading … Continue reading

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Arguing about ADHD with people who don’t know what they’re talking about — ADD Tip O the Day 694

Response to another good comment from Ram  Ram – Yes, there are crusade and controversy opportunities all around us. I have a good strategy for dealing with some of those situations – ask questions, ask more questions, then summarize – … Continue reading

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617.48, or, The Mystery of the Missing Book — ADD Tip O the Day 693

At the Library with ADD ADHD Went to the library to get a specific book. Computer says it’s 617.48, and it’s on the shelf. Went to the shelf. Not there.  There was a big book on brain injury, a subject … Continue reading

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Too Many Projects — ADD Tip O the Day 687

Creativity and ADD ADHD One of the many “gifts” of ADD ADHD is that we are creative.  Is it a blessing or a curse?  Doesn’t it depend on how we manage it? – if we manage it. I just read … Continue reading

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Willpower – with ADD ADHD? Who are you kidding? — ADD Tip O the Day 685

I recently posted Willpower #2  with ADD ADHD, which was supposed to come right after this one.  But somehow, this one never got posted.  Imagine that!  How in the world could such a thing have happened?   Willpower?  What’s that? … Continue reading

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Many, many, many things on my mind, with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 684

Three other things Often when I’m doing something, my mind is on three other things I need to be doing (or want to be doing.)  That’s ADD ADHD. Can anyone relate to this? Strategy Write the other three things down.  … Continue reading

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Willpower #2 (or not)— ADD Tip O the Day 683

Do you think you have weak willpower, or none?  It’s an ADD ADHD issue, for sure.  Maybe you can do something about it. From Nancie George: “Expert Tips to Cultivate Willpower Are you lacking in the willpower department? Our experts … Continue reading

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My New Year’s Resolution — ADD Tip O the Day 681

First, I hope you each have a wonderful 2016. Keep identifying problems and working on strategies.  It’s bound to help. My New Year’s resolution is not to make any New Year’s resolution.  They don’t work for me, probably because of my … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, or Whatever — ADD Tip O the Day 680

First, things have been a little rocky and a little more chaotic than the usual ADD ADHD life, and I am a little behind. BUT Michael is home! after more than 2 weeks in ICU. Thank you everyone for your … Continue reading

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The Free Secret of Weight Loss, Even with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 678

The Secret to Weight Loss OK, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer, here’s the secret: We are blessed with a wonderful salad bar, with  decent mixed greens and all kinds of accompaniments.  My favorites are olives, mushrooms, celery, and cucumbers.  But … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Symptoms and Some of the Many Ways They Can Mess Up Your Life — ADD Tip O the Day 674

Examples of various ADD ADHD symptoms and their bad effects One of our major symptoms is impulsiveness.  That leads to blurting out inappropriately.   It also leads to  making snap judgments of people, but that’s common with vanillas, too. And we have trouble controlling … Continue reading

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Irritability and ADD ADHD— ADD Tip O the Day 673

This is a question I use often to help with my ADD ADHD irritability problem:                                      Does it really matter? Often the answer … Continue reading

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Comments About ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 672

I keep worrying that you may not read the comments.  If you don’t, you’re missing a lot.  Here are some fine examples: Homey– — I’ve been enjoying the pomodoro technique of time management. I only do something for 25 minutes … Continue reading

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The Power of One, for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 658

List of One – for ADD ADHD Overwhelmed I was already overloaded when I got the notice that my gross receipts tax (New Mexico!) had not been paid for December, 2014. Think of the penalties! Think of all the research … Continue reading

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Life with ADD ADHD, Part Whatever — Add Tip O the 657

Here’s another life with ADD ADHD episode: I had to do some clever detective work on the net to find the phone number I needed.  Was real proud of myself.  Wrote it down.  Closed the website.  Picked up the phone. … Continue reading

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Living with ADD ADHD, Homey’s Version — ADD Tip o the Day 657

I’ve been gone and am a little behind (what else is new). So was delighted when Homey came up with this great post, comparing living with ADD ADHD to living without it, like her husband does.  Of course, he’s obviously … Continue reading

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Structure and Routine And Strategies for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 656

Structure and Strategies Structure is essential.  I don’t consider it a strategy though.  Not quite sure why. Probably because it is so basic. Basics include sleep, structure, exercise, and maybe getting outside, mediation or yoga or something like that.  Basics … Continue reading

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Rules Can Help You With ADD ADHD: a follow up – – – ADD Tip O the Day 651

My wife is back!   Thank God! But I didn’t unravel.  I give the credit to the rules, although having the structure of writing on the next book was also helpful. Report on the rules: No alcohol.  – I scored 100% on this … Continue reading

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Rules Can Make Your Life Better with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 649

Using Rules: A major principle for coping with ADD ADHD is:  identify a problem, design a strategy, make it a rule, make it a habit.  But with ADD ADHD there are other uses for rules . Some of us do … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Wisdom? A Dozen Top Tips — ADD Tip O the Day 645

We ADDer’s are not renowned for our wisdom. Even so, you would think that by this advanced age I would have learned some things that could be of value to others. So here is my advice, for what it’s worth. Some … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Lies We Tell Ourselves — ADD Tip O the Day 641

I’m busy.  —  No, you only have one thing to do. I don’t need to write it down. — Oh, really? It’ll be OK. — No, it won’t. I have plenty of time. — Yeah, right! How many ways can … Continue reading

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Some Days Are Just Like That When You Have ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 637

ADD ADHD Paralysis Homey just wrote a good ADD ADHD post about having an unproductive day.  I’m bouncing off her post: Some days I just can’t seem to get going, can’t get any traction. Strategy 1: Try to figure out what … Continue reading

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Better Sleeping Through Technology, with or without ADD ADHD – ADD Tip O the Day 634

Sleep is an essential part of ADD ADHD management So Jerry Bair gave me this guest post.  He is a tech whiz, so his approach is a little different.   Here it is:   Top 10 Tech Hacks To Give Your … Continue reading

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A Typical Day With ADD ADHD: Where in the world does the time go? — ADD Tip O the Day 633

My Typical ADD ADHD Day Sleeping 6 hrs      Trying to sleep 2 hrs Quiet time   .5 hr Exercise  1 hr Shower shave dress teeth bathroom  1hr Eating 3 hrs                                       Thinking about eating – all the time Looking for something … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and the Benefits of Fidgeting — ADD ADHD Tip O the Day 630

Can’t Concentrate With ADD ADHD We were at a Wagner opera, which I love.  But I had a lot on my mind (what else is new?) and I wasn’t able to concentrate on the opera.  I was missing a lot … Continue reading

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A Brilliant New ADD ADHD Strategy! — ADD Tip O the Day 628

With ADD ADHD We Need Strategies, But – There’s  Puryear’s Principles of Human Nature #1: When you struggle and struggle with a problem and you finally find something that works, the next thing you do is stop doing it. The Rule … Continue reading

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Organizing with ADD ADHD, and Much Much More! by Homey— ADD Tip O the Day 627

Organizing with a planner for ADD ADHD Homey is THE planner maven.  In her great blog about homemaking, cleaning, cooking, etc, she tells all about planners.  Homey uses planners the way I use index cards, plus more.  A lot of … Continue reading

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Attitudes in ADD ADHD – Warning: Intimate Material, Viewer Discretion Advised— ADD Tip O the Day 624

Warning – Intimate Material, Viewer Discretion Advised We with ADD ADHD tend to say, and do, inappropriate things. This material may be inappropriate, but it’s such a good illustration of the effect of attitude that I have to share it. … Continue reading

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The ADD ADHD Trap of Expectations — ADD Tip O the Day 623

What Can I Expect? With ADD ADHD we have so many things we’re interested in and it’s hard to say no to any of them.  It’s hard to say no to ourselves. My daily routine includes brushing my teeth, quiet … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Dyscoordination — ADD Tip O the Day 619

Clumsy, Clumsy, Clumsy – Is It ADD ADHD? I reached for the glass, and… – I reached too far and I knocked it over. – I didn’t notice the glass between it and me and I knocked it over. – … Continue reading

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Who’s the Expert On ADD ADHD? — ADD Tip O the Day 618

With ADD ADHD We Need Experts Who would you nominate? Long Definition of Expert: An expert  is someone widely recognized as a reliable source of technique or skill whose faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely is accorded … Continue reading

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Leave of Absence — No ADD ADHD Tip O the Day

I’ll be doing prison ministry Thursday thru Sunday so my next post, God willing, will be next tuesday. But here are some good links i’ve been saving. Thank you for your support, interest, reviews, and comments. doug Links Time management … Continue reading

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How I Screwed Up A Perfectly Good ADD ADHD Strategy – – – ADD Tip O the Day 615 #ADD #ADHD

Puryear’s principles of human nature (this is number two or three or something) We struggle with a problem until we find something that works. Then we quit doing it.    Or we screw it up. That’s what I did. Structure I … Continue reading

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Shannon’s Approach to the ADD ADHD Time Problem — ADD Tip O the Day 614

We’ve Been Talking About Time -and Shannon’s comment was so good I’m just posting it here: “Agreed. Time is a problem! And schedule what’s important! What I’m trying out is putting those things in a non-scheduled category of my todo … Continue reading

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I Don’t Have Enough Time! – – – ADD Tip O the Day 613

ADD ADHD and Time Pressure Here I am “retired” and still feeling that same old sense of time pressure, the fly wheel constantly spinning inside.  And the damn old voice –“Hurry up!  Rush!  You have so much to do!  You’ll … Continue reading

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“As Soon As —” – An ADD ADHD Time Problem — ADD Tip O the Day 612

“As Soon As—“ There are several things I want to do, “as soon as – — -”                          I want to start Spanish lessons again.                          I want to resume fishing.                          I want to cleanup the disarray in my … Continue reading

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Helpful Things for ADD ADHD – Meditation Light??? – – – ADD Tip O the Day 611

Three Helpful Things for ADD ADHD Everyone agrees that certain things are helpful for anyone but especially helpful for those of us with ADD ADHD: Exercise Sleep Meditation And I would add, getting out-of-doors. Meditation I’ve been practicing a simple … Continue reading

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Learning From Experience with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 610

We learn from experience One  of the basic tricks to that learning is to remember the specific experiences.  And make rules from them. If we remember the experience, its easier to remember the rule and to follow it. Losing the car I … Continue reading

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Committing With ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 604

To Commit No, I don’t mean to get someone locked up, unless its myself.  I do try to lock myself into things, where I can’t not do them.  If I walked to the end of the scary high dive, I … Continue reading

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Ten Basic “Facts” About ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 601

I just did a guest post for Naill of Ireland.  Here it is: “Ten” Basic “Facts” About ADD ADHD ADD ADHD exists. Our brains function differently than other peoples. This has been shown by brain imaging.  Our main difficulty is … Continue reading

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Where, Oh Where, Did All My Structure Go? – – – ADD Tip O the Day 600

With My ADD ADHD, Boy, Do I Need Structure Structure is a basic part of coping with ADD ADHD. We need routine, schedule, organization. I always eat three meals a day. Go to bed  about the same time each night. … Continue reading

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Talking To Yourself ??— ADD Tip O the Day 599

Is Talking To Yourself A Problem, A Symptom, or What? Someone asked me if talking to yourself is okay. I said I certainly hope so, cause I do it all the time. I don’t think it’s a symptom of ADD … Continue reading

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Scattered, Distracted, and Too Many Options for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 598

Isn’t Life Interesting!    So Many Shiny Things To Choose From! I’m working on: Executive dysfunction and EFD ( executive function disorder) and ADD ADHD Food allergies and food coloring and ADD ADHD New York Times says childhood trauma can mimic … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Poem —ADD Tip O the Day 593

Ode of an ADDer to a neat wife Please don’t put my stuff away. Please don’t move it, just let it lay. If I can’t see it, it doesn’t exist. I’ll forget to do something and we’ll both be pissed. … Continue reading

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Amphetamines for ADD ADHD: Follow-up. Plus, Foundations — ADD Tip O the Day 589

Great Comment On Last  Meds Post From Dr. Boerboom. Summary: Dexedrine is not very addictive/abusable.  It has a low incidence of side effects. They are different from methylphenidate. Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) may cause side effects, but apparently not often. restlessness difficulty … Continue reading

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Stimulant Medicine for ADD ADHD and New Research — ADD Tip O the Day 587

 Medicines for ADD ADHD Like everything else, this is going to be harder and take more time than I thought. To repeat – everyone is unique. What works for one won’t for another. You need trial and error to find … Continue reading

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Why Valentines Day Is important With ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 586

Valentines Day is February 14, this Saturday, that’s this coming Saturday, two days off, this Saturday, day after tomorrow. With ADD ADHD: 1. We forget all about it. 2. We think it’s a long way off and don’t buy a … Continue reading

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To do list – Foto -for Priorities— Addendum to ADD Tip O the Day 583

ADD ADHD Tip O the Day 583.5 I couldn’t get the darn thing to print the image when I was doing the post on priorities.     Think I’ve figured it out now, again. Technologically challenged! Doug Note to myself, because I’ll … Continue reading

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Priorities and ADD ADHD: Incompatible? – – – ADD Tip O the Day 583

Dysprioritiologica? Setting priorities is an executive function and with ADD ADHD we tend to not be very good at it. I sit here looking at a long to do list. Where do I start? Do you see how this can … Continue reading

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Do We Really Need More Controversy About ADD ADHD Benefits and Gifts? — ADD ADHD Tip O the Day 580

Aaron Smith said it very well: Aaron Smith ADHD Achievement Strategist & Motivational Coach “Like everything else in life, it’s easy to paint ADHD with a broad brush. Saying it’s “all bad” or “all good,” if only life were that … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Goals-Can We Use Them? — ADD Tip O the Day 578

Goals are important, whether we have ADD ADHD or not In prison ministry, we notice that many of the men do not have the concept of goals other than short term “I want this now”. Goals help us with focus, … Continue reading

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A New ADD ADHD Strategy for the New Year — ADD Tip O the Day 577

Why a New ADD ADHD Strategy? One of Puryear’s Principles of Human Behavior: Once we finally find something that works, we quit doing it. I have strategies that work, and make my life better, but sometimes I drift away from … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Eating Mangoes??? — ADD Tip O the Day 574

ADD ADHD and No Patience I love mangoes but I rarely eat them.  Peeling a mango is a hassle.                                     Don’t we all want instant gratification with minimal effort? A Revelation Then I had a … Continue reading

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The ADD ADHD Year In Review –– – ADD Tip O the Day 572

Another Year with ADD ADHD We are starting a new year, 2015 -I just thought I would remind you of that, since so many of us are chronologically challenged. 2014 has certainly been interesting: ADD ADHD Bashing: Esquire bashed ADD … Continue reading

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More ADD ADHD Strategy— ADD Tip O the Day 569

No willpower with ADD ADHD We’re moved into our new place, love it! Still unpacking (don’t love that). One problem – the food. It’s terrific. I’ve gained pounds. There’s a choice of four desserts, and at least one of them … Continue reading

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Benefits of ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 568

ADD ADHD as a gift? Christmas makes us think of gifts, hopefully among other things, and that reminds me of those who write about enjoying the gift of ADD ADHD. Yes, we do tend to be creative, think outside the … Continue reading

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Have You Heard? Christmas Is Coming! — ADD Tip O the Day 566

Not this time, ADD! With my ADD ADHD, Christmas usually sneaks up on me and I’m rushing to try to find a gift for my wife.  But this time I’m ahead.  Why, it’s two whole weeks away, and I’m already … Continue reading

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Moving with ADD ADHD – – – ADD Tip O the Day 562

Are we having fun yet? Nothing tests a marriage quite like moving. Probably even more so with ADD ADHD. Strategies: 1. Recognize that your life is in turmoil. Your structure is gone. Your schedule is in disarray. You will barely … Continue reading

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Trivializing ADD ADHD, part two from the NYT — ADD Tip O the Day 557

Yes, ADD ADHD exists Dr. Friedman’s article contains a mixture of scientific tidbits which support the existence of ADD ADHD  and the dismissal of its significance. His patient the lateuses Adderal to help her focus but can deletefocus for hours … Continue reading

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My Best ADD ADHD Strategy – Overdone?– – – ADD Tip o the Day 554

Too Many ADD ADHD Cards My wife says I have too many cards in my pocket. She’s often right, and I do sometimes have trouble finding where I wrote down something. Red card – the to do list of five. … Continue reading

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Homey’s 10 ADD ADHD Strategies — ADD Tip o the Day 553

Great post Homey put up such a great ADD ADHD post that I was tempted to just copy it here, but that didn’t seem quite right.  So I’ll compromise, and just copy one of her strategies: Focus. Nearly everyone with … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Technological Challenges – – – ADD Tip O the Day 552

 The iPhone I’m walking again for exercise, doing well. I was delighted to find that I can use my iPhone and dictate things while I’m walking! Great multitasking, conservation of time, efficiency, etc. etc. etc. But I wish I could … Continue reading

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Coping with Turmoil — ADD Tip o the Day 552

Arghhhh!! ADD ADHD and all this too! We’re selling our house and moving to a wonderful community, El Castillo.            We’re excited about it. But at the moment, it’s like living in a hurricane and an earthquake at the same time. … Continue reading

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Cognitive Maps in ADD ADHD – – – ADD Tip O the Day 551

Cognitive maps From a course on learning: Starting as babies, we develop two kinds of cognitive maps of our environment. One is directions – go north three blocks, turn left at the pornography store, and right at the next light  … Continue reading

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I Don’t Wash Wine Glasses – – – ADD Tip O the Day 550

Identify the problem Every time I put wine glasses in the dishwasher, no matter how I do it, they break. That’s just part of my ADD ADHD. Make a strategy I do not put wine glasses in the dishwasher anymore. … Continue reading

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Doing the Easy Thing – – – ADD Tip O the Day 547

The easy thing in ADD ADHD I’m working on the fourth draft of the fourth book and toying with the fifth and sixth books.     The writing is fairly easy,  enjoyable, therapeutic, and always rewards me  with a sense … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Marriage?- Is It Possible??? —ADD Tip o the Day 545

 Marriage Experts I am not The Expert on ADD ADHD and marriage, that would be Melissa Orlov and Martha Puryear.  I do have some years in the field, but only from one side.  My expertise would be in How to … Continue reading

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No Time to Think, Too Busy, Frantic, Overloaded — ADD Tip o the Day 542

The New York Times The New York Times took some time off from bashing ADD, ADHD, Ritalin and the other medications to print this article, which explains a lot. Avoiding We make ourselves busy so we can avoid feelings or … Continue reading

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How to function with ADD ADHD – ADD Tip o the Day 541

Coping and functioning Isn’t that what we try to do? So if we have ADD ADHD we try to cope with it. We can’t cure it, but we can treat the symptoms, and we can use strategies to cope. And … Continue reading

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I didn’t listen to the little voice! — ADD Tip o the Day 534

I didn’t listen I’m  only on draft number three in writing the new book, which includes some on  adult ADD ADHD . In Word, I cut a very large segment from one document to paste into another doc.      Before I got … Continue reading

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My ADD ADHD Problem: Stalled, Stuck, and Overwhelmed — ADD Tip o the Day 531

Stuck Since I changed my schedule I haven’t been able to get reorganized yet.                       My to do list is way too long, and I’m blocked and stuck. Strategy I … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD is Messy — ADD Tip o the Day 529

Making a mess: I previously told you about my struggles with the plastic dish pan for foot soaking. I would have the pan at the sink, fill it with hot water from the teakettle, take it over to the table and put it under … Continue reading

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Not Getting Things Done? – – – ADD Tip o the Day 528

On not getting things done: My sister does not have ADD ADHD, but she sure comes up with some good tips.       Thanks Lucy. Here’s her email:  Doug,   Am trying a new strategy & wonder if it … Continue reading

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Messed Up Again with ADD ADHD– – – ADD Tip o the Day 527

Confession: On Friday, I stood up my friend for our monthly breakfast appointment. I felt badly about that plus I really enjoy our meetings. At our last meeting, I’d written the next  appointment time in my appointment book, but I’d only … Continue reading

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Messed Up Again with ADD ADHD– – – ADD Tip o the Day 527

messed this up too, this was not supposed to be posted yet. Don’t get upset, I’ll post it in a few days.

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My Worst ADD ADHD Problem – – – ADD o the day 525

So many ADD ADHD symptoms: Distractibility, procrastination, impulsivity, blurting out, not finishing, not starting, not understanding time, not managing time, sloppy, uncoordinated, losing things –                   and what else? My worst problem: It’s hard … Continue reading

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Don’t Need Structure — ADD Tip o the Day 519

Escape from structure Camil and others write about being free of structure, “Relief from all this silly rules.” And “Just let my mind fly anywhere it wants to.” That sounds wonderful to me, and now that I’m retired, seems like … Continue reading

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Piddling with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 515

Do you piddle? I was going through my emails, deleting some and putting some into folders, which is like touching the same piece of paper twice, not really doing anything. I paid a bill and made a few to–do notes.  I … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Tips From Homey— ADD Tip o the Day 514

Fresh out of ideas: Although we with ADD ADHD are supposed to be blessed by extra creativity, I am totally out of ideas this week, so I am just posting some of Homey’s great tips. thanks again, Homey. from Homey: … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Schedule — ADD Tip o the Day 513

Lots of choices We have good  friends visiting from New York , and there’s a lot of options of neat things to do. They don’t want to make the beautiful drive up to Truchas, via the Sanctuario with its holy … Continue reading

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Blurting Out — ADD Tip o the Day 511

We with ADD or ADHD have problems with blurting out; for example, saying the wrong thing to the wrong person at the wrong time. “Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?” Here’s some guidance on how … Continue reading

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Women and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 506

Too Disorganized I enjoyed meeting again with my friend, the lovely lady who claims that she’s too disorganized to get organized, or to use any of the tips or strategies. She says she doesn’t have shirt pockets, although she guesses she … Continue reading

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“What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” – A New ADD ADHD Strategy — ADD Tip o the Day 504

What could go wrong? “I know, let’s invade Iraq and capture all those weapons of mass destruction. We have the best army in the world. What could go wrong?” “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome aboard. I … Continue reading

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ADD and ADHD Blog — THIS IS IT ! ADD Tip o the Day 500

The best Tip o the Day so far: For most of us, our to do list is infinitely long and keeps growing, But – we need to work from a to do list that has five things maximum on it. … Continue reading

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Living with ADD from Dr. Robin Binnig — ADD Tip o the Day 498

This is from Robin, who is a psychologist,an ADHD expert, and an ADDer.  She tells it like it is.  And offers some of her tips. Robin: “Isn’t it something how we can miss ADHD for so long in someone?  I … Continue reading

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Do It Now — ADD Tip o the Day 496

This is a follow up on the “ADD ADHD and living 12 hours ahead” post. If I can do it now, I won’t need to do it then. There are a lot of strategies related to this: 1. It is … Continue reading

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Sleep And ADD ADHD – – ADD Tip o the Day for 494

Sleep is very important with ADD or ADHD It makes a difference.  For one thing, if I don’t get enough sleep, my memory gets even worse.  So I have medicines to help me sleep, melatonin for sleep and gabapentin (Neurontin) … Continue reading

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Living with ADD ADHD 12 Hours Ahead — ADD Tip o the Day 493

  Living with ADD ADHD My wife said, “Doug, you’re always living twelve hours ahead!” I don’t think she meant it as a compliment. But she’s right, I do. Packing for a trip If I’m going on a trip, I … Continue reading

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To Do Lists? — ADD Tip o the Day 489

“Lists don’t work for me!” Some people with ADD ADHD have told me that to do lists don’t work for them.  That may be so, because we are each unique, but my guess is they aren’t using them properly.  Then … Continue reading

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The Non-strategy ADD ADHD Strategy — ADD Tip o the Day 485

We need strategies to deal with our ADD ADHD problems, but what if it doesn’t have to be a problem in the first place?  Sometimes it’s our attitude or our assumptions that make something into a problem.  Tom has a … Continue reading

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Overcoming Overwhelmed — ADD Tip o the Day 484

Structure: Routine,Schedule With my ADD ADHD I need structure, which comes from routine and schedule.  Some people don’t like routine and schedule; it makes them feel confined and they prefer free wheeling and spontaneous.  For me, that is not freedom, … Continue reading

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